The Business of Filmmaking 11/15, 12/118. 1/10 - Sign Up Below
This three-part workshop series in partnership with the Utah Film Center will provide filmmakers with the first steps for taking their script to the screen!
Workshop #1: Setting Up Your Film as a Business
Do you have a great script that you want to get on the screen? This
workshop will help you start the process. Learn how to set up your own production
company, create a budget, and break down your script. Also learn how to create a
great logline and synopsis of your project.
Workshop #2: The Business of Funding Your Film
If you next film or TV project is stalled because of funding, this workshop
will introduce you to some resources that are available—grants, sponsorships, crowd
funding, etc. In addition, we will review the components that are required to pitch to
potential investors. A panel of independent filmmakers who have been successful in
fundraising will provide their insights.
Workshop #3: The Business of Production
Congratulations you have funding and your project is greenlit! Now
what? Who do you hire first? Cast? Crew? In this workshop, learn the next steps
from finalizing your script and creating the production budget to setting up insurance
and contracts with the unions. These insights will help ensure that you have a strong
infrastructure to make your project a success.
Participants have the option of taking one or more of the workshops.
DATES: November 15, December 18, January 10
LOCATION: Cutthroat Studios
The list below includes the offerings now available if you want to learn about specific crew positions in TV/film production. These workshops, developed and taught by industry experts, prepare participants to work in the industry.. Workshops include hands-on exercises tailored to each course. Workshops are scheduled upon request for groups or when sign up lists reach 10+ students.
For those new to the industry, the Production Assistant Training Program is a great first step to learn more about working on Utah film, television, and commercial sets. Developed with the Utah Film Commission, the course is taught by experienced 1st ADs and production experts. After completing this class, students will have the option of completing the full certification which includes a listing in the Utah Film Commission Directory. The course has options to be taught both online and in person. If you are interested, please click the wait list button below. Course length: 4 hours
*If you are an educator and interested in adding the Production Assistant Training to your film program, please indicate that you'd like group training on the sign up sheet.
Believe it or not, you really need to know accounting processes to work in tv and film production! This course is for first time production managers, supervisors, department heads, office staff and anyone who is interested in working in production accounting. This class reviews in detail the basic accounting procedures that everyone who works in TV and Film production should understand. Topics include: Purchase Orders, Invoices, Vendors, and Petty Cash/P-Cards. Course length: 2 hours.
The Assistant Director (AD) handles the logistics of running a set. They are the liaison between the director and the rest of the crew. They create and manage the shooting schedule and disseminate information to the crew. This class will focus on what an assistant director is, what they do and what characteristics make a good assistant director. You should be great at multi-tasking and communicating, and have stellar organization skills. Course length: 3 hours
Before you can even start looking for locations or cast your first actor, you need a budget! Regardless of your experience in finance or accounting, this course will guide you through the steps for creating a budget for your next project. We will review budgeting terminology as well as go through a budget checklist for your project—students should bring a script breakdown if they have one. We will drill down into specific above-the-line and below-the-line budgeting elements using a budget template but will also discuss budgeting software options. At the end of this course, you should know how to structure a budget and develop line items. Course length: 3 hours.
Do you want to take your budget further from beginning to end? This course takes everything you learned in Budgeting Basics and dives into more details. You will create a breakdown and high level schedule from your script then using the budget software of your choice, complete a first draft of your budget. Industry experts will review your budget and provide one-on-one feedback as time permits. Course length: 3 hours.
This is an add-on to Budgeting Basics and can be conducted on the same day or a separate day.
Come learn the mysteries of the camera department from cinematographer to loader! This workshop will concentrate on responsibilities of each position in the camera department. Learn terminology, how to pack your tool belt, basic camera set up, film set protocol and key networking tips. This course will be held at a camera house for hands-on experience. Course length: 4 hours
With many moving pieces, the grip and electric departments have key relationships with the Director, DP and AD's. They are responsible for shaping the light (grip) and setting the lights (electric). In this workshop, learn key terminology and get hands-on experience, from industry professionals, with the equipment, camera movement, and setting lights.
This two-day workshop, taught by industry experts, is hands-on and when scheduled will be held at a local equipment house.
The Art Department for any TV show or feature film is sometimes one of the largest on a crew--from production design to construction to graphics. This workshop focuses on set decoration, set dressers and props. Learn why these positions are so important to the overall look and how they work with the Production Designer and Director to bring their visions to screen. Course length: 4 hours
As we all know, sound is integral to the on screen experience. In this workshop you will learn about the key positions within the department and the basic sound equipment. You will also learn how to properly mic an actor, how to deal with "outside" noise, and the key department relationships like camera and the script supervisor. Course length: 3 hours