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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Adventures in producing

I was at a great workshop recently with Ted Hope and Christine Vachon.

These are two legendary American producers. Between them they have produced well over 100 films. Some of the most exciting and relevant films of the past 20 years.

There was loads of great advice.

But for me, the one thing I'd take away was something Ted said. This was an idea to make sure projects were always moving forward and didn't end up in development hell or worse still, in the bottom of a script pile.

It was to "make sure your film feels inevitable"

Make sure it appears like a dead cert, like a project that is happening, like one that is a real goer, not one that will fade away. This builds an emotion of people wanting to get on board. Or perhaps a fear of missing out. Either way, it stops the 'wait and see approach'

Good advice. And not just for films too.

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