Step By Step Producing Guide: Find Money, Find Your Team, & Close the Deal

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Class hosted by: Michael Wormser

Producer of over 70 Projects for Netflix, Legendary, Lakeshore, Hulu and more

Featured as a "Go-To Producer" by Produced By Magazine, Michael Wormser is a co-founder and producer at Cinemand Films. Michael has produced features for Legendary, Lakeshore Entertainment, Netflix, and IFC Films, as well as series for Fox Television Studios, Hulu, FreeForm, Netflix, and 20th Century Digital. He has produced over 70 projects over his career that span film, commercials, music videos, short films, branded content, interactive web series, and studio marketing campaigns. His most recent film work includes THE THINNING and the sequel, THE THINNING: NEW WORLD ORDER for Legendary, INTERNET FAMOUS for Lakeshore (now on Netflix), and the award-winning indie drama FUNNY STORY which premiered at Slamdance Film Festival. Michael is currently in pre-production on the true-crime thriller THE CULT. Michael is the former Head of Production for Maker Studios where he developed, produced and distributed content, bringing monthly viewership from 40 million to 250 million. Full Bio »

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AN IN-DEPTH THREE-PART CLASS (OVER 6 HOURS OF EDUCATION)!

PLUS! Receive exclusive handouts, including a budget template, a "Ripomatic" example, and an overview of state tax credits.

The detailed steps you need to get your project made - taught by a producer with over 70 projects produced.

As a producer, it’s your job to get a film up and running and to put the pieces in place so cameras can start shooting and something fantastic can actually get made. You might already have a great script that you feel is ready to shoot, but especially for newer filmmakers and producers, the next steps you need to take can feel uncertain.

Where are you going to get the money, and how much money do you actually need? Who’s going to direct, who’s going to star, and how can you get each player on board? What materials do you need to prepare ahead of time, and how can you use the connections you have (or make new connections you need) to get what you need going? The path from script to production can feel big, vague, and intimidating, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it, especially with the right guidance and understanding.

Michael Wormser is featured as a "Go-To Producer" by Produced By Magazine and has produced features for Legendary, Lakeshore Entertainment, Netflix, and IFC Films, as well as series for Fox Television Studios, Hulu, FreeForm, Netflix, and 20th Century Digital. Michael’s long, long list of completed projects attests to his honed ability to get projects off the ground, an important talent for any producer and one he is excited to share with the Stage 32 community.

In this three-part class, Michael will offer you a comprehensive and intensely helpful guide to the steps you need to take to actually get your project made by using your connections, finding the money, building your team, and closing the deals. His first class will focus on the steps you should take before “going out” with your script, including beta-testing your script, putting together your materials like lookbooks, budgets, and shooting schedules, and how to package your project. In the next session, Michael will lay out how to actually “go out” with your project, including how to pitch, how to build your network, and how to actually close the deal. Along the way, Michael will be answering your questions and giving you specific and helpful strategies you can take back to your own project.

 

No matter how experienced you are, getting your passion project made is within your reach. Whether you’re a brand new producer or someone with more experience looking for a refresher or new perspective, Michael will give you the tools you need.

 

What You'll Learn

Session 1 - Preparing to Go Out

  • Finalizing Your Script
    • Professional vs. Non - Professional feedback
    • Researching your audience
    • What makes your script unique in the genre?
    • Submitting to screenplay competitions
    • The importance of table reads
    • Making distribution goals
    • Researching comparable films
  • Creating Pitch Materials
    • Lookbook/Pitch Deck
    • Budget Top Sheet
    • Shooting schedule/DOODs
    • Making a sizzle reel aka "rip-o-matic"
    • Short Film
    • Comparable Successful Films

Q&A with Michael

Session 2 - Creating a Strategy

  • Building The Team
    • Attaching Talent
    • Attaching a Producer
    • Attaching a Director
    • Identifying Value Adds (personal investment/collateral, free location, fee equipment)
    • Attaching a Sales Agent
    • Hiring an Entertainment Attorney
  • Building Lists
    • Creating a list of Investors
    • Creating a list of Distributors
    • Tax Credit Opportunities
    • Partnership Opportunities
    • Co-Productions

Q&A with Michael

Session 3 - Taking Your Film Out

  • Pitching to Studios and Investors
    • Giving them no reason to say no
    • Overcoming Obstacles
    • Being Persistent
    • Having Confidence
    • Reading the Room
  • Closing the Deal
    • Isolating any concerns
    • Creating Action Steps
    • Building Relationships
  • Time
    • Don’t get discouraged
    • Staying Positive
    • Passionate vs. Desperate
    • Patience is a Virtue

Q&A with Michael

 


WHAT TO EXPECT

PLEASE NOTE: This exclusive Stage 32 class will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis. The opportunity to work this closely and for this long with an expert in the field is an incredibly unique and valuable opportunity. If you are interested, please book quickly. Once the spots are gone, they’re gone for good.

  • This class is designed for all-level creatives - beginner, intermediate and advanced who are looking to sell a project.
  • This is an intimate, in-depth, practical, and detailed class held on Zoom, where you will be interacting with your instructor.
  • Your instructor will be available on email during the 3 sessions to answer any questions you have about your project.
  • You will be held accountable to take the lessons from each week and move your work forward.
  • Plus, to stay motivated and inspired, you will have access to a dedicated Stage 32 Lounge post where you can meet, connect and communicate with your fellow classmates throughout the length of the class and beyond. Let Stage 32 help you find your tribe!
  • Payment plans are available - please contact Amanda at edu@stage32.com for more information.

About Your Instructor

Featured as a "Go-To Producer" by Produced By Magazine, Michael Wormser is a co-founder and producer at Cinemand Films. Michael has produced features for Legendary, Lakeshore Entertainment, Netflix, and IFC Films, as well as series for Fox Television Studios, Hulu, FreeForm, Netflix, and 20th Century Digital.

He has produced over 70 projects over his career that span film, commercials, music videos, short films, branded content, interactive web series, and studio marketing campaigns. His most recent film work includes THE THINNING and the sequel, THE THINNING: NEW WORLD ORDER for Legendary, INTERNET FAMOUS for Lakeshore (now on Netflix), and the award-winning indie drama FUNNY STORY which premiered at Slamdance Film Festival. Michael is currently in pre-production on the true-crime thriller THE CULT.

Michael is the former Head of Production for Maker Studios where he developed, produced and distributed content, bringing monthly viewership from 40 million to 250 million.

Schedule

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 1pm-3pm PST

Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 1pm-3pm PST

Tuesday, December 20, 2022 - 1pm-3pm PST

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A: Yes! After the purchase of a live or On-Demand class, you will have on-demand access to the recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like for a whole year!

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