NALIP Creators' Journal

  • You Are an Independent Producer: Development

    Posted by · August 05, 2016 5:02 PM


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    by David Bianchi

    Part Three: Development

    This is the stage where you take your script into the incubator period. This is probably one of the less structured phases of getting your film made whether it’s a 5K short or 500K feature because the development process on every film is totally different but there are some phases that regardless of what you’re producing don’t change. Speaking in loose terms they are more or less as follows:


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  • You Are an Independent Producer: Script

    Posted by · April 29, 2016 8:08 PM

    by David Bianchi


    Part Two: Script   

    Write your own material.

    Part of keeping things “Indie” is also keeping things cheap. When you don’t have to hire someone or option a script from another person, you save money. What that also does is it gives you complete creative control when it comes to re-writes, polishing and adding and subtracting narrative. It gives you all the power to make the “world” of your project your own. This control will also help you save money during production. Below I will illustrate why.

    Produce scripts that have things in them that you already have! The biggest mistake of the novice low budget producer is to try to pitch and raise cash for the car crash, or the hospital sequence or the aerial chase (let alone the explosion or the visual effect of aliens coming out of the Earth's core).

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  • You Are an Independent Producer: What to Expect

    Posted by · April 22, 2016 9:35 PM

    by David Bianchi


    Part 1: Discovering Your Voice and What to Expect

    The first thing you do is OWN IT. This is what you are and this is what you do. Get a business card and start a letterhead. What is your company name? Build a list of content that you love. Start to inspire yourself and give yourself direction. Build a vision board that can help you have daily inspiration and insight into where you are going in your career. Network! Participate in the Film and TV culture in your area. Go to local events and mixers and start learning the language of a producer or content creator.

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