How to Get Distribution for Your Film or Series

This Video and Printable Primer review how you can guarantee distribution of a film or series in the US and worldwide. It provides the names of specific companies to work with and details several strategies for maximizing the money your film earns.   

Bonus Video: An interview with the industry’s leading platform for selling film and television rights to 10,000+ buyers in 125 countries.  

Bonus Video: An interview with distribution expert Ilyssa Goodman helps you understand film markets and effective film marketing. 

As part of our Free Trial you get 3+ Hours of Instruction that covers: How to guarantee your film gets a theatrical release + How to sell your film on Hulu, Netflix, iTunes, Amazon + How to release your film on Cable Pay Per View +  How to sell the rights to your film to Theatrical, Broadcast, Television, Ancillary and other buyers in 170+ countries + Strategies that work for feature films, documentaries, episodic web series, etc. 

Tip: Incorporate the information covered here into your business plans, private placement memorandums, crowd funding strategies, etc. to ensure you get all the support you need from your team, your audience, industry partners, and investors. Everyone is happier to make a film when you can guarantee the product you are creating will reach customers. 

Questions? Please reach out to info@nancyfultonmeetups.com.

Testimonials

“ Nancy you are amazing. Thank you for doing all this to benefit all of us newcomers. ” — DP

“ Very relevant and helpful. Nancy, you’re doing a great job! Thank you! ”

— Pamela Davis

“ Nancy is amazing and such a gift to the filmmaking community. ”

— Jim Henson

“ Nancy, you amaze me with your giving spirit and ability to bring such great guests on board. Thanks for all you do to help us excel in our careers. ”

— Susan Shearer

“ A very useful, educational resource that is incredibly generous in giving knowledge and expertise to the film making community. ”

— Pippa Hinchley

“ Good information resource. Well organized. ”

— JB

“ Nancy’s Film Funding Club is very valuable. Always lots of great information. It’s very obvious that she puts a lot of work into these seminars for us (slide shows, audio recordings, coordinating guest speakers, etc.). I am very grateful and appreciative to her and her guests for their time and talent to help further our careers. ”

— Jodi

“ interesting, innovative approach. thank you, Nancy! ”

— Camille Bacos

About the Film Funding Club: “ I’m thoroughly enjoying this club. I wish I had found out about it way earlier, I’d be way ahead of the game. I would recommend this club to anyone who truly wants to learn the business aspect of the film industry. ”

— Reinaldo D’Amico 

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Renting Locations & Building Audiences

You really can’t have a successful career as a writer, screenwriter, performer or filmmaker unless you actively build an audience that loves your work.  Sometimes people will hire you, or buy your media, or cast you and you’ll gain a few fans through their promotion, but for the most part fast growth in folks who love you comes when you produce and market your own readings, plays, films, etc.  To do that, you need cheap locations.

Booking and insuring locations is a straightforward, easy, and cheap process if you know what you’re doing.  To learn how to book the kind of locations you need for the kinds of work, and master many other skills you need to produce media and events profitably, go to https://gumroad.com/l/tyQs/1x33v

As a writer or screenwriter, wouldn’t it be nice to host a reading of a screenplay or a story every quarter or every month?  Wouldn’t that be a great thing to invite producers, agents, managers, and publishers to? Wouldn’t it be cool if you could showcase the work of other writers from time to time? Or maybe you’d rather just launch a podcast where you bring people in to be interviewed or to perform. If you can get locations easily, those are things you can do.

If you are a filmmaker, wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could produce a lot more sellable content a lot more quickly? What if you could produce a feature documentary or a docu-series or a microbudget feature two or three times a year.  That’s possible if you have lots of locations you can legally bring cast and crew to.

If you are a performer, do you want to be sure you’ll have five or ten good gigs a year? If you have locations where you can put up a spoken word event, film the scenes of a good short, or make a good microbudget feature, then you have some control over the content you’re seen in.

