Basic Principles of Financing a Film Between $1-$3 Million

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Brad Hibbs Wyman

Webinar hosted by: Brad Hibbs Wyman

Producer, Monster (Charlize Theron), Freeway (Reese Witherspoon), Trees Lounge (Steve Buscemi)

For 30 years as a producer Brad has worked in the acquisition of film properties to develop into motion picture screenplays; attachment of top tier talent to the package into motion pictures; the financing of the films; budgeting and overseeing the film production; marketing and distribution of the film. Rule 1, 2 and 3 of producing motion picture is to GET THE MONEY. Accomplishments: Produced over 40 motion pictures. Multiple festival and award winners at Sundance Film Festival, including Reese Witherspoon for Freeway - Best Actress, and Trees Lounge - Audience award for Steve Buscemi. Multiple Independent Spirit Nominations including Best Picture Monster. Academy Award Win for Charlize Theron Best Actress, Monster. Brad has unique expertise resulting from his career successes in two major industries: film/television production and online finance (crowdfunding). After having a notable career as a producer of over 40 motion pictures, he then converged his talents to the online world by creating one of the first live stream TV stations. When crowdfunding emerged, Brad secured financing of entertainment projects online. As vertical lead of film/tv/video at IndieGoGo, he tripled the contributions for the vertical to a high of 3 million per month. Going on to serve as Chief Crowdfunding Officer at FundAnything, Brad was responsible for back-to-back $1 million+ crowdfunding campaigns on a then brand new, unknown platform. At the time these were the 3rd and 4th highest raises for film in the crowdfunding space. Brad was also instrumental in developing the start-up platform, Fanbacked, which specializes in curated entertainment crowdfunding campaigns. As a result of his roles as film financier, and leader in online media and finance, he has distinctive skills that can work in all aspects of media. These include the mastery of social networking, e-commerce, and film/tv/web production. Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

Over recent years, the independent producing model has shown that films budgeted between $1-$3 Million have become a "sweet spot" for investors. At this budget you can typically attract and secure some star power, one important step toward increasing the odds that your investors will see a return on their investment. But this is just one reason why this budget range is attractive to many investors. There are many more variables at play which will help you raise money for a film or project in this price range. But first, you must understand some tried and true principles that will help you find investors, present your project in the proper fashion and lock them down for an investment. 

Knowing how to raise money intelligently for films and projects with budgets between $1MM-$3MM can be your calling card toward making a life working in independent film. Simply put, those who understand the formula to the strategies and methods that can help your investors see a return get to keep those investors time and time again. And those investors can, and usually do, bring more investors if they're happy. While everyone says that raising financing is the hardest aspect of filmmaking, there are smart ways to find money that you may not have thought of, and there are also ways you can expand your dollars once you start raising funds for your project. In addition, there is a well-known group of professionals and creatives that have been working on films between $1-$3MM for years and it's important that you know who they are, how to approach them and what expectations are once you do. 

Brad Hibbs Wyman has produced over 40 feature films in all budget ranges, including Monster starring Charlize Theron in her Oscar-winning roleFreeway starring Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon and actor Steve Buscemi's directorial debut, Trees Lounge. Brad has learned all aspects of financing and the elements that are needed for a successful raise and he's going to bring his years of knowledge exclusively to the Stage 32 community. 

Brad will teach the basic principles of motion picture financing for under $3 million dollar features which include:

Rule #1 - “GET THE MONEY"

Rule #2 - Always remember to “GET THE MONEY

Rule #3 - Never forget to always remember to “GET THE MONEY"

If that gives you the insight into Brad's fun personality, then you're in for a treat with this webinar. Brad will teach you the common obstacles that get in the way of raising financing. He'll go over all the various types of financing: equity, private equity, pre-sales, GAP, tax incentives, deferred and crowdfunding. In addition, he'll go in depth on guidelines for your financial package and what you'll need for tax incentives, pre-sales, debt and domestic MG. He'll even go over your plan of execution including your investment proposal and what it looks like, completion and guarantor bonds and pitching your project. You will not only know the basics of how to smartly raise up to $3MM, but you'll also walk away with knowing the names of the players and the companies that are in this landscape, giving you an instant advantage to becoming an insider.  And if that doesn't make you feel great enough, Brad’s proceeds from this exclusive Stage 32 webinar will be donated to his favorite arts charity!

