Karin Chien on Independent Producing
Among Karin Chien's impressive credentials, is the fact that she has had two feature films accepted at Sundance. She is also on the advisory boards of IFP/New York and the Tribeca Film Institute, curator of The Chinatown Film Project, teaches independent film producing and finance management at NYU and New York’s School of Visual Arts, and is very much in demand as an independent producer.
Karin Chien gave an extremely well-organized, practical and informative 8-hour workshop in NYC entitled: Filmmaking Outside the Box: Smart Strategies for Independent Producing.
Karin was quick to emphasize at the outset that “Your life is much more important than your career.” Anyone considering embarking on a career as an independent film producer needs to recognize the fact that film producing is a constant challenge, and is not a path to a moneyed or stable lifestyle.
When considering whether to embark on a project, one should consider if you want to spend at least 5 years of your life on that endeavor. Karin stated that the minimum rough timeline breakdown for producing an independent feature film is 1 year to fully develop the project, 1 year to raise the funding, 1 year for principal photography and post-production, 1 year doing the festival circuit, and 1-2 years distributing the film. And, it is important to know that those five years could easily become ten.
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