So it now looks like I am going to LA on Thursday!
It will be a whistle stop tour as I need to come back for a minor operation on my tooth next week, but for now it looks like I am going to the Producers Guild Of America’s conference which culminates on Sunday night with the awards, in which we are nominated for best Short! We are the only non-USA short drama and we are up against four other strong contenders. I have not seen any of the other films but I am certain they will all be knock out.
We also bumped one week, the hugely popular Guerilla Film Makers Masterclass, as I am going to Canada to run the very same workshop and there was an overlap. You can book here if you want to come. New dates are July 4th and 5th at Ealing Studios.
Anyway, here’s some words about the Producers Conference over in LA…
At the upcoming Produced By Conference, the country’s most successful entertainment producers will converge to address the state of film, television and new media production as well as share their insight and experiences on today's competitive marketplace. More than 30 conference sessions have been designed to provide all producers—from first-timers to veterans—with the tools and insights they need to take their careers to the next level. Among the many topics to be are financing, distribution, pitching, development, “green” production, visual effects, and new media opportunities. Additional networking sessions, technology demonstrations, vendor displays and special mentoring roundtables are slated to take place throughout the weekend.
Confirmed attendees include James Cameron (Avatar), Kathleen Kennedy (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Mark Gordon (2012), Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men), Marshall Herskovitz (Blood Diamond), Marc Cherry and Sabrina Wind (Desperate Housewives), Gale Anne Hurd (The Incredible Hulk), Ian Bryce (Transformers), Betsy Beers (Grey’s Anatomy), Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher (Memoirs of a Geisha), and Thom Beers (Deadliest Catch), as well as producing teams from such companies as Marvel and Pixar.
What a line up! I hope to bring you as many insights as I can from the front line.
Onwards and upwards!
Chris Jones, Film Maker and Author