What I'll learn
This first workshop focuses on the big picture, in other words:
- articulating and formalising ideas according to industry requirements and formats
- how to make informed decisions
- map research needs
- manage risks and legal obligations
- how to share project rewards with collaborators fairly
If you already have a story you want to develop, or you want guidance on sourcing adequate material, we’ll help you take ownership and get your project ‘market ready’.
Finance, setting up the business, marketing and distribution, all need to be structured well in advance. Or you may be a freelancing director of photography, sound recordist, or editor with your own equipment and keen to make your investment work for you by investing ‘sweat equity’ into a new talent, thus effectively becoming a co-producer. Or, maybe you are working with a company and have some great ideas for growth or diversification that you want to put forward in a professional way.
Together we will consider questions and procedures to explore opportunities and find ways to make these opportunities work for you.
- How can you find data about your sector and market?
- What kind of financing may be available for your project, and what would financiers expect before releasing funds?
- How can you reduce investor risk by attracting visible cast and arranging a ‘slate’ of projects?
- Who should be part of your team to get a TV commission?
- What are the documents and agreements that you need to put together to demonstrate that you brought together the right talent to turn the screenplay or documentary treatment into a profitable investment opportunity?
"In terms of my previous ideas, where I thought more about, 'you just really have to struggle to get your film made and then you’re fine', I know that is of course not the case. I think the bigger struggle is getting it sold and distributed."
—First-time Cannes Film Festival Attendee
How I'll learn
Through discussion and collaborative projects, together, we’ll explore questions, strategies and procedures on how to draw on your potential and to work with others to get a grasp of what you will need to produce a film or broadcast industry project.
You may want to express your knowledge, sector expertise and core idea through a project business plan that clarifies the resource requirements and market opportunities and we can help you do that.
Some of the documentation may be drawn up by your team at a later stage but having all the relevant facts and figures in place will make this a relatively simple, and cheaper, process.
“I know many of us go to art schools to avoid the troubles of having to attend finance or business classes. However, they are of the utmost importance and should be required by all art schools film or otherwise. In many respects if you’re to become a filmmaker you are in business for yourself and as a self-employed person you have to understand the ins and outs regarding how to manage your finances. This is important. Trust me.”
—Andrew Robinson, director
In the Darkness, Shimmer, April Showers