Script to Screen – Producing From A to Z
Sunday, September 30th, 11:45am at The Funny Bone
What’s the trick to getting your film into production? Local and visiting directors and producers discuss how to navigate
your unique project from script to screen, overcoming hurdles along the way. Whether its Lord of the Rings or
Napoleon Dynamite, creative and commercial characteristics must be scrutinized and weighed so a plan can be mapped out
that will heighten your chances of getting a green light.
How to identify projects to produce: commercial material vs. prestige projects. - i.e. high concept vs. low concept and the corresponding packaging and production approach. How many projects can you juggle at once?
How much to spend on an option and/or rewrite - how to make it happen for free by making creative deals with writers, directors etc.
How to package projects and create leverage. Aligning with talent, financing or distribution. What to expect in exchange for their participation. How to negotiate.
Navigating film financing possibilities. Indie financing/equity investors and what they will expect, tax-driven “soft money” required, government funds, bank gap, pre-sales, grants, minimum guarantees, studio distribution deals, etc.
A cursory look at budgeting and production. What to expect on the set; learn about each position and their respective responsibilities. When is your script ready to shoot? Making script adjustments during pre-production (only shooting what you’re going to use) versus confronting a disastrous postproduction.
Editing your movie; where it all comes together. How to avoid mistakes often made during production that result in an incoherent story and unsatisfying film.
Miscellaneous: Why it’s important to prepare for other projects simultaneously while consumed by one in production. Setting up a production company – is it necessary?
Length: 3 - 4 hours
Target audience: Anyone interested in filmmaking, producers, executive producers, associate producers, assistant directors, directors and more.
Moderator: Kat Haase, Film Specialist, Idaho Film Office
The Idaho Film Office, managed by Peg Owens, is part of the Idaho Department of Commerce.