Under 100K Film Blueprint: Step-by-Step Guide and Video Workshop Covering Funding, Developing, Producing & Profitably Distributing a Film

Click here to get the blueprint for funding, developing, producing & distributing a feature film or documentary swiftly, safely, and profitably.

You receive multiple printable, workbooks to help you design, develop, fund, and produce your project and 10+ Hours of Video with expert advice, tips, tricks, and traps to avoid. Follow this blueprint to learn how to build your projects swiftly, safely, and profitably.

You will learn:

  • How to write or buy a good screenplay that you can produce within your budget.
  • How to swiftly, accurately and usefully storyboard your project so you can significantly reduce your production costs through stock footage, “found footage,” and other techniques.
  • How to cast your project with talented actors and actresses at prices you can afford and on terms you can live with while not breaking the law.
  • How to budget your project’s shoot days using breakdown sheets and day-out-of-day schedules.
  • How to find local, high value, locations you can shoot at cheaply.
    Acquiring a skilled camera and lighting crew on terms you can afford.
  • Setting up your production company, acquiring production, liability, and other insurance at rates you can afford.
  • Insuring you own the rights to the film you shoot so you can sell it to others.
  • How to guarantee release for your film on Amazon and possibly Hulu, Netflix, cable pay per view, etc.
  • How to market your film swiftly and profitably to the people who want it most.
  • How to fund your project through credit, loans, investment and crowdfunding.
  • How to work with investors and how that changes your costs.
  • What to do with extra money if you happen to have it.
  • Fundamentals of contract law.
  • Intellectual property right fundamentals every producer needs to know.
  • And specific techniques for designing, developing, budgeting, and producing a documentary swiftly.

If you are looking for a practical, step-by-step, rational guide to producing an ultra low budget film swiftly and safely which has the maximum probability of being profitable, you’ll find this guide very useful.

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Contract Fundamentals for Filmmakers & Other Media Pros featuring Attorney Justin Sterling #Filmschool for #Filmmakers

In this in-depth video Justin Sterling provides a comprehensive introduction to contract fundamentals for those working in media and the entertainment industry.  You can watch the video now at https://gumroad.com/l/contracts

If you are a writer, producer, or actor this is a critical video for you to watch. It will help you:

  • Avoid making contracts by accident that give other people control of your projects by accident
  • Avoid unwanted legal entanglements that give people rights to your work and the income it produces that can’t be terminated even when they don’t make good on their commitments.
  • What to do when people change the terms of a deal at the last minute and you have no option but to accept those terms.
  • Understand the elements of a contract and when a contract exists between two people even when it hasn’t been written down and signed by both parties.
  • Know when you absolutely must bring a lawyer on board to help you create an agreement with a co-writer, co-producer, contractors, employees, etc.

This primer for media makers is not a replacement for working with a lawyer to make good agreements and it should not be relied upon for legal advice.

But it is a very good introduction to principles you should know if you are writing, publishing, producing, or working for others in the entertainment industry as a contractor of service provider.

Watch Working with a #Ghostwriter on TV Pilots / Series Bibles with Jon Harris, Writer/Script Doctor

Writer/Script Doctor Jonathan Harris reviews the process by which he works screenwriters and producers to draft or revise a series pilot and a bible they can use to pitch their projects.  Click here to watch.

Topics covered in this video include:

  • Why Producers Work with Ghostwriters
  • Why Writers Work with Ghostwriters
  • Turning Feature Film Screenplays, Novels, Stories, and Memoirs into Series
  • Series Types including Half Hour, Hour, Stand-alone, Serial, Web, etc.
  • Understanding Series Characters and their In-Episode & Series Arcs
  • Creating a Pilot & Bible
  • Ghostwriting Contracts & Approximate Costs

Tip: If you enjoy this video, you might also enjoy our primer on intellectual property fundamentals.

Remember that you can find more events and resources online here.

How to Produce and Sell Reality TV and Docu-Series #RealityTV

Ed Lavelle and Martin Soole, co-founders Beyond Reality Entertainment, have an extensive background in developing and producing reality entertainment and documentary series for leading distributors. 

