Sara Elizabeth Timmins established Life Out Lout Films to create quality, inspiring impact films that champion women. Her films have been seen theatrically as well as HBO, Hallmark Channel, Starz, Showtime and internationally. She has worked with talented actors like Jane Seymour, Ellen Burstyn, Chris Cooper, Josh Lucas and Mackenzie Foy and writers like NY Times Best Selling Author David Baldacci. Most recently, she produced McMillions, an HBO docu series for Mark Wahlberg’s company which premiered at Sundance 2020 and is in development on several feature films and series. She also works as a consultant for both films and filmmakers and has produced national campaigns for companies like Meyer Natural Foods & Laura's Lean. She believes she has a responsibility through film to spark conversations, that spark action, that spark change and remains dedicated to encouraging the work of talented writers and championing female leaders behind the camera while providing strong female roles on camera. She is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, SAG and both DGA & PGA eligible and was a Qualified Independent Producer for NBCUniversal/IFTA. Full Bio »
Low budget filmmaking is all the rage these days. But unfortunately, many people equate low budget with low quality. And if we're being honest, that's because most producers and filmmakers don't understand how and where to spend their money to stretch their dollar and make sure the quality is up there on the screen. In short, you don't have to compromise on your vision if you have a smaller budget to work with. Even though you may not be playing with studio level money, you still have the ability to make a high quality film without skimping on spending for what matters. If you are clever in your planning, approach and execution of minimizing costs your will walk away with a movie you will be proud of and that will play much larger than the budget. And this will allow you to stand out in every way, from festival submissions to attracting sales agents, distributors and more.
Thinking smart about your indie film must begin at the script stage. There are many tips and tricks successful producers and filmmakers use to ensure that a project will not run amok financially once you start developing and shooting it. You must think outside of the box to be able to find cost-effective ways to assure you get everything you need to make your production go smoothly and on schedule while keeping you in line on your budget. Once you master a few tips and tricks of the trade, you'll assuredly have money left over to spend on what really counts and make your film look and sound like you had money to burn. So, how can you evaluate your script, avoid the common pitfalls, and assure that you avoid the myriad issues that can stall a production or push it over budget? We have the answers.
Sara Elizabeth Timmins was a field producer on the hit HBO series McMillions, which was produced by Mark Wahlberg and premiered at Sundance 2020. Her films have been seen in theaters, the Hallmark Channel, Starz, Showtime and internationally. She has worked with talented actors like Jane Seymour, Ellen Burstyn, Chris Cooper, Josh Lucas and Mackenzie Foy and writers like NY Times Best Selling Author David Baldacci. Throughout her career she has learned how to attach award-winning talent and turn a profit on every single one of her films.
Sara Elizabeth will teach you the 3 key elements you must not skimp on in order to get your film to come out looking the best possible way. She'll share how she's been able to secure and manage professional talent and crew on a low budget. She'll take you step by step with great examples of where you can minimize costs in the script and development phase, as well as once you're in production. She'll even share things to think about when it comes to transportation, lodging, craft services, locations and more. She'll also give you 9 common production dangers that can sabotage your budget - you'll want to know each one of these before you even say "action!" This is information you'll want to come back to time and time again and can help you for every single production regardless of your working budget.
"What clever information Sara Elizabeth. Thank you a million for your insights into your process producing. You gave me so many things to think about that I never would have considered. I'm excited to put this into practice on the film I'm doing next year!"
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- Timothy K.
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**Only 15 spots available - 10 spots remain** Payment Plans Available - contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details Are you feeling stuck trying to create your film investor decks? How long should it be? What should be included? How do I lay it out? What are some design tricks? Where do I find images and comps? It's crucial to help you raise money for a project but can be very confusing. It can be SO hard to find good examples because they contain proprietary info! But, in a private one-on-one class your Stage 32 Educator Sara Elizabeth Timmins is going to take you "behind the scenes" for a SNEAK PEEK at decks that have attracted over $15M in film funding! You will gain insight so you can craft your own with knowledge, understanding, and confidence. Sara Elizabeth Timmins most recently helped produce the Emmy nominated HBO hit MCMILLIONS for Mark Wahlberg’s company and has worked with actors like Jane Seymour, Ellen Burstyn, Chris Cooper, Josh Lucas and Mackenzie Foy. Her films have been seen in theaters, HBO, The Hallmark Channel, Starz, Showtime and internationally. Your film investor deck is your number one marketing material/door opener for your film. Nailing it is key to getting the meeting or getting your script read. In this lab, we are going to look at several different decks that have been used with great success and explore what to include and the secrets to decks that convert. You will also get a chance to submit your deck for critique so you can learn real time and see the difference changes can make and be able to put what you learn into practice. You will get to see examples, which will make all the difference in understanding where to start and what you need – giving you the confidence you are on the right track. Join us for an inside peek so you can craft your own film investor pitch deck with knowledge, understanding and confidence!