Solving the “location problem” makes a whole lot of wonderful things easy for you to do, and it gives you networking and performance options you don’t otherwise have.

To learn how to book the kind of locations you need for the kinds of work you do go to https://gumroad.com/l/tyQs/1x33v.

 

You Don’t Have to Be in Hollywood to Make a Movie that Makes You Famous

I currently support more than 40,000+ entertainment industry pros through face-to-face and online events, the majority of whom are filmmakers, writers, screenwriters, and performers currently working here in Los Angeles.

That said, a growing number of the people I support are screenwriters, actors, and performers elsewhere in the US who hope, one day, to sell their films and television shows to audiences worldwide.

I enjoy supporting these folks because, the truth is, making movies is usually easier and faster when you don’t live in the “movie cities” of Los Angeles, Atlanta, Albuquerque, or New Orleans. It’s perfectly possible to learn how to make an affordable movie you can sell right where you are that gets great distribution.

Here are some concrete reasons why this is true:

  1. In most places across the US, making a movie is an unusual and exciting thing to do.  I’ve spoken to filmmakers in some states that have towns close streets so they can get a shot and theaters that host their screenings for a nominal fee. Filmmakers in the movie cities yearn for that kind of support.
  2. Many locations across the US are free or very cheap to film in.  Whether it’s the abandoned house or barn, the empty cornfield, the deep woods, or the local truck stop, you can find hundreds places to shoot that you will pay little or nothing for.
  3. You can show the world something they’ve never seen before. We haven’t been to quarry near your house, the ravine in the national park with all its zip lines, the abandoned factory or military base just up the road. We haven’t seen your Main Street on Christmas Eve, sat around your dinner table on Thanksgiving, or gone to your school for the prom. Where you come from is exotic and the stories you can tell us are new.  That makes you and your work really valuable and you can only do that work right where you are.
  4. You can get distribution for your film or TV show without leaving home. I tell people how to that every day. Whether you are making a feature film, feature documentary, episodic shows, or animated cartoons you can find a paying market for your work as long as it’s correctly made.  (Tip: Everything filmed at the same frame rate, Apple ProRes 422 or 4444, and at least HD if not 4K).
  5. You probably already have equipment you can use to start shooting. For example, your phone is likely a 4K camera and you can get a lighting package on Amazon for under $200. People have won awards and earned great distribution with films shot just that way.

My resources for creative pros features an in-depth primer on how to make a movie you can afford to make. It covers everything from how to get a screenplay you can shoot, acquire the cast, crew, and locations you need, handle production and get distribution.

People have followed the instructions in this guide to make a lot of projects. The tools and techniques it shows you have been used to make award winning movies in wide release.

Don’t wait to start your career as a filmmaker. Whether you want to make feature films, feature documentaries, episodic content, or animations you can reach the whole world from right where you are.

Show us wonders and horrors of the places you live in and tell us the secrets and stories only you know.  We’re all waiting for you to begin…

Podcast Supporting Filmmakers, Writers, Screenwriters and Other Creative Pros

If you are looking for ongoing advice and support, check out AudioIron, my podcast for creative professionals

I’ve been earning a living as a writer/producer for about thirty years, and I’ve been providing professional instruction and support for creative professionals for about the same length of time.  I’ve taught for UCLA, the Art Institute, School for Creative Startups among many others. If you have any interest in my professional background, check me out on Linkedin.

If you want immediate help and support for free, sign up for my AudioIron Podcast where you’ll find 50+ hours of practical advice and support that cover everything from how to network correctly to interviews with producers reps and agents among others. There’s even advice up there on how to start a podcast and why you should if you are a writer or screenwriter. I add more resources all the time. If you are using an Android Device and want to listen to podcasts, you can find it on Google Play or you can go here.

