Post-Production: Finding The Film

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Shaun O'Banion

Webinar hosted by: Shaun O'Banion

Producer at Ravenwood Films

Drawn to the business from an early age, Shaun got his first film industry job as a set PA after sneaking onto the Universal Studios lot at age 17 after reading the infamous tale of Steven Spielberg having done the same. Though he didn’t get signed to a contract, after only three months of daily lot sneaks, he was offered a permanent job on the Spielberg production of SEAQUEST, DSV, where he worked for the series’ first season. From there, he segued into feature films (including two with Spielberg himself!) and never looked back. Eventually, he began to seek work as a Personal Assistant. The career change proved a wise step and he soon found himself working for (and with) some of the industry’s most well-known and well- respected talent in front of and behind the camera, including Courteney Cox and David Arquette, Academy Award winner Christopher Walken, Jack Black, Ben Stiller and acclaimed directors Joe Wright, Judd Apatow and Academy Award Nominee Peter Hedges. O’Banion soon began producing his own projects when he formed Ravenwood Films, first partnering with Desert Skye Entertainment to produce DAKOTA SKYE. DAKOTA SKYE became a festival hit, picking up more than 7 top awards at festivals across North America. The film was picked up by E1 Entertainment following its successful festival run and is now available for purchase through all major retailers. The film was in the Top 100 most viewed on Netflix Instant for nearly 5 years with 80% positive reviews and has aired on Showtime, Time-Warner On-Demand and Comcast. The film is also a regular topic of discussion among teen girls on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. Following the success of DAKOTA SKYE, O’Banion partnered with The Wayne/Lauren Film Company to produce GIRLFRIEND. The film made its World Premiere at the 2010 TorontoInternational Film Festival where it landed in the trades for being one of 13 films sold in the first week! GIRLFRIEND went on to collect a handful of awards for Best Feature, Best Director and Audience Awards at various Festivals around the world as well as winning a prestigious 2011 IFP GOTHAM AWARD. The film saw a limited theatrical release in 2011 and debuted on DVD and VOD in the fourth quarter of 2012 from Strand Releasing. Last year, he co-produced THE AUTOMATIC HATE, which reunited him with writer/director Justin Lerner (GIRLFRIEND) and teamed him with Academy Award-nominated producer AlixMadigan (WINTER’S BONE). The film, currently in post, is set to debut on the festival circuit in 2015, and stars Joseph Cross (LINCOLN, MILK), Adelaide Clemens (THE GREAT GATSBY, IFC’s Rectify), Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood), Richard Schiff (MAN OF STEEL, The West Wing) and Ricky Jay (BOOGIE NIGHTS, HEIST). In addition to films, Shaun has produced national commercials for Pepsi, EA Sports, Chevrolet and a live event for The White House - Office of the First Lady. He has also directed a variety of short films and music videos. Shaun is a member of the Producers Guild of America and has several films in development. Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

Learn directly from Shaun O’Banion, an award-winning independent producer!

As a producer, post-production is a part of the process you’re rarely involved in from day-to-day, and yet it is one of the most integral parts of the filmmaking process (if not the most important). A lot of questions can be asked from a filmmaker like how to shape the film, how to define roles in post, what to do with VFX, how to handle the footage you have and ultimately how to develop a great film after it’s been shot. It’s not easy to do and it takes a lot of practice and experience to perfect.

We will discuss the pieces that make up the whole, from assessing the relationships in the edit suite, to bringing all of the elements together and how it all happens. From the technical to the emotional, this webinar will attempt to demystify the process in a way for you to easily understand what to do to “find the film” in post.

Post Production: Finding the Film is presented by 20 year industry veteran, Shaun O’Banion, who has worked with the likes of Steven Spielberg, Christopher Walken, Courtney Cox and David Arquette, Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Judd Apatow and Peter Hedges. He has won numerous awards for his films, including the prestigious IFP GOTHAM Award for GIRLFRIEND.

What You'll Learn

  • Crowd-funding Your Post Process
  • Mapping Out The Relationships: From Directors and Editors, to Colorists, Composers and VFX artists.
  • More On Relationships: Psychologist, Lawyer, Father (Mother), Doctor, Priest
  • The Role of Post Producer of Post Supervisor
  • From Card To Drive: What’s Your Output?
  • The Assemble (aka: My God, What Have We Done?)
  • Making A Good Performance Great, and A Bad Performance Better
  • Shaping The Film
  • The Ripple Effect
  • The Test Process
  • Frame Fu*king
  • VFX: The filmmakers toolbox
  • On What Follows Post

About Your Instructor

Drawn to the business from an early age, Shaun got his first film industry job as a set PA after sneaking onto the Universal Studios lot at age 17 after reading the infamous tale of Steven Spielberg having done the same. Though he didn’t get signed to a contract, after only three months of daily lot sneaks, he was offered a permanent job on the Spielberg production of SEAQUEST, DSV, where he worked for the series’ first season. From there, he segued into feature films (including two with Spielberg himself!) and never looked back. Eventually, he began to seek work as a Personal Assistant. The career change proved a wise step and he soon found himself working for (and with) some of the industry’s most well-known and well- respected talent in front of and behind the camera, including Courteney Cox and David Arquette, Academy Award winner Christopher Walken, Jack Black, Ben Stiller and acclaimed directors Joe Wright, Judd Apatow and Academy Award Nominee Peter Hedges.

