Producers Workbook 4 Table of Contents

By: Reel West  09-12-2011


INTRODUCTION


CHAPTER 1- THE PRODUCTION COMPANY

Types of Business Formations...................................................... 1

Managing a Business............................................................ 4

The Business Plan.............................................................. 6

Recommended Business Plan Format................................................ 7

Financing a Company........................................................... 11

Love and Other Dilemmas........................................................ 11

GST and the Producer.......................................................... 12

A Guide to Reading a Contract.................................................... 14

Associations and Professional Development............................................ 16

Film and Media Co-operatives..................................................... 30

Like Building a House........................................................... 31

CHAPTER 2- THE SCRIPT & DEVELOPMENT

The Process of Development...................................................... 33

About Writer Agreements........................................................ 34

A Good Script Shines........................................................... 37

Writer Agreement Checklist....................................................... 38

Sample WGC Forms and Agreements................................................

The Writers Guild of Canada (Producer’s Checklist)..................................... 40

Writers Guild of Canada Voluntary Recognition Agreement................................ 42

Notice of Engagement......................................................... 45

Story Editors Agreement....................................................... 46

Option Agreement............................................................ 49

Standard WGC Writer Agreement................................................. 51

WGC Remittance Form........................................................ 56

The Option Agreement for a Screenplay.............................................. 57

Opinion Letter for a Performance Documentary......................................... 55

About Life Story Rights Agreements................................................. 55

Grant of Rights in Literary Property.................................................. 58

Certificate of Authorship......................................................... 59

Pitching the Story.............................................................. 61

Story Bibles ................................................................. 62

Written Proposals to Broadcasters.................................................. 62

Lifestyle, Factual and Documentary Productions ........................................ 62

Dramatic Productions........................................................... 63

The Nightmare Pitch............................................................ 64

Sample Submission Form....................................................... 65

Sample Development Budget.................................................... 67

Sample Development Agreement from a Broadcaster................................... 69

Thoughts on Development........................................................ 73

Telefilm Canada Script Development Agreement ...................................... 74

Telefilm Canada Affidavit for Final Costs Under $200,000................................. 83

CHAPTER 3- FINANCING

Financing for Film, Television & New Media Certifying Canadian Content..................... 87

Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office (CAVCO)

Canadian Radio-television Commission (CRTC)

National and Provincial Film & Television Tax Credits

International Standard Audiovisual Number (ISAN)........................................ 90

Canadian Independent Production Incentive Programme

Public Funding—National

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)........................................ 90

Canadian Television Fund (CTF)................................................... 90

Canada Council for the Arts..................................................... 91

Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)..................................... 92

Export Development Canada.................................................... 93

Industry Canada............................................................. 93

Canadian Studies Programme.................................................... 94

National Film Board of Canada (NFB)............................................... 94

Telefilm Canada............................................................. 98

Canada New Media Fund...................................................... 100

Private Funds and Public Private Partnerships

Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund.............................................. 101

Cogeco Programme Development Fund............................................ 101

Independent Production Fund................................................... 102

Quebecor Fund............................................................. 102

The Harold Greenberg Fund.................................................... 103

MaxFACT Programme........................................................ 103

Rogers Group of Funds....................................................... 103

Shaw Rocket Fund.......................................................... 104

Small Market Local Programming Fund............................................ 104

Broadcaster, Pay TV, Specialty Channel........................................... 110

It Takes a Village............................................................. 140

Official Treaty Co-Productions & Co-Ventures.......................................... 141

Interim Financing............................................................. 154

Gap Financing............................................................... 154

Deferral Agreements........................................................... 155

The Completion Guarantee...................................................... 156

Completion Bond Checklist...................................................... 157

Telefilm Canada Production Agreement & Standard Terms................................. 160

Content is Queen............................................................. 182

CHAPTER 4- PRODUCTION

The Heart of the Matter......................................................... 185

Film Industry Unions and Guilds................................................... 186

Key Department Heads......................................................... 193

Roles on the Set............................................................. 195

Working in Canada............................................................ 196

Filming Outside Canada......................................................... 198

The Director Contract.......................................................... 198

Non-Union Director Agreements................................................... 199

Directors Guild of Canada Agreements.............................................. 204

Staff/Crew Deal Memos........................................................ 209

