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?

One of the biggest misconceptions for talent is that producers stifle creativity. ‘The only word they know is “no!”’ or ‘The only thing they care about is money!’. The truth is, though, that building a relationship with the right producer can be a career-maker and can also make your life easier. Producers help you make connections, take all of the day-to-day questions about making a project off your plate, and can even creatively add to your series or film. But you need to know how best to use your producers if you’re going to succeed. Writers and filmmakers alike need to know how to find the right producer for them, understanding the skills different types of producers bring to the table, and finding the best way to create a good producer/talent relationship.

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

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 discuss the different types of producers and how each contributes to different projects. She will then go into how to find that perfect producer, and the best ways to do research, take meetings, and woo them to get them on your side. She will also discuss the producer’s role in every phase of production—from giving notes during development, to building the team in pre-production, serving on the ground during production, and handling sound, color, and deliverables during post, among many, many other facets. Rachel will help you tackle the tricky issue of dealing with money with your producer and outline the common ways the producer-talent relationships fall apart, as well as flourish.

Rachel 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, and SXSW nominated BEING FRANK.

 

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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

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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