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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.

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How to Raise Money From Investors for Your Production Company or New Business

Do you know where to find investors who invest in media projects? Do you know how to accept their money? Most people new to producing or running a new business don’t know that it’s illegal to show people a a business plan and ask them for money. Soliciting investment this way can result in prosecution via the SEC and civil lawsuits months or years after the deal is done.

Whenever you ask people for money in return for a share of the profit your company or project produces, you are subject to the laws that govern investment in this country.

Nancy Fulton Meetup Members have access to in-depth guides and videos that review resources provides media pros with a solid primer on raising money through a standard Regulation D Private Placement which is how most people raise money to fund media projects. they also learn how to raise money using Regulation-CF which is a new way for filmmakers to raise up to $1M a year from everyday people rather than accredited investors.

Members receive . . .

  • A 27-Minute Recorded Video Presentation. This provides you with the solid grounding you need to understand the whole process of legally taking money from investors through a standard Regulation D Private Placement.
  • An 10-Page Document That Reviews Standard Regulation D Private Placement Rules and Requirements, as well as new Title III Rules and Platforms. This document is formatted for easy discussion with legal and financial advisors. You can use it to review your understanding of the process with them so your entire team is staring on common ground.
  • A Primer on Regulation-CF which allows you to raise money from non-accredited investors in amounts as low as $100. You can raise up to $1M per year.
  • You’ll also receive an overview of donation based crowdfunding and a quick-but-important primer on business models. These tools will help you explore a wide range of business funding options you can use for your projects going forward.

You’ll find this information easy to follow and pragmatic, and you’ll find links to reference materials online you can check out at the SEC etc.

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

Do you know where to find investors who invest in media projects? Do you know how to accept their money?

Most people new to media making don’t know that it’s illegal to show people a a business plan and ask them for money. Soliciting investment this way can result in prosecution via the SEC and civil lawsuits months or years after the deal is done.

Whenever you ask people for money in return for a share of the profit your company or project produces, you are subject to the laws that govern investment in this country.

This set of resources provides media pros with a solid primer on raising money through a standard Regulation D Private Placement which is how most people raise money to fund media projects.

It also provides an introduction to Regulation-CF which is a new way for filmmakers to raise up to $1M a year from everyday people rather than accredited investors.

  • A 27-Minute Recorded Video Presentation. This provides you with the solid grounding you need to understand the whole process of legally taking money from investors through a standard Regulation D Private Placement.
  • An 10-Page Document That Reviews Standard Regulation D Private Placement Rules and Requirements, as well as new Title III Rules and Platforms. This document is formatted for easy discussion with legal and financial advisors. You can use it to review your understanding of the process with them so your entire team is staring on common ground.
  • A Primer on Regulation-CF which allows you to raise money from non-accredited investors in amounts as low as $100. You can raise up to $1M per year.
  • You’ll also receive an overview of donation based crowdfunding and a quick-but-important primer on business models. These tools will help you explore a wide range of business funding options you can use for your projects going forward.

You’ll find this information easy to follow and pragmatic, and you’ll find links to reference materials online you can check out at the SEC etc.  If you have questions about these resources, please do reach out to me at nancy.fulton@yahoo.com.

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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How to Write and Protect a Professional Screenplay #Writing #Producing, #Copyright #Screenwriting

This set of 4 videos has helped hundreds of new screenwriters write and protect their first professional screenplay. It has also helped helped hundreds of novelists turn their books into movie scripts they can pitch to producers in Hollywood.

Go here for full access: https://gumroad.com/l/screenplay

You’ll learn:

  • The structure a screenplay and why you absolutely have to get it right.
  • The different kinds of text in a screenplay, from slugs and action lines to dialog and why formatting them correctly matters.
  • How to print a screenplay.
  • When, why, and how to register your screenplay at the copyright office.
  • Where to get free screenwriting software you can use to write your screenplay more swiftly.

You will also learn:

  • Why most screenwriters get coverage before they submit their work to to agents and producers or decide to produce their own work.
  • How ghostwriters can help you more swiftly create the first draft of a script or to polish one you have written.
  • About important Legal issues involved in telling true stories, or fictional stories about real people (living or dead).