O’Banion soon began producing his own projects when he formed Ravenwood Films, first partnering with Desert Skye Entertainment to produce DAKOTA SKYE.

DAKOTA SKYE became a festival hit, picking up more than 7 top awards at festivals across North America. The film was picked up by E1 Entertainment following its successful festival run and is now available for purchase through all major retailers. The film was in the Top 100 most viewed on Netflix Instant for nearly 5 years with 80% positive reviews and has aired on Showtime, Time-Warner On-Demand and Comcast. The film is also a regular topic of discussion among teen girls on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.

Following the success of DAKOTA SKYE, O’Banion partnered with The Wayne/Lauren Film Company to produce GIRLFRIEND. The film made its World Premiere at the 2010 TorontoInternational Film Festival where it landed in the trades for being one of 13 films sold in the first week! GIRLFRIEND went on to collect a handful of awards for Best Feature, Best Director and Audience Awards at various Festivals around the world as well as winning a prestigious 2011 IFP GOTHAM AWARD. The film saw a limited theatrical release in 2011 and debuted on DVD and VOD in the fourth quarter of 2012 from Strand Releasing.

Last year, he co-produced THE AUTOMATIC HATE, which reunited him with writer/director Justin Lerner (GIRLFRIEND) and teamed him with Academy Award-nominated producer AlixMadigan (WINTER’S BONE). The film, currently in post, is set to debut on the festival circuit in 2015, and stars Joseph Cross (LINCOLN, MILK), Adelaide Clemens (THE GREAT GATSBY, IFC’s Rectify), Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood), Richard Schiff (MAN OF STEEL, The West Wing) and Ricky Jay (BOOGIE NIGHTS, HEIST).

In addition to films, Shaun has produced national commercials for Pepsi, EA Sports, Chevrolet and a live event for The White House - Office of the First Lady. He has also directed a variety of short films and music videos.

Shaun is a member of the Producers Guild of America and has several films in development.

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Testimonials

"Thanks for the wonderful class. A phrase comes to mind when I think about it: 'Tell it like it is'. You directly shared what it is like in the industry. I don't know how others in the class are affected, but I am left with the motivation and recognition that one must love - have a passion for creating films to be in the industry - as it should be. So, your effort is an inspiration. You are someone who is 'following his bliss' as Joseph Campbell would state it." - Don D.

"Thank you again for teaching a terrific filmmaking class! You have valuable practical real-world experience that is hard to find in theory based teaching today." - Rene S.

"There was so much information in your class that I think I’ll have to come back next session and take it all over again - gladly! Great class!" - Daniel T.

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It seems like every day another film festival launches or expands. Specialty festivals are becoming all the rage and major, established festivals have been expanding to accept shorts, digital shorts, documentaries, television pilots, specialty genre content and content focused on diversity. With the market growing, so are the number of submissions to any given festival, especially those which are producing results for the connections of the accepted films. You want to make sure your screenplay is on point, that the story is a fit for the style of the festival you are entering and that the film grabs a judge's attention from the get go. Part of assuring you have a festival darling film is understanding the festival landscape, knowing the right players and making connections that assure your film is being viewed by the decision makers. But this all starts, as it always does, with the script. A majority of screenwriters do not write big budget tentpole blockbusters. They tell more intimate, character driven stories. And these are the kind of stories that most festivals adore. But why do some of these scripts attract financing, producers, and, ultimately, the attention of festival directors while others fall through the cracks? As a writer and/or producer, how can you identify the aspects of your screenplay that might be killing your chances of festival success and fix them before filming begins? And how can filmmakers and producers assure, even if they have a winning film based on a fantastic script in place, that they are entering the right festivals and navigating the circuit correctly? There is a chemistry to all of it. A mixture of the creative and the business side of things. It's imperative that you have an understanding of both. Maren Olson has represented domestic and/or worldwide distribution rights to over 70 finished films, including Academy Award winner The Secret in Their Eyes, festival favorites such as An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, Natural Selection and Red Flag, and Sundance Audience Award winners This is Martin Bonner, Valley of Saints and Kinyarwanda. As a producer, she was responsible for critically lauded Short Term 12, which premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury and Audience Awards. The film went on to win 19 other awards including the Gotham Award for Best Actress and Independent Spirit Award for Best Editing. Maren currently works in the film finance division of CAA, and was formerly the President of Traction Media, where she was responsible for the creative development, packaging, production, financing and sale of independent films. To say she understands all the ins and outs of the festival circuit, what festivals look for and how they operate would be a massive understatement. Maren will teach you what kind of independent film project goes on to become a “Festival Darling” and what you can do to better position your independent film for festival success, from script to screen. She will deconstruct both the writing stage- from the major components of a festival-friendly story idea, to what to consider regarding location and characters, all the way to how to incorporate thinking about the budget when writing your script- as well as the production stage – from how to make sure your film gets properly considered by the right people, to which festivals you should submit to and when, all the way to the common ways festival friendly scripts turn into a film that no festival wants to play. She will teach you the 3 components of a festival-friendly story idea and why you must answer yes to each. She will talk budget, shooting locations and when the proper time is to bring on a producer. She will explain the mistakes people make and demystify the myths people believe when navigating the festival circuit. She will go over common pitfalls screenwriters, filmmakers and producers make that can be fatal when submitting to festivals.   Maren will give you the tools to get traction on your project. She will lay out, in clear, precise terms, how to assure your project is given the best opportunity to become a "Festival Darling."     "Excellent - informative. Maren brought facts and experience to a very nuanced subject about "Film Festival Darlings - offering an extremely in-depth analysis to the elements of what a writer or producer should consider when moving forward in the Indie film world. My fav Stage 32 webinar so far. Thanks." - Robert G.   "Fantastic seminar. Like a good filmmaker, you kept us engaged from opening to close. Thanks again!" - Bob B.   "Maren had a lot of practical information and road trap warning for indies. I appreciated the components of a festival face, comps, and specific advice that is useful." - Betty S.

