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How did YOU become a movie producer?

Jon Lawrence One day, I chose to DO THE WORK, of producing. It wasn’t that I wanted to BE a Producer, necessarily. Just like many other professions, film production is chock full of people who are more concerned about the title than they are about doing the...

Rock Stars (not) Wanted

This post is a little premature in that we are not yet hiring at my company, but that doesn’t stop me from operating in recruiting mode much of the time when I’m at industry or entrepreneurial events.  There are a lot of conversations going on at these...

Failure is a Battle, and Defeat is the War.

Just something on my mind this evening. There’s a lot of mantras these days about failure. That’s it’s “OK” to fail. Or that one should “fail fast.” I’ve been thinking a lot about those, not because we’re failing...

Role models in tech when you’re a father.

I haven’t blogged in a while.  I would apologize if not blogging made me a worse person, but frankly, it doesn’t.  It means I’ve been busy taking care of my family and my business. However, as I learned tonight, it does reduce my generosity and...

Production Contact & Vendor Lists

Here’s a scenario; the person on your team driving the van or truck that has all your camera gear in it, breaks down on the side of the road. You’re next steps as a Production Coordinator, or Production Manager, is going to be make sure everyone’s...

Location Scouting

Location scouting can be one of the most fun, and most futile parts of making media. It can be fun in that it can take you to absolutely amazing places you would never otherwise get to see, and while you’re there for scouting there’s very little of the...

It’s Not About the Money

It’s been said a million times the web over, that it’s not about the money; and yet somehow there’s always someone new popping up for whom it IS about the money. At the same time, I’ve been learning a lot about Lean methodologies, and how they...

A New Audience

Hi. How you doin’? It’s been a long time since I’ve posted here. I’ve been busy finding a new audience to connect with. And Hollywood? I’m sorry, but I have to tell you, I’ve found someone else.  It’s not your fault, really;...

Buy n’ Return

There is a practice among reality television production and low budget production that seems to be growing that I want to address. I call it the “Buy N’ Return.” In this scenario, a production hasn’t thought through their creative needs enough...

I Want to Work for the Goog.

Sometimes, a phone call is all it takes to feel the rush of excitement that accompanies innovative thinking, and people. The sense of exhilaration that accompanies people who are truly working on building something new, know it, and are busy trying to keep up with...

Another Missed Opportunity

Today, the Obama Administration recommended making “illegal” streaming of content a felony in the US. I’m sure that many of my colleagues in the Producers Guild of America applaud this step. I see it as a huge missed opportunity, and one that will...