Step by Step Guide to Producing Ultra-Low Budget Feature Films - 4 Part Interactive Class

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Spirit Award Winning Producer (Shaka King's NEWLYWEEDS)

Jim Wareck is an Independent Spirit Award winning independent producer and writer whose award-winning feature films include the Sundance hit NEWLYWEEDS, the directorial debut of Shaka King (JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH). Jim most recently produced the film WHEN I AM DONE DYING, which played at prestigious film festivals in Tallinn, Santa Barbara, Seattle and Ankara and garnered numerous awards. The film is being sold by Magnolia International. His previous films have been picked up by distributors including Showtime, Gravitas Ventures and FOX. Jim also serves as a producing mentor for the National Association of Latino Independent Producers Latino Lens program and lectures on independent filmmaking at the university level. Jim has found continued success as an independent filmmaker by understanding how to maximize the resources at his disposal. Full Bio »

Summary

**This is a private, interactive virtual class with only 15 students - 2 Spots Remain**

**This class is designed to connect you with an expert who will be your mentor that will guide you throughout pre-production all the way through post for your feature film**

**Get one-on-one mentoring from Sundance & Spirit Award winning producer Jim Wareck**

 

In today’s film marketplace independently producing a film is a great way to get your project made. You don't need a major studio to get your project into production anymore and with more financing and distribution options than ever, independent filmmakers are taking their control back. If you're planning to shoot an ultra-low budget feature film you need the right resources to maximize your budget from pre-production, on set and post-production. Understanding how to navigate this can make all the difference and determine whether you’ll ultimately be able to produce your project or not.

You don't have to spend millions of dollars when it comes to producing your projects. Now a days with the technology we have access to, we are able to more than we can imagine with ultra low budgets. However, you'll be shocked to know that most film productions spend way more than they need to and waste money on unnecessary steps in the filmmaking process. It's important to know where to find shortcuts and where you should be devoting the bulk of your money. With the right strategies and approach, you’ll be surprised by how frugally you can make your movie without sacrificing quality.

Jim Wareck is an Independent Spirit Award winning independent producer and writer whose award-winning feature films include the Sundance hit NEWLYWEEDS, the directorial debut of Shaka King (JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH). Jim most recently produced the film WHEN I AM DONE DYING, which played at prestigious film festivals in Tallinn, Santa Barbara, Seattle and Ankara and garnered numerous awards. The film is being sold by Magnolia International. His previous films have been picked up by distributors including Showtime, Gravitas Ventures and FOX. Jim also serves as a producing mentor for the National Association of Latino Independent Producers Latino Lens program and lectures on independent filmmaking at the university level. Jim has found continued success as an independent filmmaker by understanding how to maximize the resources at his disposal.

In this exclusive four-session class (no more than 15 students will be admitted), Jim will work directly with you in an intimate class setting to help you understand the process of ultra low budget filmmaking. This class is designed to connect you with an expert who will be your mentor that will guide you throughout pre-production all the way through post for your feature film. Jim will begin by taking you through Pre-Production. He will help you understand how to prep your script and find your price point. Next He will help you strategize and give you the tools to manage your budget and take you through the process of Production which looks into building your team, casting, find your locations, and creating your shooting schedule. Then Jim will work with you through Production's pitfalls on set and other costs. Finally Jim will guide you through Post-Production and Release for by helping you save money with Re-shoots , where to spend your money, and marketing. 

 

Payment plans are available - contact edu@stage32.com for more details

 

 


Praise for Jim's Stage 32 Previous Webinar:

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"Jim was very knowledgeable, friendly, humble and down to earth. He shared the importance of being nice and being a good person that cares for others. Huge! We need more of this for sure. Loved his pearls of wisdom."

- Zelie S.

 

"He knows his stuff."

- Crystal B.

What You'll Learn

SESSION 1: Prepping the Script and Finding Your Price Point
  • Is Your Script Ready?
    • Analysis tools - How to improve your script
    • Gathering feedback
    • Evaluating the market
  • Getting rights to your script, registering, etc.
  • Finding Your Price Point
    • How much do you need to tell this specific story?
    • Is money there or need to raise?
    • Expectations for project from financial perspective
  • Q&A with Jim
SESSION 2: Pre-Production
  • Managing your Budget
  • Building Your Team
  • Finding Your Locations
  • Casting
  • Creating your shoot schedule
  • Q&A with Jim
SESSION 3: Production
  • Pitfalls on set
  • Cost and contingencies
  • How to work quickly and efficiently
  • What to spend time on and what not to
  • How to appreciate and work with your production team
  • Q&A with Jim
SESSION 4: Post-Production and Release
  • Re-shoots and ADR
  • Where to spend money on post
    • Sales Reps, when to bring on, deal points needed
  • Taking your film to market
    • Festival Strategy
    • Monetization 
  • Is Self Distribution the way to go?
  • Q&A with Jim

 

Jim produced Oscar-nominated director Shaka King's directorial debut

 

WHAT TO EXPECT 

  • This class is designed for beginner and intermediate creators looking to get their ultra low budget film made. This is an in-depth, practical, and detailed class with significantly more content than a standard 90-minute webinar.
  • ***This class is limited to 15 people - 2 Spots Remain***
  • This class will consist of four weekly sessions, each roughly two hours in duration. In addition to the lessons where Jim teaches the class, you will have the opportunity to ask him questions during each session as well as multiple chances to speak with him directly about your specific project.

 

PLEASE NOTE: This exclusive Stage 32 class is limited to 15 people and will be booked on a first come, first served basis. The opportunity to work this closely and for this long with a veteran independent producer and 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.

  • Payment plans are available - please contact edu@stage32.com for more information

 

 

 

About Your Instructor

Jim Wareck is an Independent Spirit Award winning independent producer and writer whose award-winning feature films include the Sundance hit NEWLYWEEDS, the directorial debut of Shaka King (JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH). Jim most recently produced the film WHEN I AM DONE DYING, which played at prestigious film festivals in Tallinn, Santa Barbara, Seattle and Ankara and garnered numerous awards. The film is being sold by Magnolia International. His previous films have been picked up by distributors including Showtime, Gravitas Ventures and FOX. Jim also serves as a producing mentor for the National Association of Latino Independent Producers Latino Lens program and lectures on independent filmmaking at the university level. Jim has found continued success as an independent filmmaker by understanding how to maximize the resources at his disposal.

Schedule

SESSION 1 -Prepping the Script and Finding Your Price Point- Tuesday 10/19/21 - 4pm-6pm PT

SESSION 2 -Pre-Production- Tuesday 10/26/21 - 4pm-6pm PT

SESSION 3 -Production - Tuesday 11/2/21 - 4pm-6pm PT

SESSION 4 -Post Production and Release - Tuesday 11/9/21 - 4pm-6pm PT

 

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