PRODUCER SERIES (Budgeting Track): Breaking Down a Script 201 (1 of 3)
TIME: 2:00pm - 6:00pm
PRICE: $200 Standard/$160 Member | All 6 Classes $1000 Standard/$800 Member
Budgeting Track Only (All 3 Classes $550 Standard Member $440)
This fall, we're offering two different series of three classes each for producers, independent filmmakers, and content creators - The Producing Track and The Budgeting Track.
PRODUCER SERIES (BUDGETING TRACK – 3 CLASS SERIES)
Interested in understanding the job of a Producer? Looking to raise funds for a project or manage yours effectively and efficiently? Producing, production managing, or working as a 1st AD on an indie short, feature, or series?
These two series of workshops will cover the basics - what does a producer do, crew positions, definitions, responsibilities, and hierarchy, what is development, what it entails, and why it’s the most important part of the process, how to breakdown, schedule, and budget your movie, what should be included in a business proposal and why. We’ll discuss the basics from concept to completion to give you a leg up on your next project. If you don’t have a current project to workshop in the Budgeting Track, one will be provided.
It is highly recommended that you take all three classes in each series, and taking both series will greatly expand your knowledge of the business of production. Each class lays the foundation for the next.
For example, you can’t schedule your movie without a breakdown and you can’t budget your movie without a schedule. And if you don’t understand the role of a producer and the development process, it’s highly unlikely that you will craft a business proposal with the elements needed to raise the funds for your project or ultimately get distribution that is favorable to investor ROI.
BREAKING DOWN A SCRIPT 201
Paying someone to breakdown your script elements properly can be very expensive. Using the tagging function in Final Draft and importing it without doing the actual breakdown work keeps you from an intimate understanding of the work at hand. Plus it never captures everything your breakdown needs, doesn’t allow for finding all the mistakes in script continuity, nor seeing the holes in your story as you dig deeper into the minutia. If you want to be a good producer, assistant director, or production manager, it all starts with understanding this process.
In order to eventually schedule and properly budget your film, you need to break down each scene in your script by its elements. From actors and extras to sets and wardrobe to blood FX and lighting gags, anything and everything you will need on set must be accounted for. This class will teach you how to breakdown a script by hand. No expensive programs or laptops needed. I’ll bring the breakdown sheets, you bring the pens and paper for notes. Those with software programs are more than welcome to bring their laptops. You can work on your own script or one will be provided.