 

"Brad was great. I loved his style and how frank he was. Really appreciate his demeanor."

- Robert G.

 

"It was one of the most amazing experiences. The most entertaining and true presenter I have ever come across."

- Ranadeep B.

 

"Awesome experience - great learning opportunity and very well organized. I look forward to more."

- Brien Gorham

 

"Brad brought the goods and the funny. And he removed my initimidation factor when it comes to approaching investors. Great webinar!"

- Alyssa K.

 

What You'll Learn

  • Film Financing Obstacles and How to Avoid Them
  • Step 1 - The "List"
    • A List of Who's Funding $3MM and Under Films
  • Types of Film Financing
  • We will go over each of these specific types of financing and discuss specific examples on how you can incorporate them into your raise.
    • Equity
    • Pre-Sales
      • Sales Agent List
    • GAP
    • Tax Incentives
    • Deferred & Crowdfunding
    • Private Equity
  • How Do You Make Your Project Stand Out To Investors?
    • We will go over specific tools to help you navigate the agencies and your film's package.
    • Agencies (Step by Step Guide)
    • List of the Names of Packaging Agents at Each Agency
    • Team and Experience (Guide to Director, Producer, Talent)
  • Financial Package
  • We will go over a guideline of each of these:
    • Tax Incentives
    • Pre-sales
    • Debt
    • Domestic MG
  • Plan of Execution
    • Your Investment Proposal and What it Looks Like
    • Completion / Guarantor Bonds
    • Pitching
  • Q&A with Brad

About Your Instructor

For 30 years as a producer Brad has worked in the acquisition of film properties to develop into motion picture screenplays; attachment of top tier talent to the package into motion pictures; the financing of the films; budgeting and overseeing the film production; marketing and distribution of the film.

Rule 1, 2 and 3 of producing motion picture is to GET THE MONEY. Accomplishments: Produced over 40 motion pictures. Multiple festival and award winners at Sundance Film Festival, including Reese Witherspoon for Freeway - Best Actress, and Trees Lounge - Audience award for Steve Buscemi. Multiple Independent Spirit Nominations including Best Picture Monster. Academy Award Win for Charlize Theron Best Actress, Monster.

Brad has unique expertise resulting from his career successes in two major industries: film/television production and online finance (crowdfunding). After having a notable career as a producer of over 40 motion pictures, he then converged his talents to the online world by creating one of the first live stream TV stations.

When crowdfunding emerged, Brad secured financing of entertainment projects online. As vertical lead of film/tv/video at IndieGoGo, he tripled the contributions for the vertical to a high of 3 million per month. Going on to serve as Chief Crowdfunding Officer at FundAnything, Brad was responsible for back-to-back $1 million+ crowdfunding campaigns on a then brand new, unknown platform. At the time these were the 3rd and 4th highest raises for film in the crowdfunding space.

Brad was also instrumental in developing the start-up platform, Fanbacked, which specializes in curated entertainment crowdfunding campaigns. As a result of his roles as film financier, and leader in online media and finance, he has distinctive skills that can work in all aspects of media. These include the mastery of social networking, e-commerce, and film/tv/web production.

Testimonials

"Brad was great. I loved his style and how frank he was. Really appreciate his demeanor." - Robert G.

"It was one of the most amazing experiences. The most entertaining and true presenter I have ever come across." - Ranadeep B.

"Awesome experience - great learning opportunity and very well organized. I look forward to more." - Brien Gorham

 

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Reviews Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5

  • Well done Mr. Hibbs ! Your presentation offered a relaxed atmosphere. I found it enjoyable and with ease to take in the wealth of knowledge you shared. Thank You ! worth every penny !!!

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