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MFA In Production Lecture Series: Producing & Production Management

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Portland Media Center

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Join the Maine Film Association for the first part of its In Production Lecture Series: Producing & Production Management, featuring Director/Author/Educator Charles Merzbacher, Producer/Line Producer/Stunt Coordinator and Performer Amy Greene, and Producer/Line Producer/Budget Consultant Eric Mofford, and moderated by Producer/Director/Production Manager Erik Sulcs.

The lecture series will cover topics that can be applied to a wide range of production and budget sizes. Whether you are just starting out as a filmmaker or producer, learning to scale production, or producing films and media in various genres, this information-packed afternoon will be a great opportunity to learn invaluable techniques and insights to build your toolkit.

This Lecture Series will begin with an emphasis on independent movie budget producing and production management techniques. There will be a comprehensive overview of essential best practices on a variety of subjects including:

  • script markups
  • breakdown sheets
  • stripboards (shooting schedule)
  • budgeting
  • call sheets
  • daily production schedules

A moderated panel discussion and Q&A will make up the second half of the lecture series with a few of the most experienced Producers, Line Producers, and movie production educators living and working in the New England area.

Cost: $10 Students (use code MFAstudent); $20 MFA Members; $30 non-member attendees**

Event Schedule
1:00 - 1:30 pm: Check In & Mingle
1:30 - 2:45 pm: Charles Merzbacher’s Tour of Production Paperwork
2:45 - 3:00 pm: Break
3:00 - 4:00 pm: Panel Discussion
4:00 - 4:30 pm Audience Questions
4:30 - 5:00 pm Networking

Meet Our Panelists:

Charles Merzbacher is an author, director and educator. His book, The SHORT! Guide to Producing, has just been published by Routledge/Focal Press. As a media educator, Merzbacher has overseen the production of several thousand student films. He is a longstanding member of the production faculty in the Department of Film & Television at Boston University, where he has served as Chair and helped develop courses in line producing, television pilot production and visual literacy.

Merzbacher’s films have won awards at the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Chicago International Film Festival, the Houston International Film Festival, the Columbus International Film and Video Festival, and the National Educational Film and Video Festival. They have also been shown at such prestigious events as the Sundance, Seattle and Montreal Film Festivals.

Merzbacher is active in developing the media industry in New England. He is Vice President of the Massachusetts Production Coalition, the largest trade organization for media production in Massachusetts. theshortseries.com

Amy Greene is a Producer and Line Producer of feature films working at both the studio level on recent projects such as: Alien: Covenant; Independence Day: Resurgence; Dumb and Dumber To; as well as at the independent level with critically acclaimed films such as Truth with Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford; Chronicwith Tim Rot, which won Best Screenplay at Cannes; and Low Down with John Hawkes, which received best cinematography at Sundance. Amy's recent works include Debra Granik's Leaving No Trace, and she has recently wrapped Darius Marder's Sound of Metal, shot in Boston, as well as Rian Johnson's Knives Out. Amy is also a successful stunt coordinator and stunt performer, doubling the lead in 2018's The Nun, stunt coordinating the 2019 Spirit Award Best Picture Nominee Leave No Trace, as well as stunt work on Sound of Metal and Knives Out. Amy recently premiered a film at Sundance 2019 that she co-produced, stunt coordinated, and performs in: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, with Zac Efron and John Malkovich.

Eric Mofford is a producer, line producer and budget consultant. He has been involved in over 150 film, television and on-line productions and numerous music videos/commercials, including the Emmy award-winning television series 24,and the iconic indie feature Daughters of the Dust. Recently he served as head of production at Lone Wolf Media in Maine overseeing documentary projects for NOVA, Nat Geo, Animal Planet, Smithsonian Channel and PBS. Through his production company, Unconventional Media, he produced the Emmy-nominated award-winning documentary Houston We Have a Problem and the live action film for the EA video game Need for Speed: Undercover. He just completed production on Puckland for NBCSN, a doc series on the first season of the Maine Mariners hockey team.

A graduate of Emerson College with a BFA in film, Mofford is a member of the DGA (Directors Guild of America), has sold two feature film original screenplays and has various projects in development. He has done schedules and budgets for both large studio productions and small indies and has shared that knowledge teaching numerous media workshops, both in the United States and internationally, and for over 10 years, he has been mentoring filmmakers with an individualized, tutorial-based instruction program, oneononefilmtraining.com.

Erik Sulcs is a producer, director, and production executive who has worked in the industry for 25 years. He has lived and worked in New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., before recently moving to Maine. He has worked on diverse productions and in a variety of roles, such as directing live broadcasts of Formula 1 racing, to working as supervising producer on Discovery Channel’s American Loggers which filmed in Millinocket, ME. His awards include a CINE Golden Eagle and Telly Award for Directing TLC’s Secrets of Arlington National Cemetery. Erik is also a long-standing member of the Producers Guild of America. He currently lives in Cumberland with his wife Marisa, and their dog Aksel.

REGISTRATION DISCOUNTS:

Join the Maine Film Association today for free or discounted admission to all MFA workshops and events, and many additional perks: mainefilm.org/join-mfa

MFA Members have received their member discount code via email and can sign into their member account at mainefilm.org/member-resources to view all MFA member discount and deal codes.

**Scholarship opportunities are always available for any of our educational events. Please email us at info@mainefilm.org to inquire!

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