Emma Louise Smith has a superb ability to accurately plan, analyze, budget, manage and deliver for organizations and projects alike. Emma trained with Saffery Champness and qualified as an ACCA in International Audit and Accountancy. She gained experience in overseeing financial management of private assets plus commercial forecasting for individual companies her UNHWI employer was directly invested in. Reporting to the Principal in family office environments and presenting in key Board meetings, she has played a central role in drafting business plans and strategizing; Emma has a strong track record in influencing decision makers. She gained business acumen early on in her career (e.g. lead negotiation for l0M GBP contract one-year post qualifying). She possesses a diligent work ethic and attention to detail - IEFTA's external audits (by the UN) have a 700% success rate during her tenure. Lateral thinking with an ability to spot inefficiencies in workflow and processes; Emma has re-designed and implemented change to systems in every professional role held since becoming an ACCA in 2077. Emma has a natural overview perspective and sees patterns readily, she's an excellent problem solver and instinctively knows how and where to make connections - joining dots and streamlining are two of her strong suits. Her calm and logical demeanor make her an excellent team player. She strives to bring the best out in the individuals she works with and enjoys managing people in an environment that allows her to support and encourage growth. Emma is as creative as she is practical and follows her own interests in writing and design - handily these translate well professionally and allow her to add value in marketing concepts and strategy ideas. Emma is also very capable and comfortable with public speaking and presenting, in 2020 she hosted a series of live webinars interviewing guests from sectors of the film industry, she's moderated panels at large global film festivals on the subject of film finance and developed, wrote and co hosted (with BAFTA member Garry Herbert MBE) a film podcast. Full Bio »
Learn how to create an investment proposal for your project that appeals to financiers with Emma Louise Smith, a film producer and who has managed portfolios and film investments for ultra high net worth individuals!
PLUS! You'll receive a FILM INVESTMENT PROPOSAL handout that will help guide you when you’re working on the finance pitch deck for your next project!
Whether you’re looking to make a low budget short film or a big budget feature film, it is critical you have a thorough understanding of how to manage other people’s money when undertaking such a creative endeavor. Regardless of whether you’re raising money from family and friends or institutional investors, you need to present a financial plan for how you will allocate the funds and show the investors a path to how they can make their money back. However, properly understanding the financial layout of films is often the downfall of many creatives. You may conceptualize and present the creative elements of your project with ease, but struggle with the financial and business acumen to present an appealing investment proposal. We’re here to help you be great at both.
In this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, you will learn how to create a professional investment prospectus so that you can confidently pitch to financiers and EP’s to secure funding for your project. Your investment proposal will cover everything from equity investments to gap financing from institutional investors. You will learn how film financing is structured and how you can show evidence of why you’re a trustworthy custodian of someone else’s cash. The key is to understand the ins and outs of the investment opportunity from a financial perspective, not just a creative one.
Teaching you everything you need to know about creating an attractive investment opportunity for your project and putting together your investment proposal is seasoned finance professional Emma Louise Smith. Having managed private equity portfolios for ultra high net worth individuals and producing films herself, Emma has sat on both sides. Emma will show you how you can create a stellar finance deck for your film.
Emma has managed the production fund and budget for the UNHCR funded collaboration with IEFTA since 2018 and she’s credited as Finance Manager on several UNHCR/IEFTA films including BEYOND THE RAGING SEA currently airing on Netflix. Emma’s film work started in 2021 when she was asked to join the feature documentary LATIN FOUR PLUS as Executive Producer and as a Producer on the feature documentary POUR THE WATER. In her consultancy work Emma sources equity or gap financing for films across a budget range of 1M – 20M+ and as a brand strategy director she sources additional revenue or reduces production budgets for studios and broadcasters utilizing branded content and product placement deals.
You’ll walk away from this webinar with the skills you need to create a compelling and robust investment proposal for your project to present to prospective investors and Executive Producers so you can get your project made.
PLUS! You’ll receive a FILM INVESTMENT PROPOSAL handout that will help guide you when you’re working on the finance pitch deck for your next project!