If you want live, in-depth, interactive online workshops with videos, workbooks, and personal support check out NancyFultonMeetups.com. If you live in LA you’ll find my face-to-face meetups listed there as well.  The following resources deliver several hours of instruction and come with written step-by-step guides designed to deliver skills you need to achieve important business objectives.

If you have questions about these resources, please email me at nancy@audioiron.com.  I look forward to hearing from you:)

Creating Web Series, Podcasts and Audiobooks an Interview with Actor/Writers/Producer Bridget Fitzgerald

I recently interviewed Bridget Fitzgerald, an actress, comedienne, and model. She is also a member of National Lampoon’s sketch comedy team, making a sketch comedy podcast heard by half a million monthly listeners. If you are an writer or a performer wondering how podcasts and audio books can help build your career and bring you new opportunities, this is an important interview to listen to.  Members can get this video along with dozens of step by step workbooks, videos, and other resources designed to help people produce, write, publish, and perform profitably.

Bridget’s web series SmileyBridgeTV has had 1/4 million views, and she attributes some of that success to two audiobooks: “How I Exiled My Inner B*tch” which she acted in and “iHumpty” which she produced as well as acted in. You can learn more here: http://www.bridgetfitzgerald.com/ and http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2804002/?ref_=nmbio_bio_nm

Her investment in producing audio content and a SAG New Media web series has helped her get more and better acting roles and writing gigs. It’s also allowed her to establish herself as a producer, co-producer, and director. She’s been asked to work as a judge in writing contests and consults with those producing web series, podcasts, and audiobooks.

Topics addressed in this interview include . . .

  • Why Hollywood Now Favors Actor/Writer/Producers, Actor/Producers, and Writer/Producers
  • Using Podcasts and Audiobooks to Generate Revenue
  • Hiring Union Actors for Podcasts and Audiobooks
  • The Process of Producing a SAG New Media Web Series
  • Finding and Creating New Business Relationships and Business Opportunities

Remember you can always find upcoming events and resources for creative pros at www.NancyFultonMeetups.com.

How to Build a Hollywood Business Network

To thrive as a media creator here in Hollywood, you need to create a Business Network that brings you new opportunities day after day, month after month, year after year.  Nancy Fulton Meetup Members have access to step-by-step instructions and a tip-filled video that cover how to do this. If you are not a member, sign up for this resource and many others created to support working authors, screenwriters, producers and performers. 

Why a Hollywood Business Network is Critical to Your Success

Only people have money to buy things. Whether it’s an independent producer with funds to purchase your screenplay, an investor with money to put into your film, a studio exec shopping for a book or podcast to license, or a director looking to hire an actor . . . only humans ever pull the trigger on purchasing things.

That means you need a business network within the entertainment industry that will actively help you find the people who actually want to buy what you sell. In this event you learn the art and science of building and entertainment industry network swiftly, comfortably, and cost effectively.

Topics addressed:

  • Where and how to find networking events that lend themselves to making real connections.
  • How to very comfortably meet people at events
  • What to do with their business cards
  • How to introduce yourself to a group, and one-on-one, so people remember you well
  • How to reach out to people after an event comfortably
  • How to give people leads on potential opportunities
  • How to accept leads from others graciously and without obligation

This is the perfect resource if you really struggle with networking, building professional relationships, and using those relationships as a springboard to great opportunities.

Only people have money to buy things. Whether it’s an independent producer with funds to purchase your screenplay, an investor with money to put into your film, a studio exec shopping for a book or podcast to license, or a director looking to hire an actor . . . only humans ever pull the trigger on purchasing things.

That means you need a business network within the entertainment industry that will actively help you find the people who actually want to buy what you sell. In this event you learn the art and science of building and entertainment industry network swiftly, comfortably, and cost effectively.

