How To Prepare For A Movie Production – Sean Reid

Sean Reid, Filmmaker: Everybody else is just focused on making the project. The AD is focused on everybody making the project. You see the difference?

Film Courage: You have a special approach to the way you look at production or screenwriting?

Sean: Part of it is and I’ve learned this and I think I’ve got to be able to articulate it through working with Jeff Gordon at the Writer’s Boot Camp is the idea that the tools that he designed were ultimately designed if you used all of them to be able to give yourself the full 360 view of a project. One of the things that I felt and when I look at the production process and prepping for production is how many times can I circle a project? How many times can I look at it in a different way? Because if I can look at it in those different ways then I can be prepared for all of the things we were talking about, these scenarios that can go wrong and I can prepare for those scenarios because I’ve looked at it and there’s different ways so if I fall behind I know what my plan is. If we have to cut some scenes, we’ve already talked about the scenes we need to cut. Anything that I can do to anticipate the possibility of something going wrong and plan for that…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

Sean Reid Attending The Campus Premiere – Arena Cinelounge Sunset (via IMDB)


Sean Reid is a 20-year veteran Producer/Director/Writer of feature films, television programming, news and music specials. His television experience includes management roles at E! NEWS LIVE (E!), as well as, producer positions on the THE ROB NELSON SHOW (Fox), and SQUARE OFF (TV Guide Channel). Reid has a well-earned reputation for combining his instinctual story skills and technical savvy to elevate the productions with which he is involved.

Reid’s Feature Film credits include the coming of age thriller drama REDEMPTION, featuring Brian White (Ray Donavon, Homeland), and T.J. Storm (Godzilla, Captain America: Civil War), on which he served as the Producer, Director and Writer. REDEMPTION was one of the first Indie features to be shot in HD with the Sony 900 camera. The movie screened in competition at the Reel World Film Festival in Toronto, and Playhouse West Festival in Los Angeles, and was distributed by LionsGate. Reid’s producer credits include the movies HORRORS OF WAR, distributed by Maverick; the festival hit PHIN; and the soon to be released feature, THE CAMPUS.

While at E! , Reid served as Assignment Manager (Supervising Producer) of E! NEWS, and was the Producer/Director of E! NEWS UNPLUGGED, a series of short music performances, and one-hour specials, shot on location in and around the E! News Studios, and featuring such performers as Robert Palmer, Lisa Loeb, Steel Pulse, Peter Frampton, Everclear, and Smash- Mouth. Over time, the performances grew from a few songs in the studio’s courtyard, to full concerts shot in front of an audience of 500.

Reid has produced over one hundred network promos and image spots, often working as a First Assistant Director. Campaigns included TYLER PERRY’S HOUSE OF PAYNE producing all of the network promos for the entire five seasons in one year. Other clients included: The NFL Network; PBS Sprout; Mothers. com; Fox’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, HOUSE, and LIE TO ME; BET’s CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL with Steve Harvey and the DIY Network’s LET’S GET DIRTY Campaign, which ran nationally in movie theaters.

Reid directed and co-produced the pilot for Variety’s DVD Premiere Awards, with host Ben Stein and presenters included Vivica A. Fox and Quentin Tarantino. He also directed the pilots for The Guest House, for Executive Producers Tisha Campbell-Martin, and Monique Chennault; and #OWNIT for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN.





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