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Local producer has big ideas for Florida's film industry

20 April 2010 7:37 AM, PDT | Tampa Film Examiner | See recent Tampa Film Examiner news »

Russell Hess

Being a journalist in Tampa and exclusively writing about the film industry, may seem tedious at times.  Fortunately, one can find a bunch of knowledgeable people in the industry if you dig in the trenches.  Trenches being the independent movie biz.  That's where I met Russell Hess.  Who's knowledge of the industry is vast and provocative.

His current title is producer/distributor for independent feature films.  If you ask him for a job description, here's how he views his duties:

"I do what is known as packaging.  Packaging is the most important part of the film process.  I still have an eye for the art side, but I enjoy the business side and that is the aspect that distributors want to hear."

When he refers to packaging, he is speaking about the X's and O's of what the product can do for the investors.  Having a good story is important, »

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