Topics addressed:

  • Where and how to find networking events that lend themselves to making real connections.
  • How to very comfortably meet people at events
  • What to do with their business cards
  • How to introduce yourself to a group, and one-on-one, so people remember you well
  • How to reach out to people after an event comfortably
  • How to give people leads on potential opportunities
  • How to accept leads from others graciously and without obligation

You can get written lecture notes and a video that covers this material without becoming a member of Nancy Fulton Meetups at at https://gumroad.com/l/wJbwL

How to Make a $1M+ Movie covers Production, Casting, Distribution, Funding, and More

Building a $1M+ film, like building a $1M+ house, requires a specific process that minimizes risk, up front costs, and time invested while maximizing the probability of a financially successful project. Failure to follow the right process is almost always an expensive mistake.

There is a process by which $1M+ movies are safely and swiftly developed, packaged, funded, produced, and distributed. If you are looking for step-by-step instructions on how to make a movie that will cost $1M+ to produce, you can find a workbook supported by several hours of video instruction from lawyers and other experts by becoming a Nancy Fulton Meetups Member.

You will learn:

  • How to fully secure the rights to produce a film based on a script
  • How (and why) to attach name talent to your project
  • Where to find investors and how to convince them to put money into your film
  • How to get an accurate shooting schedule and production budget
  • Getting financial forecasts investors and lender will believe
  • How to acquire distribution in the US & Worldwide (including theatrical release)

You get immediate access to written workbooks including:

  • A step-by-step $1M+ Film Blueprint Workbook that covers everything from script acquisition, budgeting, creating shooting schedules, working with SAG, to setting up your production company, acquiring distribution, applying for and getting state rebates, funding through investment and loans, distribution, and creating back end deals.
  • Casting Name Talent Wookbook
  • Raising Money From Investors using Regulation D and Regulation CF Investment Workbook
  • Intellectual Property Fundamentals Workbook
  • and more . . .

And You Get Immediate Access to Multiple Expert Videos including:

  • How to Produce a $1M+ Movie: An In-Depth, Step by Step, Primer
  • How to Work with a Professional Line Producer
  • How to Work with a Professional Cinematographer
  • Foreign Rights Sales & Selling Your Film through Filmmarkets
  • Contract Fundamentals & Avoding Litigation
  • Getting Production Insurance and Completion Bonds and Why You Need Them
  • etc.

Note from Nancy:

I created this recorded workshop because many folks can’t make it to face to face meetings here in Los Angeles. This set of materials, with support for your questions via email, teaches you the process by which you can minimize risk and maximize profit as you build and produce your film.

Testimonials

Nancy Fulton has taught for UCLA and the Art Institute and has been producing media and supporting creative professionals from a business and technical perspective for more than 25 years. She is executive producer for Mobile Motion Mocap. Learn more at www.MobileMotionMocap.com.

“ Nancy you are amazing. Thank you for doing all this to benefit all of us newcomers. ” — DP

“ Very relevant and helpful. Nancy, you’re doing a great job! Thank you! ”

— Pamela Davis

“ Nancy is amazing and such a gift to the filmmaking community. ”

— Jim Henson

“ Nancy, you amaze me with your giving spirit and ability to bring such great guests on board. Thanks for all you do to help us excel in our careers. ”

— Susan Shearer

“ A very useful, educational resource that is incredibly generous in giving knowledge and expertise to the filmmaking community. ”

— Pippa Hinchley

“ Good information resource. Well organized. ”

— JB

“ Nancy’s Film Funding Club is very valuable. Always lots of great information. It’s very obvious that she puts a lot of work into these seminars for us (slideshows, audio recordings, coordinating guest speakers, etc.). I am very grateful and appreciative to her and her guests for their time and talent to help further our careers. ”

— Jodi

“ interesting, innovative approach. thank you, Nancy! ”

— Camille Bacos

About the Film Funding Club: “ I’m thoroughly enjoying this club. I wish I had found out about it way earlier, I’d be way ahead of the game. I would recommend this club to anyone who truly wants to learn the business aspect of the film industry. ”

— Reinaldo D’Amico

How to Make a Feature Film You Can Sell for Under $10,000 (Ultra Low Budget Feature or Documentary)

If you’re tired of waiting to make a movie, don’t want to risk a lot of money, and want to produce something you can earn money from and something that makes a good industry calling card, you need to learn how to make a $10,000 feature film or documentary.

