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My name is Douglas C. I'm a working film producer with over 40 years experience in the motion picture industry. My passion is making movies. But I'm equally passionate about sharing what I've learned over many years with other filmmakers and filmmakers to be. As a director/producer/line producer/Unit Production Manager I've made films at every budget level -from $500,000 to $45 million. The knowledge I've gained from the dozens of films I've made is invaluable and I would like to share that knowledge with you.
What I can teach you is the entire process of making the film. We start with the first read of the script. Then we go to breaking down all elements in the script (cast, extras, props, picture cars, visual effects, etc. etc..Once this is done we begin scheduling the film. I tutor you on every facet of a movie schedule and how to arrive at a schedule that can then be budgeted. I also tutor budgeting the film. This is a complex but incredibly exciting process. My mantra when it comes to budgeting a movie is this; "Every film has a budget". In today's film economy the lower the budget the more likely the film gets made. This, of course, assumes that someone or some studio likes the script and wants to make the movie if it can made for a price.
Students learn the art of budgeting a film that is perfect for the script at hand.
I also tutor the entire pre-production period. Starting with finding an office, hiring a crew, scouting locations, production meetings, budget meetings, schedule meetings, tech scouts and so much more.
And finally I tutor what happens during the filming of a successfully produced motion picture. It makes no difference if the film is a student film with a limited budget or a medium/high budget film that is to be released on screens around the world. The process for making any film is exactly the same. I explain what every position on a film is responsible for. From the producer to director to Unit Production Manager all the way through grips, electrics, props, set dressing, costuming, location managing, editors, etc., etc..We can accomplish a tremendous amount in each hour if you are prepared and ready to learn. I give you examples of what we are going to be learning and I will expect that you have read and understand what and where we are going to start and where we are going to finish.
The learning tools that I provide are such things as completed schedules and budgets that I have created for films that I have produced. We will look at the finished film and then, step by step learn what it took to make the film on budget and on schedule.
I can guarantee that if you stay with me you will understand the filmmaking process and all that that entails from beginning to end.
I look forward to a successful learning journey with each of you as we go forward.
Starting with a degree in film and television from the University of Kansas through over 40 years of experience directing and producing films, I have gained an enormous amount of knowledge relating to the art of film production.
I began as director/producer and directed and produced countless commercials, corporate image films, and award-winning documentaries.
I produced and directed my first feature film exactly 35 years ago. From there I went into producing feature films. I have exclusively produce feature films. Not one television credit on my resume.
With that knowledge I have gone out to universities and film groups around the country and lectured on all aspects of the film making process.
As a tutor I bring a complete package of knowledge about my subject. It is broken into all the pieces that have to ultimately fit together to make a motion picture.Two subjects I that I know particularly well are: film budgeting and film scheduling. These are the building blocks of film production. Without the knowledge of how to create a schedule and a budget, a filmmaker is at the mercy of those who do know scheduling and budgeting. Someone once said; "knowledge is power". There is no other profession where that adage applies as much as it does in the film making craft.
I love sharing what I know with students everywhere. Please let me teach you everything you can learn about the wonderful art of film-making.
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