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Determining Where to Produce Your Film

With so many choices, choosing your film's main locale can be a dizzying process. After much consideration and review, the magic happens, and everything starts to fall into place. Workshop speakers and participants will describe pros and cons of their experiences when choosing where to shoot a green lit film. What do you consider when determining where to shoot your film? What type of "look" are you seeking to support your Director's vision? Is the script "period" or contemporary? How large a cast size and local cast pool? Is there local crew and infrastructure in place? Scout and research areas worth considering. We will explore chasing the next best State incentive.


MODERATOR Ginger Sledge Producer Zenzero

GINGER SLEDGE (Producer) recently served as Producer for the black comedy, “Bernie” which was released Spring 2012. Written and directed by Richard Linklater, the film stars Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, and Shirley MacLaine . Prior to this film, Sledge produced the feature film western, “Appaloosa” with Ed Harris. Ed Harris and Robert Knott adapted the screenplay from Robert Parker’s novel of the same name. Currently Ginger is a member of a producing team along with Tom Hanks’ Playtone and Exclusive Media… for the JFK assassination drama, PARKLAND, set for release Fall 2013.
Ginger was a co-producer/line producer on the 2009 comedy-drama “The Great Buck Howard,” starring John Malkovich. Previously, she was co-producer of the biographical skateboarding drama “Lords of Dogtown,” directed by Catherine Hardwicke, and line producer/ unit production manager of Alexander Payne’s Oscar-winning “Sideways.” From 1999-2001, Ginger executive-produced the hit romantic comedy “Miss Congeniality,” starring Sandra Bullock in Austin, Texas and New York.
Sledge’s extensive feature credits include the comedy “Mickey Blue Eyes,” starring Hugh Grant, and the romantic drama “The Only Thrill,” starring Diane Keaton and Sam Shepard, on which she served as unit production manager; the drama “Little Boy Blue” and Richard Linklater’s “Suburbia,” on which she was line producer; and Christopher Guest’s acclaimed ensemble-driven comedy “Waiting for Guffman,” on which she served as associate producer and line producer.
Additionally, Sledge’s film career started in the mid-1980’s in New York as a location manager on features such as “A Bronx Tale,” directed by Robert De Niro; Rob Reiner’s “North”; “Night and the City,” directed by Irwin Winkler, and Ivan Reitman’s “Ghostbusters 2.

Jillian Longnecker SVP of Head of Physical Production Exclusive Media