We want to support budding filmmakers all over the world. So, we are making it possible to experience our famed program from the comfort of your home – online.

Experience weekly video lessons taught by industry professionals as well as weekly video chats with your classmates. Gain valuable insight and build personal relationships with other working professionals.

You won’t find anything like the Act One Producing & Entertainment Executive Program anywhere else in the world. Our program is unique. Our program is deep. Our program is career and life-changing.

You can go to film school. You can learn how to shoot, edit and cast a film. You can spend four years learning all that the books have to offer you regarding film. That doesn’t guarantee a career. You still need the nuts and bolts, the business and the ethics, the creative developments and the insights into how to make things happen in the industry.

 

You will only find that here. During the 10-month course, we offer:

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Intensive lectures, taught by industry pros
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Intimate discussions and Q&A’s with writers, directors, producers, agents and more—and they are available only to you
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A comprehensive overview of everything you will need to know day one on the job
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A curriculum that includes creative development, financing, pre-production, production, marketing, distribution, and exhibition

These practical offerings will help you get ahead in your career. But the cherry on top, the crem-de-la-creme is the community you will join. As an Act One alum, you become a part of a vibrant, supportive, family of artists in Hollywood and the world. This tribe you will join is filled with Christ-loving, Bible-believing people, bent on making a difference in secular entertainment (and Christian entertainment too).

So, to give you a synopsis of everything we just said, we offer a comprehensive overview of the industry, access to established Hollywood professionals and a working knowledge of practical industry skills.

Come and learn how to excel at your craft, deepen your faith and connect to an authentic community of Christians pursuing careers in the mainstream entertainment industry

Dive right in, as this summer program is the foundation for launching your career.

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

Over the 10 months, producing basics (budgets, script coverage, development, finance, and more)  will be taught online. The 10 months include:

  • 60+ Hours of Video-based Instruction
  • Bi-Weekly video chats with classmates
  • Monthly touchpoint with a production mentor
  • Bi-monthly meetups and Q&A’s with filmmakers
  • Reading assignments

DATES

    • The new program begins in January 2023

APPLICATION DEADLINES

  • Early Bird Deadline: September 1st, 2022 ($100 off tuition)
  • Regular Deadline:  November 1st, 2022
  • Class begins: January 2023

REQUIREMENTS

1. RESUME:  A current professional resume.
2. PERSONAL STATEMENT:  No more than 3 pages detailing the following:

Briefly describe your spiritual journey and your belief in Jesus Christ.
Why do you, as a Christian, want to work in the entertainment business?  In what capacity do you see yourself most effective and passionate, and why?
Cite examples of movies or TV shows that are most like what you aspire to help create, and tell us why.
What do you hope to learn from the Producing Program and what are your plans upon completion of the Producing Program?

3. REFERENCE LETTERS:  please upload two professional reference letters. Any questions about your application can be directed to information@actoneprogram.com.

4. INTERVIEW: Once you have submitted your online application, we will contact you to set up a time for an interview (via Zoom) with an Act One staff member. The interview will be casual in nature and will take less than 30 minutes. The goal of the interview is to get to know you as a potential student.

COST

APPLICATION FEE: $50.00
COURSE FEE: $3,500.00*

 

*Deposit of 50% of the tuition cost is required upon acceptance into the program to hold your spot. The remainder of the tuition balance MUST be paid before the first day of classes.
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SAMPLE COURSE SCHEDULE

Week One

Lesson 1: Servant Leadership
Lesson 2: Demystifying the Production Process from IP to Distribution
Lesson 3: Optioning Material

Week Two

Lesson 4: The Spiritual History of Hollywood
Lesson 5: Giving Notes to Writers
Lesson 6: Script Coverage

Week Three

Lesson 7: Negotiating Entertainment Contracts
Lesson 8: Loglines & Pitching
Lesson 9: Seven Major Principles & Practices of the Most Successful Producers

Week Four

Lesson 10: Production Workflow Overview
Lesson 11: Agents & Managers
Lesson 12: Line Producing

Week Five

Lesson 13: Production Coordinating
Lesson 14: Finding and Developing Material
Lesson 15: Development: Heaven or Hell?

