Producing is the business of movie making, assembling the raw talent, equipment, and resources for the director to build their vision on the set. Producers constantly strive to balance the director’s artistic desire with the limitations of the shooting schedule and budget, addressing challenges on location, and juggling schedules of cast and crew. But challenges always arise, and it’s the producer’s nimble response that keeps the show moving forward, always with the singular goal of producing a movie that thrills and entertains the audience.
But the business of filmmaking is like no other – demands are constantly changing, and each scene requires its own unique approach to be successful. One moment you may be coordinating two hundred extras dressed in medieval garb, and the next, figuring out how to get an elephant to the end of a pier for a scene.
The Producing Department Certification Course has been thoughtfully produced in partnership with some of the producers behind Hollywood’s biggest TV shows and movies, all of whom graciously share their time, talents, and experiences to teach you the skills you need to build a successful career.
In this course, you will learn:
- The role of the line producer, unit production manager, and production coordinator
- How to work with agents and managers
- How to raise money and manage investor's expectations
- How tax incentives serve to attract productions to a region
- How to form a production company
- How to set up a production office
- How to work with an entertainment attorney
- How to effectively hire a production crew
- How producers manage the budget on set
- How to negotiate with, pay, and manage vendors
- How to work with unions and guilds
- How to hire SAG-AFTRA actors
- How a feature film script is broken down
- How to develop a realistic shooting schedule
- How to develop the production budget
Your instructors are Hollywood producers whose credits include top blockbusters, critically acclaimed productions, as well as Emmy and Academy-Award winning projects.
Producer, 1st Assistant Director
Josh is the producer of "Avatar," the X-Men movies, "Logan," "Real Steel," and, as James Cameron's 1st AD, ran the sets of "Titanic," "Avatar," and dozens of other Hollywood blockbusters.
Studio Executive, LucasFilm
Jeff was the Head of Worldwide Distribution and Online for LucasFilm, overseeing the release of the Star Wars prequels.
Richard has produced the Academy-Award winner, "The Artist," and "Hitchcock," "The 5th Wave," "I Love You Phillip Morris," "Jonah Hex," "and "ZeroZeroZero"
CRISTEN CARR STRUBBE
Unit Production Manager
Cristen ran productions for Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me if You Can," and "Charlie Wilson's War," Academy-Award winning, "American Beauty," and over a dozen other blockbusters.
Emmy-Nominated VP of Production, NBC
Jody managed NBC Studio's made-for television movie department, with credits including "Christmas Cupid," "Snowglobe," "Identity Theft," "Maiden Voyage," "Rush of Fear," "Cruel Justice," and "The Ron Clark Story"
ANNE MARIE GILLEN
Anne Marie served as COO of Morgan Freeman's production company, Revelations Entertainment, and is the producer of Oscar nominated "Fried Green Tomatoes."
Alexa is the former Vice President of Development at Sony Pictures Animation and Vice President of Production at New Regency Productions.
Head of Production at William Morris-Endeavor
Wayne Fitterman leads the WME's Production Department, one the top five most powerful talent agencies in the world. His clients have included, Oscar-winning cinematographers, production designers, producers, and actors.
President, Troma Pictures
Lloyd is president of Troma Pictures and the chairman of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), the global trade association of independent distributors and producers of motion picture and television programming.
Stephen worked with James Cameron on "Aliens of the Deep," and numerous features, including "Marco Polo," "The Darkest Hour," and "13 Hours"
EVE LIGHT HONTHANER
Eve's credits include "Titanic," "Tropic Thunder," "Joy Ride," "Just Married," "In Dreams," and "The Game"
VP of Amblin Television
Carole has worked at CBS Comedy and as Vice President of Steven Spielberg’s first Amblin Television. During that time, she heard more than 3,000 pitches, bought hundreds of scripts, and was involved in developing dozens of television series.
Ricky serves as the Vice President of Future Films, LLC. The Future Film Group is a major financier and producer in the media sector having raised over $2bn in finance and having been involved in over 200 films and TV shows.
Noel has managed the accounting for "American Crime Story," "Feud," "Stitchers," "Switched at Birth," "10 Things I Hate About You," "The Pacific," "Wasteland," "Tin Cup," and "What's Love Got To Do With It."