Click here to watch this video: https://gumroad.com/l/realitytv

Topics covered include:

  • Reality Show Development & Financing
  • Documentary Series Development & Financing
  • Where and How this Content is Sold
  • Traps to Avoid

This is the perfect event to attend if you want to write, direct, or produce reality-based profitably. You can attend this event by computer, iPhone, Android Phone, or standard telephone.

About Beyond Reality Entertainment

Ed Lavelle and Martin Soole co-founded Beyond Reality Entertainment in early 2015 after successful careers working for others to create market-leading content.  

Ed has worked his way up through the ranks – Production Managing and Line Producing on shows such as Big Brother, America’s Next Top Model, The Apprentice and Homeland Security USA.  He has worked for years with award winning producers such as Arnold Shapiro and Rich Bye. In March 2009, Ed helped launch a production company that produced dozens of television projects: series, pilots and presentations for networks such as Bravo, Lifetime, National Geographic, and Animal Planet, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Scott Free Productions and The Weinstein Company.

A week after graduating from The Webster Conservatory of the Arts in St. Louis, Martin moved to NYC where he steadily worked for six years in film, T.V., and theater. He counts work on Hope and Faith, One Life to Live, Shameless for Showtime, Black Box, the feature Platinum, and the film, Love Scene, which won awards at the Tribeca, Beverly Hills, New Orleans, Charleston, Hollywood, and the London Film Festivals, among his many credits. Martin landed in L.A and worked as an associate for Paul Ruddy, C.S.A. (Casting) for three years. He helped cast content for international brands and established media companies. He also cast feature films that went on to win accolades at film festivals and receive worldwide distribution. Martin landed a position as a producer in charge of development for the action sports drama “#Speedball”, which was optioned.

Ed and Martin are actively marketing several scripted and non-scripted projects. Check out the The Chip, a book they are currently developing into a feature film which has a killer trailer to review.

About Nancy Fulton

Nancy Fulton  has been writing, producing, and publishing profitably for more than 20 years. She enjoys teaching and has taught for UCLA, the Art Institute & School for Creative Startups in the UK. She currently offers face-to-face and online events to 25,000+ writers, producers, performers, media app developers, and other creative entrepreneurs every month. You can learn a lot more about some of her work at www.EntertainmentIndustryEvents.com.

 

Hiring & Working with a Professional Cinematographer #Filmschool #Indiefilm

Brad Rushing is an award winning professional cinematographer with a broad based experience in independent film, television, and advertising. In this event he discussed how to work efficiently with a professional cinematographer, how to hire them, and how to ensure they give you their very best work. 

Watch the video from this live event now: https://gumroad.com/l/cinematographer

Roger Corman’s Concorde/New Horizons film studio afforded Brad some of his first feature film opportunities as Director of Photography, and he subsequently moved on to high end music videos photographing award-winning, iconic clips for artists like Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Lionel Richie, Nelly and Eminem. Brad’s ground-breaking work on Moby’s “We Are All Made Of Stars” won an MTV Video Music Award “Moonman” for Best Cinematography in a Video, and many of the other music videos he shot have won awards such as VMAs, MVPAs and Grammys for Best Video.

His customers include ABC, Aguila, Belkin, Blue Diamond Almonds, British Telecom, Comcast, Coors, Cricket, Disney, Fandango, Fox Sports, Fruco, Fuel TV, Geico, Glad, GSN, Hallmark, Heineken, Hotwire.com, Macys, McDonalds, Miller, Monster.com, National Geographic, NFL, NASA, Nascar, Pepsi, PlayStation, Pop Tarts, Sketchers, ROKA Sports, SC Johnson, Schweppes, Sebastian, TBS, TLC, TV Guide, Velocity, Veria Network, Vodafone, WeTV, etc.

Topics addressed include:

  • When it Makes Sense to Consult with a Cinematographer During Development
  • What Must Be in Place before You Engage a Cinematographer
  • The Team a Cinematographer Requires & Who They Bring With Them
  • Cinematographer Pre-Production and Why It’s Critical to a Great Shoot
  • The Relationship Between Producer, Director, Cinematographer, and Editor
  • When Pre-Visualization and Storyboards Make Sense and When They Don’t
  • What Cinematographers Value in Producers

By the time this interview is over, you’ll have a very good understanding of when and how to engage professional cinematographers to work on your projects and how to ensure they can give you their very best work.

