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Indie Film Producing

The Craft of Low Budget Filmmaking

By Suzanne Lyons

  1. ISBN: 9780240817637
  2. Publication Date: January 2012
  3. Format: Paperback
  4. Pages: 246
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Indie Film Producing explains the simple, basic, clear cut role of the independent film producer. Raising funds to do your dream project, producing award-winning films with a low budget, putting name actors on your indie film-it's all doable, and this book guides you through the entire process of being a successful producer with bonus tips on how to effortlessly maneuver through the sphere of social media marketing and fundraising tactics.

Indie film producer Suzanne Lyons pilots you through the actual making of low budget films to show you how easy and fun it can be. Laid out in a step-by-step, A to Z, matter-of-fact style that shows how the producer's role can be easy, how to treat the film as a business, and especially how to avoid the painful pitfalls faced by so many producers, this book gives you the essential tools you need to make your film a success from the ground up.

. Begins with the earliest stages of concept development, continues through production & post, and ultimately concludes with distribution

. Shows you how to create a buzz for your film through marketing and promotions

. Interviews with global producers who produced films using social media, festivals, apps, and more, give you real-world insight that can be applied to your own films

. Website points you to a fantastic collection of resources that you'll need to produce your own films (

Author Bio

Suzanne Lyons is co-founder of Snowfall Films, WindChill Films, Inc., and the Flash Forward Institute. She is a Hollywood producer and an award-winning filmmaker. Her films have been distributed by Miramax, Disney, Lionsgate, and ScreenGems. She has over 25 years experience in television and film, and she also conducts highly successful workshops on producing (


Chapter 1 Introduction- Wear the "Business Hat” and the "Creative Hat”

Chapter 2 Producing Timelines

Chapter 3 Option Agreements and Screenplay Development

Chapter 4 Business Plans

Chapter 5 Private Placement Memorandum - Cover your Paperwork Trail

Chapter 6 LLCs, Bank Accounts, and Funding - Don't Lose Your Shirt

Chapter 7 Sales Presentations and Selling Your Film

Chapter 8 Soft Prep-Get it Done with No Money

Chapter 9 & 10 The Casting Process

Chapter 11 Preproduction-What the Producer Does

Chapter 12 Principle Photography - What It Means for the Producer

Chapter 13 Postproduction Part I

Chapter 14 Postproduction Part II

Chapter 15 Marketing and Distribution - Do It Yourself, Digitally

Chapter 16 Delivery, Film Festivals, and Networking-Get to Know Everyone

Chapter 17 Notes, Techniques, Tips, and Tricks