Shooting a Film with a Crew of 10 People or Less

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Owner at Creative Motion Entertainment

Sean Blodgett has worked professionally in the entertainment and multimedia production industry for almost 30 years and in that time has amassed myriad experience both behind and in front of the camera working on every type of media from live entertainment to feature films, shorts, web series, television series, you name it. A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Sean began his career as an actor working on such shows as MONK alongside Tony Shalhoub, MADMEN in a pivotal scene with Jon Hamm, PARKS AND RECREATION with the hilarious Chris Pratt, iCARLY, BOSTON LEGAL, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES-and many more. Over the years he appeared in TV shows, movies, and commercials for high level companies like LIBERTY MUTUAL, HONDA, and OSCAR MEYER. Sean also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and studied Screenwriting and Producing at UCLA. He is also an accomplished film/video editor and cinematographer and has received awards from multiple festivals for his work on films and web series including the DreamworksTV series SECRET AGENT CHALLENGE as well as the newly released feature film documentary HISTORY SPEAKS: DIARY OF A GENERATION about World War II. With his company, Creative Motion Entertainment, Sean has served as Producer/Shooter/Director/Editor for many ads, streaming series, and all types of media productions. Sean just wrapped post production on his 4th PBS Special, a concert for Spanish Guitarist Benise titled BENISE FIESTA which airs on PBS starting the end of November. He is finishing up a screenplay for a short film and continues to work in myriad capacities in multi-media productions large and small. From his Direct Market advertising work to all types of media productions, Sean brings his vast, diverse experience to every project providing a one-of-a-kind eye for creativity, detail, and collaboration In his career, he has worn many hats and his deep love for motion pictures and storytelling as well the creative and technical process of moviemaking can be seen in his continued success, for which he is grateful and excited to share what he has learned and he looks forward to inspiring a new generation of storytellers. Full Bio »

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2-PART IN-DEPTH CLASS (OVER 4 HOURS OF EDUCATION)

Learn from a producer, director, and editor with 30 years of experience making professional projects with a small crew in film, television, commercials, and more.

Technology has never been more advanced and distribution options have never been more accessible. There has never been a better time to make your film, TV series, short film, or other project, and now, you can do it with just a few crew members and still achieve professional results.

Unfortunately, most first-time filmmakers get caught up in the idea that they need a huge budget or a ton of people to make their dreams a reality. But that doesn’t have to be you.

Your job is to use your creativity and ingenuity to find innovative ways to produce your project with a small footprint, and in this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, we’ll show you how to do it by using a tight crew that is just as passionate and dedicated to your project as you are.

Over two sessions, producer and director Sean Blodgett will use his 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry to show you everything you need to make your project with a small crew.

You’ll cover what crew roles you truly need at each stage, how to develop and budget your project for a call crew, your distribution options, and more. You’ll even look at case studies to apply your learning to real-world scenarios.

You'll also receive exclusive handouts to keep and use on your own projects, including a crew checklist, sample blank film budget, actor agreement, and crew agreement.

Sean and his company, Creative Motion Entertainment, have worked on many different kinds of projects, including film, television, and commercials. He’s worked with DreamworksTV on the series SECRET AGENT CHALLENGE, PBS on BENISE FIESTA, and high-level companies like LIBERTY MUTUAL, HONDA, and OSCAR MEYER.

Sean previously worked on such television series as PARKS AND RECREATION, MAD MEN, MONK, and more.

If you’re ready to make your project a reality by shooting with a small crew, find out how achievable your goals really are by learning from an industry professional who's done it for 30 years. 


PRAISE FOR SEAN'S KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:

“I have enormous admiration and respect for Sean Blodgett. I have worked with him several times, in particular when he served as DP and Editor for two short films that I wrote, directed, and produced. Being that they were both low-budget, Sean wore multiple hats to help enable me to produce high-quality work at a more reasonable cost. He proved to me that you don't have to have a huge crew to do this! He also brought to the set boundless positive energy (something every set needs!). In post, he again wore more than one hat (besides that of a visual editor) and delivered exceptional results in a consistently creative and collaborative way. I think the fact that these two films went to countless festivals and garnered a number of nominations and awards is in no small part due to his talented contributions.”

