Workshop Registration

Starting a Production Company

This intensive two-evening workshop is designed as a broad introduction for those interested in: starting their own production company, cultivating and building their media producer intelligence, planning a shoot and/or selling their skills as a freelancer and indie-producer providing production services to the media industry. The workshop will provide clarity on corporations, partnerships, the importance of detailed record-keeping and bookkeeping and why it’s important to perform due diligence on your personal credit history, company brand and in all matters related to the government such as business registration/incorporation, HST, and income tax filings, etc. Other topics include what production companies look for in order to confidently hire the services of a freelancer and why delivering as promised is important to the success of your business. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the business language of the industry, getting organized, building awareness of the various professions, the role of consultants, agencies and organizations with the capacity to support your business and production aspirations.

The Introduction to Independent Filmmaking workshop is strongly recommended as a prerequisite. This course is recommended as a companion to Introduction to Production Accounting, Production Management and Producing 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 30 November 2021, 6:30 - 9:30 pm   
part 2: Thu 2 December 2021, 6:30 - 9:30 pm   
(Registration deadline is Tue 30 November 5:30 pm)

Instructor: Marva Ollivierre

Marva Ollivierre is a Gemini nominated executive producer, a management accountant, mask maker and Floyd Chalmers awarded writer with over 25 of arts-culture industry experience—the last 16 in screen media. She is also the creator of the cross Canada lecture series Making Your Art Your Business and was executive producer and head of business affairs at Inner City Films. During her five-year tenure with Inner City Films, several productions received broad acclaim and continue in present day to deliver significant international sales earnings including US Broadcast revenues. They include: Skin Deep a Gemini Winning Best Lifestyle/Doc, one of the first internationally produced docu-lifestyle series; and Jozi-H, the Canada/South Africa co-production medical drama series, a multiple Gemini Nominee including Best Drama. In 2006, Marva started her own independent production house where the commissioned feature documentary Made In Canada was released 2013; the documentary I am not a Bully is in post production, and the feature Bannock & Bratwurst, penned by 2013 Canada Screen Award winning writer Shannon Masters, is prepping for production.

Category: Production
Maximum Capacity: 15
6 hours of instruction in 2 parts$100 /member$125 /nonmember