Mark Heidelberger, Producer: I just need three things from you: I need a script, I need a budget and I need you to get the hell out of my way.
ONE WEEK FROM TONIGHT
I’m not a huge fan of academics. I’m not a huge fan of people who just teach and haven’t done in 20 years. I like to learn from the people who are doing it now.
ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2018
You can’t just give me a script “How much does it cost?” “Well, is Matt Damon in your movie? Great! Your budget just went up by 10 million dollars.” I can make an argument to do this movie by one million bucks or 10 million bucks. So really it’s like “So how much can you raise? Or how much do you have?” And then if they really don’t have a good idea of who they see in it, how wide do you see it being distributed? But I have to get an idea of what range and how big they are seeing this in their head.
WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US AND PRODUCER MARK HEIDELBERGER
If you just want to go out and make a piece of art for yourself and you have the money to blow, go ahead. But that doesn’t mean you are going to be part of the entertainment industry. It doesn’t mean you are going to be part of the film…business. It is a business, as well as a commodity, as well as art. That’s where people get hung up – it’s art, right. But it’s also a commodity.
FOR A ONE NIGHT ONLY EVENT
I read an article the other day (maybe it was like a month ago) it was like a cartoon. My head was like VROOOOM! I was so annoyed with this article. It just started with “Okay, now you’ve finished your film. Now it’s time to start thinking about distribution.” I’m like “No! No! No! It’s not time to start, you should have been thinking about distribution ages ago. From the script stage you should have been thinking about distribution…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
East coast native Mark Heidelberger has over 22 producer credits and 11 production manager credits on feature films and TV alone, plus dozens more in music video, commercial and new media. In this 2 hour talk (including Q&A) Mark will touch on aspects from how a screenwriter should approach a producer, to working producers at the development and production stages. From countless stories on things that went right and projects which had challenges, Mark will provide a real look at feature film development and production. He’ll share what it’s like to be on the inside (even if it’s not what screenwriters and filmmakers hopes to hear). If you’re ready to get a no-filter recount of how to make your film within budget, on time (or near deadline) and still look forward to making a second movie, you don’t want to miss this special night.
Audience Q&A at the end of the talk will be a part of the night where Mark can address specific questions.
WHEN: Tuesday, November 13th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.
WHERE: 5628 Vineland Ave. North Hollywood, CA 91601
**Tickets only sold online via Eventbrite here. Limited seating available. No tickets at the door.
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