Master Class: Film Studies

Advanced Studies in Filmmaking

Understanding how films are envisioned, made, and distributed is an important aspect of being a successful film
commissioner. This course will examine topics such as finding and using material, working with writers, raising financing,
getting a green light, shooting a movie, post production, distribution and marketing, and the future of the industry as it
relates to technology -- all from the perspective of the producer.

Save $50 by enrolling in all 8 modules at once! 

 

Film Studies: Distribution and Marketing

Film Studies: Distribution and Marketing

AFCI Price from $ 50.00
There are more ways than ever to get a movie seen by someone, but it's harder than ever to stand out in the crowd. This module addresses the producer's challenge of selling the completed movie, the merits of film festivals, and the tasks of advertising, marketing and publicizing the movie.

 

Film Studies: Drones

Film Studies: Drones

AFCI Price $ 50.00

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, commonly referred to as Drones, can dramatically change the way film & television productions are created on location. For film commissioners, drones are likely to complicate your role in terms of regulation and balancing the needs and expectations of both production and the public you serve. 

 In this module, we will explain the mechanics of drone photography, address the issues surrounding the use of this technology, and take a look at the regulations for commercial use of these devices in the United States and several other countries.


 

Film Studies: Getting a Greenlight

Film Studies: Getting a Greenlight

AFCI Price from $ 50.00
In the midsts of raising the funds for a movie the producer also has to start building the filmmaking team. This module addresses all of the pre-production tasks, starting with hiring the director, cast and additional key positions, assembling the crew, anticipating production problems, and keeping everyone happy.

 

Film Studies: Literary Material

Film Studies: Literary Material

AFCI Price from $ 50.00
Every movie starts with a story, but that story can come to a producer in a variety of ways. This module focusses on finding, deveolping and setting up literary material for use in a movie. Chapters include what to look for in a 'spec' screenplay, how to determine who owns the rights, how to adapt other forms of literature, dealing with historical works, and finally -- making the pitch.

 

Film Studies: Post-Production

Film Studies: Post-Production

AFCI Price from $ 50.00
Upon completion of principal photography, the project enters by far the longest and one of the more critical aspects of filmmaking: post-production. This module discusses cutting the movie, adding additional sound, special effects and digital effects (CGI).

 

Film Studies: Raising Financing

Film Studies: Raising Financing

AFCI Price from $ 50.00
While every film commissioner works to support their local film community, few have the resources to fund the productions entirely themselves. This module may help you advise a filmmaker on how to create a proper film budget, where to find financing, and the relative merits of going with one or multiple forms of financing.

 

Film Studies: Shooting the Movie

Film Studies: Shooting the Movie

AFCI Price from $ 50.00
Production is the one part of the filmmaking process with which film commissioners are the most familiar, given the reality of the services commissions provide. Therefore, this segment contains certain key issues and strategies that keep productions focused, successful, on budget and on schedule -- the basic goals of every production.

 

Film Studies: Working with Writers

Film Studies: Working with Writers

AFCI Price from $ 50.00

As a film commissioner, you are likely to have interactions with local writers who ask for your support. For most of us, it is not possible (or ethical) to broker a deal for a writer with a producer or director, but we may find that it is appropriate to assist a local writer with the many obstacles he or she will inevitably face. This module provides information on the Writers Guild of America, dealing with agents and mangers, refining a screenplay, and protecting the rights of a writer.

 

NON MEMBER - Film Studies: Drones

NON MEMBER - Film Studies: Drones

AFCI Price $ 100.00
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, commonly referred to as Drones, can dramatically change the way film & television productions are created on location. For film commissioners, drones are likely to complicate your role in terms of regulation and balancing the needs and expectations of both production and the public you serve. In this module, we will explain the mechanics of drone photography, address the issues surrounding the use of this technology, and take a look at the regulations for commercial use of these devices in the United States and several other countries.
NON-MEMBER - Film Studies: Distribution and Marketing
NON-MEMBER - Film Studies: Literary Material
NON-MEMBER - Film Studies: Raising Financing
NON-MEMBER - Film Studies: Working with Writers
NON-MEMBER: Film Studies: Getting a Greenlight
NON-MEMBER: Film Studies: Post-Production
NON-MEMBER: Film Studies: Shooting the Movie