During production, the producer is responsible for protecting and supporting the director’s creative vision while managing logistics and business operations as well as troubleshooting issues as they arise. But what exactly does this entail? In this three-hour Master Class with a panel of accomplished producers, we take a deeper look at the producer’s leadership role in production to ensure success on set.


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Topics covered include:

    00:00 - Welcome and Overview of Class

    07:00 - Introduction with Alexandra Byer/Defining “Producer”

    11:00 - Overview of Responsibilities with Jess Wu Calder and David Hinojosa

    42:00 - Q&A

    55:00 - Developing Key Relationships with Jess Wu Calder, David Hinojosa and Kara Durrett

    01:33 - Q&A

    01:43 - Case Studies with David Hinojosa and Kara Durrett

    02:14 - Paperwork: Call Sheets, Shooting Schedule, Cost Reports, and SAG Paperwork

    02:44 - Final Remarks and Closing

    02:50 - Q&A

    02:53 - Final Announcements

Kara Durrett is an independent producer, a 2019 Sundance Producer Lab Fellow, and a 2021 nominee for the Independent Spirit Piaget Producers Award. Recently, Durrett produced Adamma Ebo's HONK FOR JESUS, SAVE YOUR SOUL which is premiering at Sundance 2022, as well as Celine Held & Logan George’s VANISHINGS AT CADDO LAKE Produced alongside M Night Shyamalan, currently in Post Production. more...
David Hinojosa is Founding Partner and Head of Production at 2AM. David spent over a decade at Christine Vachon’s iconic award-winning production company Killer Films. While at Killer, he developed such titles as Wash Westmoreland & Richard Glatzer's Academy Award winning STILL ALICE and Todd Haynes' CAROL which premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival and received six Academy Award nominations. more...
Alexandra Byer is a Brooklyn-based producer and co-founder of the production company RATHAUS. She recently produced Tim Sutton’s fifth feature FUNNY FACE (Berlinale 2020) and Cedric Cheung-Lau’s debut film THE MOUNTAINS ARE A DREAM THAT CALL TO ME (Sundance 2020). more...

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