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New Workshop! Hollywood 201:  Producing Basics: Development and Pre-production


Film Athens is hosting a 4 week workshop taught by Brian Armes!

Hollywood 201:  Producing Basics: Development and Preproduction

Finding, Molding, and Preparing a Film for Production

This four-week workshop is designed to introduce students to the world of film producing, development and pre-production.  Lectures, discussions, and war stories will be your guide into the wonderful world of development and pre-production.  Learn how to find material, present and pitch stories to collaborators and investors, and how to tap into current film financing trends.

Discover how producers analyze scripts for production elements, plan for production, organize their shooting schedules and budgets, and find those key team members that will collaborate to make the movie a reality.


  • Learn how film financing works in today's marketplace
  • Discover the producer's responsibilities in a film's formative stage
  • Acquire skills in breaking down scripts for their production elements
  • Develop foundational knowledge for building shooting schedules and production budge

DATE: Wednesdays June 17-July 8, 2015
COST: $135.00

MORE INFO & REGISTER HERE:" target="_blank">Read about this class in the Athens Banner Herald >>

Instructor Bio:
Brian W. Armes has overseen production on over 170 short films and taught filmmaking classes for high schools and colleges across the country.  He earned a B.A. in Writing from Taylor University and an M.F.A. in Producing from The American Film Institute Conservatory where he studied with D.C. Fontana (Star Trek) and Neil Canton (Back to the Future).  He was second assistant director on the independent feature film What Love Is.  As a director/producer, Brian has helmed several short films, music videos, and stage productions, including a 2013 staging of The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie and in 2014 original production Apocalyptic (both in Lexington, KY).  Over the past two years, Brian taught Cinema History at Eastern Kentucky University and variety of writing, directing, and producing classes at the Art Institute of Ohio – Cincinnati.  A recent transplant to Athens, he is currently in rehearsal for the Circle Ensemble Theatre's October 2014 production of Romeo and Juliet and developing feature film projects to shoot in Athens.

"Brian Armes is very knowledgeable about screenwriting, film production, and the details of the industry. He shares what he knows in a well-thought out manner that is fun and informative."


Film Athens is a non-profit organization that serves and educates the film community and fosters the growth of the film industry in Northeast Georgia.  Film Athens has been providing resources, workshops, film exhibitions, and community outreach since 2004.

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