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September 21, 2016 @ 12:35 pm

IFNYC#012 Making a Living as a Producer with Jenna Edwards

Making a Living as a Producer

with Jenna Edwards

Jenna Edwards is an award winning producer and produced the first narrative feature with Hulu. Jenna is on a mission to shift the independent film scene so that it is a thriving, viable option for artists and filmmakers, and to saturate the film industry with meaningful, creative, or fantastical films created by passion.

I first became aware of Jenna Edwards a few months ago when I heard her on the Indie Film Academy Podcast with Jason Buff [IFA #55: Creative Ways to Produce Indie Features with Jenna Edwards]. The story of her path to producing is interesting and definitely not the typical story one hears. I encourage you to listen to Jason’s conversation with Jenna, as well as the episode of Film Trooper where Jenna talks with Scott McMahon about how she overcame PTSD from a horrific event and used that experience to produce films that matter to her [114: Overcoming Death and Making Movies That Matter with Jenna Edwards].

Jenna’s positive attitude towards filmmaking and life in general, and her focus are infectious. She truly belives in the power of film to impact people’s lives in meaningful ways and has stories to back it up.


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Being that her backstory was pretty well covered, I wanted to talk to Jenna about the practical application of her knowledge where it applies to you indie filmmakers out there who are looking to either produce your own work or find a producer to work with you. Jenna has a lot of experience with the relationships between indie filmmakers and producers and gives you a peek into that world.

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We covered so many things in an hour that it’s almost an entire course in film producing. If you’re unsure at all about the role of a producer, you’ve got to listen to this conversation.

 
We also delve into what’s behind Jenna Edwards Media, and Indie Movie Mastery, the businesses that Jenna formed with the main purpose being to help filmmakers not only get their films made, but to make a living while doing so. She has some great products and tools for you to use and you can also hire her directly as a consulting producer. Definitely take a look at her website and check out what she has to offer.

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When you listen to my conversation with Jenna Edwards, you may want to grab a pen and paper and take some notes.

 

As she mentions in the interview, make sure you hop on Twitter Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, search for #JEMchat – click on the live tab and join in on the conversations she facilitates for filmmakers to learn. It’s a great forum for you to get direct contact with a working producer who is willing to peel back the curtain and help disseminate some much needed information.

 

I’d love to hear what you think about episodes like this, so if you’ve got a comment, critique or just want to reach out, please leave a comment on the show page or email us through the contact page at indiefilmnyc.com/contact and as always if you can rate us and leave a review on iTunes, it really helps raise our profile and so that people can find us, so they can benefit from all the information we’re bringing to the indie filmmakers out there.

 

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LINKS TO SOME OTHER GREAT PLACES JENNA HAS APPEARED

 

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September 14, 2016 @ 9:00 am

IFNYC#011 Writer Duet: The New Standard for Screenwriting

Writer Duet: The New Standard for Screenwriting

with Guy Goldstein

 

 

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For episode 11, I wanted to put some focus on screenwriting software, one of the most important tools for a filmmaker, because without a script, there is arguably no film.

I discovered Writer Duet about a year or two ago and it’s the screenwriting software that I always advocate people use when they ask me for a recommendation. So, because I thought it’d be useful to the IndieFilmNYC audience, I jumped onto the internet and connected with the creator of the product, Guy Goldstein. Guy is a hands on CEO that has built his company from the ground up with with a grass roots, word of mouth style of marketing.

While Final Draft continues to often be considered industry standard due to its integration with support software for scheduling and budget breakdowns, Writer Duet is fast becoming the go to choice for screenwriting software by the modern filmmaker.

One of the reasons Writer Duet is gaining popularity is because it is one of the most flexible programs on the market. Writer Duet has the ability to directly import scripts written in most of the major screenwriting software choices available. It can also export an FDX file that can be opened in Final Draft or any of the aforementioned support applications without any need for reformatting or conforming like some importers.

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Because of the ability to be nimble and adapt to changing needs in the screenwriting industry at a moment’s notice, such as the rapidly growing film industry in China, Writer Duet is becoming popular on a world wide level. I find the story of the company’s beginnings and its rapid growth to be both fascinating and important in the filmmaking world.

