• Financing,  Grants,  Sustainability,  Workshops

    Alt Financing-Labs, Institutes & Fellowships

    Financing independent projects has always been the hardest part of the job. Finding equity investors, applying for grants, joining industry groups and networks and attending “speed dating” events are all tried and true strategies. But there is another area that I think goes a bit under recognized – labs, institutes and fellowships. There are many of these, each with a distinct purpose, format and requirements that operate at particular times and places all around the world. It’s helpful to think about these programs as a smart way to finance the development (and sometimes the production and post production) of your film. Apply to them early and often and utilize them…

  • Production,  Sustainability

    Humanity on Set

    Humanity on Set is the name of a film leadership program recently created by veteran film producer Gary Foster and leadership expert Eileen Coskey Fracchia to train producers and directors on how to run film sets effectively and with respect. Foster’s film and television screen credits include Sleepless in Seattle, Ghost Rider, Community and Tin Cup and he’s worked with cast and crew on a plethora of film sets and witnessed all kinds of bad behavior – including temper tantrums, passive-aggressive tactics and meltdowns. Humanity on Set (HoS) plans to integrate coaching and leadership philosophies with diversity and inclusion practices to bring about positive societal and cultural change in the…

  • Budgeting,  Scheduling,  Script Breakdown

    5 Things you need to know before Budgeting

    I love creating budgets. I find it relaxing. Numbers don’t lie and it’s a great pre-visualization tool for any production. Budgets are one of the first steps in the development/prep stage for your project. When you do the first draft of any budget, you can’t know every answer or detail yet and many line items will be guesses. But there are 5 things that you really need to know or else you won’t get very far in creating a budget. 1. Create a tentative schedule Make sure to do a script breakdown and then put together a draft of a realistic schedule that includes pre-production, production and post-production/delivery. If you…

  • Funding,  Grants

    Funds to assist filmmakers

    It’s been a year since COVID-19 essentially shut down the film production world. The industry has opened up safely and slowly and more projects will go into production as vaccinations increase in each region around the world. This past year has been very, very challenging and support and assistance is still necessary for many performing arts professionals. Many funds sprung up immediately after last Spring 2020 and have since closed. This post highlights several programs and funds that are still open for emergency funding applications. Actors Fund Emergency Financial Assistance has given out over $20 million in emergency financial assistance to more than 15,000 people since March 2020. These funds…

  • Financing,  Funding

    Financing your project: In-Kind donations

    This series focuses on ways to finance your projects. This one highlights how In-Kind donations can help to get your film made. What are In-Kind donations? A recent post in this series focused on Fiscal Sponsorship and how non-profit organizations are able to give tax-deduction letters to any donors that support your film monetarily through their org. Many of those same groups can give tax deduction letters to entities that donate services, rentals, locations and goods to a production as well. If a restaurant donates free food for a shoot day’s lunches or a costume rental company donates free costume rentals for your web series, those companies can receive a…

  • Budgeting,  Production,  Sustainability

    Use the “sharing economy” for your film

    Producers are always mindful of how best to stretch the budget to accommodate the creative vision and practical requirements for any film production. The sharing economy is especially helpful in several areas of film budget to maximizing your money. Below is a breakdown of how to use it for some of the key budget line items: Vehicles, Locations/Spaces and Art department materials. Vehicles Car rental companies have been around for decades and have epitomized the sharing economy way before it was even a word. The best known companies in the U.S. are Avis, Hertz, Budget and Enterprise. They all have memberships and rewards programs and I highly recommend you take…

  • Production,  Sustainability

    Craft services 101

    Long before Google provided free micro-roasted coffee, or WeWork offered complimentary refreshing fruit water to their workers, the film industry created “craft services.” Every film set has a table (or sometimes a food truck) nearby that is filled with various drinks and snacks to “service the crafts” who are working hard on the film. Craft services keeps everyone hydrated and sated and each production offers their own version based on budget, logistics, tradition and more. I’ve always thought of it as a bastion of civility so I thought I’d write about it. (Affliate links below) What are the factors that feed (pun intended) into the craft services for your production?…

  • Financing,  Funding

    Financing your project – Fiscal Sponsorship

    This is the first in a series about how to fund your feature, video, web series or short. Funding an independent project is always a challenge.  This time we will focus on fiscal sponsorship, how it works and how it might be the right fit for your project. What is fiscal sponsorship? A fiscal sponsorship is an arrangement in which a 501(c)(3) organization (the fiscal sponsor) offers its legal and tax-exempt status to another group for a project related to the mission of the nonprofit organization (thanks to the Cullinane Law Group for this concise definition). In the United States, nonprofit organizations must work under specific criteria (i.e. charitable, educational,…

  • Budgeting,  Distribution,  Financing,  Production

    What the hell do they do? Producers

    This is the first in a series of posts that will define and highlight different job positions in the film industry. We are starting this monthly series with the Producer job because a) it’s the focus of this whole website and b) it’s probably the job that the most people can’t really explain what the hell they do! The simple answer I often give is Producers make it all happen. Without a producer you really can’t get a project done. Have you ever tried to make a film without a producer? It doesn’t work. I guess I’m a little biased but I’ve watched directors try to direct and produce and…

  • Production

    Welcome to Producer to Producer

    Welcome to the ProducerToProducer.com website – a place to focus on issues and topics that support independent film producing. This is a hub to share reliable and relevant information to foster excellent work and cultivate positive values for the independent film community. Subjects pertaining to practical production and creative collaboration are at the forefront of what will be discussed and explored on this platform. Enjoy!