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Producing Dramatic Film

Hone your producing skills in this two-evening crash course in producing independent film. In this workshop, participants learn the process of taking a dramatic film project from development to delivery from a producer’s perspective. The course tracks the trajectory of making a dramatic feature film in the Canadian financing landscape, highlighting topics relevant to anyone interested in producing a short or feature narrative film. Topics include pitching, development, production, financing, casting, crewing, budgeting, scheduling, negotiations, marketing, distribution, and professional development. Participants will acquire the foundational knowledge to help guide you through a narrative-based production. 

The Introduction to Independent Filmmaking workshop is strongly recommended as a prerequisite. This workshop is recommended as a companion to the Short Film Writing, Advanced Script Studio, Directing Dramatic Film, Introduction to Production Accounting and The Business of Film Distribution workshops.​

Prior to the class, please create a profile on Zoom and download the free version of the application. You will receive an email from LIFT with an invitation link to join the workshop one hour before the class begins which will prompt you to open the application or web browser. Please ensure that you log in using a Zoom account with a profile name that appears as the same name registered for the class. If not, for security reasons, you may not be permitted to join. During the workshop, we advise that you keep your microphone on mute to minimize external noise and that you unmute when participating in class discussions. Please also arrive to the session on time for attendance and class participation. ONLINE workshops may be recorded for staff and facilitator assessment. Recorded material will not be made available to participants. Review all workshop policies before registering.

part 1: Tue 15 June 2021, 6 - 9 pm   
part 2: Thu 17 June 2021, 6 - 9 pm   
(Registration deadline is Tue 15 June 5:00 pm)

Instructor: Matt Code

Matt Code is a producer for award-winning film, television and digital content. His notable credits include RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE starring Jay Baruchel, Jordana Brewster and Jesse Williams; SHARE, the Sundance award-wining debut for Pippa Bianco from A24; and the award-winning MARY GOES ROUND, the first feature from writer/director, Molly McGlynn. Mary Goes Round had its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. In association with Murmur Media, Code has also produced the feature documentary WHAT WALAA WANTS which premiered at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize at Hot Docs. Code regularly serves as a line producer or production manager on domestic and foreign productions shooting in Canada, including Sony Picture’s SXSW-premiere, RUN THIS TOWN starring Nina Dobrev, Ben Platt and Damian Lewis, and TIFF-premiered DISAPPEARANCE AT CLIFTON HILL starring Tuppence Middleton. As Executive Producer Code has supported emerging Directors in films such as FIRECRACKERS, Jasmin Mozaffari’s TIFF-debut; and EASY LAND, Sanja Zivkovic’s TIFF-debut. Code is founder and partner in Wildling Pictures with fellow producer, Kristy Neville. He is a graduate of the Canadian Film Center, Producers’ Lab; the Berlinale Talent Lab; and holds a BAH in Film and Media and Political Studies from Queen’s University. Code has juried for multiple film festivals and awards, is a member of the Canadian Media Producers Association and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

Location: Online
Category: Producing
Maximum Capacity: 15
6 hours of instruction in 2 parts$100 /member$125 /nonmember
Registration opens
Tue 18 May at 10am