ClassInfo

CP 310 Film Production Company Development

Steven Jones

Office: CDM 472
Spring 2020-2021
Class number: 30225
Section number: 601
Th 1:30PM - 4:45PM
OLSYN CH000 Online Campus

Summary

CP 310 examines the function of a movie production company, with a focus on identifying and aquiring the rights to intellectual properties and the developing of these properties ultimately into finished films.

The class will study tthe development process including optioning material, packaging talent, and raising money.

Course Objectives

This course is designed to introduce students to the role of Creative Producer and the requirements for a "Produced by" credit, the methods for creating a clear chain of title, and the types of financing and distribution commonly found in the motion picture industry today.



Texts

Required Texts

The Movie Business Book, (4th Edition) Jason E. Squire



Recommended Texts

The Kid Stays in the Picture, Robert Evans
The Big Picture, Edward Jay Epstein
The Complete Film Production Handbook, (3rd Edition) Eve Light Honthaner
Contracts for the Film and Television Industry, (2nd Edition) Mark Litwak

Recommended Websites

www.deadlinehollywood.com
www.variety.com
www.hollywoodreporter.com
www.thewrap.com
www.boxofficemojo.com
www.boxofficemagic.wordpress.com

Screen Actors Guild: www.sag.org
Writer's Guild of America: www.wga.org
Independent Feature Project: www.ifp.org
Illinois Film Office: www.illinoisbiz.biz/dceo/Bureaus/Film/ProductionGuide
Illinois Secretary of State: www.sos.state.il.us/services/services_business.html
U. S. Copyright Office: www.copyright.gov
 



Grading

Grading

Personal film assignment 10%

Industry News assignment 10%

Midterm Exam 30%

Class Participation and Personal Growth 10%

Final 40%

A = 100-93, A- = 92-90, B+ = 89-88, B = 87-83, B- = 82-80, C+ = 79-78, C = 77-73, C- = 72-70,
D+ = 69-68, D = 67-63, D- = 62-60, F = 59-0. A indicates excellence, B indicates good work, C indicates satisfactory work, D indicates unsatisfactory work, and F is a failure to demonstrate an understanding of course concepts.



Course Requirements, policies, assignments

Course Requirements

You are expected to: get to class on time; participate in class; prepare your assignments completely and on time; develop a positive and professional work environment; and be responsible and attentive to the demands of working with a group.

Course Policies

Attendance: Class attendance is mandatory. Participation in class is essential. You are permitted two unexcused absences. More than two absences and excessive late arrivals will affect your course participation grade.

Assignments: Assignments must be completed by the date to which they are assigned in the syllabus. Consequently, one letter grade will be deducted for each class period the assignment is late.
 



Introduction to course and instructor, student introductions. Discussion of final and Mid Term projects. The role of Creative Producer.
Assignment - Read Squire - The Movie Business Book - Chapter 2.
Pick the movie which has made the biggest impact on you and write a 1/2 - 1 page essay on why it did so, along with how the film performed at the box office. Try to identify the company that produced it. Provide a link to the film's trailer.

Case Study - "Normal Life", Assignment - Read Squire Chapter 3. Choose PUBLIC DOMAIN Material for Mid term project. Group 1 - individuals will choose an article from the trade journals regarding recent events in the motion picture industry and write an essay as to why they found it interesting and relevant. Send a link to the article and the essay to professor 1 day Prior to next class. Material - Writers - Agencies. Discuss Mid Term projects. Assignment - Read: Squire Chapters 12-13 Group 2 individuals will choose an article from the trade journals regarding recent events in the motion picture industry and write an essay as to why they found it interesting and relevant. Send a link to the article and the essay to professor 1 day Prior to next class. Case Study - "The Borrower" Assignment - Read: Squire Chapter 5 Group 3 individuals will choose an article from the trade journals regarding recent events in the motion picture industry and write an essay as to why they found it interesting and relevant. Send a link to the article and the essay to professor 1 day Prior to next class. Mid Term presentations- Financing Assignment - Read: Squire Chapters 9, 14 Group 4 individuals will choose an article from the trade journals regarding recent events in the motion picture industry and write an essay as to why they found it interesting and relevant. Send a link to the article and the essay to professor 1 day Prior to next class. Packaging/Talent agencies Assignment - Read: Squire Chapter 19 Group 5 individuals will choose an article from the trade journals regarding recent events in the motion picture industry and write an essay as to why they found it interesting and relevant. Send a link to the article and the essay to professor 1 day Prior to next class. Production
Assignment - Read: Squire Chapter 20


Group 6 individuals will choose an article from the trade journals regarding recent events in the motion picture industry and write an essay as to why they found it interesting and relevant. Send a link to the article and the essay to professor 1 day Prior to next class. Film Festivals

Assignment - Read Squire Chapters 24,25


Group 7 individuals will choose an article from the trade journals regarding recent events in the motion picture industry and write an essay as to why they found it interesting and relevant. Send a link to the article and the essay to professor 1 day Prior to next class. Marketing
Assignment - Read: Squire Chapters 27, 28, 32


Group 8 individuals will choose an article from the trade journals regarding recent events in the motion picture industry and write an essay as to why they found it interesting and relevant. Send a link to the article and the essay to professor 1 day Prior to next class.
Exhibition, Revenue Streams, First 1/2 Final project presentations

School policies:

Changes to Syllabus

This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.

Online Course Evaluations

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Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

This course will be subject to the university's academic integrity policy. More information can be found at http://academicintegrity.depaul.edu/ If you have any questions be sure to consult with your professor.

Academic Policies

All students are required to manage their class schedules each term in accordance with the deadlines for enrolling and withdrawing as indicated in the University Academic Calendar. Information on enrollment, withdrawal, grading and incompletes can be found at http://www.cdm.depaul.edu/Current%20Students/Pages/PoliciesandProcedures.aspx.

Students with Disabilities

Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
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Phone number: (312)362-8002
Fax: (312)362-6544
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