Experience weekly online 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-week course, we offer:
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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Over the 10 weeks, producing basics (budgets, script coverage, development, finance, and more) will be taught online. The 10 weeks include:
- 60+ Hours of Online Instruction
- Bi-Weekly video chats with classmates
- Screening films
- Reading assignments
- The new program begins in June 2023
- Early Bird Deadline: February 1st, 2023 ($100 off tuition)
- Regular Deadline: April 5th, 2023
- Class begins: June 2023
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
APPLICATION FEE: $50.00
COURSE FEE: $1,500.00*
SAMPLE COURSE SCHEDULE
Lesson 1: Servant Leadership
Lesson 2: Demystifying the Production Process from IP to Distribution
Lesson 3: Optioning Material
Lesson 4: The Spiritual History of Hollywood
Lesson 5: Giving Notes to Writers
Lesson 6: Script Coverage
Lesson 7: Negotiating Entertainment Contracts
Lesson 8: Loglines & Pitching
Lesson 9: Seven Major Principles & Practices of the Most Successful Producers
Lesson 10: Production Workflow Overview
Lesson 11: Agents & Managers
Lesson 12: Line Producing
Lesson 13: Production Coordinating
Lesson 14: Finding and Developing Material
Lesson 15: Development: Heaven or Hell?
Lesson 16: Producing for Television
Lesson 17: Funding your Projects
Lesson 18: Producing for Commercials, Music Videos and Short Films
Lesson 19: Leading & Navigating the Chaos of TV
Lesson 20: VFX Workflow
Lesson 21: Post-Production Workflow
Lesson 22: Producing Reality/Non-Scripted TV
Lesson 23: Business Ethics
Lesson 24: Domestic Distribution and Foreign Sales
Lesson 25: Transmedia
Lesson 26: Faith, Media & Culture
Lesson 27: Sprucing Up Your Industry Resume & LinkedIn Profile
Lesson 28: Hollywood as a Mission Field
Lesson 29: Industry Trends
Lesson 30: The Next Steps
Producing & Entertainment Executive Faculty
[Subject To Availability]
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Act One Writing Program did more for me in 10 weeks than four years of college was ever able to get me.
Every good production starts with the writer. Writers who are interested in the craft of writing start with Act One.
Act One is affirmative action for Christian writers…
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.