Pre-Production: The Film Director's Process of Discovery

Pre-production is the most important time for a director because it's where you go through a "process of discovery." It's also during this time that all departments discover a director's work style, vision and expectations as to how to do their jobs and make the production run smoothly and efficiently. In most cases, if a movie doesn't turn out as expected or runs over budget, it's a failure of execution during pre-production that can be pointed to as the cause. Many directors are simply too dependent on their producers and are way too anxious to get filming. This mentality is a huge mistake. So how can you assure that you handle the pre-production process effectively and in a manner where your cast and crew want to run into fire for you? How can you know which variables are most important and where you can delegate? We're here to help. Much is expected of the director during the pre-production process. You are in charge of making crucial decisions that can either make or break any production. It can all seem very overwhelming no matter how many times you've done it. But in reality, taken step by step, it could be a fun and rewarding part of the process of making a film. All this takes time - and the more time you have in prep, the more you will discover and sort out before you go to camera. It's the planning, the patience and the perseverance that wins the day and ultimately makes for a winning project for all involved. Peter D. Marshall has worked in the film industry for over 40 years as a film director, television producer, first assistant director, TV series creative consultant, and screenwriter. Peter has directed over 30 episodes of Television Drama such as John Woo's Once a Thief, Wiseguy, 21 Jumpstreet, Neon Rider, The Black Stallion, Scene of the Crime, Big Wolf on Campus and Largo Winch. As a First Assistant Director, Peter has worked on over 12 Features (including Dawn of the Dead, The Butterfly Effect, Happy Gilmore, The Fly II); 16 Television Movies; 8 Television Series; and over 20 Commercials. He has written, directed or produced over 50 hours of documentary and educational programs and his documentaries and dramas have won, or been nominated for, 14 International film awards. Peter has worked with directors such as John Woo, Phillip Noyce, Ed Zwick, John Badham, Roger Vadim, Dennis Dugan, Anne Wheeler and Zack Snyder. He has also worked with actors such as Peter O'Toole, Kevin Spacey, Morgan Freeman, John Travolta, Kathy Bates, Michelle Pfiefer, Marcia Gaye Harden, Madeleine Stowe, Mel Gibson, Ashton Kutcher, Goldie Hawn, Judy Davis and Adam Sandler. In this exclusive Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Peter will guide you through pre-production, the most important phase for a director. He will help you navigate the business and politics with a step by step guide. He will teach you how to break down your script, how to effectively put together your shot lists, storyboards, and access the budget. He will explain how to set the tone you want to have on the set early and in a non-threatening manner. He will show you how you should conduct meetings with your producers, writer, 1st AD, and other department heads. He will explain how to work with your cast during pre-production so they are confident in their roles and in your vision so they're ready to go on the first day of shooting. He will take you through production meetings, wardrobe fittings, camera tests, script read throughs and rehearsals. He will provide you with a complete overview of a director's role in the pre-production process to assure that everything goes exactly as you wish and that your vision is served.   "I have taken several directing courses and Peter's course by far, takes the gold star. This impressive, condensed seminar saturates years of experience and learning and presents it in an easy to use package. A definite recommendation." - Trevor M.   "I really enjoyed the webinar. I liked the fact that the density of material was rich enough I was always busy taking notes. Thanks for covering the artistic and the logistic side of directing." - Brad L.   "I'll be shooting my first film in the next 30 days. This course came as a surprise birthday present. It was a godsend. I would have been fracked if I hadn't taken the workshop. There were so many essential elements that I would have missed. Peter's course is helping me hit the ground running and as a result, I feel much more confident and sure. Thanks Peter." - Fredrick H.

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