Practical Producing


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Course summary:


Practical Producing is a course for anyone who wants to produce a feature film.


A series of 90 min Zoom workshops that will give you a toolbox of producing tips and tricks to help you get your film made.

Topics include recoupment, finance plans, film financing, sales agents, distribution and financial closing.

The workshops will be led by producers Emma Slade and Abi Tabone and will feature leading experts in each of the topics addressed.

This course is for anyone who wants to produce a feature film.


What you’ll get:





Workshop schedule:


Access to up to date film industry expertise.

Dedicated time and industry advice, allowing you to develop the thinking and strategy of your film’s financing, partnering, distribution and recoupment pathways.



Workshop 1: The Mechanics of Financing – 5.30pm 7th December 2022

Workshop 2: How to work with a Sales Agent with Mark Gooder, Co-President Cornerstone Films – 08.30am 13th January 2023

Workshop 3: How to draft a Recoupment Schedule – 5.30pm 1st March 2023

Workshop 4: What you need to know about Distribution with Paul Wiegard, CEO Madman Films –  5.30pm 29th March 2023

Workshop 5:  Closing the Financing of your Film with Tim Riley, Dominion Law – 5.30pm 10th May 2023

Workshop 6:  The New World of Streaming with Rachel Okine from Stan – 5.30pm 28th June 2023

How to enrol: There are 6 workshops in this Series. You can enrol in all 6, or simply book a single Workshop.

To book a Workshop: email [email protected]

Or book through Eventbrite here.

Cost is $45.00 per Workshop or $225.00 for the Series.

Course Leaders Emma Slade’s most recent project is David Farrier’s (Dark Tourist, Tickled) feature documentary MISTER ORGAN, premiering at Fantastic Festival 2022. She is currently in production on ONE WINTER starring Julian Dennison, Minnie Driver and Rhys Darby and her most recent theatrical release is the absurd comedy, NUDE TUESDAY, from director Armagan Ballantyne which premiered at the Sydney Film Festival and was also selected for Tribeca and Edinburgh. THE JUSTICE OF BUNNY KING had its world premiere at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. Recently, Slade produced COME TO DADDY, an NZ/Irish/Canadian official co-production, which premiered at Tribeca 2019 and after premiering at numerous festivals was released world-wide in 2020. The project won best director (Ant Timpson) and actor (Elijah Wood) at the Toronto After Dark Festival 2019. In 2017, her young adult thriller THE CHANGEOVER starring Timothy Spall (Mr Turner) and Melanie Lynskey (The Intervention), was in competition at the Alice Nella Citta, Venice Film Festival. Earlier that year, Slade produced INTO THE RAINBOW, which was the first Chinese/NZ co-production, starring Willow Shields (Hunger Games) and the Brazilian/NZ feature LITTLE SECRET, which was nominated as Brazil’s Oscar entry for Best Foreign Film 2017.

Victoria Dabbs’ career started in 2003 in the production office of a BBC children’s TV series. She has since worked her way up the career ladder and is now an international Producer, Line Producer and Production Accountant who has worked in films and television series in Europe, Asia and Australasia. Since 2012, Victoria line produced primarily independent feature films, which included Dexter Fletcher’s SUNSHINE ON LEITH, Terence Davies’ SUNSET SONG and Michael Caton-Jones’ OUR LADIES. Victoria has also production managed Nicolas Winding Refn’s VALHALLA RISING, Peter Mullan’s NED’S and most recently the BBC’s ABC MURDERS and THE SINGAPORE GRIP, both for Mammoth Screen. In 2016 Victoria moved to New Zealand with a view of spending six months in each country in the search of eternal summer, or at least a kiwi summer followed by a Scottish summer!It was at this time Victoria first met Emma Slade, who brought her onto Stuart McKenzie and Miranda Harcourt’s THE CHANGEOVER as Line Producer, which was the start of a continuing successful professional relationship that has developed over the last 6 years.During this time Victoria also line produced David Stubbs’ DAFFODILS and developed NZ/Scottish co-production THE UNLOVING with Bob Last from Sellout Pictures which has now gone back into development. In 2019, Victoria moved to the Production Accountant role, working remotely, in a Covid world from her home in Picton, on UK productions including Australian/Scottish co-production FALLING FOR FIGARO, UK TV series ANNIKA, UK BFI funded independent feature GIRL and WORMEATER for Disney as well as New Zealand productions such as independent feature WHINA, TV Series SIS THE SHOW and documentary STYLEBENDER.  She has worked with various tax credit schemes and is a Screen Production Grant consultant for the New Zealand Film Commission. Victoria is now part of the producing team at FIREFLY FILMS Ltd and is currently attached to THE RAPTURE, HOLY DAYS, PHOENIX, THE SALAMANDER LIVES TWICE, ROSA, TRANSMISSION, NZ/Scottish co-production television series, NIGHT VISION, UK/Chinese Taipei/NZ co-production WITH LOVE and associate producer on the biopic of Charles Upham, MARK OF THE LION. Victoria is also a co-founder, with Emma Slade, of SHARE THE KNOWELDGE, a below-the line training initiative for the NZ screen industry.

Abi Tabone is a producer at Midwinter Films. She has produced short form series Over and Out, which won Best Short Form at Canneseries in 2019. She was Associate Producer on H is for Happiness, which premiered at MIFF and won best film at Cinefest Oz in 2019. H is for Happiness was nominated for 10 AACTA Awards. She co-produced The Butterfly Tree starring Melissa George, Ewen Leslie and Ed Oxenbould, (MIFF and TIFF 2017), and Produced Harmony (currently screening on Stan) with Eamon Farren and Jacqueline McKenzie. Abi has worked as a digital producer, making apps and digital platforms, with clients including Junkee Media, BBC and Channel 7. With over 20 years’ experience in entertainment, working in technical production, Abi’s career has spanned theatre, events, television commercials, television shows and feature films. Working in operations and business development, her clients have included The Wolverine, Australian Ninja Warrior, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Outta Here, Handa Opera’s West Side Story, La Traviata and Carmen on Sydney Harbour, and features Where the Wild Things Are, Australia and The Great Gatsby. Abi holds a Masters in Screen Arts and Business from the Australian Film Television and Radio School. She has taught Creative Entrepreneurship at University of Technology, Sydney and is a member of staff at Compton School, Australia’s first business school for creatives.