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CIMM Fest’s Carmine Cervi does a scene

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Climbing The Media Production Ladder

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I am anything, at any time, as the need arises – I am the Producer

“I don’t want the world to know, I don’t want my heart to show, Two faces have I…”
– Songwriters: Twyla Herbert, Lou Christie
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I have a vocation and an avocation. Both, equally important. My vocation puts food on the table, a roof over my head and allows me to purchase goods and services to support a lifestyle. It also allows me to pursue my avocation (the creation of a feature film) by supplying a meager cash-flow and credit to finance the entire endeavor. I disagree, however, with the dictionary definition of avocation; a subordinate occupation pursued in addition to one’s vocation, as it is actually the driving force behind my ‘job’.
There are two “me’s”. They have blended into one and they feed off of each other. These two business development professionals work in tandem to achieve success. In fact, the skills I apply to producing a film supplant the 38 years of learned and acquired skills I’ve brought to my job as a marketer and a biz-dev consultant.
It isn’t easy. And I’ve been working 14-16 hour days for the past five years. But when things get rough, and a set-back or challenge slaps me down, I just turn the other cheek.

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The 23rd Psalm…

how-to-draw-a-shepherd-step-6_1_000000037067_5As an indie film producer ……one_legged_man_arse_kicking_contest I continually remind myself that I am shepherding my investor’s funds to a profitable end. This responsibility shares top priority with getting the film made. I requires a steadfastness in reaching one’s goal and often times tough decisions. But I have been entrusted with capital, and my job is to grow that wealth.
Subsequently, I am becoming more like the shepherd in the Taviani brothers’ 1977 film Padre Padrone,

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as opposed to the gentle sheep herder depicted in the illustration above. (at least the character was a Sardinian). To clarify…. things gotta get done. And they need to get done right and on time.

 

And, speaking of the Shepherd/23rd Psalm ……It was recommended to a Georgia cotton farmer to avoid taking the shortcut across his neighbor Seth’s field. as Seth’s crop has become infested with cotton eating beetles. And this particular bug was so voracious it would even attack humans. The farmer replied, “Yea, though I’ll walk through the valley of Seth, I fear no weevil.”

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Fundraising

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Fundraising is very, very time consuming.

However, it is a worthy and satisfying endeavor when you know your funders will enjoy the dividend from your product or service.

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A Producer’s lot is not a happy one!

When a Producer’s not engaged in his employment
Or maturing his fiduciary plans.
His capacity for innocent enjoyment,
Is just as great as any honest man’s
Our feelings we with difficulty smother
When fundraising duty’s to be done:
Ah, take one consideration with another,
A Producer’s lot is not a happy one!

When the enterprising actress isn’t crying,
When her agent isn’t occupied in crime,
He loves to hear the little brook a-gurgling,
And listen to the merry village chime.
When the coster’s finished jumping on his mother,
He loves to lie a-basking in the sun:
Ah, take one consideration with another,
The Producer’s’s lot is not a happy one!

(and tip o’ the hat to Gilbert and Sullivan)

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On every movie I’ve done as a director, I look at the producers and having done it, I don’t envy them, at all.
– Griffin Dunne

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Working with what you’ve got.

A professional colleague of mine, Brian Briskey, put it in perspective; indie filmmakers are subject to the chicken/egg conundrum. To raise money, you need to raise money. Subsequently, you have to take a step back and work with the tools and resources you have…not the ones you want.

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Brian is part of an emerging new profession in the industry, the PMD – Producer of Marketing & Distribution. A title I’ve conferred upon myself based on my nearly 40 years in advertising. Yet, the talent one needs to assemble for either the marketing of an indie film or Crowdfunding one becomes almost cost prohibitive.  To launch a campaign without professionals  onboard can be a recipe for disaster. Yet being able to afford those professionals may be out of reach for a film maker who is not a Kristen Bell, Rob Thomas, Zack Braff, Joe Mantegna or now, even Woody Allen. So, moving forward… think, be cautious, weigh your options, use what you have and above all  BE GOOD – to your team, to your vendors, to your film and to yourself. It’s on you.

Be GOOD

Be GOOD

 

 

 

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