Sample Deal Memos

DGC Director Deal Memo...................................................... 216

Sample Contractor Deal Memo.................................................. 217

Sample Performer Contract Form................................................ 219

Sample Performer’s Time Report................................................. 220

About Releases.............................................................. 221

Sample Release Forms

Subject Release............................................................ 225

Parental Consent Release..................................................... 226

Extras Release............................................................. 227

Location Contract........................................................... 228

Notice to Residences and Businesses............................................. 230

Artwork/Image Release....................................................... 231

NFB Materials Release

Product Placement............................................................ 224

Product Placement Agreement.................................................. 232

Archives and Stock Footage..................................................... 233

Sample Production Forms

Day out of Days............................................................ 237

Telefilm Canada Standard Production Budget Template-Summary Pages..................... 238

Telefilm Canada Feature Film Fund Budgets & Production Financing Requirements

Cash Flow Form............................................................ 240

Call Sheet ................................................................ 243

Daily Production Report....................................................... 245

Petty Cash Envelope......................................................... 247

Production Cost Report....................................................... 248

Cheque Requisition.......................................................... 251

Petty Cash Voucher.......................................................... 252

Crew List ................................................................ 253

Contact List............................................................... 257

Cast List ................................................................ 259

Travel Memo............................................................... 260

Thoughts on Production Design.................................................. 261

Production Insurance.......................................................... 262

Sample Motion Picture/Television Production Insurance Application......................... 272

A Guide to Obtaining E & O Insurance.............................................. 264

Sample Errors & Omissions Policy Application........................................ 278

Sample Supplemental Questionnaire.............................................. 286

CHAPTER 5- POST-PRODUCTION

Roles in Post-Production........................................................ 289

Post Considerations during Preproduction............................................ 290

Shooting Formats............................................................. 291

Aspect Ratios............................................................... 291

Broadcast ................................................................ 291

Shooting Ratios.............................................................. 292

Post Considerations during Principal Photography....................................... 292

Visual Effects ................................................................ 295

Titles and Credits............................................................. 296

Sound Design............................................................... 297

Delivery Formats.............................................................. 298

The Approval Process.......................................................... 299

Rough Cut Screenings......................................................... 300

Test Screenings.............................................................. 300

Pickups ................................................................ 301

Versioning ................................................................ 301

Archiving Implications.......................................................... 302

Music Licensing for Films........................................................ 302

Music Guilds and Associations.................................................... 305

Sample Forms

Sample SOCAN Music Cue Sheet................................................ 307

Sample SOCAN Work Notification Form............................................ 308

Standard Delivery Items....................................................... 309

Sample Lab Access Letter..................................................... 310

Sample NFB Lab Access Letter................................................. 311

To Be or Not To Be........................................................... 312

CHAPTER 6- DISTRIBUTION

Feature Film Distribution........................................................ 316

About Distribution & Licensing Agreements........................................... 322

Distribution Company List....................................................... 327

Developing Curriculum Materials to Accompany Your Production............................ 333

Sample Distribution Acquisition Deal Memo........................................... 334

The Distribution Agreement...................................................... 336

What’s a nice woman like you…?.................................................. 338

Sample Distribution Agreement.................................................. 339

Sample Domestic Quarterly Distribution Report....................................... 358

Sample Distribution Report (by a Foreign Agent)....................................... 359

Sample Quarterly Report...................................................... 360

Telefilm Canada Feature Film Fund Distribution Terms & Contract Requirements

Telefilm Canada Accounting & Reporting Requirements....................................

CHAPTER 7- MARKETING

Publicity and the Producer....................................................... 363

The Press Kit ................................................................ 369

Sample Press Release........................................................ 372

Sample Launch Release....................................................... 373

Role of the Producer in TV Publicity................................................. 374

Ideas to Audience............................................................. 376

Website Promotion............................................................ 377

Social Media Marketing......................................................... 378

Film Festivals ................................................................ 378

Film Markets ................................................................ 380

On Being a Successful Producer.................................................. 381

RECOMMENDED FILM REFERENCE MATERIALS............................... 383

LEGISLATION............................................................. 385

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED WEBSITES.................................... 386

GLOSSARY & ACRONYMS................................................. 389

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011


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