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Producing Final Exam
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Describe the key responsibilities for the person who receives "Produced By" credit during each phase of production on a motion picture.
Pre-Production: Getting the idea, taking control and securing financing and hiring cast and crew.
Throughout Production: hold in person consultation, sign off on financial reports, making sure the project stays on budget and on schedule.
In post: keeping an eye on financial spending, holding in-person consultations, and making decisions on distribution.
Producers take care of the development, pre-production, production, post-production, and marketing of the film.
Describe the key responsibilities of an Executive Producer for a television series.
An executive producer of a television series is often called "The Showrunner." They focus on the theme, tone, and continuity of the series, oversee the creative side of the project, remain in contact with the network the show's airing on, and run everything according to the show's bible. If they aren't the people that conceived the idea for the show, they go to the creator to ask questions about the tone.
What is an option-purchase agreement? Explain the major elements of this type of agreement between a writer and a producer.
An option-purchase agreement is a limited time contract between a writer and producer to use the project script or idea. What they involved will be credited as, ongoing involvement, and characters are all agreed upon before going into pre-production. If they go with the idea to production, then the producer needs to purchase the agreement.
What is coverage? Explain what is included in the logline, synopsis, and comments sections. Describe how material is analyzed in a coverage report.
Coverage is the summary of the script to manage the time of the producer, providing an explanation if the script is any good or worth being produced. The logline is a quick sentence meant as a hook for the reader analyzing the storyline, a synopsis goes in-depth with the plot of the film and summarizes it for the reader, the comments section is for the the creator of the coverage report to explain any flaws that the script may have and if any major adjustments need to be made, basically highlighting the pros and cons of the script. This helps the producer determine whether the script is worth picking up or not.
Describe how to put together a distribution strategy for a student short film/video.
A distribution strategy for a short film needs to first identify the target audience for the project. Additionally, a good distribution strategy needs to research the best places to distribute the film, either through streaming services, film festivals, or theatrical runs, going in detail as to how to submit the films there by going over deadlines and budget for distribution.
An actor can be represented in three (3) ways. What are the benefits and limitations for each type of representation? Why would an actor choose to use one type of representation over another?
An actor can be represented either by an agent, manager, or a lawyer. Agents send casting calls, represent many people, and are able to negotiate contracts. Actors would choose them because of their well-known experience working with other actors and their ability to set up casting calls.
Managers have few clients and have a personal relationship with their clients. There's no limit on fees and is involved with many sides of the client. An actor would choose someone like this because of their more personal relationship with their clients, even if they ask for more percentage of their gross.
Lawyers are able to contact on behalf of the client, does not find casting calls, and pays by the hour. This might be a good thing for actors if they want a relatively quick and easy way to get into contact with the filmmakers of the films they're interested in auditioning for.
Describe the budget research needed before renting film/video equipment for a production. How many quotes are typically needed and why? What type of information should each quote contain?
Typically, three quotes are usually required (five if you really want to know) to see the high quotes or low quotes, look at all the rates, and determine how much it'd be to rent gear for one day, a weekend, or weekend, complete with pricing and availability.
Describe the best practices for the pre-launch of a student crowdfunding campaign, including setting rewards/perks.
It's often best for the pre-launch of a student crowdfunding campaign to use social media to spread news about it, making different social media platforms promoting the film. Promotion videos can also be helpful accompanying this, as well as announcing different kinds of perks that will be offered such as having your name in the credits, and launching on a Friday.
What are the two (2) types of insurance production companies are legally required to carry? Briefly describe coverage provided by each insurance.
The two types of insurance production companies need to have are Workers' Compensation Insurance and E&O Insurance. Workers Compensation Insurance protects the production from any cost from damages to the location to injuries onset sustained by cast or crew. Workers comp also covers employees from injury or sickness. E&O is required by most distributors for filmmakers looking to distribute their film. It covers the production company against error, omissions, or mistakes for claims of copyright infringement, unauthorized use of trademark or titles, violation of person rights, and plagiarism.
What does copyright protect? Copyright holders have exclusive rights for a limited period of time. What are these exclusive rights? How long does the copyright held by an individual last and what happens after copyright expires?
Copyright protects the results of an idea in a tangible form. It ensures no one can steal, copy, or distribute the idea through their own means. It also ensures you have exclusive rights to the idea till you die plus an additional 70 years. After the copyright expires, unless the company that owns the idea renews it, it becomes public domain for people to use.
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