Producer’s Foundation Certificate
March 2 @ 6:30 pm - March 30 @ 9:30 pm
Producer's Foundation Certificate
Get Your Movie Funded, Made and Seen
This five-part evening Producer's Foundation Certificate answers specific questions in key areas of producing, and explores the opportunities producers have today to develop, finance, budget and market a film, as well as deal with legal chain of title. During each class you will learn skills essential to getting a movie made.
To receive a certificate, attend all 5 evenings and save. You can also purchase individual topic evenings.
This signature Raindance certificate is taught by producer and Raindance founder Elliot Grove; Toronto producer Michael Sparaga, and Entertianment Lawyer Jindra Rajwans.
Week One: Creating A Business Plan March 2nd
Week One is presented by Raindance Founder, Elliot Grove, visiting from London. Few people have known more filmmakers and projects than Elliot. Elliot outlines how to prepare your project for presentation to private investors and to industry funding sources.
Once you have scoured film festivals looking for new talent, settled on the next hot director and found that absolutely terrific script, you need to prepare a plan of attack to get the money to shoot your film.
"It was a great evening and provided not only myself but the whole room with information that could get their projects made and change their lives. What more could you ask!"
This evening workshop will run through the basic essentials you will need, both to present your project to industry investors, as well as how to present your project to private investors.
- Choosing and targeting investors
- Structure of a business plan
- Using visual aids
- Preparing sales estimates and income streams
- Money flow explained
- Profit participation
You will also discover a unique way to pool your talents and quit the day job.
Week two: Budgeting and Scheduling March 9th
Week Two is presented by Chuck Scott. It provides the critical backbone of your film: A film budget is a list of all the resources and people you need to make your film; and a schedule is when and where you need them. This session runs through the essentials, conventions and details required in assembling a budgeting and scheduling your shooting days.
"All classes were informative and the tutors were really one of the best, and though I know there's a lot more I need to learn I left feeling a lot more confident about handling the role of a Producer and should be back for more!"
Always considered the boring bit by film producers and directors, the budget and schedule are the spine of any production. If you get the budget (the money part) wrong, your film will stall half-finished without cash. Get the schedule (the time) wrong, and your film will suffer – either from loss of quality, or remain unfinished because you have run out of time (and budget!)
This evening explains how scripts are analysed and whipped into shape budget-wise and schedule-wise.
- Script breakdown
- Assessing prices
- Union vs non-union
- Creating a do-able schedule
A professional budget and schedule are an essential part of a business plan.
Week Three: Marketing And Selling Your Film March 16th
Week Three is presented by Raindance Founder Elliot Grove. The essential task for filmmakers is creating a marketing plan for your film. Learn how to utilise the trade press, consumer press and film festivals to turn your film (and yourself) into this year's cult classic.
"A great intro into the Film Industry. I found all tutors inspiring and so glad I took part." - Tracey-Ann
Learn how to create a strong press kit for festivals that will enhance the commercial potential of your film.
A special feature will be the use of social media to create interest in your film, with live demonstration.
- Writing a good synopsis and getting good photos
- The ten Q&As
- Writing press releases
- Film festivals explained
- The role of film markets
- How sales agents work
- Creating the marketing assets you need to sell your film
- How the money works
Week Four: Movie Money March 23rd
Week Four is presented by Michael Sparaga. You have a great idea for a movie. You've met your writer and had meeting after meeting about the script. Now you need some cash to make your short or feature.
"Movie money was excellent. Ignited huge interest. Would like to know more particularly with co-production in Europe."
This evening workshop will run through the basic financing tools available for any business, not just the film business. These tax-efficient finance structures make Canada one of the most attractive places to raise money for film production. Find out how they work and how to utilise them.
- Canadian tax-efficient finance vehicles
- Enterprise Investment Schemes
- Pension Plans: Gold for filmmakers
- Profit participation
This evening class outlines the basics of film finance and should provide you with the elements of a plan to finance your movie.
Week Five: Basic Legal Contracts March 30th
Week Five is presented by Entertainment Lawyer, Jindra Rajwans. Once your film is finished and ready to be sold, you will have to show the “chain of title” to any prospective film buyer. If you fail to do this you will never be able to sell your film.
