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STAR Producer Program: Past modules

Pre-Development (Module 1): Identifying and acquiring IP

Module 1 focused on topics related to identifying and acquiring intellectual property for a production project.

Presentation | Sweat & Hustle: Damon D’Oliveira on optioning books for the screen

Recorded on December 16, 2020 

Our kickoff event featured an “in conversation” webinar with Damon D’Oliveira (Conquering Lion Pictures), discussing his experience optioning books such as Lawrence Hill’s Book of Negroes and David Chariandy’s novel, Brother. The discussion focused on how to option a book for a production project, and how to approach the adaptation project once it has been acquired.

Damon was joined by veteran publisher Barbara Howsen, and the discussion will be moderated by Ontario Creates’ Erin Creasey.

CMPA members can access previous webinars here.

Networking | Producers & Podcasters: Digital speed dating event

As the global podcasting industry booms, podcasts have become a growing source of IP for screen adaptations. On the week of January 18, 2021, the CMPA facilitated a digital speed dating event to connect CMPA members with podcasters to discuss potential collaborations and business opportunities.

We were happy to welcome the following executives from Canada’s leading podcasting companies:

CBC Podcasts
Arif Noorani – Executive Producer & Co-Founder
Geoff Turner– Managing Producer
Christopher Oke – Senior Producer
Tina Verma – Producer

Curiouscast
Chris “Dunner” Duncombe – Director of Podcasting & Streaming
Dila Velazquez – Manager of Content & Audience Development

Indian & Cowboy
Ryan McMahon – Chief Creative Producer

Kelly & Kelly
Chris Kelly – Partner & Creative Director
Lauren Bercovitch – Head of Production

Resources | Module 1: Identifying and acquiring IP

We scoured high and low for a wide range of helpful materials, focused on identifying, acquiring and adapting IP for the screen. Check out the resources from Module 1 below. Use the filter by category button to search through resources from Module 1 below.  For resources from past modules, click here.

Impact Field Guide & Toolkit

An open source resource guide for documentarians that offer ideas and approaches so you don’t have to solve a problem that someone else has already cracked, and can focus on the unique challenges of your own project.

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Toronto Screenwriting Conference

Over the past decade, the TSC has become an established conference for working creative talent to come, hone their craft, network with fellow writers and producers, and get noticed through our awards, mentorships, and bursaries which serve to nurture emerging to mid-career talent.

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Pacific Screenwriting Program

The Pacific Screenwriting Program is building a vibrant screenwriter community in British Columbia by providing a training ground for BC’s aspiring and active screenwriters. Combining real-world story-room experience, mentorship, bootcamps, workshops and information sessions, the program equips writers with the skills, experience, and connections necessary to establish a sustainable career in the province’s dynamic screen industry.

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Development (Module 2): Planning and executing co-productions

Module 2 focused on planning and executing co-production projects.

Presentation | Co-production 101: An introduction on the basics of co-production and co-development featuring Telefilm and CMF

Recorded on April 28, 2021

On Wednesday, April 28 at 12:00 pm ET/ 9:00 am PT, the CMPA hosted a webinar to kickoff module two of the STAR Producer Program. The discussion was targeted at producers who were interested in learning more about the “how’s and whys” of co-production and co-development projects.

The discussion featured Susan King from Telefilm Canada and Nathalie Clermont from the CMF and was moderated by the CMPA’s Sarolta Csete.

 

Presentation | Cross-border success: How to execute effective international co-production projects

Recorded on June 8

 

Drawing on their professional experiences, four Canadian producers with wide and varied production backgrounds provided practical advice to help attendees map out successful international co-production projects. Panelists:

  • Christina Piovesan – First Generation Films
  • Ina Fichman – Intuitive Pictures
  • Aonan Yang – GreenGround Productions
  • Amos Adetuyi – Circle Blue Entertainment

CMPA members can access previous webinars here.

Networking | Screen Ireland speed networking event

The CMPA and Screen Ireland brought together Canadian and Irish producers for a digital networking reception on June 2, 2021 at 12:00 pm ET/9:00 am PT. With the intent of facilitating new transatlantic connections, this event was targeted at experienced producers who were actively looking for co-production partners for live action feature and series projects currently in development.

CMPA members had up to 4, 10-minute meetings with Irish producers.

Resources | Development: Planning and executing co-productions

CMPA staff have carefully pulled together an extensive range of materials, focused on co-productions and international incentive programs. Use the filter by category button to search through resources from Module 2 below. For resources from past modules, click here.

Inclusion in Netflix Originals - Executive Summary

An USC Annenberg report that analyzes the makeup of Netflix’s on screen talent as well as their creators, producers, writers and directors.

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Ontario Creates guide to online professional development resources

A summary table from Ontario Creates that provides links to a wide selection of online professional development and special interest courses that are offered by a number of industry organizations and government agencies. This list is updated on a regular basis.