You won’t find a more straightforward or easier to follow introduction to screenwriting than this one, and the information covered here will be useful to you for years to come.

If you have questions about this information, please email nancy@entertainmentindustryevents.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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How #Hypnosis Helps Creative Minds #Writing #Screenwriting #Filmmaking

In this audio interview (https://gumroad.com/l/hypno), Dr. Nancy Irwin (www.DrNancyIrwin.com) discusses the use of Hypnosis in helping writers, screenwriters, actors, producers and other creative professionals achieve their personal and professional objectives. She also addresses how hypnosis can be used to support treatment for addiction, organic mental illness (bi-polar disease, etc), and post traumatic stress (sexual abuse, etc).

Dr. Nancy Irwin, a psychologist who works with creative professionals quite extensively, has specific expertise in treating writers block, performance anxiety, and lack of confidence.

She has also served as a script & story consultant for writers/filmmakers using hypnosis as key elements in their stories.

Dr. Irwin is on staff at Seasons in Malibu, a well known alcohol and substance abuse treatment center, where she helps patients recover from addiction and its underlying causes (trauma, abuse, organic mental illness, etc).

If you’re interested in hypnosis as a modality for treatment of mental illness or self improvement, you’ll find this an interesting interview to listen to.

If you are currently struggling with writers block, have a lot of difficulty marketing your work, or need help when it comes to editing your work or accepting constructive notes, you may find hypnosis is a swift and painless way to make your next creative leap forward.

I’ve certainly found it helpful . . .

If you run into trouble listening to the interview, email nancy.fulton@yahoo.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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How to Live Like a Millionaire When You’re a Million Short for Filmmakers, Writers, Screenwriters & Actors

In this fact-filled interview with the author of How to Live Like a Millionaire When You’re a Million Short, Writer/Producer Marilyn Anderson addresses tools and techniques writers and producers can use to:

  • Entertain potential business associates, partners, and investors with style and grace
  • Dress themselves and performers well
  • Travel well cheaply to domestic and international locations

Nancy Fulton Meetups Members can listen to this interview now.

Writers and Screenwriters frequently find themselves living a long time between paychecks, pitching projects to decision makers in face-to-face meetings, and paying for the travel and other experiences that turn into the stories, articles, books, and screenplays they tell. Marilyn’s techniques help writers save money while enjoying a better and more productive life.

Producers entertain constantly. When they aren’t inviting writers, agents, actors, investors, and key crew to lunch, dinner, or drinks they are providing catered meals throughout production. They have to dress well to convey confidence and an air of success, and they are paying for travel all the time.

Marilyn’s amazing How to Live Like a Millionaire When You’re a Million Short Book is a funny, savvy, empowering book derived from her many years as a working writer and producer in the entertainment industry.

She frequently consults with producers to help them reduce costs and solve problems as they develop their projects and works with writers to improve their screenplays.

If you have questions about this interview, please email nancy.fulton@yahoo.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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Getting Hired in Hollywood: An Important Practical Primer

Hollywood is a tiny community that mixes the most talented people in the world, the biggest companies on earth, and the most sophisticated techs and technologies to be found anywhere. It absolutely has it’s own rules. If you don’t learn them, you’ll find yourself routinely out of work or constantly getting burned.

Note: If you are a Nancy Fulton Meetup Member you can watch this video and get dozens of other videos and workbooks designed to support your career now.

If you have the distinct impression that you just can’t make headway in Hollywood this Video and set of Lecture Notes will help you understand the mores and conventions that make working in the our Entertainment Industry much different from other cities, countries, or industries you may have been successful in.

Topics addressed:

  • Where and how to find paying work, really.
  • How to prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you are great at what you do so you can float to the top of your profession.
  • How to persuasively ask for a job and get it.
  • How to avoid getting burned by users, abusers, and incompetent people who don’t know what they are doing.
  • Mistakes people make that make them permanently unemployable.
  • The surest way to ensure you can make a good living doing what you want to do.

If you have questions about these resources, email nancy.fulton@yahoo.com.

