THEATRE PRODUCER'S CRAFT

This core This course outlines the essential roles, tasks and obstacles faced by live theatre producers. Topics include finding a venue, show selection and licensing, Contracts, and the relationship between producer and the actors and stagehands unions,. Making offers to actors and  talent agencies. In addition, students are introduced to the language of Producing theatre. Through lecture, discussion of industry developments, handouts and individual research assignments, Theatre Producer's Craft lays the groundwork for a profession as a live theatre Producer. Course work will cover, the role of the producer; in the development of a play or musical from start to standing ovation and beyond. 

 

CASE STUDIES

This course will use specific in-depth examples of already produced Plays and Musicals to introduce students to the specific issues, problems and solutions of pre-show production budgeting, Scenic design, Rehearsals, costuming, marketing, . 

 

BUDGETING AND SCHEDULING

This course introduces students to the industry-standard software used to schedule and budget productions. In a hands-on lab setting, students are instructed in the use of Entertainment Partners (EP) Movie Magic Scheduling and Budgeting software programs, including established scheduling and budgeting techniques. 

 

DEVELOPING THE PITCH

Through rigorous in-class exercises, students will develop brief and effective "pitches" of the material they choose to pursue. Each student will practice and gain critical and fundamental pitching skills culminating in a final pitch to fellow students and producing faculty. 

 

FILM FINANCE/DISTRIBUTION

Using produced films as case studies; this course focuses on successful strategies employed in the finance, marketing and distribution of studio and independent films. 

 

STORY & SCRIPT ANALYSIS

Students will gain firsthand knowledge of fundamental play writing elements. They will study story analysis from a conflict, character, premise, plot and thematic point of view. They will learn the role of the protagonist and the antagonist and they will understand what moves a story forward from beginning to end utilizing all screenwriting tools available. 

 

ENTERTAINMENT LAW

This course is an overview of contract law and how it impacts the entertainment industry. Producing students will study legal issues regarding television, films, recordings, live performances and other aspects of the entertainment industry. Topics include copyright law, intellectual property and talent representation. 

 

 

HANDS ON SOUND

Students will learn the basic fundamentals of recording sound for film utilizing the latest in digital recording and mixing equipment. This course will provide the student with enough knowledge to deal with basic production sound issues. 

 

HANDS ON LIGHTING

Students will learn the fundamentals of lighting a basic scene utilizing small lighting equipment packages. This course will provide the student with enough knowledge to deal with simple production lighting issues.