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Erich Pommer Institute

The Erich Pommer Institute (EPI) is one of the leading providers of advanced training in the German and European media landscape and a recognised industry-specific think tank. With its expertise in media law and management and with a variety of formats and publications, the EPI supports the on-going process of digital transformation in the media industry. The Erich Pommer Institute was founded in Potsdam-Babelsberg in 1998 as an independent non-profit limited company and is an institute affiliated with the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF and the University of Potsdam.

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Production (Module 3): Virtual production and funders

Module 3 focused on productions and offered members the opportunity to gain a significant understanding of new virtual production technology and techniques.

Presentation | Producing for virtual productions

Recorded on July 21, 2021

Designed by Sheridan’s Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT) and presented in association with the Canadian Film Centre, this webinar provided producers with a working knowledge of virtual production and the contributing technologies, an understanding of the hardware and crew implications of virtual production; and how this approach to production shifts resources from post-production to pre-production.

Presentation | Virtual Production Workshop

September 21 & 22, 2021

The virtual production workshop aimed to give participants skills and knowledge to identify when and where virtual production can be used as an effective production tool. During the two-day program, participants learned how to plan for, schedule, and execute in-camera visual effects (ICVFX) production shoots. CMPA members can access previous webinars here.

Networking | Summer Fund Fair

The CMPA’s STAR Producer Program hosted a virtual Summer Fund Fair on August 24, 2021 where producers had the opportunity to hear directly from national and provincial funds and network in roundtable discussions. The Summer Fund Fair occurred over three rounds of meetings, each lasting 25 minutes. Producers met in small groups, with the funders of their choice. Representatives from the funding organizations presented an overview on their fund, and set aside a significant portion of time for questions and discussion with participants. There was also an open networking session at the end of the program, which allowed members the opportunity to informally meet with funders and producers alike.

 

Resources | Production

CMPA staff have carefully pulled together an extensive range of materials, focused on production. Use the filter by category button to search through resources from Module 3 below. For resources from past modules, click here.

Crowdfunding to Build Independence

The Crowdfunding to Build Independence is a course that teaches you the essentials for engaging your audience at every stage of your project, and how to leverage that for distribution and your next project. The class has been taught at hundreds of film festivals, organizations and schools for a reason: class attendees have a 90% success rate funding on Seed&Spark.

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Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct

The Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct is dedicated to preventing and reducing harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence within Canada’s creative industries. On November 23, 2017, a coalition of Canadian creative industry stakeholders released a statement committing to zero tolerance for harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence and established working groups to explore the development of a Code of Conduct, safer reporting measures and industry-wide education and training. This Code of Conduct is only the first step in achieving these goals.

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Producer's Workbook (*fee required)

The Producer’s Workbook 5 (PW5) is an invaluable roadmap for independent producers bravely making their way through the ever-changing complexities involved with bringing a project from script to screen.

 

*Discount for CMPA members can be found here

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Post-production (Module 4)

Module 4 focused on topics related to post-production. Programming in this module featured a webinar focused on finding story in the editing suite, that showcased an interactive discussion with some of Canada’s leading story editors. This module also included a STAR coaching program component centered on post-production.

Presentation | Finding the story in post

Recorded on November 17, 2021 

With large amounts of footage and ever-evolving plot points, tackling story in non-scripted production can be a daunting task. Drawing on their vast experience, a panel of Canada’s leading story editors discussed finding story in the editing suite. To help producers prepare and tackle their next non-scripted project, panelists shared details of the roadblocks they’ve faced, problem-solving techniques they’ve developed, and what it takes to form compelling story in post-production.

Moderated by Jean Parsons (Vice-President, Unscripted Development, Lark Productions), the panel included:

  • Dinae Robinson (Writer, Producer, Taken)
  • Margot Daley (Story Editor, The Great Canadian Baking ShowLove It or List It Vacation Homes)
  • Sarah Sharkey Pearce (Showrunner, Executive Producer, Yukon Gold, The Devil You Know, Never Say Goodbye)
  • Ruth Nanda (Story Editor, Backroad Truckers, Rust Valley Restorers, Save My Reno)
  • Dylan Wertz (Story Producer, The Bachelor Canada, Paramedics: Life on the Life)

Resources | Post-production

CMPA staff have carefully pulled together an extensive range of materials, focused on post-production. Use the filter by category button to search through resources from this module below. For resources from past modules, click here.

Script clearance and title search reports

Quick overview of the benefits (and costs) of commissioning a script clearance and title search report for your productions.

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The Most Popular Approaches to Translating and Localizing Movies

Having a movie converted into multiple languages is one of the guarantees of its success. Read about the ways to translate films for massive audiences.

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Netflix deliverables and best practices

Netflix’s Partner Help Center is a great resource with helpful FAQ’s to help producers prime their deliverables for the SVOD giant.

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