From the 2021 FCP Global Summit, here's Sam Mestman's presentation 'Blueprint for a Micro Budget Feature'.


Sam's presentations are always popular here on FCP.co, maybe because he's actually done what he is teaching, it shows. So we are very pleased to be able to publish his presentation from the 2021 FCP Global Summit.

Sam walks you through the big picture of how to plan the workflow of your next Feature film (or short/tv show). He gives you a concrete methodology and image pipeline to get you from camera all the way out DCP or HDR delivery for a streaming platform.

Here's just some of the things that he covered:

  • How to get your production and post team on the same page and plan for success
  • A methodology for on-set workflow that is going to save you a ton of time with Final Cut Project prep
  • How to build your project for successful turnover to sound, color, VFX, and HDR delivery
  • Some gear recommendations to help you get it done

When you've finished watching the video, you'll have a full plan in place to map out the workflow of your movie from start to finish and save thousands of dollars and lots of time and aggravation.

Thanks again to our friends at OWC for sponsoring the FCP Global Summit and making these videos available to everyone.





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I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

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2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

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As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

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AppleGuru's Avatar
AppleGuru replied the topic: #119049 16 Feb 2022 09:27
This is really good!
Would it be possible to get the slides?

Thank you
brivasqu1's Avatar
brivasqu1 replied the topic: #124363 24 Feb 2023 21:33
Hi there - also wondering if it would be possible to view a copy of these slides. Thanks!