PowerNetworking for Film and TV Crew

Hosted by Heather Hale

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Heather Hale

Webinar hosted by: Heather Hale

Independent Film and Television Producer, Director, Screenwriter and Author

Heather Hale is an Independent Film and Television Producer, Director and Screenwriter. Ms. Hale cast and crewed over 80 when she directed and produced Absolute Killers, a million dollar thriller that was shot on two Red Cameras in North Carolina and starred Edward Furlong, Ed Asner and Meat Loaf. This feature was picked up by two distributors and was just at the Cannes Film Market seeking foreign territories. She wrote The Courage to Love, the $5.5 million dollar 2000 Lifetime Original Movie, a Canadian co-production that starred Vanessa Williams opposite Diahann Carroll, Gil Bellows and Stacy Keach. Her 50 hours of television have won a couple Emmys, Tellys and Ace Awards as well as "Best New Series Pilot." She’s written, produced and directed commercials, industrials, infomercials, spec pilots, DVDs, Corporate training and a few short films, including starring in one. She’s been vetted to pitch projects to NBC Universal for any of their 15 outlets and approved to vie for their million dollar development fund managed by the International Film and Television Alliance (IFTA), the non-profit that presents the American Film Market (the AFM). She is currently writing a book on "How to Work the Film and Television Markets" to be published by Focal Press next year. She has several television series and independent films in development. An active contributor to the entertainment community, Ms. Hale is a member of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and Showbiz Mensans. Full Bio »

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Learn directly from Heather Hale, an Independent Film and Television Producer, Director and Screenwriter!

The entertainment industry is changing dramatically all over the globe. Now, more than ever, there are major opportunities for people who work behind the scenes on set on all types of crew positions. Below-the-line positions are crucial to the success of any film or television. This includes everything from camera operators to gaffers, craft services to costume designers, composers to editors, production assistants to script supervisors – and everything in between!

No matter where you live or where you are at in your career, this webinar will help you strategize how to find the best opportunities and points of entry for you to break into the crew business; shift horizontally into new locales or formats; or move up laterally into the higher echelons of professional caliber, marquis value and budgets.

Discover an empowered approach to networking to help you get on the right people’s radars, get noticed, gain momentum - and get hired. Learn time-proven techniques and new resources to proactively brainstorm where the opportunities of the moment – and future - might be, who’s doing the hiring – and trace any connections you might have to the decision makers or key players.

Learn how to identify, research and prioritize a finely honed hit list of Producers Line Producers, Department Heads, Directors and Below-the-Line Agents who might be accessible to you. Figure out how to track them down, strategize the best approaches to communicate with them and how to develop the kind of track record, resume and interview skills they would most likely respond to. Learn the key words you should be using in your profiles in the online communities that might be worth your time.

Below-the-line team members are the lifeblood of any production and an exciting way to work in film and television. Heather uses in-the-trenches humor, candor and real world examples to illuminate the many paths to getting hired - again and again! 

 

What You'll Learn

Part 1:

  • How to get your first job in the industry.
  • How to get the job you actually WANT in the industry.
  • How to get your 2nd, 7th and 50th crew gigs
  • How crew members shift horizontally or move up the ladder.
  • How to sustain yourself financially in this business
  • The importance of the Call sheet in getting you your next job
  • How critical it is to get as many days on set/location
  • Where Producers, Line Producers and UPMs look for talent (and how they get the word out)
  • Below the line agents
  • Which online resources, websites, job boards, communities and subscription services MIGHT be worth your while
  • How to find work through your local film commission, schools and universities, ad agencies – even Facebook.
  • The differences between being an employee and an independent contractor
  • Working union versus non-union versus right to work states
  • What fair rates should be (and how to negotiate them).
  • Why you shouldn’t work for free or deferred (but how to identify the rare cases when it might actually be worth your while to do so).

Part 2:

  • What is Networking? And why does it matter? Is it proven?
  • How important is networking in Hollywood? Or in the global media industry?
  • How is PowerNetworking different?
  • How has social media affected networking and marketing for crew positions?

