Adapting IP: How Do I Know if My Idea Should Be Written as a Film, TV Series or Podcast?

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Jim Young

Webinar hosted by: Jim Young

Producer at Animus Films

Jim Young of Animus Films is a leading independent non-fiction producer, with almost two dozen films under his belt. Jim has created a successful career producing true-story films such as THE CATCHER WAS A SPY with Paul Rudd, LIFE OF A KING with Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding Jr., THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY with Oscar-nominee Dev Patel, LOVELACE with Oscar-nominee James Franco and Amanda Siefried, and the upcoming film, THE PEOPLE VS. VEGAS DAVE.   Jim has a long history of producing critically acclaimed features and documentaries including YEAR OF THE BULL at Showtime, THE WORDS with Oscar-nominee Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana.   Animus Films productions have released through Showtime, Paramount Pictures, CBS Films, Millennium Entertainment, and Image Entertainment. His films have also premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, and the Toronto Film Festival. Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

Over the past few years, studios, independent production companies, networks and streamers have been turning to stories based on IP (Intellectual Property). Often times screenwriters, filmmakers and producers find great source material based on a book, article, life or public domain and the next part is struggling to figure out how to adapt it. You want to make sure that you are able to tell your story in the best possible way. Could it make a good movie? Or, do you have more elements that could make it extend longer into a full TV show? Or, what about creating a podcast that could sell? Making this crucial decision on how to adapt your story can help accelerate your path toward success. 
 
When embarking on a strategy to figure out how to adapt your IP, it's important to understand the potential and the limitations within the material. This includes considering many variables including the genre, budget, and story beats. Although you may have begun with a specific format in mind, sometimes you may find that your material may inherently lend itself to one format or another. So, how do you truncate a story into a 110 page script? Should you include more characters and write a pilot that can serve multiple seasons? Could you write a podcast to help your characters come to life?  Understanding your audience and where that audience consumes content today might alter your thinking. And, most importantly, you must be paying attention to the marketplace - what's selling, who it sold to, where it will live - so that you don't waste time and navigate the landscape in a productive, more successful manner.
 
Jim Young of Animus Films is a leading independent non-fiction producer, with almost two dozen films under his belt. Jim has created a successful career producing true-story films such as THE CATCHER WAS A SPY with Paul Rudd, LIFE OF A KING with Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding Jr., THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY with Oscar-nominee Dev Patel, LOVELACE with Oscar-nominee James Franco and Amanda Seyfried, and the upcoming film, THE PEOPLE VS. VEGAS DAVE. Jim has a long history of producing critically acclaimed features and documentaries including YEAR OF THE BULL at Showtime, THE WORDS with Oscar-nominee Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana. Almost all of Jim's projects are based off of IP and he has a clear grip on what adapts best to what medium and what the marketplace is currently looking for. 
 
Jim will go over how determine your objective for your project whether you're a director, writer, actor or a hybrid. He'll go over what is important to you in the overall process in order to help you be clear on what you want to get out of adapting your IP into a film, television pilot or podcast - whether it be creative satisfaction, financial gain or proof of concept. He'll go over what the flow of your story is - open ended or single climax, event vs. character driven and visual vs. storytelling. He'll help you determine your writing style to help cater to which format will work best for your project, discussing comparisons between X-FILES, DIE HARD, STAR WARS and STAR TREK. You'll learn how different genres and budgets play into a project based off of IP. And, most helpful, Jim will go over the current marketplace in terms of popularity of projects based on IP, and break down the pros and cons of working in each medium - film, television and podcast. You will have a clear direction on which format will work best for your project. 

 

Praise for Jim's Stage 32 Webinars:

 

"This was my first webinar and I learned so much. I thought Jim was thorough in his descriptions of what each medium has to offer regarding IP"

-Marietta K.

 

"Jim opened up new avenues for our IP that I didn't realize existed. He was a great presenter and shared his own experience with relevant info. It was really motivating."

-Ricki L.

 

"Thoughtful way of exploring options. Using podcasts was inspirational."

-JoAnne E.

 

"Tons of new information. Thanks!"

-Jacqueline L.

What You'll Learn

  • What is Your Objective?
  • How You Can be Clear on Your Story's Journey if Your Profession is:
    • Writer
    • Director
    • Writer/Actor
    • Writer/Director
    • Actor
  • What to Consider if Your Endeavor is:
    • Creative
    • Financial
    • Proof of Concept
  • What's Important to You In the Process?
    • Creative Control/Involvement Moving Forward
    • Ability to Move Quickly
    • Budget
  • What is the Flow of the Story and Your Writing Style?
    • Open-Ended vs. a Single Climax
    • X-FILES versus DIE HARD Comparison
    • Star WARS vs. STAR TREK Comparison
    • Event vs. Character Driven
    • Visual vs. Audio Storytelling
  • What is the Genre?
    • Fiction vs. Non-Fiction
    • Drama vs. Comedy
    • Action and Sci-Fi
    • Sports
    • True Crime/Thriller
  • What is the Budget?
    • Determining the Scope of the Project and Size of the Budget
    • Challenges — Film vs. Television vs. Podcast
  • Overview of The Current Marketplace
    • Popularity Within the Format
    • Doing the Research
    • Genre to Determine Plan
  • Pros and Cons of Each Medium and Path to Production
    • Podcast
    • Television
    • Film
  • Q&A with Jim

About Your Instructor

Jim Young of Animus Films is a leading independent non-fiction producer, with almost two dozen films under his belt. Jim has created a successful career producing true-story films such as THE CATCHER WAS A SPY with Paul Rudd, LIFE OF A KING with Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding Jr., THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY with Oscar-nominee Dev Patel, LOVELACE with Oscar-nominee James Franco and Amanda Siefried, and the upcoming film, THE PEOPLE VS. VEGAS DAVE.
 
Jim has a long history of producing critically acclaimed features and documentaries including YEAR OF THE BULL at Showtime, THE WORDS with Oscar-nominee Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana.
 
Animus Films productions have released through Showtime, Paramount Pictures, CBS Films, Millennium Entertainment, and Image Entertainment. His films have also premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, and the Toronto Film Festival.

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