Week Six

Lesson 16: Producing for Television
Lesson 17: Funding your Projects
Lesson 18: Producing for Commercials, Music Videos and Short Films

Week Seven

Lesson 19: Leading & Navigating the Chaos of TV
Lesson 20: VFX Workflow
Lesson 21: Post-Production Workflow

Week Eight

Lesson 22: Producing Reality/Non-Scripted TV
Lesson 23: Business Ethics
Lesson 24: Domestic Distribution and Foreign Sales

Week Nine

Lesson 25: Transmedia
Lesson 26: Faith, Media & Culture
Lesson 27: Sprucing Up Your Industry Resume & LinkedIn Profile

Week Ten

Lesson 28: Hollywood as a Mission Field
Lesson 29: Industry Trends
Lesson 30: The Next Steps

Producing & Entertainment Executive Faculty

[Subject To Availability]

Quinton Peeples

Producer

Quinton Peeples is an Executive producer/TV writer; WGA member who most recently served as a co-executive producer for Marvel

Dallas Jenkins

Writer/Producer

Dallas Jenkins is an American film and television director, writer and film producer. He made his directing debut with the

Beverly Holloway

Casting Director

Beverly Holloway has been an independent Casting Director for TV and feature film for over 25 years and is proud to be a memb

Gabe Vasquez

Writer/Producer

Gabe Vasquez is a writer and producer as well as the Founder and President of Vasquez Entertainment. Vasquez has spent the la

Honnie Korngold

Producer

Honnie Korngold is a film and television producer. She is also the founder of CineVantage Productions, a film and televisi

Stacey Carr

Independent Consultant

Stacey Carr is currently an independent consultant coaching producers, production companies and talent through the creative p

Raymond Tambe

Attorney

Raymond Tambe is an attorney in Ziffren Brittenham LLP’s film and television group. Raymond represents actors, writers,

Sam Curphey

Entertainment Attorney

Sam Curphey is a Los Angeles-based entertainment attorney. He represents producers, writers, directors, actors, rights hol

Jennifer Irons

Writer/Agent

Jennifer Irons is a writer turned talent agent who studied at Act One in Los Angeles, California. Jennifer was named one o

Brian Ivie

Filmmaker/Producer

Brian Tetsuro Ivie is an American filmmaker, documentarian, and film producer. He is most well known for his documentary f

Houston Howard

Producer

Houston is an entrepreneur, creator, producer, professor, author, speaker and thought-leader in the space of multiplatform, t

Brian Bird

Producer

Brian Bird is co-creator and executive producer of the top-rated Hallmark Channel series WHEN CALLS THE HEART, in partnership

Ann Blanchard

Agent

Ann Develin Blanchard is an Agent in the TV Literary and Packaging department at leading entertainment and sports agency Crea

Ann Marie Gillen

Producer/Consultant

Anne Marie Gillen is an independent producer, consultant, lecturer, and corporate/executive coach who is extensively experien

Terry Botwick

Entertainment Executive

He served as President of Vanguard Films & Animation, which produced animated films distributed by Fox and later as Presi

Nick Moceri

Producer

Nick Moceri is the founder of All Night Diner and co-founder of Donut Media. He teaches digital producing at UCLA, in the

Megan Mascena

Producer

Finding her niche in Post Production, she was recently the Post Producer on the Disney+ reboot Doogie Kamealoha,M.D. In Ne

Darren Moorman

Producer

Darren Moorman is a seasoned producer and the head of Reserve Entertainment. He has worked with studios that include MGM, Lio

John Shepherd

Producer

John Shepherd is a 25-year veteran of indie & studio film. He consults for several film funds including Starlings Capital

Dean Batali

Writer/Producer

Dean Batali is a producer and writer, known for That '70s Show (1998), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) and Good Witch (2015).

