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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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Pitching & Selling Your #Screenplay or #TVShow with Attorney Dinah Perez for #Writers & #Screenwriters

If you are a screenwriter working to pitch and sell your screenplay, you’ll find this informative recording featuring Attorney with Dinah Perez informative.  You can listen to it free here: https://gumroad.com/l/perez

She graduated from Loyola Law School and has been in the practice of entertainment law since 1996. As a full service entertainment attorney she supports screenwriters, producers, talent management companies, production companies, publishers, recording artists, and creators of new media content.

Her work has been published in Story Board Magazine, Release Print, Surfview.com, Legalserviceindia.com, Mecfilms.com, and Findlaw.com, and she’s been quoted in Entertainment Weekly, Wired Magazine, Wired.Com. She was interviewed by John Scott Lewinski for his books, Alone In A Room and The Screenwriters Guide to Agents and Managers. She’s spoken at the Screenwriters World Conference, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Scriptwriters Network, Writers Digest Conference West, and Cinewomen. Ms. Perez is fully bi-lingual in Spanish and services clients from Spain, South America, and Mexico.

She is publisher of

In this recording Dinah Perez addresses:

  • How Writers Sell Screenplays
  • Submitting Your Work to Agents, Managers & Producers
  • Understanding Submission Releases & Shopping Agreements
  • How Entertainment Lawyers Work with Writers to Close Deals
  • 5 Mistakes Most Writers Make When They Negotiate Their Own Deals

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

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Tips for Avoiding Litigation for Writers, Screenwriters, Filmmakers, Actors & Other Creative Minds with Attorney Justin Sterling

Creative professionals spend years on our work and getting tied up in years of litigation, or having our work taken from us because we made a bad deal, is a tremendous loss. This video teaches you business skills and practices that can help you side step a lot of legal hassles.

Justin Sterling is founder of The Sterling Firm, a full-service civil litigation and transactional law firm devoted to Business Law, Entertainment Law, and Personal Injury cases. The Sterling Firm is dedicated to helping clients obtain maximum compensation, achieve cost-effective legal solutions, and resolve legal conflicts efficiently. You can learn more about Justin at www.TheSterlingFirm.com and www.linkedin.com/in/justinsterlingesquire

Topics addressed in this interview include.

  • 3 Myths People Believe About Litigation
  • 5 Mistakes People Make that Often Lead to Litigation
  • What to Do Business Deals Start to Fall Apart
  • Things to Say (and Avoid Saying) When Someone Offers to Sue You
  • Preparing to Win the Court Battles You Hope You Never Have
  • What to Do When Litigation (or Arbitration) is Inevitable

This interview is not meant to provide legal advice to people who are currently in litigation or who expect to find themselves in court soon. It’s meant to help filmmakers, writers, screenwriters, and business owners adopt good business practices that will help them do business going forward.

Get the interview and in-depth written documentation here for free https://gumroad.com/l/DDJC

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Get this Great Interview with Professional #FilmEditor Larry Jordan (Jack Frost, CSI Miami, NYPD Blue)

Larry Jordan has amassed more than 45 professional credits, working on successful films such as FallenAssassinsDeuce BigelowMale Gigolo and television series including CSI: Miami and NYPD Blue. . Larry has worked with many of the top creatives at the world’s largest entertainment companies, including Time Warner, Sony, Fox, MGM, HBO, Netflix and Disney. He has supervised creative aspects of the post-production process on dozens of feature films and television shows with budgets ranging from $1 million to more than $80 million. He recently completed his latest feature film, Naked starring Marlon Wayans and Regina Hall for Netflix.

Go here to watch the interview and to get a bunch of other free resources https://gumroad.com/l/dxJVV

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DEC 17 2017 : Helping You Have a Great 2018 in the Entertainment Industry

Greetings,

As the year winds down I know you’re working hard to give everyone a great holiday.  Gifts, parties, and mini-vacations we take now give us the breather we need to rush into a new year. My job is to ensure you arrive in the new year with a way to get moving on the objectives you care most about.  Below you’ll find the first events of the new year ready for your review. I look forward to seeing you soon.

