Guided by a master, learn how to prep and shepherd a successful shoot.

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Major studios and independent production companies turn to Rebecca Rivo when they need someone to steer a production to a successful outcome.  Drawing on her extensive experience as a line producer, unit production manager, and her current role as an executive producer supervising all aspects of production, this accomplished producer will provide a real world view of the dynamics of shepherding a smooth-running production.  

The decisions that determine whether a project will run efficiently or run into difficulties typically happen during the crucial phases of planning and pre-production.  While this class will consider all aspects of production, we will pay particular attention on how to prep for a successful shoot.

The class will examine how to match prep to what the project is, how to choose department heads and make the right hires to assemble a successful team, how to prepare and read a budget, where and how to spend the money, where not to look for savings, quantifiable costs vs. unquantifiable costs, insurance, knowing how the money moves, the art of troubleshooting problems and potential pitfalls, and how to navigate the divide between budgetary limitations and the creative needs of the production.

We will also cover the new normal as it relates to set safety, COVID, and intimacy coordination.  Along the way, we’ll consider the differences between features and TV, as well as indie and studio.

Students will examine case studies, break down a script, and learn how to navigate routine and hypothetical challenges.

Leave with a new understanding of how to steer a production to a successful finish.

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Instructor: Rebecca Rivo

Rebecca Rivo is a New York City-based TV and feature film producer. With extensive credits as a line producer, unit production manager, and as an executive producer supervising all aspects of production, she has worked for HBO, Amazon Studios, Cinemax, Showtime, Fox Television Networks, NBC, Warner Brothers, Sony Pictures, TWC, Lionsgate, BBC, Channel 4 and numerous independent production companies. Recent projects include The Deuce (HBO), Escape Room (Columbia Pictures), and Zombieland: Double Tap (Columbia Pictures). Her other credits include The Way Way Back (Fox Searchlight), An Invisible Sign (IFC Films), The Extra Man (Magnolia), Looking (HBO), White Collar (USA), Person of Interest (CBS), and Letters to Juliet (Summit). She is currently executive producing I’M A VIRGO, a new Amazon series created by Boots Riley that stars Emmy winner Jharrel Jerome.