What You'll Learn

Session 1 - Understanding the Production Process

  • First Things First-The Decision To Do Your Project
  • Understanding the 4 phases of production as it relates to low-budget
    • Development/Writing/Pre-Production/Budgeting/Hiring (The Plan)
    • Production (executing the filming plan and getting it “in the can”)
    • Post Production (editorial picture, sound, VFX, color, deliverables, etc.)
    • Marketing & Distribution (where this will be exhibited, the plan for the product, ie. theatrical, streaming, independent, film festivals, etc.)
  • Which Crew do you really need? Breaking down Crew and Cast Scenarios
  • How to Efficiently combine roles and hire Multi Hyphenate pros
  • Utilizing newbies or volunteers- where it can be helpful vs. harmful
  • Tips & Tricks to working with a smaller crew and on a low-budget
  • Case Study 1: Independent production made with a small crew

Q&A with Sean

Handouts: The Essentials - crew checklist, sample blank film budget, actor agreement, and crew agreement

Homework: Think about your project and consider all of the different crew positions. Think about actually producing your project. Who do you think you actually need and why?

Session 2 - Producing with a Small Crew

  • Why a Producing partner or a Line Producer may be the most important crew position to fill
  • The Pros and Cons of working with a Production House
  • The secret to a Happy and Productive Crew
  • Why the number on your budget doesn’t matter
  • Case Study: Thinking About The Crew and Your Project NEEDS… Real-world application
  • The MOST IMPORTANT element to producing a low budget with a small crew
  • Final Thoughts

Q&A with Sean

 


WHAT TO EXPECT

PLEASE NOTE: This exclusive Stage 32 class will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis. The opportunity to work this closely and for this long with an expert in the field is an incredibly unique and valuable opportunity. If you are interested, please book quickly. Once the spots are gone, they’re gone for good.

  • This class is designed for all-level creatives - beginner, intermediate and advanced who are looking to produced a project with a small crew.
  • This is an intimate, in-depth, practical, and detailed class held on Zoom, where you will be interacting with your instructor.
  • Your instructor will be available on email during the 2 sessions to answer any questions you have about your project.
  • You will be held accountable to take the lessons from each week and move your work forward.
  • Plus, to stay motivated and inspired, you will have access to a dedicated Stage 32 Lounge post where you can meet, connect and communicate with your fellow classmates throughout the length of the class and beyond. Let Stage 32 help you find your tribe!
  • Payment plans are available - please contact Amanda at edu@stage32.com for more information.

About Your Instructor

Sean Blodgett has worked professionally in the entertainment and multimedia production industry for almost 30 years and in that time has amassed myriad experience both behind and in front of the camera working on every type of media from live entertainment to feature films, shorts, web series, television series, you name it.

A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Sean began his career as an actor working on such shows as MONK alongside Tony Shalhoub, MADMEN in a pivotal scene with Jon Hamm, PARKS AND RECREATION with the hilarious Chris Pratt, iCARLY, BOSTON LEGAL, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES-and many more. Over the years he appeared in TV shows, movies, and commercials for high level companies like LIBERTY MUTUAL, HONDA, and OSCAR MEYER. Sean also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and studied Screenwriting and Producing at UCLA. He is also an accomplished film/video editor and cinematographer and has received awards from multiple festivals for his work on films and web series including the DreamworksTV series SECRET AGENT CHALLENGE as well as the newly released feature film documentary HISTORY SPEAKS: DIARY OF A GENERATION about World War II.

With his company, Creative Motion Entertainment, Sean has served as Producer/Shooter/Director/Editor for many ads, streaming series, and all types of media productions. Sean just wrapped post production on his 4th PBS Special, a concert for Spanish Guitarist Benise titled BENISE FIESTA which airs on PBS starting the end of November. He is finishing up a screenplay for a short film and continues to work in myriad capacities in multi-media productions large and small. From his Direct Market advertising work to all types of media productions, Sean brings his vast, diverse experience to every project providing a one-of-a-kind eye for creativity, detail, and collaboration

In his career, he has worn many hats and his deep love for motion pictures and storytelling as well the creative and technical process of moviemaking can be seen in his continued success, for which he is grateful and excited to share what he has learned and he looks forward to inspiring a new generation of storytellers.

Schedule

Monday, December 12, 2022 - 4pm - 6pm

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 4pm - 6pm

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A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class.

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A: If you cannot attend a live webinar and purchase an On-Demand class, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A.

Q: Will I have access to the webinar afterward to re-watch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of a live or On-Demand class, you will have on-demand access to the recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like for a whole year!

Testimonials

“I have enormous admiration and respect for Sean Blodgett. I have worked with him several times, in particular when he served as DP and Editor for two short films that I wrote, directed and produced. Being that they were both low budget, Sean wore multiple hats to help enable me to produce high quality work at a more reasonable cost. He proved to me that you don't have to have a huge crew to do this! He also brought to the set boundless positive energy (something every set needs!). In post, he again wore more than one hat (besides that of visual editor) and delivered exceptional results in a consistently creative and collaborative way. I think the fact that these two films went to countless festivals and garnered a number of nominations and awards is in no small part due to his talented contributions.”

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