Navigating The U.K. Film Market

Tips on Getting Your Film Funded and Made
Hosted by Laurie Cook


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Laurie Cook

Webinar hosted by: Laurie Cook

Producer/Head of Development at Bigscope Films

About Your Instructor, Laurie Cook, Producer and Head of Development at Bigscope Films: Laurie Cook worked as an Assistant Director for the BBC and Sky for four years before moving into Development, reading for companies such as Working Title, Qwerty Films and Element Pictures. Combining an experience of on set physical production and spotting talented script writers, he began producing high concept, low budget, commercial films. Laurie is now a Producer and Head Of Development at Bigscope Films in London. Laurie's credits include DON'T HANG UP, PRESSURE, ALIEN OUTPOST, HANGAR 10, CAMERA TRAP, HONOR and THE TRADE. Four of his films have sold theatrically across the world and he is always on the look out for the next talented writer or director. Full Bio »

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Learn directly from Laurie Cook, Producer and Head of Development at Bigscope Films, who's produced 4 feature films that have sold theatrically worldwide!

Lured by generous tax incentives, many of Hollywood's biggest films have shot in London or are planning to head to the U.K. There is over $500,000,000 worth of public money to be spent on films each year in the U.K., and in 2012 there were over 250 films shot in the U.K. and over 600 films released there. It's a wonderful place to get films made, but the competition for finance and distribution is stronger than ever.

What makes the film market different in the U.K than in Hollywood? How do you get your foot in the door as a writer, director, or producer in the U.K. film industry? Once you're in, how do you stand out from the crowd?

In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, host Laurie Cook will guide writers, directors and producers through the independent U.K. film market from an insider's point of view: how to get funding for your script and film, how and why certain projects stand out against the rest, and how to boost your chances of success. This will be your go-to guide to navigating the U.K. film market and getting your film made in the U.K. You will leave with an agenda to make you and your project focused and well presented for maximum impact.

Your host Laurie Cook is a Producer and Head of Development at Bigscope Films, where he produced the films Pressure (starring Matthew Goode & Danny Huston) and Don't Hang Up (starring Gregg Sulkin) releasing this year, as well as Hangar 10 and Outpost, which were released in 2014. He knows the ins and outs of the U.K. film market, what executives are looking for when taking on projects and how to make your mark to get your script and films made.

What You'll Learn

What You Will Learn:

  • Differences between the U.K. Film Industy and Hollywood.
  • Where to get support for your script.
  • Where to get funding for your script.
  • Tips on how to get an agent.
  • How to get your script noticed & remembered.
  • How to make a name for yourself.
  • What I look for in a script I fast track.
  • Tips on attracting cast to your project.
  • Recorded, in-depth Q&A with Laurie!

About Your Instructor

About Your Instructor, Laurie Cook, Producer and Head of Development at Bigscope Films:

Laurie Cook worked as an Assistant Director for the BBC and Sky for four years before moving into Development, reading for companies such as Working Title, Qwerty Films and Element Pictures. Combining an experience of on set physical production and spotting talented script writers, he began producing high concept, low budget, commercial films.

Laurie is now a Producer and Head Of Development at Bigscope Films in London. Laurie's credits include DON'T HANG UP, PRESSURE, ALIEN OUTPOST, HANGAR 10, CAMERA TRAP, HONOR and THE TRADE. Four of his films have sold theatrically across the world and he is always on the look out for the next talented writer or director.


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