Film producers are involved in both the business and creative development of movies and film projects. Although many producers receive on the job training, others take film production courses found in certificate programs or undergraduate or graduate degree programs, such as a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production program. Coursework will include studies in the following areas:
- Location scouting
- Project development
List of Film Producer Courses
The Business of Filmmaking for Producers Course
An overview of the business of filmmaking is taught in this course. Students examine the role of the producer in shepherding the film from project development to completion and distribution. This film producer class also covers film and television studios operations, working with talent agents and movie financing. Negotiating contracts and other legal aspects of the entertainment industry are also introduced.
The Art of Filmmaking Course
This course is designed for film producers to experience the roles of major players in filmmaking, such as the cinematographer, director, lighting director, scriptwriter and editor. This class includes an introduction to the filmmaking process and may be divided into separate courses for preproduction, production and postproduction.
Independent Productions Course
In this course students learn the differences between independent films and films made by major studios. A focus is placed on finding creative solutions to common problems faced by independent producers, such as financing and distribution. This film producer class also discusses the culture of Hollywood and the struggle between creating film as art and making a film that is profitable.
Management and Control of Finances Course
Student film producers learn to obtain financing and manage costs for large film productions. Financial standards for the film industry and cost control measures used by current productions are covered. Details of distribution, marketing and production costs and are explored in depth.
Legal Principles Course
Copyright, contracts, trademarks and intellectual property are among the legal topics covered in this film production course. Future film producers become familiar with laws that impact and protect their work. Students also review conditions commonly found in film industry contracts.
Film Marketing and Distribution Course
A film producer's role changes from producing a motion picture to producing a marketing campaign once the film is completed. Students in this course learn to sell their film to the viewing public by developing a strategy for timing and distribution of the film, as well as create effective advertising.