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THURSDAY @ 7PM Live Workshop Big Budget Feature Development, Development Hell and Turnaround Deals


This is just a quick heads up that our next live workshop is MAY 27 @ 7PM Strategies for Big Budget Feature Film Development. Sign up attend here:

VIP/PRO members and those who signed up for last week's May 20 Big Budget Film Strategies can attend this workshop free, and they will automatically receive invitations to the following two bonus workshops free as well. JUNE 3 @ 7PM Funding Big Budget Feature Films with Banks, Investors, and/or Audiences & JUNE 10 @ 7PM Big Budget Distribution Options and Strategies 

DEVELOPMENT is the process by which indie producers decide whether or not a particular project is worth wasting their time on. It's where they work out how much money they need, identify key cast and crew, figure out funding (including pre-sales, loans, and investment offerings), and then move into pre-production if all goes well. 

The Development Stage of a project can tie up producers, scripts, and investors for years, and sometimes becomes a frustrating waste of time and money. We call that DEVELOPMENT HELL. Sometimes a project that fails in development can be sold off to another producer who has the missing pieces required to profitably produce film, which is called a TURN AROUND DEAL

Many filmmakers aspire to be high value independent film producers, but the risks in making this kind of content are formidable. This Live Workshop helps you dive deep into the issues involved in producing films in the ~$500K-$5M budget level. This is the ballpark where you start having to rely on investment, loans, and film production incentives, and the process of development becomes incredibly important. 

Producing a film that fails is terrible, but if it's finished and ends up being sold, it might go on to actually generate some revenue. Sometimes a struggling but strong film goes on to do very well. Donnie Darko, for example,  was a surprise cult hit after some very exciting times in development, production, and distribution.

A film that enters production and doesn't get to the finish line is an expensive dead weight loss because usually there's nothing created that you can sell.  Good development makes a film project so strong that even if key people step out of the project or the investment or pre-sales walk away, the producer can get to the part where the film makes money. 

Development is where you do the most to determine if your film will make or lose millions. This workshop and supporting resources deliver a solid primer on tools, options, strategies, tips, resources, roles, ideas, and issues you'll find helpful as you start thinking about producing your own projects in this ballpark. 

Topics addressed include: 

  • Development: What it is and why it's critical to ensuring your film isn't a dangerous waste of time and money.
  • Funding: Where money for projects at these budget levels comes from, including where to find investors and what you need to know about incentives.
  • Attaching the Right Cast & Crew: Why these choices can't be guess work and how to get the advice and metrics you need to make the right decisions.
  • Accounting, Legal Support, Insurance, Unions: Getting the help you need to reduce your risk and maximize the value of your project.
  • Distribution: The wild west of Film Distribution, and why pre-sales are a necessity as your budget level climbs.

This workshop comes with:

  • An Invitation to the May 27 @ 7pm Zoom Workshop
  • Big Budget Feature Producer Plan and Checklist $500K - $5M
  • Video: Big Budget Film Strategies for Savvy Producers Workshop Recorded May 20.
  • Video: How to Use Film Analytics to Persuade Investors featuring Bruce Nash of
  • Video: Hiring Bankable Cast and Crew using Bankability Analysis featuring Bruce Nash
  • Video/Workbook: Making Back End Deals with Investors, Writers, Key Cast and Crew using CAM Accounts
  • Video: How to Quickly Reach Film Investors with Jason Scoggins the COO of
  • Video/Workbook: Raising Money from Investors using Regulation CF
  • Video: RightsTrade Interview Selling Your Film in 170+ Countries
  • Video: Castifi: How to Hire Cast and Crew Legally Nationwide
  • Video: Contract Fundamentals Video with Attorney Justin Sterling
  • Video Video/Workbook Avoiding Litigation with Attorney Justin Sterling
  • Video: Video Fair Use and the Right of Publicity Justin Sterling
  • Video Intellectual Property Right Fundamentals
  • Video: Understanding Screenplay Coverage with
  • Video: Interview with Line Producer Interview with Christina Jo Leigh Line Producer
  • Workbook: Distribution via Aggregators vs Traditional Distributors
  • Video: Creating Film Distribution Deliverables with Barbara Javitz
  • Video: Film and TV Pre-sales Rene Leda Producers Rep Netminds Media Group
  • Video: Bank Funding for Film and TV with Adrian Ward
  • Video: How to Sell at Film Markets with Ilyssa Goodman
  • Video: Jeff Hardy Film and Episodic Analytics and Marketing Analysis
  • Video: How to Find an Audience for Film and TV Projects Media Marketing before Production Ash Greyson
  • Video/Workbook: Doing Due Diligence and Not Getting Scammed
  • Video/Workbook: Virtual Production Nuts Bolts and Costs - Shooting on 3D Sets
  • Video/Workbook: Green Screen Fundamentals
  • Video/Workbook: Avoiding Development Hell
  • Video/Workbook: Making a Film or Web Series with Friends as Partners
  • After the event, an edited version of the recorded workshop will be added to your library of resources.
  • You will receive invitations to all live bonus sessions, and videos for the bonus sessions will also be added to your library of resources. 

If you have any questions about the information in this email or any of the resources I've created, feel free to contact me at

Nancy Fulton

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