Nancy Fulton & Entertainment Industry Events Group Testimonials:

“ I wish I had found this group sooner! ” — Stephanie Yuhas

“ Good networking and great educational workshops and seminars! ” — Sandy Baumann

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

“ 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

“ Excellent information with every session. ” — Lee Forgang

“ Very good collection of really useful material ” — Frank Amsden

“ Worthwhile venues, quality people. Nancy Fulton puts a lot of energy into each event. ” — Lauren Bell

“ We have the most interesting and action filled fact and method meetings! ” — Constance Golden

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#WritersBlock Causes and Cures with Dr. Rebecca Roy Clinical #Psychologist #Writers #ScreenWriters #AmWriting

Listen to this great interview with Dr. Rebecca Roy on Writers Block and Other Forms of Severe Creative Inhibition.  If you have a screenplay you can’t finish, a book you can’t write, or find you can’t act, produce, or direct comfortably anymore, this has some important insights to offer you.

Click here to listen: https://gumroad.com/l/writersblock

Dr. Rebecca Roy has built a successful practice helping entertainment industry professionals reach their goals, manage their stress, and deal with the natural ebb and flow of creative careers. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY 28773) with both a Ph.D. and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology (MFT 45901) and she has 12 years experience as a psychotherapist licensed to treat both individuals and couples. She uses evidence-based treatment approaches which are both solution-focused and long-lasting which help her patients reach their goals while remaining grounded, sane, and creative.

She is a former coach of Olympic athletes and has over 20 years of experience helping people reach their goals, including many writers. She has been featured in the New York Times, LA Times, Reuters, CNN and many other major media.

Topics addressed include:

  • Frequent Causes of Writers Block and other forms of Severe Creative Inhibition
  • How External Forces Can Exacerbate Creative Inhibition
  • Entertainment Industry Specific Challenges for Creative People including Drugs, Alcohol, Untreated Organic Mental Illness, etc.
  • The Impact of Creative Inhibitions on the Work and Well Being of Creative People
  • Self Help Solutions that Don’t Help at All for Those “Blocked” in Creative Pursuits
  • How Psychologists Understand and Treating Creative Impairments
  • The Unexpected Benefits of Working Through Creative Blocks
  • Carl Jung, CBT, and Other Therapeutic Lenses through which Creative Blocks can be understood and treated.
  • How these Inhibitions Creep into the Lives of Creative Professionals

Writers, actors, directors, and creatives of all kinds must create in order to thrive, not just professionally but personally. An inability to “work” translates into other forms of paralysis and disability. Listening to this interview you may help you figure out how to heal what often feels like a “sickness of the soul”.

Questions? Please email nancy.fulton@yahoo.com. I look forward to being of service to you.

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Big Tax Changes in 2018 for #Filmmmakers, #Writers, #Screenwriters #Free

In this interview Heidi Hilton, who has an MBA and a background as a licensed financial advisor, and her partner Craig Coughlin a licensed investment advisor, give filmmakers a first look at the very significant impact the tax bill passed at the end of 2017 will have on their work, companies, and tax bills in 2018. Go to https://gumroad.com/l/2018taxes

Topics addressed include:

  • How congress brought back and significantly changed the Section 181 deductions filmmakers relied on heavily until 2016. If you are relying on Section 181 as almost all producers will do, it’s critical to understand the changes.
  • What you must do in order to deduct your film production expenses in 2018
  • How film production expenses in 2017 can be deducted.
  • How changes to the tax code will impact “personal service corporations” like DPs, Actor Loan Out companies, etc.
  • How changes will impact employees that produce, write, act, on the side.
  • When important provisions of the tax bill are set to expire.

This interview is no replacement for working with an investment advisor or financial professional to build your film projects, manage your company, or pay your taxes, but it can help you understand when, if, why, and how you may need to make some significant changes to how you do business this year.

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Learn How to Make a Profitable Movie Anywhere for Under $100K / Covers Funding, Budgeting, Cast, Crew, Getting #Distribution ($20 today, save 80%)

Learn how to produce your ultra low budget feature film or documentary swiftly, safely, and profitably here:   https://gumroad.com/l/ultralowbudgetfilm/producer61

You get 10+ Hours of In-Depth Instructional Video with expert advice, tips, tricks, and traps to avoid. Multiple step-by-step printable, workbooks to help you design, develop, fund, and produce a feature film or feature documentary for under $100k.

