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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:
VP, BizDev ProductionNext
Location:
San Francisco, California

Recent journal posts

Since we’re releasing our new animatic generator, we thought we’d give you a guide on how to create storyboards and animatics you can really use.  That all starts with a shot list.  So, how do you create a great shot list?   Step 1: Director and DP have a meeting.    After the UPM or AD has made the preliminary schedule, the director and DP sit down and figure out the coverage for the script.  If possible, it should be done after the location is locked, and diagrams and shot lists should be made based on the location in which you will shoot the scene.   It’s also possible to...
by Ben Yennie: August 2, 2016, 8:36 am | Producing, Skills, Line Producing, Networking
Photo Credit: Rob Cottingham via flickr, CC Attribution - Share Alike 2 - Mods: Title and Logo Added In almost all things related to filmmaking, the buck ultimately stops with the producers.  Since they control the purse strings, they hold much of the fate of the films in their hand.  The number one job of any producer is to ensure the shoot goes smoothly.  Doing that well requires a whole lot more than simply scheduling and budgeting.   Here are skills necessary to being a producer that aren’t the first ones that come to your head.   1. Being able to be a therapist. Filmmaking is...
by Ben Yennie: June 30, 2016, 2:46 pm | Community, Filmmaking, Blog, Producing
In any community, there are members who get more done than others. Some people rise to the top of the pile, while others tread water and don’t move their projects forward. Some people are only tolerated in their community, while others become leaders. It’s not random, the people who become community leaders do certain things to set themselves apart from the pack. Successful entrepreneurs and filmmakers have a way of becoming leaders in their communities. The qualities required for both are remarkably similar. What are those qualities you ask? Fear not my intrepid reader, what follows...
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