Master Class - Lisa Marie Russo: The Producer's Job


DATE: Thursday, August 8; TIME: 7:00PM-9:00PM; SUMMER 2013

Instructor: Lisa Marie Russo
Fee: $20. $10 for Scribe members

What is the process of producing a documentary film for theatrical release? Lisa Marie Russo, co-founded Fly Film, the London based production company that has produced some exceptional theatrical releases, such as Terrence Davies The Deep Blue Sea; Swandown, a collaboration between artist filmmaker Andrew Kotting and writer Ian Sinclair; and most recently the Ken Loach’s documentary, The Spirit of ’45. Russo, who is a major creative force in the international film world, began working in media here in Philadelphia. She will talk about the work of producing a documentary for theatrical release and her current projects.

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Ben Kalina: Environmental Justice Documentary


DATE: Wednesday, August 21: TIME: 7:00PM-9:00PM; SUMMER 2013

Instructor: Ben Kalina
Fee: $20. $10 for Scribe members

In this Master Class, Ben Kalina will discuss the consistent elements of producing an environmental justice documentary. How does your budget dictate the approach, your equipment, and your crew? How do you pick a subject? Or, if the subject has picked you, how do you choose the storyline? What is your perceived market and audience, and how does that influence how you design and when you begin your outreach? Are you considering traditional-, self-, or hybrid distribution? Is a feature documentary the best or only way to go? Ultimately, if your goal is to make a difference and to have an impact, what might that look like and what's the best way to make that happen? This workshop is intended for filmmakers at any stage of their project, from pre-production through outreach and distribution.

Ben Kalina's latest film Shored Up screens as part of Scribe's Producers' Forums series on Tuesday, August 20, 7PM at the International House Philadelphia

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Gloria Morán: Transmedia Storytelling


DATE: Sunday, April 28; TIME: 1:00PM - 3:00PM; SPRING 2013

Instructor: Gloria Morán
Fee: $15. $5 for Scribe members, Leeway Foundation grantees, and Filadelfia Latin American Film Festival ticket holders

Currently on a screening tour, Gloria Morán's new documentary The Unique Ladies is introducing members of San Diego's only all-women lowrider club to audiences across the country. At the same time, these extraordinary women's stories are amplified by related content – photographs, testimonials, interview footage – that Morán developed for dissemination across diverse platforms.

Using The Unique Ladies as a case model, Morán will present strategies for developing, funding, and producing digital media projects for distribution through multiple digital media platforms. Topics will include how to effectively collaborate with participants (usually dubbed “subjects”) to develop a compelling story; how to organize a successful crowd-funding campaign; how to use different delivery platforms to extend your story and broaden your audience; and how to produce, edit, and prepare content for delivery across multiple platforms including blogs, online photo- and video-sharing services, and social media sites.

Moran's documentary The Unique Ladies screens in the Filadelfia Latin American Film Festival 2013 on Saturday, April 27, 2:15PM at the International House and again on Sunday, April 28, 6:00PM at the Gershman Y.

Presented in partnership with the Filadelfia Latin American Film Festival and the Leeway Foundation

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Planning A Low Budget Documentary


DATES: Thursdays, May 2, 9, 23, 30, June 6, 2013; TIME: 7:00PM-9:00PM; SPRING 2013

Instructor: Anula Shetty (right)
Fee: $85.

Have an idea for a video documentary project? This intensive workshop is designed for people who want to work in small-format video (DV, miniDV and HDV). We will focus on how to creatively develop and break down your idea into a one-page treatment and introduce materials to create project production schedules and a sample budget. This is the ideal workshop for first-time videomakers at the start of their projects.

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Nekisa Cooper: The Craft of Producing

Saturday, February 16, from 1:00PM-3:00PM; WINTER 2013

Instructor: Nekisa Cooper
Fee: $25. $15 for Scribe or Reelblack members

On an independent film project the "creative producer" must marshal all her creative and entrepreneurial skills during every phase of the process. From initial concept to delivery of the final product, the creative producer is responsible for (among other things) attaching talent, securing financing, managing production and post-production, and delivering that sweet distribution deal--all the while ensuring the artistic integrity of the project. In this Master Class, award-winning producer Nekisa Cooper will share her insights on tapping your own skills, experience, and networks in order to transform that compelling script into a great film.

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