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Producing for the Screen





ISBN 9780429399473
Published April 15, 2020 by Routledge
232 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Producing for the Screen is a collection of essays written by and interviews with working producers, directors, writers, and professors, exploring the business side of producing for film and television.

In this book, over 30 industry professionals dispel myths about the industry and provide practical advice on topics such as how to break into the field; how to develop, nurture, and navigate business relationships; and how to do creative work under pressure. Readers will also learn about the entrepreneurial expectations in relation to marketing, strategies for contending with the emotional highs and lows of producing, and money management while pursuing producing as a profession.

Written for undergraduates and graduates studying filmmaking, aspiring producers, and working producers looking to reinvent themselves, Producing for the Screen provides readers with a wealth of first-hand information that will help them create their own opportunities and pursue a career in film and television.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: WHAT IS PRODUCING? CHAPTER 1: GETTING STARTED

THE CURTAIN-RAISER: FINDING THE FLAME, FANNING THE FLAME

An interview with Lianne Halfon By Amedeo D’Adamo

MOVING TOWARDS A CAREER: WHAT ARE THE DOORWAYS?

JUMPING INTO LOW-BUDGET PRODUCING: THE WRITER AS WEB-SERIES PRODUCER: DRIVING THE INDEPENDENT WEBISODE

By Lydia Yeoman

WATCH YOUR METRICS, CHANGE YOUR WORK, AND JUST KEEP PRODUCING! A QUICK GUIDE TO PRODUCING FOR YOUTUBE

An interview with Bruna Capozzoli By Amedeo D’Adamo

CASE STUDY: THE SMALL PRODUCTION COMPANY

An interview with Graziano Chiscuzzu of 5e6

STORY PASS: HOW TO HELP A WRITER MOVE FROM A PITCH OR STORY IDEA TO A FULL STORY: PART ONE– CHARACTER AND CHARACTER ARCS

By Amedeo D’Adamo CHAPTER 2: STICKING IT OUT

STORY RADAR AND GENIUS-SPOTTING: ON WORKING WITH DIRECTORS

An interview with Jack Lechner

WORKSHEET: TEN STEPS TO PRODUCING YOUR FIRST FEATURE: YOUR INITIAL PRODUCING PACKAGE

MEDIA LABS: THE NEW DEVELOPMENT DEAL: A WAY TO CREATE BUZZ, RAISE YOUR PROFILE, NETWORK AND IMPROVE YOUR STORY

By Gabrielle Kelly

"ARE WE ALL MAKING THE SAME MOVIE?": THE DIRECTOR-PRODUCER RELATIONSHIP

An interview with director Adam Salky, head of the AFI’s directing concentration By Amedeo D’Adamo

KNOW YOUR PRIORITIES:THE ART OF THE BUDGET: WHERE TO SPEND, WHERE TO SAVE

By Peggy Rajski

WELCOME TO POST-PRODUCTION: HOW TO WORK WITH THE EXPERTS

An interview with Niko Remus

THE COST OF DISTRIBUTION: HOW TO KNOW WHAT YOU WANT

By Avril Speaks

STORY PASS: HOW TO HELP A WRITER MOVE FROM STORY TO SCRIPT: PART TWO– CHARACTER OBJECTIVES AND RELATIONSHIPS

By Amedeo D’Adamo

GOING ’ROUND THE TABLE: STICKING IT OUT

A conversation on dealing with rejection CHAPTER 3: FINDING SUCCESS

WHEN GOVERNMENTS GIVE YOU MONEY TO MAKE YOUR MOVIE: COMPARING THE US AND EU PRODUCING ENVIRONMENTS

An interview with Nevina Satta

FINDING YOUR AUDIENCE: CREATING THE WRITER-DIRECTOR-PRODUCER TRIANGLE

An interview with Roshi Nedjad

GETTING THE BEST FROM YOUR TEAM: HOW DO YOU COLLABORATE?: THE 2-TO-1 RULE FOR ARTISTIC COLLABORATION

By Amedeo D’Adamo

ON BEING FOCUSED, HONEST AND PREPARED: HANDLING THE COMPLICATED DYNAMICS BETWEEN PRODUCERS AND DIRECTORS

An interview with Joost de Vries By Amedeo D’Adamo

WHAT KIND OF PRODUCER WILL YOU BE? ON ISRAEL’S CO-PRODUCTION LANDSCAPE

An interview with Katriel Schory By Amedeo D’Adamo

SCREEN PRODUCING "DOWNUNDER": THE MEDIA-PRODUCING LANDSCAPE IN AUSTRALIA

By Ian Dixon

WORKSHEET: TAKING CHARGE OF YOUR MARKETING CAMPAIGN: WHAT ARE THE MARKETING HOOKS OF YOUR FILM?

