Production
Production Company: Advisory Meetings

Production Company: Advisory Meetings

Once the project is funded, members should be given copies of the development activity projection for review. The producer should also schedule meetings with each member, either individually or as a group. During these meetings discussions and suggestions about the story should be held. Story Producers should work constantly to improve the story. This includes...
Production Company: Development Emphasis

Production Company: Development Emphasis

The length of time required for picture development varies with different companies. Most new production companies need to pass through a minimum of 25 main activities in order to produce their first motion picture. The first 20 activities on the list typically involve production development. A production company can conduct important operation, risk mitigation, tax...
Production Company: Operations

Production Company: Operations

A lot of effort goes into the successful launch and management of a production company. This article addresses the operations and related development of production companies. It also addresses the structural organization of production companies, the different independent fundamental principles used by these companies as well as how these principles function in practice. Establishing the...
Multi-Tasking Producers: What Does it Take?

Multi-Tasking Producers: What Does it Take?

Being a successful producer takes skills that are typically absent from the creatives within the industry, however a great producer also requires that creative side. It is a very unusual blend of skills and is the main reason that a good producer is hard to find. You need to be a hard headed business man...
Multi-Tasking Producers: House Style

Multi-Tasking Producers: House Style

Most producers are tied to production  companies or studios, so their choice of projects is somewhat managed. Having said that, many will bring projects to those companies or may indeed be part of the management of that company. Does it benefit a company to have a house style or brand identity? Outside of the film...
Multi-Tasking Producers: What Projects?

Multi-Tasking Producers: What Projects?

It takes a smart producer to handle several films at once and one of the first tasks is to judge whether the new film compliments their other current projects. Firstly there is content to consider; a producer may be looking to build a diverse body of work or a focused one, establishing them as a...
Multi-Tasking Producers: Multiple Projects

Multi-Tasking Producers: Multiple Projects

In Barry Levinson’s 1997 film Wag the Dog, Dustin Hoffman’s producer Stanley Motts complains about the fact that there is no Academy Award for Best Producer. There is of course the Irving Thalberg Award, but that’s a special award for outstanding producers, only given sporadically. The absence says something about our perception of what producers...
Advancing Team Vitality and Allegiance

Advancing Team Vitality and Allegiance

A producer’s team is critical to creating quality movies. Much like a living organism, it is always growing and changing in response to stimuli. Producers who view their team as an entity that needs regular evaluation and if necessary changes to continue to be a healthy organization will have more success in the long run....
Producers Must Dream: Dream, Plan, Work, Live

Producers Must Dream: Dream, Plan, Work, Live

Producers must dream expansively, plan comprehensively, work valiantly, and live completely. Here are some additional considerations for a producer’s career that require their attention to ensure success. Managing Library Pictures Once a movie has premiered in a theater and enjoyed its run, it becomes a library picture and is stored away while a new audience...
Putting Together the Production Team

Putting Together the Production Team

In a production company, the producer’s most important assets are the operating and advisory teams who take care of daily operations. Some considerations on completing these teams includes planning, evaluating, choosing employees and setting compensation amounts for those employees. Creating the Team In order for a producer to meet the demands of the business, they...
Quick Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Scripts and Actors

Quick Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Scripts and Actors

Directing isn’t always easy, and having a few strategies in hand can be helpful in difficult situations. Here are a few tips to get you going: 1)      Always Move Your Story Forward Every scene in a movie should be building up and moving towards the finale. Blocking refers to the movement and positioning of actors...
What Happened During Film Production?

What Happened During Film Production?

When you reach production, much of the planning should be complete so as to reduce the number of problems, however, there will still be some issues to face. When production begins the director will lead the crew in an effort to capture the video and audio required in order to communicate the message the director...
Film Production Notes: Director's Role

Film Production Notes: Director’s Role

You are a director. You don’t need to father the play. Your role in the making  of a play is to help the play to see the light of the day.  This is a task similar to a task of a doctor or nurse- you need to let the process of birth develop by itself....
Two Producer Types

Two Producer Types

Producers are the creators and manufacturers of motion pictures. Producers are closely related to both the audience and the distributors; audience members purchase their product and distributors put the producer in touch with their audience while creating a market for their product.  Independent producers tend to fall into two operating profiles: creative protectionist producers and...
Aspects of TV Production

Aspects of TV Production

Building an Outline The first step of building an outline is beginning with a series of headings that cover the main theme. For instance, if you are planning on shooting an instructional video about building a table, the topics that you would need to cover may include how to find the right wood, tools needed...
Becoming a Reality Show Story Producer

Becoming a Reality Show Story Producer

  If you dream of becoming a reality show producer but don’t know where to start, don’t worry.  Everyone who is now a famous story producer had to start off somewhere, and so will you.  Often times they had to start off with seemingly unrelated entry-level jobs but through tenacity and networking, they moved up...
Production Incentives

Production Incentives

Production incentives are a central component of the finance plan of nearly all new film projects. This chapter explores the entire U.S and many principal international production incentive programs made available since May 2010. There are several governmental forms e.g., tax incentives, subsidies, and other forms are available supporting both domestic and foreign film production....
Video Production Notes: Finally Avoid Brief Shots & Faulty Takes

Video Production Notes: Finally Avoid Brief Shots & Faulty Takes

Avoid brief shots Always record the beginning and end of the action, to allow editing. Do not wait to record until the action starts. Extra footage on each side of the action, also known as heads or tails, will give the editor the opportunity to utilize dissolves, fades, and allow him or her to best...