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Data-Led Indie Film Strategies with Stephen Follows

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A one-day live intensive from leading film industry analyst Stephen Follows on Saturday, October 19th, 2019, in New York.

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  • Discover what you can do to make your film a success.
  • Impress investors with evidence of indie film profitability.
  • Super-charge your business plan with data-driven insights.
  • Learn the hidden patterns behind what makes independent films sell.

Getting an independent film funded, made and distributed takes a huge amount of hard work, passion, tenaciousness and grit. Added to this, you need to know what sells and what fails.

Each film is creatively unique and so we can be lulled into a false sense of security that it’s all down to chance. ‘Nobody knows anything’, right? While it’s true that there’s no guaranteed model for consistent success, there are patterns behind what works. Sometimes, pretty strong ones.

When we zoom out and look at the whole marketplace, we start to see what sells, to whom and why.

If you ignore these patterns, you make your job infinitely harder and you may even find it’s impossible for your film to succeed. However, once you know how the film business really operates you can arm yourself to make the best possible product.

Stop guessing and learn what actually works.

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What To Expect:

For each and every major genre of independent film, you will:

  • Understand the overall likelihood of making a profit.
  • Get clear on what audiences want from these films.
  • Learn the elements needed to improve your odds of success.
  • Get advice on where to spend your already-stretched budget to maximize audience appeal.
  • Understand the different types of risks involved.
  • Learn the biggest breakout films to use as best practice and case studies.
  • Know the key points needed to attract investment.

Attendees will also receive a digital pack containing:

  • The slides shown in the course.
  • Data on top performing elements of independent films.
  • Graphs and insights which can be used in a business plan.

This course contains data, insights and patterns gleaned from past independent films and should not be the sole basis of any legal, financial or accounting actions. Always take professional advice from an accredited professional, such as a lawyer or accountant, before committing to any plans.

This course is focusing on fiction feature films, which means not much coverage of documentaries or animations.

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About Stephen:

Stephen is an established data researcher in the film industry whose work has been featured in The New York Times, The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Mirror, The Evening Standard, Newsweek, The New Statesman, The A.V. Club, Screen International and Indiewire.

He acted as an industry consultant and guest on the BBC Radio 4 series The Business of Film, which topped the iTunes podcast chart and he has consulted for a wide variety of clients, including the American Film Market and the Smithsonian in Washington. He has been commissioned to write reports for key film industry bodies and his most recent study, looking at gender inequity in the UK film industry, was launched on the BBC Radio 4 Today program.

Stephen has taught at major film schools, normal business schools and minor primary schools. His lessons range from established topics such as Producing at MA and BA level, online video and the business of film producing to more adventurous topics such as measuring the unmeasurable, advanced creative thinking and the psychology of film producing. He has taught at the National Film and Television School (NFTS), The Met Film School, Filmbase, NYU and on behalf of the BFI, the BBC and the British Council.

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Testimonials :

“Stephen’s research is brilliant. No-one is doing data-driven analysis of the film industry quite like Stephen Follows. His detailed research and reporting about the film industry is unique and invaluable. We have syndicated some of Stephen's work and will continue to do so. It is always very popular with our audience of producers and distributors.” - Jonathan Wolf – Head of the American Film Market

“Throughout the long information packed days Stephen was never less than an engaging, super enthusiastic fountain of knowledge, and, for what I learned from it, the price was a steal! For anyone searching for a super short course that teaches them the no holds barred reality of what it takes to become a UK Independent Film Producer and get a feature film made, look no further.” - Susie Watson - Freelance Director

“Stephen is an inspiring and creative teacher and I learned more about the real world of film production than I could ever have gleaned from a dozen books on the subject. I’d recommend anyone who’s serious about a career as a producer to spend time in Stephen’s company and listen.” - Mark Lo - Producer, Asylum Giant

“Stephen is one of the most gifted producers I know. His mind operates at an entirely different speed to almost everyone I know, solving problems, offering solutions and innovating new opportunities at break neck speed. I don’t know anyone his age that has the same depth of experience and insight in film making.” - Chris Jones - author of The Guerrilla Filmmakers Handbook

“Classes were a joy to attend every evening as Stephen is inspiring in his wealth of knowledge and teaches his students like colleagues and friends. He was always happy to answer questions and give advice about career paths as well as organise great guest speakers from different areas of the industry. I would highly recommend this course and Stephen as an educator. I would attend any course he offered as I feel I learned more in this course than my three year BA.” - Gina Powell - Assistant Producer, Unstoppable Entertainment

“Stephen Follows’ work is helping filmmakers demystify the chaos that is the film business. There is truly no other soul in the world that can do what Stephen does with the amount of accuracy and care he puts into the work he does on a daily basis.” Alex Ferrari - Indie Film Hustle

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