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Low Budget Genre Filmmaking at Home

Friday, August 4, 2017
8:00 am - 9:30 am
St. Helen’s D

If you can’t get to Hollywood, create Hollywood in your hometown. Genre films are one of the most popular and self-sustaining brands around. They can also be done on shoe-string budgets in your own backyard. As studios continue to close their doors to original content, and with the proliferation of online distribution, filmmakers are turning to independent sources to bring their genre projects to fruition. Join filmmakers and producers as they share their experiences working with shoestring budgets, difficult locations, and challenging circumstances, as they bring their unique visions to the screen. This isn’t about “guerilla” filmmaking. This is about implementing realistic production goals to make every dollar count resulting in a successful film. This is about how to make your film in your own backyard.

Co-taught by Sandra Leviton and Kaila York


Kaila York

Kaila York has worked for a variety of entertainment companies including Genesis Literary Agency, Paradigm Talent Agency and Martin Chase Productions. Kaila formed Headlong Entertainment, a production and literary management company, in 2007. Under Headlong’s banner, Kaila has produced nine films and has developed and sold both scripted and unscripted television. She has represented film and television writers working in all genres. In 2016, Kaila executive produced KILL RATIO with Tom Hopper (Black Sails), shot in Ireland. She most recently produced a film for Mar Vista Entertainment, MISSING IN EUROPE, which was filmed in Belgrade, Serbia. She has experience producing films at every budget level and as international co-productions.

In her spare time, Kaila works with various film festivals presenting panels on topics such as independent filmmaking, film financing, to successful pitching. She is a founding Board Member of the aTVfest (the Atlanta Television Festival) hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

Pitch preferences:

• Features, television and most genres except animation