Producing for the Screen: A Real World Guide, Part II

Intermediate—Spring

Building on the course work and experiences associated with Part I of this course, students continue to explore the role of the producer from the moment of creative inspiration through project development, log line, treatment and proposal writing, financing, physical production—indeed, down to the nuts-and-bolts aspects of script breakdown, budgeting, scheduling, and delivering a film, television, or video project to a network or distributor. Students apply knowledge and skills from Part l to focus on gaining a deeper knowledge of best producing practices, entertainment law, producing dos and don’ts, traditional and innovative financing models, domestic and foreign film and television markets, daily industry trends, film and television sizzle and trailer production, pitching skills, film marketing and publicity, distribution strategies, navigating the festival circuit—and working with lawyers, agents, managers and sales agents and deciphering the business, psychological, and human elements of producing. Course work includes written and oral assignments, presentations, and assignments based on invited filmmakers and industry guests. Conference projects may include producing a film or media project by a student in another filmmaking production class at Sarah Lawrence, a case study or body of work analysis from the producer perspective, or the development and preproduction of a proposed future “virtual” film or video project.