How to Identify, Secure and Build a Relationship with a Great Producer for Your Film Project - with Case Studies (Sundance, SXSW, Spirit Awards)

Hosted by Rachel Crouch (Judge)

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Rachel Crouch (Judge)

Webinar hosted by: Rachel Crouch (Judge)

Director of Development at Cold Iron Films

Rachel Crouch is the Director of Development at Cold Iron Pictures. Cold Iron Pictures is a production/financing company that most recently produced BEING FRANK starring comedian Jim Gaffigan and Anna Gunn. Previously Cold Iron produced SWISS ARMY MAN starring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano, as well as Marielle Heller’s directorial debut THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL starring Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgård, both of which premiered at Sundance. Previously Cold Iron releases also include Joseph Cedar’s political drama Norman starring Richard Gere which was released by Sony Pictures Classic; DON'T THINK TWICE, and Lake Bell’s second film I DO...UNTIL I DON'T. They also produced the 2019 Sundance hit UNTITLED AMAZING JOHNATHAN DOCUMENTARY which premiered in the US Documentary Competition section and is available on Hulu. Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

Finding, securing, and building a relationship with a meaningful and experienced producer can be one of the biggest challenges writers and filmmakers face. Even with a great script and a stacked cast, many producers who can move the needle on a project are often in great demand. Securing a meaningful producer means you have someone on your team who can pull the strings, make the offers and put the puzzle pieces of the project together. But how do you find a producer in the first place?

How do you build a relationship and show them that you’re someone they should take a chance on? And once you’ve reached that point, how do you get the most out of that relationship to assure that your vision reaches the screen in the most productive, and hopefully profitable manner possible?

To help you understand the path is Rachel Crouch, the Director of Development at Cold Iron Pictures, a production/financing company that has most recently produced BEING FRANK starring comedian Jim Gaffigan and Anna Gunn. Previously Cold Iron produced SWISS ARMY MAN starring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano, as well as Marielle Heller’s directorial debut DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL starring Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgård, both of which premiered at Sundance Film Festival. They also produced the Sundance hit UNTITLED AMAZING JOHNATHAN DOCUMENTARY, which premiered in the US Documentary Competition section and is available on Hulu. Rachel has been involved in every step of producing these films and has helped launch careers of the talent involved with them.

In this webinar Rachel will walk you through the nuts and bolts of finding the right producer and forming a great working relationship with him or her.  She will even provide case studies from her own background to illustrate how the producer-talent relationship helped create:

  • Independent Spirit Award winning DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL
  • Sundance winning SWISS ARMY MAN
  • SXSW nominated BEING FRANK

 

 

"Rachel Crouch was awesome. She enriched my knowledge of the world of producers and how as a screenwriter we can make connections with the right ones and how best to work with them! Great job."

- Ricki L.

 

What You'll Learn

  • Who/What is the Producer?
    • What type of project?
    • What stage of the project?
    • Creative vs. business
  • Types of Producers
    • Creative Producers
    • On the Ground Producers (Line Producers)
    • Financing Producers
    • Hybrids
  • How and Why Finding the Right Producer is Important
    • Where you can research
    • How to network and take meetings
    • Famous producer/talent relationships
  • Wooing the Producers
    • 6 steps you need to know to create a relationship with your producer
  • Producers During Development/Writing
    • To paper or not to paper
    • Fleshing out ideas
    • 5 essential tips to work through script notes
  • Understanding the Producer’s Role
    • Pre-Production
    • Production
    • Post-Production
    • Challenges producers face
    • How to effectively communicate between all three phases
    • DON’T THINK TWICE Case Study
  • How to Deal with “the Money”
    • 4 tips to deal with financiers and budget
  • How to Nurture or Kill Your Producer Relationships
    • 4 tips to effective relationship building
    • 3 things that will immediately kill your relationships
  • Case Studies
    • DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL (Independent Spirit Award winner)
    • SWISS ARMY MAN (Sundance Award winner)
    • BEING FRANK (SXSW Nominee)
  • Q&A with Rachel

 

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About Your Instructor

Rachel Crouch is the Director of Development at Cold Iron Pictures.

Cold Iron Pictures is a production/financing company that most recently produced BEING FRANK starring comedian Jim Gaffigan and Anna Gunn. Previously Cold Iron produced SWISS ARMY MAN starring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano, as well as Marielle Heller’s directorial debut THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL starring Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgård, both of which premiered at Sundance.

Previously Cold Iron releases also include Joseph Cedar’s political drama Norman starring Richard Gere which was released by Sony Pictures Classic; DON'T THINK TWICE, and Lake Bell’s second film I DO...UNTIL I DON'T. They also produced the 2019 Sundance hit UNTITLED AMAZING JOHNATHAN DOCUMENTARY which premiered in the US Documentary Competition section and is available on Hulu.

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