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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

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...
In addition to being the CMO of ProductionNext, I’m also an Executive Producer and Producer’s Rep.  In my time at film markets, I’ve spoken with a lot of screenwriters.  Sometimes they were early in their careers, other times they were not.  As you would expect, Some of them went on the be more successful than others.  I’ve learned a lot by doing so, and it’s made me a better Executive Producer.  Since ProductionNext is launching our new PDF Script ingesting tool today, I thought I would share some of those tips from my perspective as an executive producer.   Here are 7...
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...
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