The Producer’s Tale – The Art & Craft of Producing – 12 April 2007

Title: The Producer’s Tale – The Art & Craft of Producing
Location: AFC Theatrette – 150 William St, Woolloomooloo
Description: WHAT:
What is producing and how do you make a success of it?
Jane Jeffes in conversation with
Tom Zubrycki, Margie Bryant and Veronica Fury.

Silma's School

Silma's School by Jane Jeffes


WHERE:
AFC Theatrette – 150 William St, Woolloomooloo

WHEN:
Thursday 12 April 2007 – 6.30pm

ENTRY:
Suggested donation $5 – NO RSVP required

Wheeling and dealing. Glamorous or thankless. Necessary admin or pulling off your creative hunches. Just what is producing? How do you make a success of it? And what can you expect to get out of it?

Through the highs and the lows of their own experience, our panel will explore the roles and responsibilities and the art and craft of producing, defining the job and the skill set, the challenges of creative of collaboration and owning your production.

We’ll tackle the thorny challenges of finding your projects and getting them off the ground. Of selling the story and raising the funds: Government funding, pre-sales, private investment, credit cards or selling lemonade.

We’ll explore the management role and skills required in building successful teams, and in managing both directors’ artistic aspirations and broadcaster and funding bodies’ expectations. Of determining and defending the producer’s role in a creative collaboration. The management skills required for legals and budgets, contracts and cash-flows. The endgame of publicity and marketing, working with agents and distributors, and finding a life for your film beyond its initial broadcast.

Where do you start – when do you let go?
The buck stops with you but is it all worth it?
And can you make a career and a living from it?

TOM ZUBRYCKI
is one of Australia’s most highly acclaimed documentary filmmakers, producing his own films as a writer-director-producer and working as a writer-director for and with other producers, on such films as Vietnam Symphony, Molly & Mobarak, The Secret Safari, The Diplomat, Billal and Homelands. Tom also produces first-time and emerging filmmakers: from Exile in Sarajevo 1997 to The Prodigal Son which won the 2006 IF award for Best Short Documentary.

MARGIE BRYANT
taught English and History and spent 12 years at ABC and SBS before setting up her own company Serendipity Productions. She has worked as a researcher, writer, director, producer and more recently as an EP. After a Churchill scholarship studying specialist factual in Europe, she has developed several international co-production partnerships and acquired rights to overseas properties and formats. Current co- productions include a local version of the UK series Who Do You Think You Are and Stressbuster and Race for the Beach with Films of Record in London for BBC and SBS.

VERONICA FURY
graduated from Griffith University Film School in 2003. She produced 2 short ABC QPIX before a mentorship with producer Mark Chapman of Big Island Pictures, co-writing and producing Black Soldier Blues, a history doco for SBS. Her own company Fury Productions, has just had two projects funded by FFC: Runway – a 2 part SBS series and The Ian Fairweather Project, an ABC arts bio, with established writer/ directors Susan Lambert and Aviva Ziegler.

Moderator JANE JEFFES
spent 12 years in UK radio and television before moving to Sydney. After a series of short courses at AFTRS she got involved in documentary production here. She has since researched and writen for local companies and produced and directed several films through her own company, Firefly Productions. Her ABC/FFC film Silma’s School got a standing ovation at the Sydney Film Festival, sold out in London and won an award for Best Multicultural Film.
Start Time: 18:30
Date: 2007-04-12