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