Indie Producing Seminar

“Producing The Independent Film:

An Insider’s Perspective” with J. Todd Harris

“The Indie Producing Seminar is great! Todd maps out the road to producing an independent film drawing from his own experience producing over thirty features. A concise primer on indie production and more than a little entertaining”

Paul Yeuell, Screenwriter, Script Coordinator DAMAGES (Sony Pictures Entertainment, DirectTV)

“When Todd speaks you know it’s coming from the trenches. He’s the anti-thesis of the theory–everything he says is because he’s done it and believes in it. Funny as hell, too.”

Brent Roske, Emmy nominated director (‘African Chelsea’)


The Georgia Production Partnership and Atlanta Film Festival 365 is pleased to present a one-day seminar “Producing The Independent Film: An Insider’s Perspective”, taught by veteran Hollywood independent producer J. Todd Harris, CEO of Branded Pictures Entertainment and producer of 38 films, including five official Sundance Film Festival entries, plus the Golden Globe Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT. The seminar will be staged at SCAD Atlantaon Sunday, October 30 from 10am-4pm.


The in-depth class offers aspiring producers (and interested writers, directors and actors) a 6-hour practical seminar on producing the independent film in 2011 and beyond. Mr. Harris will take attendees through the steps of making a picture: selecting material, developing the screenplay, assembling the creative team, approaching talent, creating a business plan, raising financing, pre-production, production, post-production, marketing and distribution. He will also discuss strategies and realities for producing a film outside Hollywood.


Mr. Harris executive produced THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, produced the critically acclaimed Sundance entry BOTTLE SHOCK, THE FAMILY TREE, MISS NOBODY and the recently wrapped CROOKED ARROWS. Mr. Harris, who teaches producing at the Los Angeles Film School, earned his BA and MBA from Stanford and is 12-year member of the Motion Picture Academy, Producers Branch.


Those interested are encouraged to prepare by putting together a 60-second pitch of a movie project, watching one of Mr. Harris’ recent features, particularly BOTTLE SHOCK or MISS NOBODY (available on Netflix), by visiting, the FB page for CROOKED ARROWS, or Mr. Harris’ website For more information, please see registration information below.



Registration Information


Date: Sunday, October 30, 10AM-4PM

Location: SCAD Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree Street N.E., 4C-Event Space, Atlanta, GA 30309

Cost: Advance – $100, $50 Faculty, $25 Students

Day of Seminar – $125, $75 Faculty, $50 Students

Free Parking, Refreshments Included

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