Q: You talk about pre-production all the time. What is it and why is it important?

August 29, 2011 by cindy  
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Q: You talk about pre-production all the time.  What is it and why is it important?

Sarah V., Richmond Virginia

Pre-Production is the time before principal photography starts. It is the time when you get to plan and prepare for the chaos of the shoot. It is, arguably, the most important part of the process because if done correctly, you can spot issues with the script, the budget, the shot list, the locations, the equipment, transportation and pretty much everything you will encounter on set. Now, you must know that there will always be unforeseen challenges, but there are a number of “standard” challenges that every film faces. If you do a proper pre-production, those challenges can be dealt with before everyone is sitting on set and time is ticking away. Because, on set is where time is the most expensive. Also, if you are working in the low-budget world you don’t have money to throw at problems.  More likely than not, you will be asking to borrow equipment, locations, furniture, etc. and if you can allow for more planning time to get those things lined up the shoot will go much more smoothly. So, please, I implore you to do as much pre-production as you possibly can on your films without becoming obsessed with pre-production to the point of avoiding the shoot.

Episode Twenty-Nine: The Skype Experiment

March 3, 2010 by cindy  
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Episode29_photo For this episode, Jenna and Cindy do something a little different and record the show via Skype. They review what’s been covered so far this season and talk about what a “day in the life” of a producer is like half-way through pre-production. Come join us for THE SKYPE EXPERIMENT.

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Episode Twenty-Four: A Pre-view of Post-production

January 20, 2010 by cindy  
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Episode24_photoWait a minute, a show about post-production during our pre-production season? Wha? Before you write us off as crazy loons just hold up a second and listen to reason. In order to save time and money during post you will need to consult your post-production team during pre-production to make it easier for your editor to properly handle the camera work-flow.

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Episode Twenty-Four Guests

Mark Fletcher- Online Editor/Post Production Supervisor

Mark_FletcherMark Fletcher was raised in central Maine, and spent most of his childhood tinkering with computers. In college, he joined the digital filmmaking revolution, and switched his major from computer science to media arts. After working on a number of projects for both television and theatrical release, he discovered that his passion was in post production. Being a techie at heart, Mark very much enjoys online editing and digital intermediate work, and he loves finding ways to use new technology to help aid the visual storytelling process. In recent years, he has gravitated towards the role of post production supervisor, and he is also an Avid instructor at Video Symphony in Burbank, CA.

To find out more about Mark or to contact him, please visit his website at www.postcrew.com

Jenna Edwards- Resident Producing Advisor

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Episode Twenty-One: The Producer’s Corner

December 9, 2009 by cindy  
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Episode21_photoWho better to advise on pre-”production” than a couple of producers? Jenna and Jeremy stop by to share their pearls of producer wisdom about preparing for one of the biggest projects of your life: your independent film! They also share a little bit about the new film they’re working on called In the Darkness.

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Episode Twenty-One Guests

Jeremy McGovern- Producer

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Jeremy McGovern was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado.  From a young age McGovern showed a knack for the arts and his interest was cultivated by his Grandmother (a prominent local artist).  In Colorado McGovern was accepted to and finished several rigorous art programs with honors.  After graduation McGovern took his first independent leap into the business world when he owned and operated his own successful business and founded a non-profit organization while attending Colorado State University where he studied Clinical Psychology and Biology.
In 2003 McGovern relocated to Los Angeles.  Since his arrival in Los Angeles McGovern has been selected to be a part of the opening management team for flagship locations of several Fortune 500 companies as well as working as an independent contractor for smaller local upstart companies.
While continuing to work McGovern returned to school to complete his film education and in 2007 graduated Magna Cum-Laude from Columbia College Hollywood with a double emphasis in Cinema and Television.  Recently McGovern co-founded Burning Bridge Entertainment with Producer Jenna Edwards and Director Andrew Robinson and wrapped principal photography on their first feature film “In The Darkness”.

Jeremy McGovern was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado.  From a young age McGovern showed a knack for the arts and his interest was cultivated by his Grandmother (a prominent local artist). After graduation McGovern took his first independent leap into the business world when he owned and operated his own successful business and founded a non-profit organization while attending Colorado State University where he studied Clinical Psychology and Biology.

In 2003 McGovern relocated to Los Angeles. While continuing to work McGovern returned to school to complete his film education and in 2007 graduated Magna Cum-Laude from Columbia College Hollywood with a double emphasis in Cinema and Television.  Recently McGovern co-founded Burning Bridge Entertainment with Producer Jenna Edwards and Director Andrew Robinson and wrapped principal photography on their first feature film In The Darkness.

Jenna Edwards- Resident Producing Advisor

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Episode Twenty: Money Matters

December 2, 2009 by cindy  
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Episode20_PhotoIn this episode we welcome back our friend John Cones from Season One. John sheds light on some of the very important rules and laws about raising money for your film and he also talks about the filmmaker’s obligation to his or her investors during the pre-production period. When should you start pre-production? When the money is in the bank.

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Episode Twenty Guests

John Cones- Securities Attorney

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John Cones is a securities/entertainment attorney who has practiced in Los Angeles for eighteen years advising independent feature film producers and others on matters relating to investor financing of feature film and other entertainment projects.  He has prepared or participated in the preparation of business plans and/or the required securities disclosure documents, along with Blue Sky compliance for more than 250 such offerings during his 18 year securities law career, including public and private production-money offerings for feature films, television pilots, documentaries, infomercials, live stage plays and Internet companies. His clients have produced or distributed some 51 feature and documentary films with funds raised through such offerings. Mr. Cones also works with entrepreneurs on investor financing of business start-ups. In addition to several articles, he has authored six books on those same topics including Introduction to the Film Industry- A Guide for Students, Filmmakers and Scholars, Dictionary of Film Finance and Distribution- A Guide for Independent Filmmakers, Film Industry Contracts, 43 Ways to Finance Your Film, The Feature Film Distribution Deal and Hollywood Wars. He also hosts a Q&A Internet site about investor financing of entertainment projects at http://www.mecfilms.com/coneslaw/finforum.htm He is a member of the California and Texas bar associations. Mr. Cones resides in Westlake Village, California.

For more information about John or to contact him please visit his website.

Jenna Edwards- Resident Producing Advisor

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Episode Eighteen: Pre-Production Prep

November 11, 2009 by cindy  
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Ep18_photo_womanworkingIn our final bonus episode before Season Two begins, Jenna and Cindy discuss the importance of setting up your pre-production office. Join them as they read an excerpt from one of their favorite books, The Complete Film Production Handbook by Eve Light Honthaner.

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