About Nancy Fulton

Nancy Fulton has been writing, producing, and publishing profitably for more than 20 years. She enjoys teaching and has taught for UCLA, the Art Institute & School for Creative Startups in the UK. She offers face-to-face and online events to 25,000+ writers, producers, performers, media app developers, and other creative entrepreneurs every month. You can learn more about Nancy at www.LinkedIn.com/in/NancyFulton and www.EntertainmentIndustryEvents.com.

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John Maritato, CEO of Jam4Hire.com addresses Creating Trailers #filmmakers #filmschool

John Maritato, CEO of Jam4Hire.com will speak to entertainment industry professionals on the Art & Science of Creating Trailers That Sell on August 20 in Santa Monica.

As CEO for Jam4Hire.com, John has worked for all the studios and networks writing and producing trailers and promos for the Lethal Weapon Series, The Batman Series, The Star Trek Series, Seinfeld, Alias, One Tree Hill, How I Met Your Mother and The CSI Series, and many, many independent films. Those who wish to attend the event should sign up now at Eventbrite.

John will address:

  • Why some trailers fall flat and others compel people stand in line overnight.
  • Some key trailer tricks and why they work.
  • Scripting a trailer before production so can ensure you shoot exactly what you need.
  • Making a trailer for a film you haven’t shot yet to raise money for it faster.
  • Why you need to create more than one trailer in most cases.
  • A word on trailer technical issues.

Any producer working to develop, produce, or distribute a film, you’ll find this informative event extremely important to attend. Writers who need to market books, and entrepreneurs who need to market businesses, will gain invaluable insight into creating marketing media as well.

About John Maritato

John Maritato began his career as an assistant film editor at a commercial editorial company in New York. John assisted in cutting the infamous Michael Jackson Pepsi Spots where a terrible mishap on set caused Jackson’s hair to catch fire – footage John never saw till it was released on YouTube a few years ago.

Catching the attention of clients from J. Walter Thompson, New York, John played a game of “I can do that” convincing the clients he could be a Producer at their agency. This led to John being hired by mega-author and then Creative Director James Patterson – who used to come in early to write his books.  A few years later, a chance encounter with a former colleague while on a visit to Los Angeles led to an offer that would change his life.

Knowing his desire to work in movie trailers, the colleague offered John a three-month guarantee as Associate Director Of Marketing at Dino De Laurentis’ company.  “After that”… the colleague assured John, “You’re on your own.” So John resigned from J. Walter New York and came to Hollywood.

At the tail end of his three-month gig, John networked his way into a producer’s office for a meeting. John thought it was for a job interview. The producer thought John was a trailer company. When the producer offered John three movies that needed trailers, John took a deep breath and said’ “Sure.” – again playing a game of “I can do that.”  For this project, John asked a copywriter for rates. When the copywriter replied “$2000.00 for an eight-page copy exploration.” John thanked the copywriter and thought; “I can do that.”

Within a few months, on the strength of the three trailers and some trailer scripts he submitted around town, John was an in demand trailer copywriter and producer, and the next year, won a Hollywood Reporter Key Art Award for writing in every category.  

Since then, John has worked for all the studios and networks writing and producing trailers and promos. Over the years he’s worked on the Lethal Weapon Series, The Batman Series, The Star Trek Series, and countless comedies and dramas plus TV shows like The Goldbergs, Sneaky Pete, Seinfeld, Alias, One Tree Hill, How I Met Your Mother and The CSI Series, as well as many independent filmmakers.

About Nancy Fulton

Nancy Fulton  has been writing, producing, and publishing profitably for more than 20 years. She enjoys teaching and has taught for UCLA, the Art Institute & School for Creative Startups in the UK. She currently offers face-to-face and online events to 25,000+ writers, producers, performers, media app developers, and other creative entrepreneurs every month. You can learn a lot more about some of her work at www.EntertainmentIndustryEvents.com.

