Consultancy

Turn The Slate Productions is offering a new service for short filmmakers. Having received numerous approaches to act as a Producer on short film projects, Alexei is not actively looking to take on full producing roles on new short films, however, with a wealth of knowledge, experience and relationships garnered from working in the industry since 2005, it made sense to put some of that to good use. The process of putting together a short film is often a long and complex one; taking more time and effort than most aspiring filmmakers realise from the outset. Short films can take 18 months or even two years to complete. They demand commitment, energy and passion from the filmmaker. This is not to mention the originality, creativity and artistry of the filmmaking also required to help the film stand out from the crowd.

Some of the tasks covered will include:

  1. Coming up with the initial idea, and writing a script
  2. Developing and honing the script to be shoot-ready
  3. Sourcing potential finance and collaborators
  4. Putting together the right cast and crew
  5. Preproduction and organising the shoot and logistical requirements
  6. Production, problem solving and making the most of your time
  7. Finding the right offline editor and thinking about the cuts of the film
  8. Finishing sound post production and colour grading
  9. Submitting to film festivals and/or eligibility for potential awards
  10. Online distribution and marketing and press.
  11. Thinking about what your film can do for you, and how it might help your future career.

Whilst there is no one way to go about making any film, Turn The Slate Productions is now available to act as a consultant (and potentially also as an executive producer depending on the project) for filmmakers looking for extra guidance and expertise. With 8 short films completed since 2011 that have had 175+ film festival screenings around the world and collected approx 40 awards or nominations, Turn The Slate Productions knows a thing or two about the short film world. Alexei brings his knowledge of the festival circuit, above processes and also hands on experience licensing over 100 top short films for next generation broadcaster Little Dot Studios` short film platform ‘Tall Tales’ launched in 2017.
FEES
This is a new service and will be subject to change, but for a project meeting, feedback on the script, the project as a whole and guidance on the way forward, the fee is £250. For an even more hands-on consultant (in a potentially executive producer capacity) to advise from initial concept through to completion of the film, fee starts at £500. Fees might change depending on the scope of the project.

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Alexei also available for script feedback and proof reading services..get in touch.

CONTACT

To get in touch about a project, use the contact page or the following email: turntheslateproductions@gmail.com

LOUIS CHAN – Writer/Director “Stationary”
When it comes to making a film, Alexei is someone who has the wonderful ability to be extremely meticulous whilst never losing sight of the bigger picture. He was an instrumental part in making sure our short film Stationary was in the best possible condition not only before the cameras started rolling, but right up until our film festival circuit was complete. An ever present and reliable sounding board, Alexei provided insightful notes on the script, a trained eye during location scouting as well as how to best optimise a crowdfunding campaign. Alexei’s years of experience in writing and producing quality work would be an asset to any production. 

GARETH HUGHES – Camera Operator & Director of Photography
Alexei was writer/producer for the short film ’82′ which has proceeded to win awards and gain nominations at many film festivals around the world. This continued success is due directly to his vision, diligence, persistence & hard work. For this production he brought together and co-ordinated a wonderful team both in front of and behind the camera. He’s an excellent communicator, understands the crew’s requirements and appreciates our input. He is positive,decisive and always approachable. I very much enjoyed working with Alexei on ’82′ and hope to continue working with him in the future.

GEORGE WATSON – Director “Candice”
I have worked with Alexei on a wide range of productions and can not begin to say how incredibly crucial his contribution has been throughout. His mindset, knowledge and general awareness of filmmaking is second to none,  based on his own experiences from directing through to producing he has an acute awareness of the industry with a meticulous grasp of how the film process takes place from start to finish. 

“Short films are a different art form.  Making a great short is very different than making a feature, but you do learn a lot. Every time you’re on set you learn something, but a short film is kind of like a joke. It starts off with a set-up. You set it up and then you pay it off. A feature has three acts, so you have a much longer time to tell a different structure, but short films are a great way to practice and a great way to get started. But once again, you can make a short film on your iPhone, so you should be out making as many as you can. It’s a great way to sort of see what connects with audiences and what doesn’t connect with audiences. You have to make mistakes to succeed. If you’re willing to take the risk to make a movie, that’s probably a mistake. I think making any movie is sort of a mistake. If you’re actually going to go out and raise money, however, there aren’t that many places to exhibit short films. It’s still a world where a successful feature film has a lot more places to go than a successful short film. I think before you actually go out and raise a lot of money for a feature film, you should spend a lot of time and practice. I was playing around with film and visual storytelling for 10 years before I made my first feature.” Darren Aronofsky