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Dear Producer: Producer Rate Sheet

The Producer Rate Sheet has been created as a tool for producers who are striving to build a sustainable career. A producer’s knowledge and time should be adequately valued and compensated by stakeholders who are reliant on our participation and expertise. Whether you lead a non-profit organization, run a film festival, teach at a university, or are a filmmaker trying to get your project off the ground, we ask that you reevaluate your beliefs about sustainability and your policies on compensation using this Producer Rate Sheet as a guiding star.

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A Toolkit for Inclusion & Accessibility: Changing the Narrative of Disability in Documentary Film

This Toolkit for Inclusion & Accessibility has been created by FWD-Doc in association with Doc Society and supported by Netflix, featuring a case study about Crip Camp (2020) and with a view to best practice, not just compliance. We find ourselves in an unprecedented moment of creative and financial opportunity for the documentary film industry, if we engage with authentic disabled storytelling and talent, make our media genuinely accessible, and better understand and cater to the world’s 1 billion D/deaf and disabled people — currently a seriously underserved audience for film.

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Documenting Survivors of Trauma: Ethics and Consent

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Hispanic and Latino Representation in Film: Erasure Behind the Camera (Report)

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What I Wish I Would've Learned In Film School

Dear Producer and the Documentary Producers Alliance have teamed up to bring together fiction and documentary producers to reveal what they don’t teach you in film school. From the truth about funding and distribution, to how to earn a living while making your films, and taking creative risks, these producers will teach valuable lessons whether you are currently in film school, never attended, or now a notable alumni.

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Collab Takeaways: Jason Blum’s Five Recommendations for Launching Your Film Producing Career

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Chicana Director's Initiative

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FWD-Doc Engagement Pack Toolkit

The FWD-Doc Engagement Pack Toolkit focuses on the processes of collaboration and audience engagement in documentary filmmaking with a view to social impact. This disabled-led resource offers empowering and practical information and best practice examples, focused on the crucial topic of engagement: engagement with disabled colleagues and expertise, and engagement with audiences.

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Explaining Hollywood: How To Get A Job As A Producer

This article outlines Siena Oberman's journey to becoming a producer and navigating Hollywood, providing insight for emerging producers on how they can do the same.

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Collab Takeaways: Six Tips to Prepare for Your Big Pitch

This Collab Takeaway outlines six tips for preparing a successful pitch from Jackie Miller's Master Class, "Own Your Voice - Pitch and Present with Confidence." Jackie Miller is a communication and public speaking coach and the president and founder of Bespoken, which focuses on teaching communication and presentation skills to professionals and teams across many disciplines.

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Collab Takeaways: Crucial Questions to Ask Yourself When Beginning a Documentary Film

Dawn Porter

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How To Start a Production Company In 2021: The Ultimate Guide

A short guide on how to start a production company and generate income.

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Collab Takeaways: Film Producing: Leading Your Team Through Post

Simon Taufique

Producer

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Collab Takeaways: How to Fail at Filmmaking (and Why You Must)

Heather Rae

Producer

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LEDs, Camera, Action—How to Work on Virtual Productions

What is LED virtual production technology, why is it changing Hollywood, and how can filmmakers best shoot on a next-gen LED stage? Read this article to learn more about this cutting edge technology.

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WIF Speaker Series: Black Muslim Women in Media

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Third Eye Collective: South Asian Talent Directory

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A-DOC Network Crew Database

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, check out this database of Asian American documentarians from A-DOC Network. If you’re looking to collaborate with an A-Doc member for your project, this is your go-to resource.

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Yes, You Can Get Film Distribution Without a Producer—Here's How

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Online Film Festivals: Where to Get Your Film Distributed

In this article, The Film Fund breaks down how COVID-19 has changed the festival landscape and provides tips for filmmakers on how to make the most of online film festivals.

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A Toolkit for Inclusion & Accessibility: Changing the Narrative of Disability in Documentary Film

This Toolkit for Inclusion & Accessibility has been created by FWD-Doc in association with Doc Society and supported by Netflix, featuring a case study about Crip Camp (2020) and with a view to best practice, not just compliance.

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Filmmakers: What If You Don’t Need A Movie Theatre (Or Streaming Services) At All?

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Green Production Guide

In honor of Earth Day, check out the Green Production Guide. Developed by film industry leaders with environmental expertise, this guide offers filmmakers the tools, resources, and vendors needed to reduce the environmental impact of production.

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