Learn directly from Sara Elizabeth Timmins, who was on the producing team of HBO's McMillions with Mark Wahlberg Do you ever feel worried that you don’t have the experience or credits to close on financing with an investor for your projects? Do you stop yourself from reaching out to dream partners because you don’t think they would want to work with you? The truth is Hollywood is filled with people who started without contacts or credits but managed to sell themselves and their projects as worthwhile, and you can too. The key to hooking an investor and making them comfortable working with you is establishing trust and credibility in a meeting or pitch. In this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, producer Sara Elizabeth Timmins will show you how she uses her ability to exude confidence and establish strong relationships to attract millions of dollars from investors to make her projects go. You will learn how to build credibility in meetings, you will learn the seven things you can do to stand out and impress investors, and be given proven tips and tricks to gain trust, even if this is your first film. Sara Elizabeth will also give you her favorite hack to establish clout and confidence and show you the value of being honest without losing investors. Sara Elizabeth is a top producer and founder of Live Out Loud Films, where she creates quality, inspiring films that champion women. Her films have been seen theatrically, internationally, and on HBO, Hallmark Channel, Starz, and Showtime. She has worked with talented actors, including Academy Award winners Ellen Burstyn and Chris Cooper, Jane Seymour, Josh Lucas, and Mackenzie Foy, among others. She recently produced MCMILLIONS, an HBO docu-series, for Mark Wahlberg’s company which premiered at Sundance in 2020 and is currently in development on several feature films and series. By the end of this webinar, you’ll have the know-how to establish an environment that makes your investor feel like your project is the one they can’t pass up. From mindset to preparation to knowing what to say and how to behave, you will have proven techniques to gain investors trust and attention to set your films up for success.
Payment plans available - contact email@example.com for details Limited Class Size - Reserve Your Spot Now Learn how to access financing from a producer who's raised over $15 million for projects, and receive exclusive materials, including a workbook for Finding Your First 100 Investor Leads There has never been more money available to make your film or series. But how do you get your hands on it? You have to know where to take your project and how to pitch it to them. In this exclusive, four-part class, you'll see everything you need to find, pitch, and secure quality investments from someone who has raised over $15 million in financing for their own projects. This interactive course guarantees you walk away with crucial materials in hand and how to use them. You'll also see numerous examples, including pitch decks, one-sheets, operation agreements, investor flow charts, and more. Your host, Sara Elizabeth Timmins, is giving you a behind-the-scenes look at strategies she's used as the creative director and producer at LIFE OUT LOUD FILMS while also helping you create a game plan that specifically fits your needs and providing feedback to your and your classmates. Founded in 2008, Sara and Life Out Loud Films work to create quality, inspiring, impact films that champion women. You've seen her work on HBO, The Hallmark Channel, Starz, Showtime, internationally, and in theaters. Each of her projects has featured award-winning talent and international distribution. She field produced the Emmy-nominated docuseries MCMILLIONS for Mark Wahlberg's company, which premiered at Sundance in 2020, and she is developing several feature films and series. Sara is also the founder of NO FILM SCHOOL. NO TRUST FUND. NO PROBLEM, a community that works to educate, inspire, and motivate indie filmmakers while producing national campaigns. By the end of your four sessions, you'll know how to find investors, how to nail your pitch and how to close on your money raise. This is a fantastic opportunity to see how you can secure the financing you need and launch your next project today. Praise for Sara Elizabeth's Previous Stage 32 Courses "Finding leads for support for a project is one of the most intimidating and overwhelming parts of filmmaking. I was skeptical about Sara Elizabeth's affirmation that everyone could find 100 leads based on their existing network. About 20 minutes into her webinar I found myself "eating my words". I'm thrilled to say that I was absolutely able to not just find my 100, but also have a plan for how to approach and talk to people about my film project." -- Day A.
The COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine have changed the film and television industry profoundly. Like it or not, we’re thinking about movies differently now, we’re making them differently, we’re selling them differently, and we’re watching them differently. Studios, buyers, and producers are keenly aware of this shift and are applying this to how they are choosing their next projects. As a writer, understanding how the industry is changing and what people are now looking for can make all the difference in being able to take the next steps in your career. With so many new obstacles and challenges now involved in making a film, producers have to weigh a lot more factors when choosing their next projects, including which movies will be safest to put together. Small details in scripts—scenes or moments that might have been no big deal to include as recently as a year ago—might now be all it takes for a producer or financier to reject. So how does production during COVID look like and how can you make your script work and come across as more attractive within these constraints? Let’s take a closer look. Multi Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and author Shane Stanley has worked in almost every capacity on and off the set with hit shows like ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and SEINFELD and producing films like Sony Pictures’ GRIDIRON GANG a #1 box office hit starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. For three years, Shane was Vice President of Sheen/Michaels Entertainment where he produced several motion pictures starring Marlon Brando, Mira Sorvino, Thomas Hayden Church, Donald Sutherland, Marisa Tomei, Sean Penn, John Travolta, and Charlie and Martin Sheen. Shane continues to produce and direct independent films of all levels, including the action thriller BREAK EVEN and action comedy DOUBLE THREAT, currently in production. Shane recently released his book What You Don’t Learn In Film School, which covers filmmaking from concept to delivery and has already landed on required reading lists at several universities across the country. Shane continues to produce films during COVID and is well versed on what it takes to put a film together in this unique time. Shane will dive deep into how producers are operating in the time of COVID-19 and how you can make your script “COVID-friendly” and more attractive for producers to work on. He will begin by outlining how production has changed since COVID, including the biggest new hurdles, new guild requirements, and what’s keeping talent from signing on. He’ll explain what’s making movies more expensive to produce and what locations are now ideal or no longer easy to shoot in. He will next delve into what a COVID-friendly script looks like to a producer. He’ll talk about what kind of stories producers and buyers are seeking out, what red flags in your script will keep producers from signing on and how many characters are too many now. He will also discuss locations as well as the genres and themes that buyers are now gravitating towards. Shane will then discuss how to adjust your script to fit this new era, including deciding whether it’s worth adjusting or saving until things are safer and how to find compromise and middle ground when making changes. Finally, Shane will give you tips on how to get a producer on board during this time. This is a tricky time for everyone, but Shane will give you the lowdown to be smarter and more strategic in finding opportunities and success.
It's an undeniable fact, there is no hotter market right now than television. Over the last year, over 600 shows were broadcast on TV networks, basic cable, premium cable, and the streaming platforms. And this isn't even counting limited series, docu-series and other short form content. And with new platforms like Disney+, Apple, Facebook TV and others diving into original content, there is no peak in sight or end to this gold rush on the horizon. If anything, we may just be getting started. In fact, most streaming platforms like Netflix have made a pledge to have their entire libraries consist of over 50% original content in just a few years. Think about that! So how can you take advantage of this incredible buying and producing spree, get in a writers room, work your way up to an executive producing/showrunning position and run your own show? We're glad you asked. David Weddle has been at the television game for over 20 years. Over a prolific and well documented career, David has worked on some of the most highly acclaimed and longest running shows of all time including Battlestar Galactica, CSI, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Guillermo del Toro's award winning and ground-breaking series, The Strain. David has worked side-by-side with some of the top showrunners in the business including Cartlon Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel, Jack Ryan). Currently, David is a co-executive producer/showrunner and writer for the Apple TV hit For All Mankind. In this exclusive special event Stage 32 Masters of Craft Webinar, David will take you to what it takes to build a career from writer to showrunner. He will explain the entire landscape and give you a full understanding of who does what and why. He will explain how to get into a writer's room and what to do (and not to do) once you get in. He will show you how to play the political game, climb the ladder, and earn respect. He will teach you how to think and work like an EP until you become one. As if that wasn't enough, David will then take you through the world of showrunning. He will explain how writer's rooms are staffed. How seasons are laid out, how arcs are created and how episodes are broken down. He will explain budgets and scheduling, using real world examples from The Strain, Battlestar Galactica and CSI. He will talk hiring directors, getting your cast and making sure your show runs like a Swiss watch. And he will take you through the days and nights of being an EP and showrunner, so you know exactly what to expect and how to navigate the playing field. Joining David to moderate this exclusive Stage 32 Masters of Craft webinar is our very own CEO, Richard Botto, a writer and producer himself with a television pilot in development. The world of breaking in and staying in television doesn't need to be complicated. David will show you the tricks, tips and, most importantly, the facts you need to shorten your path to success. "I was in a writer's room for 9 weeks and then our show got cancelled. I learned more today than I did being in that room for those 9 weeks." Anthony P.
Becoming a working film and TV composer is a very competitive industry and it takes talent, persistence and patience in order to break in and work consistently. Here's your opportunity to learn the craft AND how to navigate the business from an Oscar nominated, multiple Grammy winning composer, exclusively on Stage 32. For over 30 years, Spike Lee's go to composer to score and provide the perfect music for his films has been Terrence Blanchard. From Jungle Fever to 25th Hour to Inside Man to the Oscar Nominated score for BlacKkKlansman, Terrence has created numerous memorable and essential scores. Further, Terrence has been the lead composer and provided exquisite music for more than 50 films working with some of the industry's top producers and directors including George Lucas and many more. Starting with his remarkable 5-step process to composing music for film to his ground-breaking "If I Could Tell You I Would Technique to helping you overcome fear and to teaching you what he's learned about navigating the business and building a long lasting career, Terence will have you full of confidence and ready to compose and present your best work. Further, Terence will show you in depth how he composed his Oscar nominated BlacKkKlansman and Harriet scores and take you behind the scenes in his studio to show you his set up and equipment. In short, you'll be learning at the feet of a master technician. What better way to get a leg up?! This Masters of Craft Webinar is exclusive to Stage 32 and is available to be viewed immediately.