Producing the Independent Film: A Practical Guide To All Aspects of Making and Selling Your Movie

Instructor: J. Todd Harris, LA Producer

One-Day Workshop: Sunday, December 2, 2012

Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm

EARLY REGISTRATION PRICE: $99 (must register by November 15, 2012)


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It’s a revolutionary time in the filmed entertainment business.  It’s never been easier to make a movie, but at the same time, never has it been more complicated to get your movie seen.  Los Angeles-based producer, J. Todd Harris, whose credits include 40 movies, ranging from the Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated The Kids Are All Right to Piranha 3D, offers interested writers, directors, actors, producers, and financiers a detailed approach to what producing is, how to select material, acquiring and developing projects, packaging projects with talent, raising seed capital and production financing, the producer’s role during the production process, as well as marketing and distributing your film in the new digital and social media-driven economy. Whether you’re planning a micro-budgeted movie of $100,000 or a studio-oriented project costing 50 million dollars, this intensive one-day seminar is your guide to reality-based approach to working both with Hollywood and outside of it to getting a movie produced.


About the Instructor:

J. Todd Harris is the president of Branded Pictures Entertainment in Los Angeles.  Of the nearly 40 movies he’s produced, highlights include Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated The Kids Are All Right, Bottle Shock, Crooked Arrows, Jeepers Creepers, and Piranha 3D.  Five of his films have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, including Digging To China, Urbania and Lewis & Clark & George.  His first feature, the $600,000 Denise Calls Up, won a Special Mention for the Camera D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1995 and went on to become a hit in France, eventually tripling its investment.  Other films have played a nearly every major film festival in the world, including Toronto, Tribeca, SxSW, Deauville, Seattle, San Sebastian, Hamptons, Mill Valley, Montreal, Vancouver and many others.  Most recently, he produced the movie musical Lucky Stiff starring Jason Alexander.  He also recently served as an associate producer on the stage musical Doctor Zhivago in Australia and is developing Heathers The Musical for a stage production in 2013. A lecturer at the Los Angeles Film School and columnist for trade publication Indiewire, Mr. Harris has been a member of the Motion Picture Academy since 1999.  Additionally, he is a founding board member of the Napa Valley Film Festival.  He earned is BA and MBA from Stanford and lives in Los Angeles with his songwriter wife Amy Powers and their two young sons.

To view J. Todd Harris’s IMDB page, click HERE.



“Hollywood is filled with producers who talk the talk. Then there are those who walk the walk. Go to imdb.com and check out J. Todd Harris. When this producer talks (as he did in a recent workshop) it pays to listen.”- Rob Ryder, screenwriter and sports coordinator (White Men Can’t Jump, Celtic Pride, Eddie, The Sixth Man)


“Kudos on putting on a great seminar last weekend! And thanks for having me. I gotta say, I’ve stopped attending most of those events because I’ve found 99% of them aren’t helpful, so congrats on being in the exclusive 1% that are VERY informative. - Marc Fienberg, Writer/Director/Producer, Story Films


“It was incredible!! Entertaining, candid and incredibly inspirational. A risk taker who plays full out and all heart; it flew by and I could’ve used another 6 hours. I highly recommend his seminar to anyone who is entertaining the idea of becoming a producer or taking his career to the next level.” - Claire Risoli, Actress


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