MSCH-M453: The Business of Producing Motion Pictures
The Business of Producing Motion Pictures is an intensive, three-week course offered once per year, taught by professor of practice Michael Uslan, BA’73, MS’75, JD’76, executive producer of the modern Batman movie franchise.
The course will familiarize you with what it is like to work in the trenches on a daily basis today in Los Angeles in the motion picture, television, animation and allied industries. By understanding how the industry actually works, you will have the best shot of securing an entry-level job, getting your foot into the door in the industry and building a successful career in Hollywood.
You'll learn that show business is half show and half business, meaning one cannot go in blindly to one side or the other. Creators, writers, budding producers and filmmakers must know how to protect their works and themselves in a Hollywood environment. They must understand what is expected of them once they become professionals, leaving their student days behind.
You'll learn to do readers' reports, commonly referred to as "coverage," which allow you to analyze screenplays and other literary materials with insight as to structure, craft and commerciality. You'll learn what a producer, executive producer and line producer do. You'll learn how to pitch a project to movie studio executives. You'll learn what it takes to be a studio production and development executive in terms of evaluating material and understanding global market conditions. You'll gain insider knowledge on the industry's future foci and learn that the industry is changing at a revolutionary pace.
The goal is for you to leave this course with a sense of self-confidence and understanding as to how this industry and how your potential chosen profession truly operates.