As an indie filmmaker, the products that are flexible, responsive and help facilitate work flow are invaluable because they allow us to get more done with limited resources. The fact that it’s a fully professional level program also allows the indie filmmakers work on projects for themselves or on a bigger budget production with a seamless workflow.

What excites me most about Writer Duet, besides its amazing functionality, is the ability for real time collaboration with other writers. Indie filmmakers are often in a position where they are working on multiple projects and holding day jobs in order to bring their stories to life. Finding time to physically meet up with a writing partner, then make notes and changes can eat up valuable time.

Writer Duet allows each collaborator on the script to log in through their own computer to review changes by other writers and even work on the script together, in real time.

John Fallon’s Indie Film NYC is part of the Writer Duet affiliate program, so if you’re interested in trying Writer Duet for yourself, please follow this link [ https://writerduet.com/#_l_1h ] to sign up totally free of charge. You don’t even need to enter a credit card.  You are encouraged to test out the software for as long as you like and there is nothing to pay until you decide you’d like the upgrade. Only when you upgrade will Indie Film NYC get a percentage of the sale, and that helps us grow the site and pay for things like web hosting.

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Writer Duet’s List of Features

There are some features, like the password protected encryption, that are only available on the pro version, but Guy is so sure that you won’t be able to live without Writer Duet once you try it, that he gave the free version more than enough functionality to create professional level screenplays right away.

As he said during the interview, of course, he hopes that you’ll pay for the upgrade because it helps the company grow, but if you’re going to only use free software, he hopes you choose the Writer Duet software.

 

 

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September 5, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

IFNYC#10 Self Distribution with Selena Paskalidis of dotStudioPro

The Next Evolution of Video Distribution

with Selena Paskalidis of dotStudioPro

 

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After a couple of the more creative based interviews where I spoke with some great screenwriters, Bob Saenz and Michael E. Bierman, and Actress Shannon Hamm, I wanted to put the focus back onto the business side, and specifically how we as filmmakers are going to solve the question about how we are going to turn filmmaking into a sustainable living.

So, for episode 10 of the podcast I got the opportunity to speak with Selena Paskalidis of dotStudioPro about the mySPOTLIGHT.tv competition and how dotStudioPro is bringing you the Next Evolution of Video Distribution.

Now, if you want to give the platform a test, and I sure did, then sign up right now for the mySpotlight.tb Video Competition. The link is myspotlight.tv/video-competition and I’ll leave a link in the show notes too.

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If you want in on the contest, you have to be signed up by Thursday September 8. I know that’s soon, but if you get signed up, you’ll still have a couple days to sort everything out, because the competition actually runs for ten days starting on September 16.

If you find this episode later, or you’re just not ready yet, don’t worry. They have plans to hold more competitions throughout the year, so you can hit up the next one.

But the main reason I want you to sign up, either for the contest or not, is to start exploring the opportunities that they’re providing filmmakers who are part of their site.

Selena really breaks everything down in our conversation, but in a nutshell, dotStudioPro is a way for you to build a distribution platform that is part of a larger community, it’s designed and run entirely by you, and gives you the ability to distribute and syndicate almost anywhere.

Recently there have been a lot of great developments in self distribution. One that I found potentially exciting was Amazon Prime. Now, Amazon’s biggest selling point is that they are offering you access to a very large base of potential viewers. This is great, but in practice, I personally found that it’s not as easy as throwing your content up there and watching the bank account grow.

First, the upload process didn’t seem to be as modern or smooth as it should be. We had 13 episodes or our first season of Wow, I Never Knew That! which we were trying to upload. We had the uploader fail multiple times and the speed was really slow. After about 3 weeks of fails and attempts, everything is finally uploaded… you can go right now and watch episodes of our show, but at the end of the day, it’s really up to the creatives to drive people to the Amazon Prime links.

With dotStudioPro, it’s still going to require a lot of your time and energy, but two things make this a potential game changer for me. The first is that these people really care about what’s on the site and who the content creators are. They’re always looking for ways to help those creators be successful.

The second reason is that with dotStudioPro you’re able to distribute your content to where you need it to go. No longer do they need to go exclusively to a content platform [like Amazon Prime Video], but you’re able to embed where you choose. If your audience is on Facebook, they can watch directly on Facebook. What that means is you’re bringing your content to where your audience hangs out.

This is something I’m truly excited about, so please listen my conversation with Selena Paskalidis of dotStudioPro.

 

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