From Script to Screen: Indie Film Producing 101

Understand the Process So You Can Be Successful
Hosted by Kristy Maurer Grisham


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Kristy Maurer

Webinar hosted by: Kristy Maurer Grisham

VP of Development at The Hideaway Entertainment

Kristy Maurer, currently Director of Development at Endgame Entertainment (Looper, Side Effects, An Education), started her career working in production in Austin, TX. She worked in a wide range of departments on several projects, notably Season One of NBC’s Friday Night Lights and the independent film Elvis and Anabelle starring Blake Lively & Max Minghella. She then moved to Los Angeles where she worked in development at Village Roadshow and then worked at Nicolas Cage’s company, Saturn Films, on projects like Bad Lieutenant. Upon her move to Endgame she has worked on films like Looper, Side Effects, and most recently was on set this fall for the production of the film, Freeheld, starring Julianne Moore, Steve Carell, Ellen Page, and Michael Shannon based on the Oscar-winning short film by the same name. Kristy was raised in Dallas, TX and holds a Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas in Austin. Full Bio »

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Learn directly from Kristy Maurer, VP of Development, who’s worked on Looper, Side Effects, and Academy-award nominated An Education.

So you want to make a film but don’t know where to start – sound familiar?

You have this great idea for a film. Or, you’ve found the script, maybe attached some talent, and are ready to get things in motion for production. But what are your next steps? How do you get from script to screen? What is the difference between pre, post, and good old regular production? What about financing? How do you market it?

So many questions!

Producing, and especially independent producing, can be very complex, and with so many options out there it’s sometimes hard to know what is important to know and what you can skip. Here is your one-stop crash course on Indie Film Producing - Indie Film Producing 101, if you will.

Whether you’re producing the film yourself, looking for independent producers to bring on board, or have signed a deal with an independent production company, it’s important to know the steps involved in producing a film independently, no matter your role in the filmmaking process. Indie films are getting produced and distributed every day, and it’s time to learn how to take your vision for your film and make it a reality!

Kristy Maurer is currently the Director of Development at Endgame Entertainment (Looper, Side Effects, An Education) and has worked in a wide variety of production positions for film and TV. Having worked on network shows, such as Friday Night Lights to independent films, such as Elvis and Annabelle, starting Blake Lively, she knows the ins and outs of producing and can help you learn all you need to know to get your film produced and made.

In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Kristy will walk you through every step of the production process, from where to start with the script, to creating production plans, to marketing, even adding in case studies of independent films in the past few years that have made a profit and how they did it. This will be your go-to guide for all things Indie Film Producing and give you a great foundation for understanding the process of production on an Indie scale.

What You'll Learn

  • Script – A great movie starts with a great script. Steps and tools to get your script ready to show to independent financiers and what genres most look for.
  • Case Study: Five independent films from the past few years that have made a profit and why.
  • Packaging and the importance and process of attaching talent to green light the film.
  • Foreign Sales – an in depth analysis of the process of preselling foreign territories on a film to fit most independent film models.
  • Financing structure and production plan – the process of budgeting a script and outlining a production plan for the film.
  • Pre-production – A break down of this essential step and what really happens in this stage both financially and creatively.
  • Production – Understanding the film financier’s management process on set as well as their interaction with key crew to see the picture through.
  • Post-Production – The basics of post-production in the edit room.
  • Testing/Focus Groups – How this process works and what this really means for shaping the film as well as marketing the product.
  • Distribution- Process of making a domestic sale on the film- through private screenings, distributor screenings, and playing at festivals.
  • P&A / Marketing – Defining P&A and he strategies behind marketing the film.
  • Recorded, in-depth Q&A with Kristy Maurer!

About Your Instructor

Kristy Maurer, currently Director of Development at Endgame Entertainment (Looper, Side Effects, An Education), started her career working in production in Austin, TX. She worked in a wide range of departments on several projects, notably Season One of NBC’s Friday Night Lights and the independent film Elvis and Anabelle starring Blake Lively & Max Minghella. She then moved to Los Angeles where she worked in development at Village Roadshow and then worked at Nicolas Cage’s company, Saturn Films, on projects like Bad Lieutenant. Upon her move to Endgame she has worked on films like Looper, Side Effects, and most recently was on set this fall for the production of the film, Freeheld, starring Julianne Moore, Steve Carell, Ellen Page, and Michael Shannon based on the Oscar-winning short film by the same name. Kristy was raised in Dallas, TX and holds a Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas in Austin.


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Reviews Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5

  • I don't really know how to rate this since I've never produced a film. I'm an actor who has written and is writing screenplays, and I'm starting very small. I have directed stage works and filmed scenes. My goal is to tell my own stories. Sara's layout out of what to expect and gives me a roadmap with warning signs to pursue my goals. Thank you, Sara, I'm encouraged.
  • Good overview of the entire producing process. Just a quick skeleton, but good. You can watch this first then know what you need to learn more about in detail from books or stage 32 courses

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