A Line Producer's Guide to Making a Movie in 10 Steps

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Maura Anderson

Webinar hosted by: Maura Anderson

Award-Winning Line Producer (Winter's Bone, Suit Up, Would You Rather, Bad Samaritans)

Maura Anderson has worked in independent film production since 2006. After training as an actor at the School for Film and Television, she began work at New York based Gigantic Pictures (Goodbye Solo, Dare) handling everything from clearances to casting. She left Gigantic a year later to freelance, working as a production coordinator, location manager, production manager and line producer. She has since production managed Academy Award nominated Winter’s Bone, Berlin's best first feature winner On The Ice, Max Winkler's Ceremony starring Uma Thurman and Night Catches Us in competition at Sundance 2010. In 2011 she produced Would You Rather, which was acquired by IFC Midnight and premiered in North America in February 2013. In 2011 she also began work for Fox Digital as a line producer working on Wolfpack Of Reseda. In 2012 she line produced Bad Samaritans produced by Walt Becker and produced two seasons of the web series Suit Up for Fox Digital which played across the internet on Yahoo, Crackle, College humor and later on DirecTV's audience network. It was for this she won an award for producing from LA Webfest. In 2013 she began work as a producer for Wigs (www.watchwigs.com), a YouTube channel conceived by Jon Avnet (Black Swan, Fried Green Tomatoes) & Rodrigo Garcia (Albert Nobbs, HBO'S In Treatment) and partnered with Fox Broadcasting. She is the former EVP of Production for Indigenous Media, a next generation digital studio focused on producing original content for digital and emerging platforms worldwide, as well as developing and operating multi-platform content brands. She had her directorial debut with the 2015 feature film, Heartland (www.heartlandthefilm.com) and currently continues producing independent films.  Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

Learn directly from award-winning Line Producer and former EVP of Production for Indigenous Media, Maura Anderson (Winter’s Bone, Suit Up, Would You Rather)!

Webinar will include live examples of schedules, budgets, wrap binders, etc. from films she's worked on!

Every project, whether it’s a movie, a TV show or web series, or even reality TV works off the same basic blueprint. You need a script, a schedule, a budget, and lastly someone with a plan to manage all of the elements you need to shoot, from cast and crew to locations and equipment. This person is the Line Producer.

Most people don’t know the scope of what a Line Producer actually does. How does one make a budget? What goes into it? How do you devise a realistic plan to shoot a movie and how do you seamlessly make it happen? Maybe you’ve managed to finish one movie, but how do you repeat that over and over? Do I really need a budget for my $100k film? (Hint: the answer is Yes!)

Maura Anderson is an award winning Line Producer who has worked on films and TV series such as Academy Award nominated Winter’s Bone, Would You Rather, and Suit Up. She's the former EVP of Production for Indigenous Media, a next generation digital studio focused on producing original content for digital and emerging platforms worldwide.

In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Maura will take an in depth look at all the steps a line producer takes from script stage to years after the film is made. Using materials from actual films, she’ll discuss how a script is turned into a schedule and a budget. You’ll learn how to build out your team and how you can create long lasting relationships. You’ll also learn the basics of setting up a film’s infrastructure. Lastly she’ll look at enacting the brilliant plan that you came up with and what that looks like in terms of prep, shooting and wrap.

Having filmed in many places and situations, from the Ozark Mountains to the Alaskan Tundra, and with budgets ranging from $30k to $10M, Maura discusses everything from the minuscule details to the broader strokes of making a film.

What You'll Learn

  • Script – breaking down the blueprint
  • Schedule – how to create a realistic plan
  • Budget– creating the document that will be your bible
  • Building Your Team– building your crew, how and where to find them
  • Vendor Relationships– building long lasting relationships
  • Setting up a film’s infrastructure– from setting up the LLC to tax rebates
  • Prep– good prep is the key to a smooth shoot, what does that entail?
  • On Set– what do you do once you’re shooting?
  • Wrap– wrap binders and how to tie it all up
  • Post Shoot– the months and years after a project
  • Conclusion– what I’ve learned during my time as a LP
  • In depth Q&A with Maura

Webinar will include live examples of schedules, budgets, wrap binders, etc. from films she's worked on!

About Your Instructor

Maura Anderson has worked in independent film production since 2006. After training as an actor at the School for Film and Television, she began work at New York based Gigantic Pictures (Goodbye Solo, Dare) handling everything from clearances to casting. She left Gigantic a year later to freelance, working as a production coordinator, location manager, production manager and line producer. She has since production managed Academy Award nominated Winter’s Bone, Berlin's best first feature winner On The Ice, Max Winkler's Ceremony starring Uma Thurman and Night Catches Us in competition at Sundance 2010. In 2011 she produced Would You Rather, which was acquired by IFC Midnight and premiered in North America in February 2013. In 2011 she also began work for Fox Digital as a line producer working on Wolfpack Of Reseda. In 2012 she line produced Bad Samaritans produced by Walt Becker and produced two seasons of the web series Suit Up for Fox Digital which played across the internet on Yahoo, Crackle, College humor and later on DirecTV's audience network. It was for this she won an award for producing from LA Webfest. In 2013 she began work as a producer for Wigs (www.watchwigs.com), a YouTube channel conceived by Jon Avnet (Black Swan, Fried Green Tomatoes) & Rodrigo Garcia (Albert Nobbs, HBO'S In Treatment) and partnered with Fox Broadcasting. She is the former EVP of Production for Indigenous Media, a next generation digital studio focused on producing original content for digital and emerging platforms worldwide, as well as developing and operating multi-platform content brands. She had her directorial debut with the 2015 feature film, Heartland (www.heartlandthefilm.com) and currently continues producing independent films. 

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Reviews Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5

  • This webinar would be more useful if it were more about the concepts and process instead of about how to use specific tools that most indy producers don't have or use.
  • Seriously one of the best webinars on the whole site. I really, really want Maura to do more of these! Maybe an even more in depth part 2 to this one?? Absolutely fantastic, informative, and easy to follow. Maura gets 5.. no 20 stars from me!
  • The only reason I'm not giving this webinar a 5-star rating is because the speaker's camera cannot be seen in the downloadable video. In a couple of moments it would have been really helpful, and overall it's better to see your teacher's face while they're talking. Other than that, it was a very complete, great course. The speaker was great, with lots of knowledge and very professional. Being able to download the video is amazing -thank you for making it available!
  • Excellent! To the point and a step-by-step process, which I totally appreciated. This class made me want to dig deeper in budget and scheduling.
  • Very useful
  • Very thorough.

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