"I'm excited to share what I've learned through my professional career advising investors and reviewing investment proposals. I really enjoy supporting creatives or film production executives with the knowledge I've acquired, as relates to the film industry. I love demystifying these topics! Most importantly, I want to help you guys in gaining a real edge in your next finance pitch, let's help you find that funding!" - Emma Louise Smith
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Learn the proven tools and techniques to nail your audition and book the role from a working actress and producer with a films on HULU and NETFLIX! How many auditions have you gone to knowing your sides and having done the prep work, only to find that, yet again, you’re not getting the part or even a callback? It’s hard enough just to get an audition, and the constant rejection wears on you. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There is a skill set of 10 tools required to book a role that you must develop and use before, during, and after your audition. More importantly, you can master these 10 tools if you put in the time. Guiding you through these skills is Rachel Paulson, a working actor and producer. She's the star of the Hulu film GOOD KISSER, the series @DATING ZOE, the co-host of DRINK RESPONSIBLY WITH RACHEL PAULSON, and the co-host of GAY VS. STRAIGHT BITCHES with ONE TREE HILL alum, Lindsey McKeon. Rachel has worked in the industry for decades, alongside sisters Sarah Paulson (AMERICAN CRIME STORY, OCEAN’S 8) and Liz Paulson (SVP of Casting for FOX), and has successfully applied the 10 tips and tricks she'll be teaching you in this Stage 32 exclusive webinar towards her own work. You’ll learn: The 7 kinds of auditions and how to nail each one How to know your "types" to unlock access to auditions How to use social media and branding to help you before and after your audition Essential camera techniques so you’ll look like a pro How to take the time, find the emotion, and make strong choices in your preparation And more, all so you book that role! After this webinar, you’ll have the tools and confidence to own your preparation and turn every opportunity to audition into a new credit on your resume! Praise For Rachel's Previous Teaching "Working with Rachel opened my eyes on all the things I can do outside of the audition to stand out to casting directors and producers." -- Samuel S. "Rachel gives a comprehensive outlook on the industry and how to build your toolkit to make sure you nail every audition. Very helpful!" -- Jabari R. "Rachel's experience and expertise shines through in her teaching. She's clearly a pro in both acting and producing, and her tips and tricks for booking a role are tangibly helpful for actors at any stage in their careers." -- Kaitlyn B.
Learn how to make your feature film on the types of low budgets and tight schedules that so many distributors demand from a director, producer, and writer who has worked with Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Discovery, and Lifetime If you can make a feature film in 15 days or less you have an enormous edge in today's entertainment industry. The rise and dominance of streaming platforms in the last ten years has resulted in a massive spike in the number of films made, acquired and distributed each year. Streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Disney+, and Apple, just to name a few, have joined Hallmark, Lifetime and NBC as outlets hungry for high quality, lower budget feature films. This has made it much easier for experienced as well as first time filmmakers to get their films a green light to production or distribution so they share their work with mass audiences. The bottom line is that these platforms need content, and filmmakers like yourself need to be ready to give it to them! However, this increase in demand for films hasn’t come without its own set of challenges. In today’s world of streaming, there is an immense amount of pressure on filmmakers to make their films quickly on a lower budget and deliver a final product very shortly after production wraps. Making films quickly and efficiently has become commonplace for many directors and producers and that skill set translates to work. Making your film in a short amount of time is critical if you want your project bought, licensed or distributed by on of these outlets. However, this is no easy task. In this exclusive on-demand Stage 32 Webinar, you will learn the crucial tools to make a top-notch film in just 15 days from veteran director, producer, and writer Stacia Crawford. Stacia has made over a dozen feature films and directed/produced multiple episodes of television, with her work premiering on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Amazon, Lifetime, Discovery, and Hallmark. She has spent countless hours deep in the filmmaking trenches and will provide you with the know-how to prep, shoot, and edit your film under both time and budget constraints. Stacia will share her filmmaking best practices with you to utilize in today’s rapid filmmaking landscape. The biggest hurdle in making your film on a short schedule (oftentimes just 15 days!) is keeping the production quality high and the price point low. In a perfect world, you’ll have many months to complete your film and even have some built in time for reshoots. However, this is rarely the case these days. Knowing how to shoot a high caliber film in a short amount of time (most likely on a small budget) is essential in today’s film marketplace. You will walk away from this webinar with the framework to make a quality film in 15 days or less on a tight budget! PLUS! Stacia will provide you with exclusive handouts to help on your own projects. Downloads include: Mock shooting schedule Example call sheet Checklist of what to look out for in deal memos Praise for Stacia's Work & Talent: “Stacia is so down to earth as an instructor, I learned more in 90 minutes than I did in an entire semester of film school!" - Joseph C. "Clear, concise and to the point. Production is so difficult and Stacia helped me realize I can make a good movie." - Chris H.
