Breaking Down the Elements of a Pitch that Secured Funding & How to Apply Them to Your Project (Case Study: BYPASS, Nominated for Best Film at Venice Film Festival)

Taught by Samm Haillay

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Class hosted by: Samm Haillay

Producer at Third Films (Winner, Tribeca 2018 - Island of the Hungry Ghosts)

As lead producer at his company, Third, Samm Hailay, has eight feature credits to his name. His films include coproductions with Sweden, Germany and Australia and have premiered in Cannes, Venice, Sundance and SXSW and have been featured at the London Film Festival, AFI, MoMA Docs and countless others. In 2018, his feature Island of the Hungry Ghosts won best Feature documentary at Tribeca. Samm is a member of BAFTA, EAVE and ACE. He sat on the Short Film Jury in Berlin 2010 to award the Golden Bear. He is a group leader for EAVE, Feature Expanded, and the Venice College Cinema. He also delivers training for Creative England, Film London, Arts Council England and FACT. He is also a 3 time teacher here on Stage 32. Samm has been a patron or board member at several film festivals and is also a film academic. Full Bio »

Summary

How do I get financing? How can I win over a financier? How can I stand out from other projects looking for funding? How can I create a pitch that blows financiers away?

These are the questions on everyone's mind. And we have the answer.

One of our favorite educators, Tribeca-winning producer Samm Haillay, is back again exclusively at Stage 32 and this time, he's bringing the goods to help you design the best pitch possible for your film. As an example, Samm will be showing you the 15 minute pitch which helped raise ALL the funding for the feature length film, BYPASS, which went on to be nominated for Best Film at the prestigious Venice Film Festival (among others) and continued Samm's incredible stretch of raising funds and winning awards..

This film was written, directed and produced by Duane Hopkins, who's experience prior to this was primarily in short films.

In this 2 part online class, Samm will break down what it takes for any filmmaker, producer, screenwriter or other creative looking to raise funds and get their projects into development!

What You'll Learn

As you no doubt know, the competition for raising financing is fierce. With so much content being created, investors have more projects to choose from than ever before. It's not enough to say "I have a great project!" You must be able to show and convey why your project is worthy of those investment dollars and the interest of producers who can get a film made quickly and efficiently.

Samm Haillay has been there time and time again. And he wants to share his methods and knowledge to give you the competitive advantage you need to make your pitch worthy, relevant, and memorable.

Part 1 - Breaking Down the Pitch

Samm will show you the 15 minute recorded video pitch for the feature film BYPASS. This recorded pitch captured the hearts and minds of investors and producers and led to the feature being fully funded. Samm will break down the entire pitch, component by component to show you why it worked so well. He'll also discuss the style and execution of BYPASS and discuss how you can apply these winning techniques to your pitch! Finally, in what's perhaps the most overlooked aspect of pitching a project, Samm will take all the elements discussed and explain how you can utilize them for any pitch, no matter how long the length. From an elevator pitch to a full on feature meeting, Samm will have you covered.

Part 2 - Interactive Pitching Workshop - Pitch Your Own Project and Get Feedback from Samm

Samm will be taking volunteers from the class who will pitch their projects.  He will dissect the pitch, pull out the winning and challenging elements and discuss where it does and doesn't capture the imagination. He will then workshop these pitches so everyone attending can fully understand how to craft and present an undeniably attractive pitch.

There are only 20 spots available for this class! If you would like to attend, please register early!

About Your Instructor

As lead producer at his company, Third, Samm Hailay, has eight feature credits to his name. His films include coproductions with Sweden, Germany and Australia and have premiered in Cannes, Venice, Sundance and SXSW and have been featured at the London Film Festival, AFI, MoMA Docs and countless others. In 2018, his feature Island of the Hungry Ghosts won best Feature documentary at Tribeca.

Samm is a member of BAFTA, EAVE and ACE. He sat on the Short Film Jury in Berlin 2010 to award the Golden Bear. He is a group leader for EAVE, Feature Expanded, and the Venice College Cinema. He also delivers training for Creative England, Film London, Arts Council England and FACT. He is also a 3 time teacher here on Stage 32.

Samm has been a patron or board member at several film festivals and is also a film academic.

Schedule

Session 1: Tuesday, November 26 - 1pm-2:30pm PDT

Session 2: Tuesday, December 10 - 1pm-2:30pm PDT

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Reviews Average Rating: 5 out of 5

  • Tech issue quickly resolved - this is an excellent class!
  • By far, one of the most informational and useful webinars to date on stage32. Mr. Haillay was personable and very helpful. The methods he suggests for pitching not only work well, but they assist in getting to the heart of the story quickly. I plan on using his method for all of my future pitches.

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