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In this full day event, independent film and web series producers will learn how to cast the talent that makes their project marketable. This full day interactive workshop comes with written documentation and the chance to hear from three experts who can help them attach name talent to their project.
Location: Promenade Playhouse 1404-1408 3rd Street Promenade Santa Monica, CA 90405. We will start promptly at 10am, so please arrive by 9:45am. Please bring your eventbrite confirmation with you. We will be checking people in.
Scheduled to appear:
Shara Lerman is a seasoned entertainment attorney who helps filmmakers finance their projects through Regulation D private placements, debt financing, and crowdfunding, while also handling all production legal requirements including chain of title, pre-sale items, sales agent contracts, distribution agreements, and all aspects of approaching, negotiating and closing deals with name talent.
Mychal Simka is a producer/executive-producer who has cast dozens of names in his indie projects, including Jane Lynch, Jason Alexander, Cary Elwes, Christopher Lloyd, Miranda Cosgrove, Jon Lovitz, Jon Heder, Cary Elwes, Drake Bell, Tom Arnold, Kim Basinger, etc.
* Guest appearance not guaranteed.
Topics addressed in this full day event include:
Why the right casting determines everything from whether you can find investors to if and how your project will ever make a profit.
- All name talent is not created equal when it comes to your project
- Casting the wrong name talent will make your project completely unfundable
- Even short films, indie web series, and microbudget project need names to be worth producing
- Why distributors and buyers will sometimes offer pre-sales or minimum guarantees based on script, talent, budget, director, and producer alone.
How to determine what name talent best suits your film.
- Estimating the valuing of name talent from a distributor's perspective.
- How to calculate how much a given actor will be worth to your project in distribution
- How to profitably think way outside the box when it comes to picking name talent for your project
- How to determine how much you can afford to pay name talent to appear in your project
What you can do to make your project attractive to the name talent you want to attach
- What has to be in the screenplay
- Who has to be on your crew
- What has to be in the budget
- What they have to see in the shooting schedule
- What needs to be in the contract
- Why working with a casting director is sometimes critical and sometimes a mistake
When and how to approach and sign name talent on to your project
- When it makes sense to work with a name actor/producer and when it doesn't
- What you must have in place before you approach name talent
- How approaching name talent too soon can make your project impossible to make
- Why big names sometimes attach to projects with tiny budgets
- How your little webseries or microbudget project can be a very big deal for the right performer
- Understanding SAG/AFTRA, Indie Agreements, Bonds & Completion Bonds
- Dealing with agents, managers, and attorneys
- Why sometimes it makes sense to look outisde the union for big names
- Mistakes to avoid making.
This is the perfect event to attend if you are a new producer, or a producer who has never engaged name talent to work on a project before. You will gain new insight into how to profitably produce your projects, how to make your projects more profitable, and how to work with the people you admire most on projects you care deeply about.
Testimonials From Past Events
- “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 on Apr 27, 2016.
- “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 on Mar 17, 2015.
- “Love this club. I've learned so much about funding and any sort of financing. I think this group is very helpful and I highly recommend it to anyone seeking financing answers. ”— Barnaby on Aug 2, 2011.
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This event is one of many sponsored by FilmFundingLA.com as part of an ongoing committment to help media creators produce more profitable work. If you're an independent film or web-series producer seeking $50K-$250K development or production funding, or would like to use SBA loans to purchase production or post production facilities, call (310) 310-8614 or visit www.FilmFundingLA.com.