This workshop is the cornerstone in the foundation of producing indie projects. It will cover:  

  • Establishing a production company
  • Optioning and developing creative material
  • Pitching
  • Budgeting
  • Protecting yourself legally
  • Creating an effective investment package
  • Fundraising, location scouting
  • Choosing a creative team
  • Dealing with guilds and unions
  • Casting, scheduling
  • Shooting the film
  • Staying on schedule and under budget
  • Post production
  • Editing, music
  • Marketing
  • Finding a sales agent
  • Submitting to film festivals
  • Film markets
  • Acquisitions
  • Making distribution deals for your indie project

This workshop will give you the knowledge, confidence and tools to produce your own indie projects. Don’t wait for someone to give you a break.  This Producing workshop is the first step in realizing your filmmaking dreams!

Winter/Spring lodging and meal package available for $475. Includes breakfast and lunch Monday - Friday. Dinner services are not available during our Winter/Spring session. Meal plan (mandatory) without lodging is $125


Tim Estep

Displaying Tim Estep.JPGTim Estep is a graduate of Maine Media College's film program. During his time there, he wrote, directed, produced and edited two short films, Route 11 and Passing Through.  Route 11 went on to win the Best Short Film award at several film festivals across Canada and the United States.  In 2007, Tim produced his first feature film titled Familiar Strangers. The film went on the win several film festival awards and had a theatrical release across the United States, which leveraged deals with Netflix, Showtime and all major retailers.  Tim has also produced the feature documentary film Socially Inept and an adaptation of Shakespeare's As You Like It.

Tim worked as a script supervisor in Los Angeles before moving into production management and producing.  He has developed and consulted on script supervising software and templates.  He has instructed both script supervision and various producing workshop with Maine Media throughout his professional career. 


Course Dates

Apr 29 to May 5



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