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Advice from Festival Alums on Producing Your Drama


TVTUESMARCHFor the March 2014 TV Tuesday, the NYTVF welcomed producers, filmmakers, and Festival Alums James Lester and Jorge Rivera for a discussion of developing great drama on a (not-so-great) budget. Pioneers Bar was packed for a great conversation, moderated by NYTVF Festival Director Michael Getto. Here are the main points covered:



  • In post-production, you have time to slow down and to bring your costs down − split your edits between days, find times that work for your editor.
  • In production, find crew members who bring their own equipment AND be nice to them.
  • Take your time in pre-production to ensure success in production. Don't rush towards production.
  • If you get a great DP (Director of Photography/Cinematographer) and a great script, it'll make great actors want to work with you, even if there's less money.
  • If you're making something cool and you're passionate about it, people will want to work with you. The more people you reach out to, the better.
WAYS TO SAVE TIME IN PRODUCTION (and time is money):
  • Spend more time in pre-production than production. Though timelines between the two panelists varied, both spent a considerably longer time in pre-production to minimize risks and time in production.
  • Get a production coordinator − it'll save you time and stress.
  • Always think ahead. You'll save time by being organized and thinking about the next stage.
  • Pay for sound. This is major.
  • Spend money on food and make sure the meals are varied. Keep your crew and actors happy, and they'll want to work with you again in the future.
  • Use New York when shooting. Permits are fairly easy to get, and there are a ton of varied and beautiful interiors and exteriors in the city. There's a reason it's "another character" in every show shot here. [If you're not in New York City, find the areas in your town or city that speak to you]
  • At every stage of development, find mentors who will critique your work, especially people outside your friend circle.
  • Have as many people as possible look at your work and critique it. Opinions vary from person to person, but you'll be able to see where there's consensus if you have a larger audience.

More than anything, the panelists urged producers and creators to go with their hearts! There's nothing that gets a indie project off the ground and into production faster than passion.


To find out more information about attending next month's TV Tuesdays event, visit the NYTVF Attend Page. Also, be sure to check out the Drama Development Award being offered to this year's class of NYTVF Official Selections from Lionsgate Television and Channel 4 UK.



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Advice from Chicago - 3/10/14 | Unscripted LA Panel - 2/25/14 | Drama Development - 2/20/14 | MSN Development - 2/12/14 | Casting - 2/5/14 | The Network Development Process - 1/29/14 | History Development - 1/15/14 | Comedy Formats - 3/18/13 | A&E Pipeline - 4/3/13| Fox Script Contest - 4/10/13 | From Film to TV - 5/17/13 | Lifetime Unscripted - 9/4/13


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