Have you ever wanted to create and write your own TV show that you also star in? Well, that's exactly what writer/actor/producer John Lehr did not just once but twice and now Stage 32 has brought John in to show you how it's done. In this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, you’ll learn how you can create your own star-making television show, how to pitch it, and what it’s like to produce a television series that you also write and play the lead in. John Lehr is an actor, writer and comedian who has sold multiple shows he created to major streaming platforms and networks, including QUICK DRAW on Hulu, 10 ITEMS OR LESS on TBS, and JAILBAIT for Crackle. John is also the original Geico Caveman and has hosted several network TV shows. John believes that knowledge is power and that you too can launch your career as a writer, producer and actor by creating and selling your own television show. He’ll show you what pitfalls and roadblocks to avoid while making your project one that buyers love. John isn't alone. FLEABAG’S Phoebe Waller-Bridge and CHEWING GUM’s Michaela Cole both began their careers more focused on acting before creating, writing and starring in shows that became must-watch television. This webinar covers the whole process including what makes a good show premise, how to pitch your show successfully once you're in the room, and how to even get those elusive pitch meetings. If you’ve been waiting for a star-making role, this webinar will show you how to stop waiting and take control of your own career today.
It can be the bane of a filmmaker’s existence, but there’s no denying that financing is a critical step in getting that movie made. After all, not even the greatest script can get produced without the money and resources to back it up. But this is never a straightforward endeavor. Securing the funding for your film is almost without question a fraught, complicated ordeal. It can be enough to drive the most optimistic filmmaker away, but if done smartly and successfully, financing can give you the resources you need to not only see your vision through, but perhaps even to elevate it, to gather opportunities and talent to raise your project’s profile and find further success. Finding and dealing with financing for a film can feel like a Sisyphean task, a hunt for treasure without any map to help. After all, we’re not just talking about finding people with deep pockets who believe in your vision (though that definitely helps); you also need to be well versed in tax structure and incentives, legal codes, equity models, sales projections, crafting a pitch to investors—all things you likely didn’t learn along the way or through the process of writing that script. Yet as overwhelming and insurmountable as it seems, there’s always a way through, and there are strategies and skills you can pick up as a producer or filmmaker to find the money and navigate the politics and nuances of this difficult landscape. Aimee Schoof is the co-founder of Intrinsic Value Films and has produced more than 35 feature films. Of those, nine have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, four at the Tribeca Film Festival, three at SXSW, and one each at LA Film Festival, Toronto, Venice, New York FF, New Directors/New Films, and Berlinale, to name a few. Aimee’s company develops, produces and sells independent films that have been distributed worldwide, have won many awards and been honored with numerous nominations. Accolades include winning a Sloan Sundance Award and a Sundance Special Grand Jury Prize. Aimee’s work has led her to be nominated five times by Film Independent as a producer. She is currently both a Sundance and Film Independent Fellow and has worked in international sales attending all major markets, and regularly lecturing on film finance and production. Aimee’s extensive experience has made her an expert in the art of film financing, and she has developed a slew of skills and lessons learned to more successfully find and manage funding for independent projects, skill and lessons that she’s excited to share with you. Aimee will give you a comprehensive look at how to finance your independent film and the tips and strategies to have in your arsenal to make sure you’re taking advantage of every opportunity available. Aimee will start by discussing how equity models are structured and the benefits that come with starting your own LLC. She will then delve into the legal components of a standard investment deal, including being clear with who owns the rights to the film and how those rights are distributed and paid for. Then, Aimee will go into navigating foreign sales and domestic sales within this quickly changing landscape and how you may be able to find the right sales partner that can give you an advance to make the movie. Aimee will teach you everything you need to know about tax incentives and how best to take advantage of them and earn back what is essentially free money. Next, Aimee will discuss the benefits of crowdfunding and the strategies and tips she has employed in the past to create a successful campaign. She will talk about the rise of the digital streamers and how to target these platforms for possible funding. Aimee will then delve into the art of finding and approaching potential investors, including the research you need to do and how best to pitch them your project. Aimee will even share one of her own pitch decks to illustrate how to craft the perfect pitch deck. She will teach you ways to think outside-the-box and find non-traditional investors or partners that you might not have otherwise encountered. Finally Aimee will teach you strategies to better network, including finding way to get to people you don’t personally know and how to use film festivals and film markets to your advantage. Be prepared to leave this webinar with an expansive and comprehensive view of film funding and the tools you need to get your next project financed. Praise for Aimee’s Webinar: Clear and efficient! -Dirk B. I've watched several webinars on film financing and this has been by far my favorite. Thank you for the practical, straightforward advice, and for presenting the info in a way that is not too overwhelming to take in. -Rose M. Grounded and Practical -Jennifer S. This webinar was jam packed with so many useful and accessible strategies I can start using today. Thank you! -Brian D.