"As an older student, I found the whole course very worth while. Five days after finishing the course I am now in the process of producing my first two projects."
In this evening crash course, the basic talent (ie. writer, director, actors) contracts are explained. View it as health insurance for filmmakers!
- Key negotiation points explained
- Preparing and maintaining your contracts
This class is designed to answer basic questions about film contracts.
Who Should Attend
Writers, directors, producers, actors, filmmakers, cinema lovers, anyone with an interest in how movies are made and who seek a basic introduction to the filmmaking process.
About the Instructors
Michael Sparaga is an award-winning Canadian screenwriter and producer. His debut feature, the critically-acclaimed, superhero-comedy Sidekick, played in numerous worldwide film festivals and was released in Canada by Maple Pictures before going on to sell in multiple international territories, including the US (Warner Home Video). Remake rights were optioned by Universal’s Focus Features.
His follow-up production, Maple Flavour Films, a humorous TV-hour documentary on the current state of the Canadian film industry, which Michael also directed, made the rounds on the Canadian film festival circuit and aired on Air Canada and PayTV.
Michael’s second feature, the workplace-comedy, Servitude, celebrated a sold-out world premiere at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal before going on to be released in Canada by Alliance Films. Starring Joe Dinicol ("The L.A. Complex"), Margot Kidder (Superman), Enrico Colantoni ("Veronica Mars") and Dave Foley ("The Kids in the Hall"), Servitude was the first film greenlit for production out of Telefilm Canada’s Features Comedy Lab. As part of the Lab, Michael prepared Servitude for production with mentorship from comedy heavyweights Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters), Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder) and Donald Petrie (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days).
As a screenwriter, Michael has had several screenplays optioned and several in active development. When not writing and producing under his own banner, Michael works with other independent filmmakers, providing story editing services as well as assisting them in various producing capacities. Credits include Son of the Sunshine (world premiere Slamdance 2009) and Gravy Train (released through Alliance Films in 2010).
Few people know more filmmakers and screenwriters in Europe than Raindance founder Elliot Grove. He has presided over the launch of some of this country's most interesting filmmakers. Edgar Wright was his first intern, Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn met at a Raindance course in the mid 1990's, Christopher Nolan and Gareth Edwards (Monsters) all launched their careers following film training courses at Raindance. Elliot founded Raindance Film Festival in 1993, the British Independent Film Awards in 1998, and Raindance.TV in 2007. He has produced over 150 short films, and 5 feature films. He has written eight scripts, one of which is currently in pre-production. His first feature film, TABLE 5 was shot on 35mm and completed for a total of $511.40. He teaches writers and producers in the UK, Europe, Japan and America. He has written three books which have become industry standards:RAINDANCE WRITERS' LAB: WRITE & SELL THE HOT SCREENPLAY(Focal Press 2008), RAINDANCE PRODUCER'S LAB: LO-TO-NO BUDGET FILMMAKING (Focal Press 2004) and 130 PROJECTS TO GET YOU INTO FILMMAKING (Barrons 2009). His first novel THE BANDIT QUEEN is scheduled for publication next year. Open University awarded Elliot an Honourary Doctorate for services to film education in 2009.
He has just finished shooting a feature in London, England directed by Ate de Jong (Drop Dead Fred)
Chuck Scott is an award winning producer/director with over 240 documentary and factual television programs successfully completed. His production company has partnered with many producers in Canada and abroad. These shows were shot in over 50 countries around the world. Chuck’s shows have aired on major broadcasters - such as BBC, Five, PBS, NHK, CBC, CTV, Global, Discovery Channels in Canada and the US, on National Geographic, Science Channel, Discovery Health and many more. Chuck has also produced and/or directed hundreds of commercials, music videos, corporate videos, a comedy feature film, two documentary features, children’s shows and a daytime talk show. Chuck’s greatest strength is his visual story telling. He and his team craft a strong story arc for every work and support the narrative with exceptional photography, whether the story takes 15 seconds or 150 minutes to tell.