DEC 30 @ 9:30 Making Google Love You Without Buying Ads (Hollywood Breakfast Meeting)

https://gumroad.com/l/dec30google

JAN 3 @ 1PM Conference Call Meetup: Booking Radio Interviews / Getting Your Own Radio Show with Producer Heidi Hilton (Free)

https://gumroad.com/l/radiomarketing

JAN 5 @ 11:30 Getting Hired in Hollywood (Business Lunch Meeting)

https://gumroad.com/l/janhired

JAN 8 @ 1PM Writer’s Block Causes and Cures with Dr. Rebecca Roy Clinical Psychologist Conference Call Meetup (Free)

https://gumroad.com/l/writersblock

JAN 10 @ 11:30 Dealing with Difficult People (Hollywood Lunch Meeting)

https://gumroad.com/l/jan101130

Feb 1 @ 7PM Feb 1 @ 7PM Pitching & Selling Your Screenplay or TV Show with Attorney Dinah Perez Conference Call Meetup (FREE)

https://gumroad.com/l/perez

The two most important events I’m running are online workshops that cover how to produce under $100K and up to $10M films.  You’ll find them listed below. I’ve seen a lot of people dive into making a movie only to spend years accomplishing nothing or years paying off “investments” that never translated into something they could sell.

Each of the online workshops below costs just $20.  You can attend them from anywhere and come with very comprehensive documentation. They help you avoid making dangerous mistakes while giving you a solid understanding of how to swiftly build a profitable film.  (And it is important to note that the process for building a profitable under $100K film is very different from building a larger project. Larger projects usually require working with investors and that bring a whole new set of risks and requirements.)

Whether you are producer determined to make a movie, a writer or actor becoming a producer so you can get the projects you care the most about underway, or someone who wants to understand what producers do so you can ensure you’re working with smart/reputable people . . . you’ll find this useful.

Jan 4, 11, 18 @ 7PM Online Workshop: How to Fund & Produce a $200K-$10M Film (Attend from Anywhere)

https://gumroad.com/l/Jan10m

Jan 9, 16, 23 @ 7PM Online Workshop: How to Fund & Produce an Under $100K Feature Film (Attend from Anywhere)

https://gumroad.com/l/jan100kworkshop

I very much enjoy helping creative people achieve their professional objectives.  If I can be of service to you, please reach out to me at nancy.fulton@yahoo.com.  I look forward to hearing from you and I’m also up for giving quick answers when I have them.

If you have any trouble with any of these links, or difficulty signing up for anything, please email me.

Nancy Fulton

All Resources and Live Events can be found at www.NancyFultonVideos.com

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The Small Town Filmmaker & Web Series Producer Advantage

Hollywood and New York originally cornered the market on making movies and television shows because it took a lot of special equipment to produce and distribute content.  But these days anyone with an iPhone can technically produce a film with high enough production values to get wide release and earn a profit.  Tangerine was shot on iPhone 5s.

Today it is cheap and easy to guarantee distribution for a film on Amazon, iTunes, and even to get release on Hulu, Netflix, and Cable Pay Per View if your ultra low budget film or web series is interesting  and well made.  In fact, it has never been easier to distribute media.

And that means that small town filmmakers have a serious advantage over those working in what we think of as the big filmmaking cities of LA, New York, Albuquerque, New Orleans, and Atlanta.

If you’ve ever wanted to make movies or web series and you’ve figured it was impossible due to where you live, I hope you email me at info@nancyfultonmeetups.com.  I’d like to help you get rolling.

Here are some of the very significant advantages you have.

Lower Costs: Filming in any city is expensive.  Costs are just naturally higher for people, locations, equipment, etc.  There are more rules and regulations that govern what you do and where you do it. If you live in a small town an you want to set up a green screen in a big barn, no one is going to complain.