100% Satisfaction Rated Class Learn the steps you need to make a successful documentary hosted by Lisa Vangellow, Executive Producer of DISNEY+'s documentary World War Shoe produced with David Beckham. It's a great time to be a documentary filmmaker. The biggest distributors are hungry for documentary material to fill the pipeline. So what the principles that make a good idea for a documentary into a great finished product? How do successful documentarians create their films from start to finish? What are traps along the way you can avoid? And how do you ultimately get your film watched? In addition to her work with Disney+, Lisa Vangellow is an independent producer and director who has a project with actor James Franco. Lisa was previously Vice President of Development and Production at Arsenal, where she worked on projects including Push, Che: Part 2, and Let Me In. Over the course of three information-packed sessions in this exclusive Stage 32 on-demand class, Lisa will offer her experience from the trenches to help filmmakers master the nuts and bolts of documentary film production and share step by step instruction on how you can produce a commercially viable film from idea to post-production. First, she’ll focus on the selection of subject matter and how to gauge its commercial viability. Lisa will take you through pre-production for a documentary film hitting on areas such as how to create a budget, hire your crew, get financing and explaining why you may want a lawyer to handle the nitty gritty. From there you’ll get an overview of different documentary styles and insight on how to create your story through the use of specific examples. Finally, Lisa will explain how to survive the post-production of your film to bring the entire project together and discuss your options for distribution. You will leave with an overall understanding of the documentary filmmaking process, an idea of what makes a good documentary, and how to execute these lessons in the real world. Even if you have little to no experience or if you have narrative film experience and are looking to try documentaries, Lisa will guide you towards the goal of completing a documentary film. PLUS! YOU WILL RECEIVE THESE DOWNLOADS: Budget Template Notice of Filming Template Documentarian Ethical Truths Guide Film Funds Resources PRAISE FROM LISA'S TEACHINGS: "Lisa is honest, raw with truth and very real with her knowledge. I appreciated how candid she was with the entire documentary filmmaking process. She was so incredibly detailed in each and every section. This was by far a master class on documentary filmmaking. Thank you Stage 32 and Lisa." - Tiffany F.
Welcome to the Stage 32 2023 Global Film & TV Production Summit! Join us for an exclusive virtual summit where top executives from the entertainment industry converge to explore the ever-evolving landscape of global film and television production. Discover insights, trends, and strategies that are shaping the future of entertainment. Join speakers from HBO/MAX, Emmy-nominated hit show THE BEAR (Hulu), Emmy-nominated hit show GENIUS (Disney/NatGeo), Screen Ireland, Catalyst Studios and more! About the Summit Date: October 19, 2023 Time: 9:00am PT - 1:30pm PT Location: Virtual, exclusively through Stage 32 Why Attend? At the Global Film Production Summit 2023, we bring together the brightest minds in the entertainment industry to share their expertise, experiences, and visions for the future. This summit is your opportunity to: Gain Industry Insights: Hear from industry leaders who are at the forefront of global film and television production. Learn about the latest trends, challenges, and innovations shaping the entertainment landscape. Network with Experts: Connect with executives, producers, and creative minds from around the world. Build valuable relationships that could lead to exciting collaborations. Discover New Opportunities: Explore opportunities for investment, co-production, and distribution in the global entertainment market. Stay Informed: Stay updated on the latest technologies and strategies that are transforming the way content is created, distributed, and consumed. Join us at the Global Film Production Summit 2023 to be at the forefront of the entertainment industry's evolution. Don't miss this chance to gain valuable insights, network with industry leaders, and shape the future of global film and television production. We look forward to seeing you there!