Developing a True Story Into a Film

(Acquiring / Developing / Writing / Producing / Distributing)
Hosted by Jim Young

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Jim Young

Webinar hosted by: Jim Young

Owner/Producer at Animus Films

Producer Jim Young's first production was the award-winning documentary Year of the Bull, which premiered on Showtime. He next produced the thriller, Homecoming, directed by Morgan J. Freeman and starring Mischa Barton, Jessica Stroup, and Matt Long. Paramount Pictures released the film. Young then produced the dark comedy, Don McKay, starring Academy Award-nominees Thomas Haden Church and Elisabeth Shue, and Academy Award-winning Melissa Leo. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was released theatrically by Image Entertainment. Young's next film, The Words, starring Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, and Zoe Saldana was the Closing Night Film at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. CBS Films released the film last fall. Lovelace, starring an all-star cast including Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone, Juno Temple, Hank Azaria, and James Franco, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Academy Award-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman directed the drama. The film was acquired by The Weinstein Company/Radius and was released this past August. Young most recently produced the film, Life of a King, which starred Cuba Gooding, Jr., Dennis Haysbert, and LisaGay Hamilton. The drama is based on the true story of Eugene Brown, founder of the Big Chair Chess House in Washington, DC. The film premiered this past June at the Los Angeles Film Festival and will be released theatrically next January by Millennium Entertainment. Upcoming productions include Cut Throat City, directed by RZA, and The Man Who Knew Infinity, starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons. Young is currently developing many other film and television projects with independent companies including Lynda Obst Productions, Ruby Films, Tollin Productions, Tribeca Productions, Underground Films, and Pressman Films. Young was a fellow in the Film Independent Producer's Lab and received the Alfred P. Sloan Producer's Grant for The Man Who Knew Infinity. Previously, Young was a Creative Executive at actor Bill Paxton's American Entertainment Company. He is a member of the Producer's Guild of America and attended New York University, where he majored in Dramatic Literature. Full Bio »

Learn directly from award winning non-fiction producer of 8 films, Jim Young, President of Animus Films: Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried), The Words (Bradley Cooper), Life of a King (Cuba Gooding Jr.) - Exclusive for Stage 32 members!

With all the recent success for true story dramas including 12 Years a Slave, The Butler, and Dallas Buyer's Club (among many others), it’s an exciting time in the marketplace for non-fiction. If you have found a story that truly inspires you and know it will make a great film, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start to make that happen.

The easy part is finding the right story, the hard part is knowing what to do with it. Whether it’s a book, a newspaper or magazine article, a documentary, or even if it’s a story of someone you’ve met or are related to - If you want to learn how to take the kernel of an idea or acquire existing material and develop it into a feature length film, this is the webinar you need taught by one of the most experienced independent producers on the subject.

Stage 32 Next Level Webinars is thrilled to bring you Developing a True Story Into a Film (Acquiring / Developing / Writing / Producing / Distributing), hosted by award-winning Producer Jim Young of Animus Films (Lovelace, The Words, Life of a King). Jim is a leading independent non-fiction producer, with 8 films under his belt. We are honored he is bringing his knowledge exclusively to the Stage 32 community.

In Developing a True Story Into a Film, Jim will take you through the steps of acquiring the rights to a particular article, book or other printed material about, or the life rights of, a given person (or persons). From there he will cover writing and developing the script, getting buttoned up legally to avoiding pitfalls in the pre-production and production phases, and navigating the process of releasing and distributing the film. He will provide real life case studies using some of his own films as examples to help you gain real world experience and make the process painless.


What You'll Learn:

  • Finding a Story Worth Telling
  • Acquiring Life Rights  
  • Acquiring Book or Article Rights
  • Tips During the Script Development Phase
  • Clearance and Legal Steps - How to Get Buttoned Up Legally
  • Things to Accomplish During the Pre-Production Phase
  • Production Phase Ideas
  • Steps to Accomplish before releasing the Film
  • Critical Elements to Have in Place for Distribution (an essential list to have!)
  • Recorded, in-depth Q&A session with Jim Young

About Your Instructor:

Producer Jim Young's first production was the award-winning documentary Year of the Bull, which premiered on Showtime. He next produced the thriller, Homecoming, directed by Morgan J. Freeman and starring Mischa Barton, Jessica Stroup, and Matt Long. Paramount Pictures released the film. Young then produced the dark comedy, Don McKay, starring Academy Award-nominees Thomas Haden Church and Elisabeth Shue, and Academy Award-winning Melissa Leo. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was released theatrically by Image Entertainment.

Young's next film, The Words, starring Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, and Zoe Saldana was the Closing Night Film at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. CBS Films released the film last fall.

Lovelace, starring an all-star cast including Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone, Juno Temple, Hank Azaria, and James Franco, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Academy Award-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman directed the drama. The film was acquired by The Weinstein Company/Radius and was released this past August.

Young most recently produced the film, Life of a King, which starred Cuba Gooding, Jr., Dennis Haysbert, and LisaGay Hamilton. The drama is based on the true story of Eugene Brown, founder of the Big Chair Chess House in Washington, DC. The film premiered this past June at the Los Angeles Film Festival and will be released theatrically next January by Millennium Entertainment.

Upcoming productions include Cut Throat City, directed by RZA, and The Man Who Knew Infinity, starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons.

Young is currently developing many other film and television projects with independent companies including Lynda Obst Productions, Ruby Films, Tollin Productions, Tribeca Productions, Underground Films, and Pressman Films.

Young was a fellow in the Film Independent Producer's Lab and received the Alfred P. Sloan Producer's Grant for The Man Who Knew Infinity. Previously, Young was a Creative Executive at actor Bill Paxton's American Entertainment Company. He is a member of the Producer's Guild of America and attended New York University, where he majored in Dramatic Literature.


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