Independent Film Producing

$325.00

8 weeks. Starting May 5

Online LIVE class meets Tuesdays

3 PM U.S. Pacific Day Time (PDT)

6 PM U.S. Eastern Day Time (EDT)

Independent Film Producing

$325.00

8 weeks. Starting May 5

Online LIVE class meets Tuesdays

3 PM U.S. Pacific Day Time (PDT)

6 PM U.S. Eastern Day Time (EDT)

Independent Film Producing

$325.00

8 weeks. Starting May 5

Online LIVE class meets Tuesdays

3 PM U.S. Pacific Day Time (PDT)

6 PM U.S. Eastern Day Time (EDT)

Learn how to produce an independent film.

From choosing the right projects and properly packaging them for market to building pitch decks, budgets, schedules and finance plans and working with investors. Learn how to get films from pre-production through post-production, and ready for market.

The Independent Film Producing course offers a foundation for beginners or for producers with some previous experience who want to go out and produce a feature or short film. You will be expected to bring a script/project to work with by the second week of the course.

Week by week, you will learn how to:

  • find the proper project for your slate.
  • properly package your film with all the necessary documents, team, talent, etc to get it into production.
  • raise money for your films.
  • deal with the ins and outs of proper pre-production.
  • run an effective, efficient, and safe set.
  • oversee post production while still finding a home for the film.
  • get the most out of your film for your team, your investors, and you.

Each week students can participate in a 1-hour LIVE class and interact directly with the instructor and other classmates. You can access recorded files of the classes and supporting materials at any time and study at your own convenience. After each class, you work on theoretical and practical exercises and receive feedback from the instructor. At the end of the course, you will have developed your own project.

*Image above: Producer Sean Patrick Burke on the set of As You Are, which won a Special Jury Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. 

Instructor

Sean Patrick Burke

Sean Patrick Burke is an American movie and television producer. He has produced the feature drama As You Are, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016, winning a Special Jury Prize Award; and had its international premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival. He is an Executive Producer on Super Troopers 2, which released in theaters on April 20, 2018 to a $15.7 Million opening weekend and total theater gross of $32 Million + $8 Million in VOD/DVD sales. He recently was an Executive Producer on A Violent Separation, shot in Loui...

Instructor

Sean Patrick Burke

Sean Patrick Burke is an American movie and television producer. He has produced the feature drama As You Are, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016, winning a Special Jury Prize Award; and had its international premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival. He is an Executive Producer on Super Troopers 2, which released in theaters on April 20, 2018 to a $15.7 Million opening weekend and total theater gross of $32 Million + $8 Million in VOD/DVD sales. He recently was an Executive Producer on A Violent Separation, shot in Louisiana and released in U.S. Theaters on May 17, 2019. Sean has many films gearing up for production in 2019 and 2020.

Instructor

Sean Patrick Burke

Sean Patrick Burke is an American movie and television producer. He has produced the feature drama As You Are, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016, winning a Special Jury Prize Award; and had its international premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival. He is an Executive Producer on Super Troopers 2, which released in theaters on April 20, 2018 to a $15.7 Million opening weekend and total theater gross of $32 Million + $8 Million in VOD/DVD sales. He recently was an Executive Producer on A Violent Separation, shot in Louisiana and released in U.S. Theaters on May 17, 2019. Sean has many films gearing up for production in 2019 and 2020.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Choosing the Right Project

    Genre Specific. How is Genre important? Choosing the right team. The script is the ultimate sales tool. Working with your team to get the project ready for phase 2 which is packaging and raising equity.

    You will be expected to bring a script/project to work with on week 2.

  • Week 2

    Getting you project ready to package.

    Schedule, budgeting, seed money, casting director, casting, agencies, finding the right director, building out your team, and getting your film ready to present to investors.

  • Week 3

    My film is packaged. Now what?

    Learning to present to investors. We will go in depth into how to build out a look book/business plan, why they are so important, setting up investor meetings, following up with investors tactfully, investor jargon, etc. We will take an in depth look at a finance plan, the typical film investment set up, and properly raising equity for your film.

  • Week 4

    Don’t fix it in post, fix it in pre-production!

    Properly running through pre-production. Hiring your team, finding the right locations, working with local film offices, finding the proper state/country to film in, tax incentives.

  • Week 5

    Film is packaged and monies in the bank. What’s the next step?

    How to efficiently run a set, taking care of your cast/crew, overcoming obstacles on set, safety on set.

  • Week 6

    On to post.

    Handling post-production. A producer helps oversee the edits, creates the timelines, finds a sales team, finding the right festival for your film, looking into distribution. A guide to getting your film sold.

  • Week 7

    Festivals, Sales, Distribution, Marketing, and more!

    Getting your film ready for market, with the most for your film, your team, your investors and you.

  • Week 8

    Recap of course + managing your film for years to come.

    Handling taxes for your films, working with investors, managing expectations. We will do an overview of the course and chat about everyone leaving ready to film a feature film aimed to hit market.

How our classes work

Our online courses are handled inside Blackboard, one of the most advanced LMS platforms for online education. Blackboard integrates its platform with a tool called Collaborate. Collaborate is a virtual classroom where students and instructor can interact using a camera and a microphone.

You will watch the instructor speak live and will be able to ask questions and interact using your own video and audio feed. The instructor can also set up dedicated group activities, dividing the class in smaller groups to assign discussions, much like in an actual classroom.

All live classes are recorded, so if you miss the class on the scheduled time don’t worry. You can access the recorded file at any time during the course.

Inside the platform you will find all the contents of your course: the class script, workbook, exercises, assignments and supporting materials that will enrich your learning experience.

We take a hands-on approach to learning, so you will work on practical assignments and receive personalized feedback from the instructor.

Technology requirements

MAC

Computer Operating System: Windows 10

Desktop Browser: Google Chrome (latest update)

Computer Speed and Processor: At least 8GB. (*if you are using a video software such as Adobe Premiere Pro, a dedicated video card may be required depending on your computer configuration.)

Download and Upload Speed: at least 10MB for upload, and at least 5MB for download.

PC

Computer Operating System: Windows 10

Desktop Browser: Google Chrome (latest update)

Computer Speed and Processor: At least 8GB. (*if you are using a video software such as Adobe Premiere Pro, a dedicated video card may be required depending on your computer configuration.)

Download and Upload Speed: at least 10MB for upload, and at least 5MB for download.

* This will cover much of the standard household computers, tablets and smartphones.

Additional Information

If you miss the real-time, LIVE class, you can access the recorded version of the class, as well as supporting materials, any time during the course.

Class size limited to 24 students.

Instructor’s location: Seattle/Tacoma, WA.

Language: English.

Certificate issued by IAFA upon completion of the course.

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