2018.02.27


Producer’s Foundation Certificate

Rated 4.83 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)

$311.35

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Next start date: 
Tuesday 27th February 2018, 18:30-21:00
Duration: Five Tuesday evenings
AddressRaindance Film Centre, 10a Craven Street, London, WC2N 5PE

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About the Producer’s Foundation Certificate

The Producer’s Foundation Certificate is a five-part evening course comprised of classes which each deal with a different aspect, process, or skill involved in producing films.

Producers have control over almost every aspect of a film’s production. They bring together and/or authorise the production team, including the director, director of photography, production designer and major cast members. The producer’s primary responsibility is to build an environment where the film’s cast and crew can thrive. They guide the film from conception to distribution and beyond.

*Each of the five classes can also be taken individually.

What will it cover?

Week 1: Creating a Business Plan

Once you’ve got found that terrific script and settled on a director to bring it to life, you need to prepare a plan for how you will get the money you need to make the film.

This class will explore the essentials you will need to present your project to both industry and private investors.

  • Choosing and approaching investors
  • Structuring a business plan
  • Preparing sales estimates and income streams
  • Profit participation

*Take this class on it’s own for £59.00 HERE

Week 2: Marketing and Selling Your Film

It is crucial for producers to know from the outset who the target audience for a film is, and how to market it to them.

This class will cover how to create and execute an effective marketing and PR plan specific to any particular film, including utilising the trade and consumer press and film festivals to turn your film into this year’s cult classic. You will also learn how to approach film festivals and film markets with a strong press kit, which will enhance the commercial potential of your film. The class will also include a segment on using social media to create buzz and generate interest in your film with tutor demonstration.

  • Writing an effective synopsis and getting high-quality photos
  • 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

You can take this class on it’s own for £59.00 HERE

Week 3: Basic Legal Contracts

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.

This class is designed to answer fundamental questions about the rights attaching to a film and its component parts and the contracts required to acquire, clear and protect those rights.  View it as health insurance for filmmakers!

This evening crash course explains:

  • Explains copyright and the rights of creatives and performers
  • Explains the key elements of a contract
  • Provides practical guidance on negotiating film contracts
  • Demystifies commonly used legal terminology

You can take this class on it’s own for £59.00 HERE

Week 4: Budgeting and Scheduling

A professional budget and schedule are arguably the most important parts of any film business plan. Simply put, a film budget is a list of all the stuff and people you need to make your film, and a schedule is when and where you need it. If you get the budget wrong, your film will stall half-finished without cash. Get the schedule wrong and your film will suffer – either from loss of quality or remain unfinished because you have run out of time (and budget).

This class explains how scripts are analysed in order to produce a realistic budget and schedule.

  • Script breakdown
  • Assessing prices
  • Union vs. non-union
  • Creating a feasible schedule

You can take this class on it’s own for £59.00 HERE

Week 5: Movie Money

This class will run through the basic financing tools available for any business — not just the film business— and provides students will the tools to plan the finance for your film. These tax-efficient finance structures make the UK one of the most attractive places in Europe to raise money for film production.

  • Tax-efficient finance vehicles
  • Enterprise Investment Schemes
  • Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs)
  • Profit participation

Please note: This course will not discuss current film finance structures. For information on this, visit www.bfi.org.uk.

You can take this class on it’s own for £59.00 HERE

What will you achieve?

Upon completion of the Producer’s Foundation Certificate, students will have acquired the skills, knowledge and confidence to then undertake their first producing projects.

How will you be taught?

A mix of lecture-style and demonstration with opportunities for students to ask the tutor questions.

Who should attend?

The Producer’s Foundation Certificate is suitable for beginner producers, as well as those interested in finding out more about what is required to get films made. It is also suitable for those seeking to refresh their existing knowledge.

About the tutors

Elliot Grove is the founder of Raindance Film Festival and the British Independent Film Awards. He has produced over hundreds of short films and also five feature films, including the multi-award-winning The Living and the Dead in 2006 and Deadly Virtues in 2014.

Elliot has written three books which have become industry standards: Raindance Writers’ Lab: Write + Sell the Hot Screenplay, now in its second edition, Raindance Producers’ Lab: Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking,  and 130 Projects to Get You Into Filmmaking. In 2009 he was awarded a PhD for services to film education.

What they’re saying

“I found Producer’s Foundation Certificate course very worthwhile. Five days after finishing the course I am now in the process of producing my first two projects.”

Justine Penn

All classes were informative and the tutors chosen were so knowledgable. Although I know there’s a lot more I need to learn, I feel a lot more confident about handling the role of a Producer.

Marcus Abington

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2018.02.27


Producer’s Foundation Certificate

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Diane Kerr

    I really enjoyed the course. It was full of useful information. Each weekly module had a specialist in their field explain the topic in depth. I made good contacts and gained useful knowledge that will allow me to put some tangible skills in to practice.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Daniel Cowie (verified owner)

    I had recently completed producing a couple of short films and felt it was time to work on a feature. I have a strong business background, but I had no formal education in Film prior and didn’t really know how to go about getting something of that stature made.. so I thought I’d give the Producers Foundation a go (as I already had Eliot’s Lo-to-no Budget Filmmaking book). By god it has helped me no end!! after completing this 5 week course, it was like someone just switched on the light and I understood how feature film making worked. I now feel confident enough to attack financing deals, look for sellers/distributers, Prepare budgets & business plans, promote our film & most of all, make sure it gets made.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Peter Bispham (verified owner)

    It was great to learn from people actively working in the industry. Each week a different tutor gave an insight into a particular area of film production, sharing practical hints and tips gained from their own experience. Met some interesting people and made a few contacts.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Austin Staton

    This course has helped to give me the tools to begin to produce my own short and feature films as well as making some vital contacts and learning a hell of a lot about the filmmaking process not only making the film but selling the film. Highly recommended 😊

  5. Rated 4 out of 5

    aidy

    I enjoyed the course, I enjoyed connecting with the tutors, other students, and Raindance staff, and I learnt from it, but to be honest I found all the information quite overwhelming and daunting… My position is this: I want to make a feature film, but I’m stuck… I’m looking for a producer, and I’m baffled that I still haven’t got one… I think there’s a gap in the market for Raindance to fill, which is “You want to make a film? We’ll closely guide and support your babysteps (as opposed to teach you how and then send you on your way… maybe more aftercare?)” Obviously this is a reflection of my personality, and I think I need more of an arm around the shoulder, and to be better understood, and to be helped through the barriers I come across (my skeptisism of people and life, naiveity as to the nature of the task, self-pity at rejections, fear and shame, etc…) Thanks Raindance, I recommend…
    PS. Yes, I’m in therapy!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Øyvind Aamli

    Like a lot of Raindance courses this Producers Foundation Course is not over-complicated and helped me to have a very practical approach to film production. I’ve enrolled on a few Raindance courses and each lecture has an expert tutor who actually works in the field they are teaching in and are realistic yet inspirational. 6 months later I’m being paid to produce two films and I find myself looking back over the notes and handouts I acquired on this course. I guess that’s speaks for itself. Thank you Raindance!

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