Tom Kane's

Film Production Workshop

Download-by-Topic on Film Production

If you are new to filmmaking, we recommend viewing in the order listed below. The first 3 videos discuss the most important production roles. From there each video expands on the previous one with details such as: Lining & Breaking Down a Script, building a Production Schedule, creating The Film Budget, and more.

If you are already working in the film industry, you can add to or refresh your knowledge by ordering the video downloads on the topics that interest you most.


Film School Topics

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Role of the Unit Production Manager

Find out what the Unit Production Manager’s primary responsibilities are and how the UPM must be involved in all budget decisions and aware of all monies spent in order to bring the film in on time and within budget.

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The Role of the Assistant Director

Tom Kane discusses the Assistant Director’s role of translating the Director’s vision onto the screen by coordinating all the physical elements to achieve that vision, and thereby running an efficient and disciplined film set. The AD’s role in defining Second Unit Shooting is also discussed in practical terms.
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The Different Roles of the Producer

A film has multiple producing roles. Learn the difference between the Creative Producer and the Line Producer and how their responsibilities overlap and support each other.
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Breaking Down the Script

As the First Assistant Director, one of your jobs is to create the film’s shooting schedule. This download shows you the 3 essential steps: lining the script, transferring the elements to a breakdown page and creating a production board / production schedule.
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The Production Schedule, Production Board, & Film Production Prep

Learn what goes into creating a film production board / production schedule and the many factors that need to be considered in order to organize all the scenes in a coherent and logical order. Tom also explains what the vital last 5 days of film production preparation involve and what each department should be doing in order to be ready for the first day of shooting.
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Location Scouting

Tom Kane instructs on the different types of location scouts, whom to include on each location scout, what to look for when on a preliminary scout, and tips for avoiding poor locations. He then takes you on an actual exterior location scout, where you will learn about all the elements that need to be considered in order to achieve what is written in the script for that location/scene and what the director has stated he wants to accomplish.
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Film Production Forms

Learn about the forms used in mounting a film production, primarily the Call Sheet (what’s scheduled for the next shooting day) and the Production Report (what was actually filmed on the previous day).
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The Film Budget

Tom Kane reviews a feature film budget from one of his own movies, differentiating between "Above the Line" and "Below the Line" costs. All the issues and considerations for each budget line item that a UPM takes into account are discussed.
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Budgeting Notes

Building on the Budget, this download expands on important items a UPM must consider when building the Film Budget, such as costs-to-date, “hot costs”, over-scale cast deals, and tips to keep your production on-budget. Tom also reviews additional budget details, such as standard rates for union crew positions, child labor laws, meal penalties, and insuring your production.
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Deconstructing the Shot (How Did They Do That?)

Tom Kane reviews film clips from films he has done, such as "Crossfire Trail," "The Good Son," "Last Stand at Saber River," "Prizzi's Honor," "Riders of the Purple Sage," and "Brush with Fate" where he explains how certain aspects of each shot were accomplished.
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*Videos are .MP4 clips, 720x360 SD resolution. These are compressed to save on download time and designed to play on most computers and handheld devices without having to convert the files. If you have any troubles with the downloads, please reply to your Order Details email and we will be happy to help.

About Tom

Tom Kane, film producerTom Kane has had a long and distinguished career in the film and television industry. As a Producer, Production Manager and Assistant Director, his clients have included Twentieth Century Fox, Miramax Films, Columbia Pictures...

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Resource Links

Directors Guild of America (DGA)
www.dga.org

Producers Guild of America (PGA)
www.producersguild.org

Writers Guild of America (West)
www.wga.org

Writers Guild of America (East)
www.wgaeast.org

Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
www.sag.org