Part 3:

  • Understanding the Lay of the Land
  • The Modern Film and TV Landscape
  • The real job marketplace
  • Recorded, 30 minute Q&A session with Heather!

About Your Instructor

Heather Hale is an Independent Film and Television Producer, Director and Screenwriter. Ms. Hale cast and crewed over 80 when she directed and produced Absolute Killers, a million dollar thriller that was shot on two Red Cameras in North Carolina and starred Edward Furlong, Ed Asner and Meat Loaf. This feature was picked up by two distributors and was just at the Cannes Film Market seeking foreign territories.

She wrote The Courage to Love, the $5.5 million dollar 2000 Lifetime Original Movie, a Canadian co-production that starred Vanessa Williams opposite Diahann Carroll, Gil Bellows and Stacy Keach.

Her 50 hours of television have won a couple Emmys, Tellys and Ace Awards as well as "Best New Series Pilot." She’s written, produced and directed commercials, industrials, infomercials, spec pilots, DVDs, Corporate training and a few short films, including starring in one.

She’s been vetted to pitch projects to NBC Universal for any of their 15 outlets and approved to vie for their million dollar development fund managed by the International Film and Television Alliance (IFTA), the non-profit that presents the American Film Market (the AFM). She is currently writing a book on "How to Work the Film and Television Markets" to be published by Focal Press next year. She has several television series and independent films in development.

An active contributor to the entertainment community, Ms. Hale is a member of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and Showbiz Mensans.

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Testimonials

"Using Heather's techniques and system, the day after her seminar, I had meetings set up with Oprah and Warren Buffet and now have access to A-List celebrities." - Sarano Kelly, #1 Motivational Speaker on Wall Street

"It was that sticky, oppressive day in China Grove, in the church parking lot, when you took time out of your busy day to thank EVERYONE - including extras – for being there and helping out. That speech made me feel as if I was back on the right track with my life and made you an instant hero in my life. So few people would have taken the time to not only show their appreciation but also to treat even random Extras with kindness and respect – I couldn't help but be impressed. That might help explain why I not only consider you to be the best Director I've ever worked with but also why I'll always be willing to help you out with anything." - Kevin McDermott, Actor (Absolute Killers)

"If – and when – I win an Oscar, Heather will be the first to get the thanks! Heather is so inspirational, she could raise the dead! Her knowledge and integrity amazes. A walking muse. Like a pep rally from afar. Nothing less than transformational. Heather possesses a keen understanding of how the entertainment industry operates. She was invaluable in helping me construct a game plan to define and reach my goal target audience in the most efficient, effective manner possible – to fill the theater with casting directors for my one woman show. Not only did Heather demystify the art of schmoozing but she also provided me with the tools to overcome my fear of cold calling industry folks." - Jennifer Rosen, Actress/Writer (One Woman Show: Tall Girl)

"Heather is so insightful. She gives her heart and her soul to her students and their work – it’s so obvious how much she cares." - Keren Green, Director, Writer, Producer

"The first time I heard Heather speak, I was captivated by her passion, insight, warmth and humor… and I immediately knew I wanted to be her friend. As I got to know Heather, I soon discovered that her immense talent is equally matched by her extraordinary generosity and that her passion for teaching and helping others is unsurpassed. She is a true gift to the Los Angeles film community." - Eve Honthaner (Titanic, Tropic Thunder, Dreamworks, etc.), The Complete Film Production Handbook, Hollywood Drive: What it Takes to Break in, Hang in & Make it in the Entertainment Industry, Founder, Film Industry Network; Instructor, USC School of Cinema

"We all know this is a relationship business and in my work as a producer and educator, I have so many times found myself in the small-world scenario that converges on one name: Heather Hale. As a meta-networker myself (ie: networking is a verb and we are its henchmen), I have never met anyone as lightning quick on the speed dial as Heather." - Gabrielle Kelly, Producer, Writer, Professor

"Hollywood does indeed have a heart – and it beats in this woman." - William Roetzheim, Award-winning Playwright

"Heather you organized the most fabulous and informative workshops for the foundation for international film artists! You are an awesome teacher as well and I always walked away pumped!" - Evita Castine, RKO Pictures

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