What does it take to be a great producer?
We can all learn to draft a simple budget or to hire a small group of technicians, but the best producers know how to start the right projects in the right way, with a strong creative sense and commercial purpose – long before they ever get to that point in the process. The key to becoming a producer who is attractive to creative collaborators and financiers alike is an understanding of the whole process. An understanding, in short, of the market, the business – and of yourself.
All producers must have a wide range of skills, from creative and organisational intelligence to financial prowess and marketing insight. The aim of this new six-month Certificate course is to develop your skills and judgement across the entire cycle of a feature film’s life.
This course, meeting weekly in central London in an evening class format, aims to help participants develop discover their own producing strengths by teaching technical producing skills and using real case histories.
What you will study
This course is designed to help new producers enter the world of professional filmmaking. Over 24 weeks, and across four modules, we explore the key components of development, finance, production/post-production, sales & distribution, seen from a producer’s perspective, whilst developing the individual strengths of each participant.
During the course you will develop an understanding of which projects have the potential to entice and excite audiences; hone your ability to work with writers to achieve a screenplay that can attract director, cast, finance, and distribution; develop the ability to package those creative and financial elements to an industry standard; acquire an understanding of how to run cast and crew; and learn how to manage the expectations of finance and distribution partners as you take the film through post production and delivery – all while keeping a firm grip on the sales, distribution and marketing opportunities to ensure the film can reach the widest audience possible.
The six months culminate in the presentation of a market-ready proposal for your own feature film, including an outline of the film’s talent, finance, and sales/distribution package.
Fees for this course are as follows:
Home/EU/EEA £3,550 (January 2020 fee. The January 2021 tuition fee will be confirmed in June 2020)
This course is only open to UK and EU/EEA applicants.
A non-refundable deposit of £500 is required against the cost of your fees on confirmation of your place.
We’re looking for people who are passionate about filmmaking and eager to pursue a career in producing. You should have a good general education, but no other specific educational requirements or producing experience are needed for this course. Application to the course is competitive.
Successful completion of this course will lead to a guaranteed interview for those who may be interested in applying to the 2-year full-time MA Course in Producing at the NFTS.
Application deadline: 10 Sep 2020