You 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.
  • Specific business practices that can help you avoid litigation and prevail if you are sued or have to sue someone else.
  • 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 feature film or documentary swiftly and safely which has the maximum probability of being profitable, you’ll find this guide very useful.

Testimonials for Nancy Fulton & Her Workshops

“ 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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Learn How to Make a #Movie Step-by-Step Guide & Video Workshop. Covers #Investors, #Development, #Production, #GuaranteeingDistribution $20 Now (Save 80%)

If you’re working to produce a feature film with a budget between $100K and $10M, you’ll find this practical course covers information you need to know, specifically. You can get the full course and support via email now for $20 at https://gumroad.com/l/indiefilmguide/producer61.

  • Accepting Money from Investors
  • Working with Lenders
  • Hiring SAG/AFTRA Actors
  • Dealing with IATSE, Teamsters and Other Unions
  • Depending on State Incentive Programs for Some of Your Budget

You get . . .

  • 12+ Hours of video covering, step-by-step, how to develop, produce, fund, and distribute a profitable feature film with a budget between $100K and $10M featuring Nancy Fulton and Multiple Industry Experts in Production, Distribution, Intellectual Property Rights, working with SAG & other unions, etc.
  • 32-Page in-depth step-by-step Producing a Profitable Film Workbookproviding instructions on how to limit your risk and cost as you build and vet a project, and how to maximize its profitability as you decide to go forward.
  • Multiple guides on Raising Money from InvestorsIntellectual Property FundamentalsCasting Name TalentBack-End Deal Arrangements, Fundamentals of Contract Law every Producer needs to know, etc.


You learn . . .

  • How to Acquire a Screenplay if you don’t already have one through Option, Purchase, or Hiring a Professional Ghostwriter to Turn Your Story into a Film Script. This covers registration and screenplay clearance issues.
  • How to Swiftly Guarantee Your Screenplay is Good Enough to Interest Investors and Leading Actors Love the Roles
  • How to Determine the Economic Value of Your Screenplay and the Budget at which it Should Be Produced so you aren’t producing a film at a budget too high or too low to get profitably made
  • How to Get an Accurate Budget, Shooting Schedule, and Day out of Days for Your Film that’s SAG Compliant, including solutions those producing very small projects can use to do the job themselves as well as where to find professionals to create budgets for you.
  • How to Approach and Attach Key Cast for Your Project both directly and with a casting director, and how to know which way is best for your film.
  • How to Guarantee Distribution For Your Film including Theatrical Release, Foreign Rights Sales, and Digital Distribution
  • How to Write a Film Business Plan and Create a Film Pitch Deck quickly and cost effectively.
  • Intellectual Property Fundamentals You Need to Know to Safely Produce, Market, Release, License, and Sell your film.
  • Raise Money from Investors including how to set up the right kind of company or corporation (and why you need one), and get a Private Placement Memorandum if you need one.
  • Approach Distributors to get Minimum Guarantees and Work With Film Finance Companies, etc.
  • Acquire Production Insurance and Completion Bonds.
  • How to Acquire Sales Agents, Producers Reps, Executive Producers, and co-Producers who will ensure your film is professionally produced and profitably distributed.
  • Make sure Back End Deals are Honored through Collection Account Management Companies so you can more easily avoid legal issues with investors and back end participants.
  • How to Avoid Litigation by adopting a specific set of good practices which reduce the chance you’ll be sued or have to sue someone else, and by increasing the probability you’ll prevail if you do have to sue.

A note from Nancy Fulton, founder of NancyFultonMeetups.com:

I created this workshop to give filmmakers a set of skills they can use to build a project from the ground up.  

There’s an order in which you should undertake the steps in the filmmaking process that limit your risk and maximize your probability of producing a profitable film. 

If you have questions as you work through this workshop you can always email them to me at nancy.fulton@yahoo.com. If I can’t answer your question I can usually refer you to someone who can. 

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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