Cinema-190 Final Notes 1

Cinema-190 Final Notes 1 - 09:48 THE PRODUCTION PROCESS A....

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09:48 THE PRODUCTION PROCESS A. Introduction. five stages, but not distinct; they overlap B. Development. "development hell" --> many projects never get out of it often starts with an idea or concept "high concept film" --> 3 aspects 1. immediately accessible and understood 2. should be able to translate to visual terms (for advertising --> posters, etc.) 3. synergy --> able to move into other realms of the conglomerate (toys, lunch boxes, soundtrack, tv show, t-shirts, etc.) synopsis, then treatment, then script at the producible stage, it becomes a "property" 1. Time. 2. Personnel and their functions. a. Writer(s); Script Doctor(s). b. Producer; Executive Producer. producer --> remains through all five stages 3 types of producer --> 1. independent -- takes script to production companies for backing; 2. producer assigned by studio/conglomerate to the project; 3. producer who works for the conglomerate
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executive producer --> brings name to project (like Spielberg) or puts up own money C. Pre-Production / Preparation stage. 1. Time. 2. Personnel and their functions. a. Producer; executive producer; line producer (production cost). b. Line Producer team: associate producer; unit production manager/unit manager/production manager; location manager; utility crew; crafts services; catering services/caterer; transportation crew; studio teacher; casting agency. line producer --> involved in the day-to-day work of making the film; flunky to the executive producer; breaks down the script; rents spaces, film stock, etc. above-the-line costs --> all the artists, important people who negotiate contracts, creative figures below-the-line costs --> technical people, costs set by union rules negative cost --> above and below-the-line costs combined 3. Director. starts acquiring key personnel D. Principal Photography/Shooting Stage. achronological shooting—shooting schedule does not mirror the script or narrative shooting ratio --> contrast between what you shoot and what you use setting vs. world 1. Time. 2. Personnel and their functions.
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