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Ben Yennie

About Ben:

I'm the VP of Biz Dev for ProductionNext.   I also rep Films through Guerrilla Rep Media, and I'm the Executive Director of Film Insight.   I'm the author of the first book on film markets, The Guerrilla Rep: American Film Market Success on No Budget.  That book is used as a text in ten film schools, and is available at Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and more than one hundred independent bookstores.  

Company:
ProductionNext
Location:
San Francisco, California

Recent journal posts

by Ben Yennie: June 15, 2017, 10:48 am | Filmmaking, Resources, Time, Money, Indiefilm, Tips, PNOfficial
*/ Most of the time when filmmakers think of allocating resources, they’re thinking of money.  However, not only is money far from the only resource available to filmmakers, in many cases it's not even the most valuable resource filmmakers have at their disposal.   Since a big part of what we do at ProductionNext is to properly managing resources, here’s a prioritized list of the most valuable resources available to any filmmaker as we see them.         1.    Time   In order to be successful in any entrepreneurial endeavor, it’s important to learn to manage your time...
There can be no drama without conflict.  You need to have opposing forces clashing to create enough intrigue to drive the plot forward.   However, while conflict is necessary to drive your story and pushes your characters towards their goal, it’s definitely not something you want behind the scenes.   All conflict comes from strong characters, but there are three basic settings to create conflict between the characters in your story.   You can have the most well fleshed out and deep characters in your story, but without a setting, your characters will go nowhere and neither will your...
Production Assistants hold a very interesting position in the film industry.  They’re the lubrication that keeps the gears of the set running, they facilitate communication of all the key members of the set, they set up the craft service area, and perhaps most importantly, they’re the runners that keep the set in coffee.  While nobody wants to be a PA for long, most people get their start there.   To celebrate the launch of the “Assistant” on ProductionNext, here are some rules to be a great PA on set.    1. There’s no shame in being a PA.   Everybody starts here, don’t...
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