ClassInfo

CP 310 Film Production Company Development

Steven Jones

Office: CDM 472
Fall 2021-2022
Class number: 4478
Section number: 701
Tu 5:45PM - 9:00PM
14EAS 00214 Loop 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.

The class will also examine the current state of the film industry through discussion of industry current event articles.

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
 

Class Participation 10%

Personal film assignment 10%

Industry News assignment (x2) 20%

Pitch Assignments (x3) 60%


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.
 



DISCLAIMER

This syllabus is a loose template and is subject to change at the whim of the instructor. Be sure to listen and check your emails for up to date assignments.



Introduction to course and instructor, student introductions. Discussion of assignments and 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.

Impactful Film discussions Case Study - "Normal Life", Assignment - Read Squire Chapter 3. Choose PUBLIC DOMAIN Material 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 Public Domain choices 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. Public Domain Pitch Decks Case Study - "The Borrower" Assignment - Read: Squire Chapter 5 - Find True Story for pitch. 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. True Story Choice 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. True Story Pitch Decks 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 Begin final Project 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 - Final Project Assignment Presentations- 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, Final project presentations contd.

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.

All students are expected to abide by the University's Academic Integrity Policy which prohibits cheating and other misconduct in student coursework. Publicly sharing or posting online any prior or current materials from this course (including exam questions or answers), is considered to be providing unauthorized assistance prohibited by the policy. Both students who share/post and students who access or use such materials are considered to be cheating under the Policy and will be subject to sanctions for violations of Academic Integrity.

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:
Lewis Center 1420, 25 East Jackson Blvd.
Phone number: (312)362-8002
Fax: (312)362-6544
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