Developing Material That Production Companies Want

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Rachel Crouch

Webinar hosted by: Rachel Crouch

Creative Executive at Cold Iron Pictures

Rachel Crouch began her career with a rather unconventional start working a variety of jobs all over Los Angeles. After interning with Miranda Bailey's former company Ambush Entertainment, she landed a job as a producer's assistant at the film financing and production company Cold Iron Pictures. Now as a Creative Executive at Cold Iron, she has worked on such films as the Spirit Award-winning The Diary of a Teenage Girl, this summer's Swiss Army Man starring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano, Time out of Mind starring Richard Gere, and Mike Birbiglia's latest Don't Think Twice, as well as produced a series of short YouTube videos in her "off" time. As a writer, Rachel has had articles published by The Mary Sue, TVGuide.com, EveryGeek.net, and co-founded the geek girl podcast and blog The Babes in the Woods. Full Bio »

Ever have a great concept, but when you sit down to write the script or when you go to pitch it, you have more questions than answers for your story?

It's a common issue and usually comes from a lack of development and - most importantly - a lack of honesty about your story. Often writers impose deadlines and other restrictions on their writing even when they don't need to. Especially with a new idea, it's important to fully flesh out your characters and plot, and then also flesh out the budget before approaching producers and production companies. Many content creators fail to attach production companies to their material because they forget the vital steps that go into developing an idea. 

In Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Rachel Crouch will show you how to develop your idea from a good concept to a strong story that will grab the attention of financiers and production companies. She'll help you break down your story to figure out your project's main audience and lead you through the tropes you'll want to exploit in order to leave that audience satisfied. You'll find out how to determine your story's budget range and see how letting go of those HBO dreams might help you find a better home for your project (and improve your pitch)!

Whether you're just starting out as a writer or have produced multiple projects, this webinar will help you more effectively develop your ideas to make for a better script and a better pitch.


What You'll Learn:

  • Finding material you can elevate
    • Original material Vs Adapted material
    • What makes this project different? Original ideas vs. Same but different (twist on a familiar idea).
    • Understand the difference between a concept and an idea. You may think you know, but you may be wrong!
    • Testing if your idea works best on TV or as a film?
  • Develop and brainstorm your idea to completion
    • The Necessity of an outline
    • How to improve your Character worksheets to create icons.
      • Breakdown your key characters and their ensuing arcs (include seasonal arcs if this is a TV show)
    • Breaking down the Logline for your project.
    • Creating a dynamic synopsis of your story (pilot for TV show)
    • Identifying the best home for your idea
      • For TV – What is the best network for your show? Everyone says HBO and often they’re wrong. You need to discern your want/desire from what is actually be the best fit.
      • For film – Who should produce your movie?
        • Sometimes you don’t get a say in this, but if you do, do your research.
        • What is your likely budget?
        • What other films has the company made? Evaluate more than one! Look at the slate
        • Be honest with yourself.
        • Have comps ready! Others film you can compare to your project.
  • Tips For Successfully Pitching to Production Companies:
    • How to focus the arc of your pitch! It's about the material first. You, second.
    • How to prepare basic questions
    • Where to start your pitch
    • Information you must hit on in your pitch to a production company
    • How to deal with rejection of your project. Leave the door open for the next project

About Your Instructor:

Rachel Crouch began her career with a rather unconventional start working a variety of jobs all over Los Angeles. After interning with Miranda Bailey's former company Ambush Entertainment, she landed a job as a producer's assistant at the film financing and production company Cold Iron Pictures. Now as a Creative Executive at Cold Iron, she has worked on such films as the Spirit Award-winning The Diary of a Teenage Girl, this summer's Swiss Army Man starring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano, Time out of Mind starring Richard Gere, and Mike Birbiglia's latest Don't Think Twice, as well as produced a series of short YouTube videos in her "off" time.

As a writer, Rachel has had articles published by The Mary Sue, TVGuide.com, EveryGeek.net, and co-founded the geek girl podcast and blog The Babes in the Woods.

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Q: What is the format of a webinar?
A: Stage 32 Next Level Webinars 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 webinar.

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Q: What if I cannot attend the live webinar?
A: If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the webinar. If you cannot attend a live webinar and purchase an On-Demand webinar, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A.

Q: Will I have access to the webinar afterward to rewatch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of a live or On-Demand webinar, you will have on-demand access to the audio recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like for a whole year!


Testimonials:

"I appreciate Rachel's openness and willingness to share her knowledge and experience with us." - Susan S.

"Very practical advice that I can apply right away." - Brien G.

"I thought it was very professional and informative." - Chris R.

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