5 Ways A Producer Evaluates A Screenplay Or Movie Project – Sean Reid

Film Courage: When you’re thinking about an idea, how important is it for you to think about the budget or are you not even entertaining this just yet?

Sean Reid, Producer: I don’t really entertain that when I’m trying to imagine a story or think about what I’m going to do in that sense. I try to let it be what it’s going to be and then try to figure out how to do it. I think that’s the only way to really do it because if not you’re I think you can and people do and I’m around people who do it all the time and we’ve done it. I’ve done it where you have these certain amount of resources and you do it for that and yes you can reverse engineer and kind of put yourself into it but I think that this type of exercise or this type of thought process where it’s kind of coming more internally being broken down to your taste has more potential to have a sustaining sustaining feeling that you can get from a project that will sustain you through making it whether you have to make it on your own or you are going to get 5 or 10 or 20 or 30 or 100 million dollars to make it because we know there are stories of all kinds of movies that have taken many, many years for producers to get done so the most important thing is for them to be passionate about it and care about it and want to see it go all the way through especially when you’re we’re talking through this type of process anyway.

Film Courage: I don’t know if we have a title for this yet but I love the two cards that you’ve chosen. Maybe we can call it the Untitled Sean Reid Project?

Sean: I don’t know if you have a name for it but I think let’s call it The Internal Butler as a working title so it’s just being a Hollywood factory we’ll just call it The Internal Butler. We don’t want to say The Butler because there’s already been a movie that’s been The Butler so we’ll just say The Internal Butler and we just know that it means the internal life of the butler but we don’t know really what that means…(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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