Justin Bell

Producer

Justin Bell is a film, television, and commercial producer based in L.A., and a graduate of the Peter Stark Producing Program

Ralph Winter

Producer

Ralph Winter is an American film producer who has helped to produce blockbuster movies such as the X-Men, Fantastic Four and

Karen Covell

Producer

Founding Director of the Hollywood Prayer Network (HPN) and Co-Founder and Producer for JC Productions, an independent film a

Marco Shepherd

SVP, Centropolis Entertainment

Marco Shepherd is the SVP of Production and Development at Centropolis Entertainment, overseeing all aspects of development,

Dan Lin

CEO/Producer

Dan is the CEO and Head Wrangler of Rideback, the film and television company known for producing tentpole live-action and an

Christian Lee Storm

Producer

Christina Lee Storm is the Manager of Virtual Production at Netflix. Prior to her role at Netflix, she served as Vice Pres

Spencer Folmar

Director/Producer

Director & Producer Spencer T. Folmar's theatrical debut, "Generational Sins," has spurred a national debate surrounding

Johnathan Graham

VP, Mastermedia

Jonathan Graham is Vice President, East Coast of Mastermedia overseeing different areas of ministry in the New York City area

Charles (Chuck) Slocum

Writer's Guild of America - West

Charles Slocum is an assistant executive director of the Writers Guild of America West. He has worked previously at Paramo

Act One is a positive answer for the development of filmmakers who will impact the spiritual, moral, and patriotic values of America.

Lloyd J. Olgivie

Chaplain Emeritus, United States Senate

The Producing & Entertainment Executive Program was the ideal next step in advancing my career. It perfectly mixed the practical and theoretical – with great lectures and seminars complementing and augmenting real-world, industry internships. It challenged me creatively and intellectually, all while fostering amazing fellowship to the larger Act One community.

Terence Berry

Act One graduate, Producer, That Evening Sun

The increasing quality of the entertainment professionals Act One recruits as faculty and the rising preparedness of their students each year testifies to the quality and wisdom of the program’s design

Charles B. Slocum

Asst. Executive Director, WGA West

The Act One Producing Program offers its students a unique and one-of-a-kind learning experience that prepares them for the business of show business in order for them to be successful in manifesting their spirituality within media.

Anne Marie Gillen

Producer, Fried Green Tomatoes, Under Suspicion, Into Temptation

It has changed my spiritual and technical vision. It has shown me how to improve my skills as a storyteller. Christian writers must enroll in Act One if they are looking for direction and structure.

Poliana A.

Alumna

A wonderful concoction of knowledgeable speakers, prayerful team leaders, and dedicated participants. A top-notch group of kind-hearted and world-successful individuals who welcomed us and truly want us to thrive.

Erika T.

Alumna

Act One has made a difference. I have tools to improve my writing, friends that love Jesus in the industry, and a far better understanding of the climate I am attempting to be a part of. Act One is packed with professionals that take their craft seriously and clearly hope to inspire other Christians to do the same.

Dave B.

Alumnus

Act One is a huge blessing, both professionally and spiritually. The mentors and speakers are filled not only with wisdom about their craft and the industry but also with compassion for their students. This program really is the perfect place to hone your writing and producing skills for the glory of God and to build a life-long community of believers and fellow writers.

Zach V.

Alumnus

Act One is developing a generation of screenwriters who are going to greatly impact our society, by demanding that writers be as concerned about the artistic and moral quality of their scripts as they are about ratings and box office.

Dean Batali

Writer, Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Executive Producer, That ‘70s Show

Act One provides not only a serious investigation into the art and craft of screenwriting, but also a challenge to think deeply about the content.

Scott Derrickson

Director, Doctor Strange

The Act One Writing Program did more for me in 10 weeks than four years of college was ever able to get me.

Nicholas C.

Alumnus

Every good production starts with the writer. Writers who are interested in the craft of writing start with Act One.

Ralph Winter

Producer, The Promise, X-Men 2, The Giver

Act One is affirmative action for Christian writers…

L.A. Times

More than anything, the community of Act One has encouraged me to keep going in this city. The stories they share have been invaluable. I’m really thankful to have found a group of like-minded people who are also excellent at what they do.

Hannah C.

Alumna