What Kind of Producer Are You?
Creative Producer • Business Producer • Line Producer
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A collection of books on the business of producing movies. (*These are affiliate links)
Although this book is a bit out of date, Dov Simens does a great job of constantly updating his teachings. Simens also teaches a two-day workshop and gives you everything you need to know on how to make a film and sell it. I love the fact that Dov pulls no punches in his teaching approach. I met Dov years ago at the American Film Market (AFM) and he was approachable and truly someone who loved to give. I used his teachings to make my feature film THE CUBE.
This book can be a bit dry to read at times, because it's about looking at Hollywood from a entertainment lawyer's perspective. Schuyler M. Moore is one of the most respected law professionals in the business. The greatest takeaway that I got from this book is that Hollywood is NOT in the film business, they are in the business of exploiting licenses and the control of those licenses.
Although this book may be targeted towards screenwriters, author Scott Kirkpatrick has been an executive for several independent film distribution companies. Kirkpatrick's insight of how movies are really made is insightful and worth a read.
Another book that may be a bit outdated, but Robert Rodriguez's story is simply inspiring. This is no excuse filmmaking. Imagine what you can do with today's tools?
Other books may tell you the best way to make your independent film or online short, but no other book describes so candidly how to spot and avoid such issues and obstacles as equipment problems, shooting-day snafus, postproduction myths, theatrical distribution deal breakers, and dozens of other commonly made missteps, including the top fifty mistakes every filmmaker makes.
Widely acknowledged as the “bible” of video and film production, and used in courses around the world,The Filmmaker’s Handbook is now updated with the latest advances in HD and new digital formats.
There's no shame pulling this book out when you're on set 🙂
Practically every successful business entrepreneur cites this book as the being the most important book you can read. You've heard it before, "But it's not what you know, it's who you know." This book will help you get to know the "who's who" in any industry.
This unique Survival Guide is designed to help the über independent filmmaker navigate the terrain of direct distribution and how best to sell a digital product online. There are a lot of books on how to make a movie and how to be part of the Hollywood machine; but this step-by-step guide will show you how to bypass all of that and get to the heart of making and selling digital products (your film) directly to an online audience … and survive the Hollywood implosion while doing it.
A collection of software and tools to help you, as a movie producer.
ProductionNext is a powerful new suite of tools and services for the indie film, television, web series, and corporate video worlds. We're an evolution of the entire process of making and managing a film, extending your reach from isolated projects to the full spectrum of personal, project, and business relationships that life in the production world demands.
I've used the original version of this bundle when it was called Entertainment Partners. It's on the pricey side, but they've been the industry leaders for years. If you're serving as a Line Producer, then you'll need a robust system like this one.
A collection of podcasts and podcast episodes that cover different aspects of the producing process.
This is one of my favorite podcast episodes, as we take a step-by-step journey of what it was like to turn "Paranormal Activity" into the global franchise phenomenon.
This episode really resonated with a lot of Film Troopers. Probably because of lot of filmmakers want to know how they can become relevant in their hometown. Chris White shares some amazing tips for any producer.
When you're done making your film, many of us want to have a live screening. Filmmaker, Christopher Everett, shares with us how he has been able to make money from his live screenings, long before he decided to make his film available on DVD and VOD.
A lot of us are dealing with zero to no budgets when we're trying to make our films. Mark Stolaroff is the founder of the No Budget Film School, so who better than to ask, "How do you make a no budget film?"
Overcoming Death and Making Movies That Matter with Jenna Edwards
In this episode, I interview actress and award-winning producer, Jenna Edwards, about surviving a near death experience to learn how to produce movies that matter.
In this episode, I speak with Lucas Longacre from Iron Way Entertainment about how he and his wife are able to make a living from their web series and documentaries.
In this episode, I interview Swedish filmmaker, Jonny Wallström about how his documentary, The Pearl of Africa, landed him meetings with Netflix, HBO, and CNN.
A collection of videos that will help with your producing efforts.
If you're looking to make a horror film, or any film for that matter, this short video series may be helpful. Look for Video #3 that goes into "How To Find Your Audience".
In this Film Marketing Friday, we dig deep into how filmmakers can build an audience for their film.
In this Film Marketing Friday session, we explore the bigger question of how the film industry works ... and how you, the über independent filmmaker fit into the whole thing.
In this Film Marketing Friday, we unpack how to create a better sales sheet via your movie poster when pitching your film idea to anyone.
If you're looking to launch a crowdfunding campaign for your film, Karen and David from Film Courage put together their own masterclass with Emily Best from Seed and Spark to help you succeed.
Dov Simens, Author of "Reel to Deal" and the creator of the 2-Day Film School has been a mainstay of Hollywood for years. Quentin Tarantino was one of Dov's students. In this video, Dov breaks down the different types of producers. He talks fast, so take notes!
Darius Britt started his YouTube channel when Film Trooper was launched. Britt has generated a following of over 100,000 subscribers. This video helps you avoid the top 15 mistakes that every filmmaker makes on their first film.
Darius's counterpart from England is Simon Cade, a young man who has generated over 450,000 YouTube subscribers, sharing his experience as a filmmaker for anyone wanting to get started.
A collection of online courses that will help you in your producing efforts. (*Affiliate links)
WERNER HERZOG - Teaches Filmmaking
When the legendary director Werner Herzog was 19, he stole a camera and made his first movie. 70 films and 50 awards later, Werner is teaching documentary and feature filmmaking. You’ll learn storytelling, cinematography, locations, self-financing, documentary interview techniques, and how to bring your ideas to life. By the end, you’ll make uncompromising films.
- 26 hours of video lessons (including learning how to finance your film)
- 37-page workbook
- Office hours for select students
Film School $90,000 • MASTERCLASS $90
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