You can find a step-by-step workbook and several in-depth tip-filled videos to support you by becoming a member of Nancy Fulton Meetups.

Among other resources you will receive:

  • Video Covering How to Produce a $10K Film You Can Sell (1.5 hours)
  • Workbook: $10K Film Blueprint: A Step-by-Step Guide
  • Primer: Intellectual Property Right Fundamentals
  • Video: Intellectual Property Rights (1 Hour)
  • Video: Contract Fundamentals with Attorney Justin Sterling (1 Hour)
  • Video: Avoiding Litigation with Attorney Justin Sterling (1 Hour)
  • Primer: Corporate Structure & Why it Matters
  • Video: Profitable Self Distribution Options (1 Hour)
  • Video: Selling & Licensing Films Worldwide through Rights Trade (1 Hour)
  • and dozens of other resources.

Topics addressed:

  • Why making a $10K movie you can sell is a good idea.
  • Why it’s easy to do but you haven’t heard of many people who have done it.
  • The characteristics of a good, sellable, $10K film script.
  • The equipment you need and where to get it cheap.
  • Where to get your cast and crew and how much to spend.
  • Where to shoot your film.
  • How to edit your film.
  • Marketing your film effectively.
  • Getting your film and your credits listed on IMDB.
  • A Sample $10K Budget.
  • Insurance, Payroll, Contracts, and Other Important (unskippable) Details

Questions

If you have questions please send an email to nancy.fulton@yahoo.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

Testimonials

“ Nancy you are amazing. Thank you for doing all this to benefit all of us newcomers. ” — DP

“ Very relevant and helpful. Nancy, you’re doing a great job! Thank you! ”

— Pamela Davis

“ Nancy is amazing and such a gift to the filmmaking community. ”

— Jim Henson

“ Nancy, you amaze me with your giving spirit and ability to bring such great guests on board. Thanks for all you do to help us excel in our careers. ”

— Susan Shearer

“ A very useful, educational resource that is incredibly generous in giving knowledge and expertise to the film making community. ”

— Pippa Hinchley

“ Good information resource. Well organized. ”

— JB

“ Nancy’s Film Funding Club is very valuable. Always lots of great information. It’s very obvious that she puts a lot of work into these seminars for us (slide shows, audio recordings, coordinating guest speakers, etc.). I am very grateful and appreciative to her and her guests for their time and talent to help further our careers. ”

— Jodi

“ interesting, innovative approach. thank you, Nancy! ”

— Camille Bacos

“I’m thoroughly enjoying this club. I wish I had found out about it way earlier, I’d be way ahead of the game. I would recommend this club to anyone who truly wants to learn the business aspect of the film industry. ”

— Reinaldo D’Amico

How to Write a Movie Business Plan & Pitch Deck (Feature Film or Documentary)

Writing a good film business plan is a straight forward and easy to understand process, and it’s something every filmmaker needs to learn in order to get support from investors, co-producers, and others who can help fund a project.

To get this recorded workshop, sample business plans, and pitch decks, and how to master the skills required to raise money from investors, get accurate budgets/shooting schedules, and guarantee distribution just sign up here: https://gumroad.com/l/tyQs/1x33v

You will learn:

  • A Fast, Easy-to-Follow Process for Building a Business Plan
  • How to Find or Create the Information You Need in Your Business Plan
  • How Business Plans Vary Based Upon Budget, Genre, and Funding Strategy
  • Techniques for Swiftly Writing Your Business Plan
  • Options for Formatting Your Business Plan
  • Sharing Your Business Plan with Others
  • How to Create an Easy to Present Pitch Deck Based on Your Business Plan
  • How to Guarantee Distribution for Your Project

