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Line Producer Services

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David Freedman

Line Producer / Production Manager

• UK / London based with 8+ years' experience

• Produced and PM'd Features, Shorts and more

• Studied film and practical filmmaking at London Met

• Studied Production Management at NFTS

Biography:

I have a passion for filmmaking and lots of experience of producing and production managing low-budget productions. I am a Film London Breakthrough Producer and studied filmmaking at London Met and production management at the National Film and Television School where I was a Sargent Disc Scholar. I am well-travelled (60+ countries) and have worked abroad extensively and after university took a detour into publishing for a decade before returning to filmmaking. I have produced several micro-budget features, most recently Homeless Ashes (Dir. Marc Zammit), an award-winning drama about a young boy who grows up on the streets of London, which had a market screening at Cannes, a theatrical release with Everyman Cinemas and was picked up by Indie Rights. Under the Radar (Dir. Simon Frith), a biographical doc about actor Mike Edmonds (Time Bandits) features interviews with Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Colin Firth and was selected for Film London Breakthrough Screenings. Both films premiered at Raindance. I've attended markets including Marche, AFM, Berlin & Film Art. In 2019 I was selected for the BFI Network x BAFTA Crew talent development programme. I recently production managed £2M Sci-fi horror feature The Seed (Dir. Sam Walker), in Malta for Camelot Films / Hardman Pictures, backed by Ingenious Media and Lipync Post, bonded by Film Finances. Recently produced Short Teething Problems, (Dir. Kristian Fitsall), was selected by Straight 8 for their Top 25 films of 2021. I additionally hold a BA in Politics and A-level in Business.

Development / Pre-Production

Experienced at breaking down scripts and producing budgets from small location shoots to large sound stage filming with set builds. Experience and research ability to generate realistic cost projections for all budget line items. Extensive knowledge of the organisation and processes of film shoots, of each department as well as of production & postproduction techniques to advise on best allocation of time and funds for creative execution. Can offer insightful budget suggestions to reduce costs but maintain production value. Experienced in managing teams and can lead personnel through production meetings. Will organise and oversee all pre-production and utilise extensive industry knowledge to manage casting, crewing, kit hire, contracts, purchases, locations, recces, permits, insurance, travel, accommodation, catering and more. Can issue TMOs and daily pre-production diary and regularly communicate and coordinate with Producers, Dir, HODs, Execs, Cast & Crew in all areas especially relating to achieving creative objectives and optimizing schedule & budget expenditure.

Production / Post-Production

Will oversee and monitor the daily activities and progress of the production, approve and control expenses, ensure talent is happy and mediate any issues. Offer quick and smart solutions to unforeseen problems and remain calmly adaptable throughout. Can oversee last minute changes to keep the film on schedule and within budget. Ensure production equipment and assets are secure and that the shoot adheres to health and safety requirements. Can issue call sheets, progress reports and wrap notes and track costs. Manage all postproduction paperwork and activities including the work of editors, composers, sound designers, ADR and VFX and ensure deliverables on schedule and budget. Plus, can clear/license archive and music.

  • Personable, professional and proactive

  • Hard working and good under pressure

  • Highly literate and numerate

  • Business and project management skills

  • Organized and efficient with attention to detail

  • Excellent time-management and multitasking

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Team work and leadership

  • Confidentiality and discretion

  • Calm effective problem prevention and solving

  • 1st Option Emergency First Aid certificate

  • Mental Health First Aider

  • 1st Option H&S Management of Productions

  • 1st Option Managing Covid Risks on Production

  • Screenskills Covid Awareness on Production

  • DBS checked

  • Full and clean EU driving licence

  • Car with business insurance

  • UK Passport with over 6 months until expiry

  • Word, Excel, Powerpoint, G suite and Dropbox

  • Movie Magic Scheduling and Budgeting

  • Finance plans, funding applications, tax credits, SPVs

  • Child licensing, casting, crewing and kit hire

  • Contracts; PACT, Equity, BECTU,

  • PM Software: Crewstart, Setkeeper, Engine, Scenecronize

  • Risk Assessments and Health & Safety awareness

  • Covid Protocols, method statements & compliance

  • Location agreements, permits and insurance

  • Travel, accommodation & catering plans and booking

  • Cost Books, purchases orders, DPO, invoices, receipts

  • Call Sheets, movement orders, consent forms, releases

  • Leading & managing production meetings, office & set

  • Daily Progress Reports, hot costs and wrap notes

  • Albert carbon calculator and sustainable production

  • Post-Production pipelines, deliverables; Silvermouse

  • Clearing and licensing archive and music

  • Film markets, festivals and submissions; Film Freeway

  • Distribution negotiations, Rights, Territories, Terms

"I've worked on many productions, from guerilla filmmaking in the UK to the backlot of Universal Studios in LA, and I can quite easily hold my hand up and say that David is the best Producer I have ever worked with."
Ben Lettieri, Director & Producer of 'The Liberator'