Check out this video for your new best friend, the Backseat Bus. It’s the Swiss Army Bus of a film set with everything that a shoot needs – it’s a mobile production office that can house multiple departments at the same time – wardrobe, hair, makeup, craft service and more! Continue reading “Meet the Bus!”
After the sales frenzy at this year’s Sundance Film Festival the tables have changed again for the state of independent film as a business.
For years the prices paid by studios to acquire independent films has been going down. This decline was based on many factors but the biggest one was decline of DVD sales, which provided a buffer of profit because people would buy tons of DVDs. This buffer allowed studios to spend more per film on more films knowing that not all of them would turn a profit but the extra money from DVD sales would keep everything in the black. Since that profit stream is basically gone the distributors have had to be more thrifty.
Line Producer, Production Manager, Post Production Supervisor, After Effects Artist, Video Assist Operator / VTR, Video Engineer
As the line producer of Backseat Conceptions Nick has developed most of the systems and internal protocols of the company. With an emphasis on efficiency and integration based on the scale of the project, he designs methods that fit into the standard operation of a film set but work better.
As a line producer, Nick is known for budgeting accurately and developing production and staffing schemes that compliment the budget making the impossible more possible. Nick is an expert at budgeting, production accounting, production protocol, line-producing methods and tax incentive programs. He puts an emphasis on digital paperwork, project cash flow and workable budgeting.
Often a film will build its team in stages. A film might have a production team and technical crew in place and be budgeted and ready to shoot before the producers have had time to build their post production team. This could be because they don’t have the money to “even worry about it now” or it may be because they have some post production connections who they will “talk to after we shoot”. In these cases the producers are adding risk to the film by not processing the footage as they shoot, in this situation bad things can happen to good movies. Continue reading “Backseat’s Off Site Media Management Service for Films”