Learn the basics of Narrative film producing in only 4 sessions!
The Narrative Film Producing Introductory Certificate
The Narrative Film Producing Introductory Certificate Course is a four-part series of classes, each presenting a specific aspect, process, or skill involved in producing narrative feature films. This course is for anyone interested in the feature film producing process, whether or not you have any experience in producing or filmmaking.
Jan 28th – Feb 18th 2020 (Each Tuesday evenings @ 7:30pm)
Location: New York City
Why take the Narrative Film Producing Introductory Certificate Course?
Producers have control over almost every aspect of a film’s production. They initiate and drive the movie forward, bringing together a production team, including the director, director of photography, production designer and major cast members. The producer’s primary responsibility is to guide a project from the beginning to the audience, building an environment where the project, film’s cast and crew can thrive. They lead the film from conception to script, from script to producing the film, into distribution, marketing and beyond.
About the Narrative Film Producing Introductory Certificate Course
This four-part evening course answers specific questions in key areas of producing, and explores the opportunities producers have today to develop, finance, budget and market a film. During each class you will learn skills essential to getting a movie made. To receive a certificate, attend all sessions. This certificate course is taught by Producer and Director TJ Collins.
What will it cover?
Day 1: Project Development and Creating A Business Plan
Once you finish searching for new talent, settled on the next hot director and found that absolutely terrific script, you need to prepare a plan to get the money to shoot your film. Day 1 will discuss how to prepare your project for presentation to private investors and to industry funding sources.
This evening class will run through the basic essentials you will need to package your project and present to private investors.
Day Two: Pre-Production, Budgeting and Scheduling
This class provides the critical backbone of your film: A film budget is a list of all the resources and people you need to make your film; and a schedule is when and where you need them. This session runs through the essentials, conventions and details required in assembling a budget and scheduling your shooting days.
This evening class will explain how scripts are analyzed to create a realistic budget and schedule.
- Script breakdown
- Assembling the production team
- Creating a do-able schedule
Day 3: Production – Filming the movie
The day has come to film the movie. Understand all the moving parts, from cast to crew and everything inbetween. What major crisis or decisions will the producer be faced with and how to handle them.
- Working on set
- The obstacles facing film producers
- Understanding the process of the director, actor, cinematographer and 1st assistant director
Day 4: Post production and selling your film
Post Production is the final step in the filmmaking process before presenting it to the world. Learn the essentials of post-production to get the highest quality film for festivals and distribution. We will teach you how to prepare for film festivals, film markets and deliverables for distributors.
- The post production team
- Post production work flow
- Film festivals explained
- How sales agents work
Who Should Attend
Writers, directors, producers, actors, filmmakers, cinema lovers, anyone with an interest in how movies are made and those who want to produce movies.
About the Instructor
TJ Collins is an award-winning filmmaker with 18 years of experience winning awards and honorable mentions for his films. He has produced over a dozen films including his feature film debut "Willets Point" serving as writer and director. The film is the winner of numerous awards and nominations at international film festivals. Willets Point was theatrically released in the fall of 2010 and received positive reviews in the New York Times, Nov 2010 edition.
Mr. Collins has served as a peer judge for the New York Emmy awards and is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, New York Chapter. He is a NALIP Producers Academy and Screenwriters Lab Fellow 2009. Additionally his screenplay "Eli Moran" was one of ten nationally selected projects for the NALIP Screenwriters Lab sponsored by The Walt Disney Company, NBC Universal, FOX and HBO. In 2008 Mr. Collins successfully created and produced the “Film Counseling Series”, a professional development pilot program funded by the New York State Council of the Arts. The program was designed to support emerging filmmakers by providing resources and counseling by film and television industry professionals. In 2011 he Co-Founded the New York Film Group- a network of over 5,800 film and media makers in NYC. As an educator, TJ has taught acting classes at the One on One NYC, the top actors' networking facility in Manhattan, teaching acting for the camera.
Presently, Mr. Collins is in postproduction with two feature films that he directed that includes the supernatural horror thriller "The Murders of Cane Hill and the sports drama "Eli Moran" starring David Zayas (Dexter, The Expendables) and Reynaldo Piniella (Broken City, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close).