Making the Low-Budget Feature Film

By: Industrial Scripts  05/01/2011
Keywords: film, feedback, consultation

  On this 1‐day seminar, participants are given a highly detailed and comprehensive analysis of all areas of low‐budget film production, by a producer with more experience and success in this area than most in recent years (typified by his credits).

The day is heavily interactive, and prior to the course, participants submit short, embryonic proposals for low budget feature projects they are intending to develop, which they then receive feedback and project‐specific advice on during the course workshop at the end of the day.

The seminar is specifically candid, intending to arm participants with significant knowledge of all areas of low-budget feature film production, from early development through to ancillary revenue streams.

Course Overview:
10:00 – 10:20 Meet and greet
10:10 – 11:00 Low budget filmmaking and Producer’s role, what is a “low budget film”?, recent success stories, routes to becoming a Producer / setting up a Production company, sourcing and developing projects / slate, 10 steps to putting a project into production (script to financing)·       Development scenarios
11:00 – 11:10 Q & A
11:10 – 12:00 Getting your film financed, realities of low budget filmmaking and state of industry, routes to financing your film – advantages and disadvantages, Distributors, sales agents and financiers. How to approach funding bodies.

12:00 – 12:20 FILTH – adaptation of a novel by Irvine Welsh 1
2:20 – 12:40 SONG FOR MARION – written / to be directed by Paul Andrew Williams
12:40 – 13:00 Q & A
13:00 – 13:30 LUNCH CASE STUDIES

CASE STUDIES 13:30 – 14:30 LONDON TO BRIGHTON (2006) · 
Origin of project·  
Physical production insights· 
Finding completion funding from UKFC, dealing with a distributor and sales agent·  
Completion Budget·  
Positive critical reaction·  
Lessons learnt·  
Anatomy of a scene – clip
14:30 – 14:45 Q & A
14:45 – 15:30 THE COTTAGE (2008)
Origin of project, development, closing finance, production insights 
UK distribution strategy·  
Mixed critical reaction· 
Lessons learnt·  
Anatomy of a scene – clip

15:30 – 15:45 Q & A
15:45 – 16:45 CHERRY TREE LANE (2010) · 
rigin of project development, closing finance, and production insights· 
UK distribution and sales agent strategy· 
Difficulties in generating revenues· 
 Lessons learnt· 
 Anatomy of a scene – clip
16:45 – 17:00 Q & A
 Pitching session
 Feedback on individuals’ feature film project proposals
 18:30 DRINKS
All courses will be held in Industrial Scriptsʹ offices on Regent Street in London. The course fee is £156.99, which includes course notes, a financing, distribution and sales contacts list, and refreshments. Places are strictly limited and participants are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.
For further details and to register your interest please email [email protected]

Keywords: consultation, Feature, feedback, film, published scripts, Report, review, screenplay, script, script coverage, Script Doctor, script feedback, script reader, script reading course, scripts,