Business of Film Series

A series of workshops to help filmmakers understand the business side of film.

SWAMP’s Business of Film + New Media Conference will now be a series of workshops!

The Business of Film Series is dedicated to strengthening the business, administrative, legal and marketing skills of independent filmmakers and the production team. With the independent film world changing daily, it’s vital to be informed about current trends in the production and distribution of film.

Whether you are an emerging filmmaker or an experienced producer, the Business of Film Series is for you. Filmmaking is a business and film production, documentary or narrative, is a journey that you can’t make effectively or efficiently without dealing with the reality of the business. Learn about the back office aspects of production, such as copyright, contracts, budgeting, insurance, and other essentials. Award-winning experts in the field will talk about current trends as well as the future of independent filmmaking.

Sign up for individual classes or the entire series!

How to set up an LLC
August 25, 2018
 | 10:30am – 12:00pm
Art Institute Houston
4140 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77027

Instructor: Scott Noe
Emmy Award winner Scott Noe has over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. He has produced projects for Broadway, television, feature films, soundtracks, the Internet and is a driving force in the advancement of technology in the rapidly growing area of digital distribution. Scott is a proud graduate of Seaver College and Pepperdine University School of Law.


Learn how to become a

AG/AFTRA Signatory (what every producer must know!)

September 22, 2018 | 10:00am – 1:00pm

Instructor: Trish Avery
Trish Avery has been in the media business for more than 30 years and currently serves as the SAG-AFTRA Executive Director for the Dallas-Fort Worth Local, representing members in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Trish began her media career in live theater, while working in commercials, corporate film and radio.  Since joining the SAG-AFTRA staff in 2007, Trish has helped support the growth of independent productions and media work for professional performers across the southwest.


Distribution and Marketing (social media and building your brand)

October 20, 2018| 10:30am – 12:00pm


Production management, including contracts/deal memos and production scheduling
February 23, 2019 | 10:30am – 12:00pm

Instructor: Megan Gilbride
Emmy-winning and Independent Spirit Award nominated producer of narrative and documentary films, Gilbride produced LOVERS OF HATE, a Sundance US Dramatic Competition premiere, released by IFC and nominated for a FIND Spirit Award. She produced the PBS-broadcast documentary SUNSHINE, and co-produced WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM, which won the Truer Than Fiction FIND Spirit Award, aired on POV, and won a 2012 News and Documentary Emmy. Megan produced TOWER which has won awards at multiple festivals nation-wide, including the Grand Jury and Audience Prizes at SXSW. She is a Film Independent Fast Track Fellow and teaches at The University of Texas.


How to create a viable production budget
March 16, 2019 | 10:30am – 12:00pm

Aug 25, 2018 to Mar 16, 2019
$25 general public, $15 SWAMP members
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
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PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


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