By Amedeo D’Adamo

GOING ’ROUND THE TABLE

A conversation on coping with risk CHAPTER 4: GETTING AHEAD

THE PATH INTO THE STUDIO: GOOD DRAMA MAKES GREAT HORROR, AND OTHER TIPS ON MOVIEMAKING

An interview with producer Jason Blum By Chris Green

ESCAPING THE ALAMO: HOW DIRECTORS SURVIVE PRODUCING

An interview with Director Kimberly Peirce By Amedeo D’Adamo

 

"AHIGH CALLING IN A LOW PLACE": ON RUNNING A STUDIO

An interview with Thom Mount By Amedeo D’Adamo

PRODUCER TIPS: FINDING YOUR AUDIENCE: A SHORT PRIMER ON MARKETING DEMOGRAPHICS

By Amedeo D’Adamo

NATIVE AMERICANS STORM THE SYSTEM: A PRODUCER’S APPROACH TO RACISM An interview with Patricia Gomes and Ian Skorodin

By Amedeo D’Adamo

NAVIGATING THROUGH POST: FINDING THE CREATIVE PINCH-POINTS

An interview with Polly Duval By Amedeo D’Adamo

STORY PASS: "WHAT WAS THE NAME OF THAT SHOW AGAIN?": DEVELOPING TITLES THAT SELL

By Amedeo D’Adamo CHAPTER 5: STARTING AGAIN

THE WRITER-PRODUCER IN TV: COMBINING LUCK, PREPARATION AND OPPORTUNITY

An interview with Miranda Kwok by Amedeo D’Adamo

CASE STUDY: THE SHOW-RUNNERS OF SPAIN: HBO’S PATRIA AND GLOCAL PRODUCING

By Itxaso del Castillo Aira, Marian Gonzalez-Abrisketa and Andoni Iturbe Tolosa

STORY PASS: WHAT IS STORY TONE? HOW CAN IT BE GUIDED AND DEEPENED IN PRE- PRODUCTION? : A TECHNIQUE FOR PRODUCING YOUR PRE-VIS SESSIONS

ON CASTING: "NEVER CAST ONE CHARACTER AT A TIME"

A short conversation with Lianne Halfon

(Producer, Ghostworld, Juno, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Young Adult )

"ALWAYS COME TO THE TABLE WITH SOMETHING" : THE ART OF NEGOTIATING, HIRING AND HANDLING PEOPLE

An interview with Carolyn Pfeiffer By Amedeo D’Adamo

ASSOCIATE PRODUCING AND POST SUPERVISING

An interview with Mary Prendergast

CASE STUDY

Producing in the green economy: Emellie O’Brien builds a company where before there was nothing but waste

GOING ’ROUND THE TABLE: A CONVERSATION ON REGRET CONCLUSION

RECOMMENDED READING AND RESOURCES

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Biography

Amedeo D’Adamo currently teaches in the Directing discipline at the American Film Institute and filmmaking and producing at Universita Cattolica, Milan: he is also the Lead Teacher for the studio-funded Native American Feature Film Writers Lab in Los Angeles. He was the Scientific Director of the EU-funded Feature Development Program Puglia Experience (2008–2011) and the founding Dean and then President of the original Los Angeles Film School, where he also co-created and ran the Feature Film Development program. He has also taught at many universities and labs including Royal Holloway, Universita Svizzera and the University of Zurich, and with his wife Nevina Satta he designed and ran both the University Feature Development Lab and the University Doc Lab for the Locarno Film Festival. Together they also co-founded The Traveling Film School, a non-profit organization that provides free film and theater training to children in underdeveloped regions; it has built small tuition-free film schools in Cameroon and Sardinia. His book Empathetic Space on Screen (2018: Palgrave Macmillan) is about how character is expressed through production design, cinematography, and soundtrack. His features have been seen in festivals such as Rome, Miami, Austin, Torino, and others.