You Get Immediate Access to the Following Documentation:

  • Step-by-step workbook that teaches how you to create your own film business plan
  • Sample feature film business plan
  • Sample feature film pitch deck.
  • Step-by-step workbook on how to make a profitable documentary
  • Sample documentary business plan
  • Sample documentary pitch deck
  • Video that covers exactly how to write a business plan and pitch deck.
  • Video that covers working with a line producer to get accurate budgets,
  • Video that covers hiring and insuring cast and crew nationwide legally and why its a critical thing to do right,
  • Video that covers how to get film analytics and financial forecasts your investors will trust
  • Video that covers how to absolutely good guarantee distribution for your film or documentary
  • Video & Written Guide on how to avoid litigation Featuring Attorney Justin Sterling
  • Guide on how to attach the right name name talent to your project.

Tip: The process of writing a solid film business plan helps filmmakers crystalize their project, fully define their plan, more accurately calculate the costs, risks, and benefits of their production, and avoid painful and expensive mistakes. Once you have a good film business plan, it is easy to create a pitch deck which makes the project easy to explain to others. When you have a good business plan finding financial support for your project is much easier.

If you have any questions about this resource, please email nancy.fulton@yahoo.com. I look forward to being of service.

Testimonials 

Serita Stevens/ Nursing The Evidence

“She cares about helping others”

Rick James/ Denver Pictures

“I can not say enough for Nancy’s loyalty to her clients. She really knows the business inside and…”

Karen F Chambre / Karen LCSW Chambre Psy. D. candidate

“Nancy Fulton has helped many of my clients in the entertainment industry. I highly recommend her …”

Lee Forgang / Knight Quest Entertainment

“Nancy presents an incredible portfolio of materials on the Entertainment Industry through videos,…”

Marla Simone

“Nancy consistently educates and inspires. ”

Phil Condit / SICK PUPPY PICTURES

“Nancy Fulton is unbeleivable. She is an accomplished filmmaker, writer, producer and she is willing to teach everyone what she knows…”

Anna Koukouli / LiLifornia Diaries Productions

“Nancy is a true champion of people!! Independent filming writers, directors, producers …”

J’aime Sirgany (Scantlen) / Creative Counseling

“Nancy is skilled, quick minded and highly motivated…”

Lyle Royer / MD’s MAD MONEY Inc.

“She knows as much about producing as anyone. And a very helpful lady.”

Gloria Jaroff / Gloria Jaroff Design AIA

“Nancy is very supportive and consistently provides both information and valuable connections …”

Masashi Nagadoi /

“I took her seminars several times. All those were worth 5 stars. Not only she is brilliant and knowledgable…”

Kelly Desarla / Self Employed, Actress

“I have taken one of Nancy’s online marketing seminars and it was fantastic. She’s terrific!”

Gabby Tary / Tary Arts

“If you want to be a filmmaker then going to Nancy Fulton’s events is a must …”

Paul Levine / Paul S Levine Attorney At Law & Literary Agent

“The best at running networking and educational events!”

Nicky Shane / Nicky Shane Arts

“Organized, focused, experienced and understand the workload of putting together a promotional package …”

MeeRa Kim / Arbor Entertainment

“Nancy’s events are overflowing with practical, logical information and tools that can be utilized…”

Working with a Professional Cinematographer / Interview with Brad Rushing (ABC, Disney, Hallmark, etc)

Brad Rushing is an award winning professional cinematographer with a broad based experience in independent film, television, and advertising. Nancy Fulton Meetup members can listen to this informative interview with an industry expert, and have access to dozens of workbooks and in-depth tip-filled videos designed to help writers, screenwriters, producers, performers and other creative pros enjoy profitable careers making media.

Brad Rushing: Working with a Professional 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

In this event, Brad addresses how independent filmmakers can engage and work with cinematographers most effectively:

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 you finish watching this interview, 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.