How You Can Build a Film Package For Little to No Budget

Taught by Michelle Alexandria

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Executive Producer / Head of International Sales at Light Year Pictures & 123 Go Films

Michelle Alexandria is a PGA member, film producer, and distribution consultant at Light Year Pictures. Michelle has personally worked on 25 feature films $6MM and under, and 3 television projects in various capacities including producing, line producing and executive producing. Michelle's producing credits include the family film FIRST DOG, the award-winning feature film A LIFE LIVED starring Denise Richards and Jennifer Taylor, romantic French comedy COUP DE FOUDRE A SAINT GERMAIN DES PRES, and THE EXTENDABLES starring Mark Dacascos, Kevin Sorbo, and Martin Kove. Michelle also executive produced feature films GOOD GUYS FINISH LAST, SCREAMERS, TRAUMA THERAPY, and ASK ME TO DANCE. Michelle has been a regular attendee of the major film festivals and markets since 2002, including the Cannes Film Festival, AFM, MIP, Berlin, and Sundance. She has been a judge for film festivals as well as a noted guest speaker and panelist and has worked in distribution, production development, and acquisitions for established film sales distributors.  Full Bio »

Summary

Yes, you can build a complete development package to attract investors with little (or even no) budget. We are going to show you how. 

"Clear, concise, and brilliant."

- Mario D.

 

"I have a deck for my film. It's going in the garbage. I will be starting over tomorrow with this wealth of information flowing in my head. Remarkable job, Michelle!"

- Phil M.

 

There is a misconception that you need millions of dollars in order to move forward. This isn't true. If you have access to a computer, internet and passion, YOU can make your project attractive to high-net worth individuals.

If you have limited funds, we will show you the best places to spend money to yield results. It may seem daunting to build a package with little or no budget but we are going to break it down, step by step, and explain in detail how to build an enticing package with things you can do for FREE, under $150, under $500 and beyond.

Your Stage 32 Educator Michelle Alexandria has over 20 years working in sales and distribution. She has personally worked on 25 feature films with budgets $6MM and under. Michelle knows what gets the attention of both financiers and distributors. In this class she will share what you can do regardless of a small or non existent budget to create an enticing package that gets your project noticed. 

 

PLUS! Michelle will share with you:

  • Example One sheets
  • Example Option Agreement
  • Example Setup Materials
  • Example Top Sheet
  • Sales Projections
  • Resource List
  • Example Pitch Deck
  • Resource Lists and more

 

You will walk away from this class knowing how to create a development package, no matter your budget, that gets your project off the ground!

What You'll Learn

Session 1 – Things you can do for FREE towards developing your film

In the first session we will discuss steps, resources, and actions you can take towards developing your project without spending any money. It is common to have an idea, but many don’t know what to do next. In this class you will learn several different ways to take action today without money and get a little closer to having a viable package that attracts investors to get you closer to making your film a reality. No matter what stage your project is in, you can add to and build your package to make it more attractive.

Handouts: Example One sheets, Option Agreement, etc. and a resource list

 

Session 2 – Things you can do for under $150 towards developing your film

In the second session we will continue from our initial steps and begin adding to your film package with options that cost $150 or less. Since development money is not often available to indie filmmakers, here we will discuss several options and resources you can obtain for small dollar amounts while building your film package making it even more attractive to investors, cast, or agencies.

Handouts: Example setup materials and a resource list.

 

Session 3 - Things you can do for under $500 towards developing your film

In the third session we will continue from our initial steps and start adding to your film package with options that cost $500 or less. Now you will be at a stage to present your package with confidence and will be able to have conversations with movers and shakers.

Handouts: Example Top sheet, Sales projections, etc. and a resource list

 

Session 4 – Things you can do for over $500 (but still reasonable) towards developing your film

In the final session we will continue from our prior sessions and now really add the bigger elements that will cost more depending on the project yet will make your film package viable, attractive, and inviting where investors and cast start to seek your project out. When we say more though, we are still talking indie budgets and creative ways to cut cost without cutting quality!

About Your Instructor

Michelle Alexandria is a PGA member, film producer, and distribution consultant at Light Year Pictures. Michelle has personally worked on 25 feature films $6MM and under, and 3 television projects in various capacities including producing, line producing and executive producing. Michelle's producing credits include the family film FIRST DOG, the award-winning feature film A LIFE LIVED starring Denise Richards and Jennifer Taylor, romantic French comedy COUP DE FOUDRE A SAINT GERMAIN DES PRES, and THE EXTENDABLES starring Mark Dacascos, Kevin Sorbo, and Martin Kove. Michelle also executive produced feature films GOOD GUYS FINISH LAST, SCREAMERS, TRAUMA THERAPY, and ASK ME TO DANCE.

Michelle has been a regular attendee of the major film festivals and markets since 2002, including the Cannes Film Festival, AFM, MIP, Berlin, and Sundance. She has been a judge for film festivals as well as a noted guest speaker and panelist and has worked in distribution, production development, and acquisitions for established film sales distributors. 

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Q: What is the format of a lab?
A: Stage 32 Next Level Classes are typically 90-minute broadcasts that take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32.

Q: Do I have to be located in a specific location?
A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class.

Q: What are the system requirements?
A: You will need to meet the following system requirements in order to run the webinar software: Windows 7 or later Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later.
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Q: What if I cannot attend the live lab class?
A: If you attend a live online class, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class. If you cannot attend a live class, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A. Plus, your instructor will be available via email throughout the lab.

Q: Will I have access to the lab afterward to rewatch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of the lab, you will have on-demand access to the video recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like!

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If you have a generic question about Stage 32 education you can take a look at our frequently asked questions section on our help page, or feel free to contact support with any other inquiries you might have.
 

Reviews Average Rating: 5 out of 5

  • This class was exactly what I needed. Michelle shows you the tools that you can use for a successful film package. In this class she introduces different websites for cast attachments, building a website, hiring someone at a low cost. She is detailed and answers questions through out the class. Thank you Michelle for a wonderful class !!

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