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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tips for Film Producers by Film Producers heard at @DIFFest



                                                  The Producers of Blitz Patrollie


This week I was privileged to hear some wonderful advice by the
Producers of the new Film Blitz Patrollie.  They shared some valuable advice
on what it takes to be a film producer.

Here is what they had to say:

  • They learnt by doing
  • Production is Project Management
  • It's a process, all the items need to be done
  • You need legal contracts
  • Look at your Film as a Business
  • Look at Product Placements and Sponsorships
  • There's a lot of legal work
  • Find a good Entertainment Lawyer
  • It's a lot of hard work
  • Sales agents are always looking for more blood and gore
  • What's your selling point?
  • Have a edge
  • Trust your gut
  • You need to differentiate yourself
  • Bring something else to the table
  • At development stage know who your audience is, target your audience
  • Who you going to sell to?
  • Do people want to rent it or buy it on DVD? 
  • The movie cost them around R8 million that is what the average SA movie costs to make
You can catch their movie at the @DIFFest 27 July 20h15 Suncoast, 28 July 13h00 Ekhaya
or 28 July 16h30 at Suncoast.  

Along with the Producers the NFVF (National Film and Video Foundation) provided 
these tips:
  • The NFVF is a resource for producers 
  • Contact them for any queries
  • You can also contact them for any legal queries you have for contracts for your films
Contact Details For The NFVF
Communications and Public Affairs Manager:  Naomi Mokhele
Website:  www.nfvf.co.za
email:  naomim@nfvf.co.za

Workshops coming up at @DIFFest

  • Wed July 25 Blue Waters 9am - Writing for Film in Indigenous Languages 
  • Wed July 25 Blue Waters 2pm - S.A.G.E. Deep Cuts: the art of editing
  • Thu July 26 Blue Waters 9am - Writing for Film in Indigenous Languages
  • Thu July 26 Blue Waters 12h30 - Writers Guild: Scripting for Documentary
  • Fri July 27 Blue Waters 9am - Writing for Film in Indigenous Languages
  • Fri July 27 Blue Waters 1pm - Writers Guild: The Hero Journey for Fiction Narrative
  • Sat July 28 Blue Waters 10h30 - Meet the Filmmakers
  • Sat July 28 Blue Waters 12h30 - NFVF Bursaries, chances for training and development
  • Sat July 28 Blue Waters 2pm - Unpacking Durban Stories, film development
  • Sat July 28 Blue Waters 3pm - 4th Durban Short film challenge showcase + awards



Article and Photo by Fred Felton 



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