Producing Exceptional Experiential Events w/ Josh Randall Founder of BLACKOUT #livetheater #producer

Josh Randall, a leading immersive theater producer, will speak to an audience of producers, writers, and actors at an upcoming entertainment industry event hosted by Writer/Producer Nancy Fulton who currently hosts events for more than 25K. Anyone wishing to attend this free event should register here:  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/c0876180579816bacde7dc3c8da9331e

Josh Randall is a Creative Director and Live Event Producer based in Los Angeles. Best known as the founder of the popular immersive horror experience, BLACKOUT, Josh has also created experiences for Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, Focus Features, Crypt TV, the DJ Skrillex, the band Queens of the Stone Age, and the Emmy Award winning virtual reality company Secret Location in Toronto. Having created and produced more than 30 live experiences in NYC, Josh has also worked in the administrative offices of the New York City Opera, the Public Theater’s Summer Play Festival, Second Stage Theater, and Manhattan Theater Club. Other positions include 7 years as the head of Stage Management and Programming for the New York Times Travel Show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center; Director of Programming for the Creative Alliance Group; and Producing Artistic Director for the Drama Desk-nominated Vortex Theater. Graduate of New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.

Topics addressed in this presentation will include:

  • The inspiration, development, and launch of BLACKOUT, a “Haunted House” that has received press coverage worldwide and has a fan base that follows it from location to location.
  • Why Immersive Interactive Theatrical Experiences represent a unique creative frontier for Audiences, Producers, Cast and Crew.  
  • The Unusual Considerations that go into creating an immersive experience.
  • Precautions that must be in place to ensure guests aren’t hurt in theatrical environments
  • Intellectual Property Right issues involved in protecting immersive theater
  • Insuring, Funding, and Marketing interactive theatrical experiences.

Anyone wishing to attend this free event should register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/c0876180579816bacde7dc3c8da9331e.

About Nancy Fulton

Nancy Fulton has been writing, producing, and publishing profitably for more than 20 years. She enjoys teaching and has taught for UCLA, the Art Institute & School for Creative Startups in the UK. She offers face-to-face and online events to 25,000+ writers, producers, performers, media app developers, and other creative entrepreneurs every month. You can learn more about Nancy at www.LinkedIn.com/in/NancyFulton and www.EntertainmentIndustryEvents.com.

Creating & Releasing iPhone & Android Apps in 30 Days #filmmakers #mediamakers #filmschool #amwriting

Greetings,

This is just a quick heads up to let you know I’ve made my Guide to Creating and Releasing iPhone and Android Applications in Under 30 Days Without Learning How to Program free for a limited time. If you’ve ever wanted to create an app to promote your film, web series, performances, music, books, etc, this guide and audio recording can save you tens of thousands of dollars and months (or years) of your time. Just click the link below.

https://gum.co/nancyfultonapps/producer61

Tip: Using an app to promote and distribute the audio, video, text, and services you create lets you stay in control of that work. The app also lets you connect directly to your customers without going through email. 

Feel free to share the link with others if you think they might find it useful. There’s no hype or upsell, and I don’t get a kickback from anyone I mention in the work.  I’m just sharing a solution I like.

If you are a producer, click the link below to get a full course in Producing an Under $100K Feature Film or Web Series for $20 for a limited time only. It covers production, funding, distribution, legal issues, etc. It delivers more than ten hours of easy to watch video training, multiple printable workbooks and guides, and I’ll answer your questions free via email for 30 days.

https://gumroad.com/l/ultralowbudgetfilm/Producer61

If you are Producing a Film with a Budget of $100K-$10M, you’ll find the link to the training below more useful. It covers working with SAG, casting name talent, production, distribution, funding, legal issues, etc. The rules are different for bigger budget productions because you will almost certainly be working with unions and investors and you’ll almost certainly be getting some of your funding from rebates, incentives, and loans based upon distribution agreements. You’ll get 10+ hours of video training, step-by-step guides, sample documents, and other printable resources for $20, and once again I’ll answer questions free via email for 30 days.

https://gum.co/indiefilmguide/producer61

Visit NancyFultonMeetups.com to find out about several events we have coming up next week and in July. All are free or very affordable.

If you run into any trouble getting the free guide on how to create apps, or the 80% discounts on the other training, just email nancy.fulton@yahoo.com. I look forward to being of service to you.

I very much enjoy supporting creative entrepreneurs in their work, and I hope you have the most excellent day.

Best Wishes,

Nancy Fulton