This step-by-step seminar focuses on what you need to know to create a script breakdown and schedule for low-budget independent scripted projects. Using a short narrative script, we will go over the steps and general principles for scheduling film productions using simple excel spreadsheets. You will receive a link to the script that will be used for this program in your registration confirmation. This workshop will NOT be recorded. The script will be provided to registered participants in advance of the workshop.
Maureen A. Ryan is a producer based in New York concentrating on narrative and documentary feature films. She is the co-producer of James Marsh’s MAN ON WIRE, a documentary that won the 2009 Academy Award® for Best Documentary and the 2009 BAFTA Award for Best British Film. Her other co-producer credits include DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD which won the 2020 Sundance Special Jury Prize for Innovation in Non-Fiction Storytelling, garnered the top two Critics Choice Documentary awards for Best Picture and Best Director and was nominated for two IDA awards.
She also co-produced BECOMING which was nominated for four Emmy awards and PROJECT NIM which won the Sundance Best Director of World Cinema Documentary and was shortlisted for the 2011 Academy Award® for Best Documentary. Ryan was co-executive producer of the USA Network television pilot STANISTAN and the re-creations producer for Johanna Hamilton’s feature 1971 and Alex Gibney’s award-winning feature MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD. Her producer credits include WISCONSIN DEATH TRIP, THE GATES and BOMBER.
She is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and her numerous productions have won many additional awards including a Peabody, two Cinema Eye awards, a Critics Choice award, three AICP awards, a Billboard award, a Freddie, a CMA award and an ACM award.
Ryan is the Director of Production and Associate Professor at Columbia University’s MFA Film program and her books include Producer to Producer: A Step-by-Step Guide to Low Budget, Independent Film Producing, 2nd edition and Film+Video Budgets, 6th edition. She received her MFA degree in Film from Columbia University’s School of the Arts.