Episode Two: The Producer’s Approach

June 24, 2009 by cindy  
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Jenna Edwards returns for our second episode and joins Seth Caplan in sharing their producing experiences. Jenna and Seth give definitions of the different producing roles and they also talk about what characteristics a writer or directer should look for in a producing partner.


Seth Caplan

Seth is a Chicago native and an award-winning filmmaker who has worked for production companies in New York, Los Angeles, and Amsterdam. Seth co-founded Enspire Learning, where he produced e-learning courses for Harvard Business School and the US Department of Education. He holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.F.A. from the American Film Institute. Caplan’s thesis film Duncan Removed was honored with a student Emmy and was nominated for a Student Academy Award. Seth wrote and produced Flatland: The Movie, an animated film featuring the voices of Martin Sheen, Kristen Bell, and Tony Hale. He recently won an Independent Spirit Award for In Search of a Midnight Kiss which was released in 2008.

For more information about Seth Caplan or to contact him, please visit the following websites:


Jenna Edwards

In the year 2000, Jenna, made the journey to L.A. to pursue acting. She appeared in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Malcolm in the Middle as well as several independent films. Her natural charisma, inherent organizational skills and art for problem solving led her to producing student films and as of late, her feature film debut, April Showers. Producing has given her a rare gift, one that allows her to truly love her job and to be excited every day about what she can achieve and enable others to achieve. Edwards and her directing partner Andrew Robinson have recently formed their own distribution company called Pure+Motive. Jenna and Andrew have recently begun work on their second feature film collaboration, an adaptation of Dancing Carl based on the novel by three-time Newbery Honor author Gary Paulsen.

For more information about Jenna Edwards or to contact her please visit the following websites:



2 Comments on "Episode Two: The Producer’s Approach"

  1. Dan McClure on Tue, 30th Jun 2009 7:50 pm 


    Your podcast pertaining to Producing with Jenna & Seth was quite helpful. I often have wondered who really is the leader in the film making process and it appears there is much variation to this equation. I can see, however, after listening to your discussion that Producers wear the multitude of hats. I remember meeting Jenna for the first time during the April Showers production and thinking, based on my son Bryan’s high praises for her, that she certainly is charismatic. But with all the production assistants, producers, executive producers, executive directors, director etc. I was really confused about just what she did. Now I understand more clearly that she did just about everything short of writing and directing the film. I remember she even had an acting part in the film. The story about how she and the other producer, April Wade, came to be involved was interesting. Hearing about Seth’s background and how to develop as a producer and finding contacts was also informative. So as always I enjoyed the time you all shared to help the audience and future film makers better understand what does appear to be magic created through the art of movie making.

    Great job!


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