People are More Cooperative: When you live in a big media city, getting permission to shoot in a store or a restaurant, event at midnight, requires some fast talking with the business owner, his neighbors, and a bunch of permits that take time and money to acquire. Most small towns figure that 10 people inside a store or restaurant at midnight aren’t bothering anybody.

Locations are More Exotic and Easier to Find: Every small town across the nation has it’s own character, it’s own unique establishments, its own natural wonders, and these elements make for a movie people worldwide haven’t seen before.  We haven’t seen your cemeteries, churches, grave yards, ravines, lakes, rivers, beaches, woods, cottages, and houses.

Actors are Easier to Hire: There’s no doubt that famous people make films easier to sell, but good indie films thrive when they have unique characters that don’t look like they came out of central casting.  Good scripts, great rehearsals, a committed crew translate into great performances.

Good Promotion is Easier to Get: When a filmmaker in LA produces a new film, everyone yawns.  But small towns are communities that frequently notice when one of their own has done something new. Its easier for your film to get mentioned in the local newspaper, easier for you to fill a theater with people who will post something nice about you on IMDB, and easier for you to get good reviews for a film on Amazon.  Those things are very hard to do when you are one of two million filmmakers in a big city.

You Have Unique Stories to Tell: Small towns handle murders differently than big towns. Small towns have secrets.  Small towns have legends and memories we haven’t already shared.  There are a million stories you can tell the world that we haven’t already heard.

I currently support 25K independent filmmakers, screenwriters, writers and actors here in Los Angeles, but I come from a small town.  I can teach you what you need to know about creating, protecting, and selling your work and I can help you create content shown around the world.

I think small town filmmakers are going to be the next big wave of profitable media for all the reasons listed previously.  You have every advantage when it comes to making profitable films and web series and I’d like to see you take advantage of them.

Once again, if you’re a small town filmmaker, I hope you email me at info@nancyfultonmeetups.com.  Let me know where you live and what kind of films you want to make. I’d want to help you get rolling.

Most of my materials are $0-$20 learning how to make and distribute films isn’t going to break the bank.  It’s just going to give you a new reason to be glad you don’t live in the big city.

Here’s are a few to get you started . . . 

Remember to email me at info@nancyfultonmeetups.com.

PS: Over the years, a lot of ultra low budget projects have gone on to make big profits. This is, in fact, the most common way for an indie filmmaker to become famous. 

 

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Dr. Sean Young to Discusses The Science of Behavior Change with Writer/Producer Nancy Fulton

In this one hour online interview, Dr. Sean Young addresses how entertainment industry professionals and creative entrepreneurs can make lasting changes to their lives swiftly and comfortably. Those interested in listening to this interview should go here: https://gumroad.com/l/changing

Full Details

People have trouble making lasting changes that improve their lives. They stop exercising, forget the diet that will prolong and improve the quality of their life, and procrastinate when it comes to doing the things and meeting the people that will give them the career, business, or personal life they desperately want.

Most of us don’t know how swiftly, comfortably, and reliably change the behaviors that determine the course of our life and yet it is a skill the vast majority of us can acquire.

In this event, Dr. Sean Young, a UCLA Medical School professor, and executive director or the UCLA Center for Digital Behavior, and the University of California Institute for Prediction technology will discuss how to stick with the changes that will help you achieve your personal and professional objectives.  His research has received more than $10M in funding from organizations like The National Institutes of health, Facebook, and Intel, and well as leading hospitals.

Topics Dr. Young will address include:

  • The Forces Behind Lasting Change
  • Building Stepladders of Incremental Change
  • What the “Common Wisdom” that Creating New Habits Dead Wrong
  • Neurohacks and Mental Shortcuts to Accelerate Beneficial Change
  • How to Get Your Brain on Your Side so Change is Easier

Dr. Young’s National Best-Selling book, Stick With It: A Scientifically Proven Process for Changing Your Life–For Good is available now on Amazon.

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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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