In this intense and interactive one-day course, Paul Armstrong, Producer of numerous award-winning independent short & feature films, walks you through what you need – and what it takes – to be an indie film producer in today’s market. This is indie film producing experience from the trenches – not the stuff they teach in film school.
This third round of the Indie Film Producing course is for independent producers, writers and directors making movies today – or wanting to make movies – in the independent film landscape.
The course provides:
- Tools and information to produce your movie
- A pitching forum to bring your movie ideas and receive direct feedback on your screenplay, treatment or synopsis
- Experience and practical advice from an industry veteran with nearly 20 years’ experience making movies and supporting independent filmmakers
- A reality check and tips from the forefront of indie filmmaking on what is achievable as an independent filmmaker
What you will learn:
9:00 – 10:30 am: The Pitch
Special guest: Cynde Harmon, Producer with Really Real Films
Paul gives his no-nonsense feedback in this rapid-fire first segment, where participants pitch their film project. Pitching is where it all starts – and you need to know if
a) your pitch gets a producer’s attention
b) your film idea has a market and
c) the pitfalls and traps to watch out for when producing your film
Participants who choose to can pitch their project in 2 MINUTES or LESS and get direct feedback from Paul on the spot. (Submit synopsis or treatment in advance of the course). Those not pitching learn a ton from the feedback – about what the film industry wants and what are the pitfalls and traps of producing your film project.
10:45 am – 11:00 am BREAK
11:00 am – 1:00 pm: The Product
Paul shares his 20 years’ experience in the A-Z of producing low-budget independent films in Canada, from the various roles he’s had in film production. An overview of producing is provided, from sourcing material to pre-and-post production, with Q & A throughout.
Learn the tricks and traps of low-budget film producing – this is the stuff they DON’T teach you in film school!
Producing Seminar: Navigating the Pitfalls of Canadian Independent Film
- The Material – Finding a script; Getting book rights
- Development – Developing an existing script; Finding a writer
- Director – What to look for in a Director – and where; The Producer / Director relationship
- Casting – Hiring a Casting Director; Star Casting
- Crewing- Hiring Key Crew (DOP, PM, Production Designer, 1st AD, Editor, etc); Unsung Heroes on Crew; Chemistry, Chemistry, Chemistry
- Budgeting – How to determine what the budget will be for your film; Budgeting Tips
- Production – How long is the shoot; Cost of shooting
- Post Production – Editing Process; Various cuts; Locking picture; Music; Picture Post; Sound Post; VFX; Deliverables
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm LUNCH
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm: The Money
This is the hard part: Paul shares his considerable experience in financing films to help you understand where, how and how much money you can get to make your film. Be prepared for a reality check!
- Various ways to finance your film: (Private Investors, Gov’t Funding, Crowd Sourcing)
- Tax Credits / Bank Financing
- Raindance Raw Talent
3:15 pm 3:30 pm BREAK
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm: The Promotion
Promoting your Canadian Independent Film
- Festivals and Markets – Why & what type of Film Festivals; Your Festival Goal
- Distribution – Plan from day 1; Self Distribute or not? Typical Deal: Theatrical, DVD, Netflix, VOD ;
- Co-Pros – Finding the right partner
NOW GO OUT THERE AND PRODUCE A CANADIAN FILM!
After 5:00 pm – THE PUB
This is the important bit 🙂 Join Paul and the Raindance Vancouver Team at a nearby pub for a chill after class chat & drink.
Paul will be available for one-to-one discussion and to set up individual consultations and trouble-shooting on your project.
Who Should Take this Course
Canadian independent producers, writers, directors, actors, technicians making movies today – or wanting to make movies – in the Canadian independent film landscape; New and emerging Canadian filmmakers who need a broad but practical intro and understanding of the Canadian independent film landscape; Film Fans.
About the Instructor – Paul Armstrong
Location: 202 – 739 Gore Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V6A 2Z9