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Join us for this 3 part production series with professional Chris Martin! You’ll learn the basics of production, including budgeting!

About this event

**To receive the Zoom conferencing information, please register on Eventbrite and the link will be sent in the confirmation email. We will be using the same Zoom information each week. **


Whether you’re creating a great narrative or documentary series, whether you’re a writer-director or writer-producer, you need the production chops to make it come to life. It is up to the showrunner to craft the story then bring it into production and post-production. Thanks to their unique position in the writer’s room, editorial suite, and the producer’s chair the showrunner is the critical role in any episodic project.

In this three part class, we’ll cover the basic steps of bringing your script from page to screen by looking at industry standard procedures behind live action and documentary production: scheduling, budgeting, hiring crew and the logistical planning needed to keep your production focussed, safe and legal. Whether this is your first project, or you’ve already shot hours of footage, this intensive will be an important guide to how episodics get made and what show business really means today.

The Details:

WHO: All Ages & Genders

DATES: Thursdays, July 22-August 5


WHERE: Zoom chatroom


Chris Martin is a producer, line producer, writer and story-editor with over twelve years experience in film, television, and commercials. A producer of five theatrical and documentary projects, and an Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award nominee, his credits include Sorry to Bother You, 55 Steps, La Mission, Pushing Dead, Test, The Heartbreak Kid, Mistress of Spices, CBS’ Alive, ESPN’s Bonds on Bonds, Sundance Channel’s Big Ideas for a Small Planet, and Discovery Channel’s I (Almost) Got Away With It. A participant in the 2017 Cannes Marché du Film Producers Network he is twice finalist to the Sundance Institute Producer’s Lab.


Reel Stories is an Oakland-based nonprofit that aims to train, mentor and support the next generation of female/non-binary filmmakers and creators. Our small yet mighty team has been working relentlessly to transition all of our in-person workshops into a digital-friendly format for people of all ages, genders and backgrounds. We encourage you to share and enjoy access to our content no matter where you are in the world – welcome to our online community! No one is turned away due to lack of funds.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to access the Zoom chat.

For questions, please email Program Manager Alexandria Bordas at

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