Ned Dowd Seminar
Film Production from A-Z
A Lifetime of Good Road

Ned on location of King Arthur (2004)

COST: €80.00 or absolutely FREE if you purchase a FESTIVAL PASS before Feb 29th.


Numbers for this workshop are limited so booking early is advisable.

From SLAP SHOT with Paul Newman to Mel Gibson’s APOCALYPTO Ned Dowd has been involved in major film production for the past 35 years. He now presents this seminar on producing and being a producer. How it’s done and how to get there. An opportunity to meet the man behind some of the greatest films to ever hit the big screen. A wealth of knowledge and practical involvement on how to achieve making good cinema, films that touch all the bases with the audience and that all important box office success.

About Ned

A former professional Hockey Player Ned worked on Georger Roy Hill’s Slap Shot in 1975 as a technical advisor, actor and stunt coordinator. Catching the movie bug he set off for Hollywood after the production and started at the bottom of the ladder as a production assistant at ABC television. He became an assistant director and worked as a First AD on over 30 films from Hoffa with Jack Nicholson to James L. Brooks I’ll Do Anything. Ned got his producing break on two films he developed himself, State of Grace, with Sean Penn and Let It Ride with Richard Dreyfus. Subsequently he Executive/Line produced several Hollywood blockbusters such as Michael Mann’s Last of the Mohicans, Curtis Hanson’s Wonderboys and Shanghai Noon with Jackie Chan. Dowd also was producer on Michael Crighton’s The Thirteenth Warrior. Ned was Vice President of Physical Production in the 90’s for Disney’s Caravan Pictures overseeing the production of over 25 films from While You Were Sleeping to Ridley Scott’s GI JANE. He then moved to Europe and has Executive Produced such films as The Count of Monte Cristo, Reign of Fire, Veronica Guerrin, King Arthur and Neil Jordan’s Ondine. Ned recently served as Executive Producer on Mel Gibson’s Mayan epic Apocalypto.


The seminar focuses on all aspects of the industry:

• Pitching! The role of pitching in the film business. Types of pitches. The essentials of a good pitch & critique.
• Development: Finding and working with writers, generating ideas, development financing, finding and working with directors, options (cost and terms), working with the ultimate audience in mind.
• Financing: Financial structures, UK financing sources (tax credits etc.), presales, in kind, private equity, other sources. GAP,Lawyers.
• Production: Budget, overview for a UK / European film Vs. Hollywood film, (ATL /BTL, fees, overheads, deliverables, cast issues, insurance, competition bonds, etc.) How the movie should progress once you start shooting. The importance of a good First AD/ Production Manager team. Post-Production. The Final Re-Write – how this process can save your film.
• Sales and Marketing: Working with distributors, sales agents, (sales estimates, fees, world territories, exit clauses, caps), selling to the US, art work, one sheets, trailers.
• Finally, Ned will spend time in a one-on-one tutorial advising on individual projects.

DATE: 15th March 2012

TIME: 10am – 5pm

COST: €80.00 or absolutely FREE if you purchase a FESTIVAL PASS before January 16th.

Numbers for this workshop are limited so booking early is advisable.

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