Michelle Alexandria is an Executive Producer and Head of Distribution for Light Year Pictures. She has over 20 years experience working in sales and distribution and has worked on 25 feature films in the $6MM and under budget range. Through her years of dealmaking and producing, Michelle knows what gets the attention of both financiers and distributors. Before joining Light Year, Michelle was Head of International Sales and Acquisitions for Glasshouse Distribution. She is an invited speaker each year in the Cannes Producers Network and other panels along with other prominent film festivals and markets including MipCom, Berlin, Buenos Aires, UniFrance, Sundance, and AFM. Full Bio »
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Learn how to make your pitch deck attractive to investors and top talent from a producer who has worked on over 25 films!
Your film investor pitch deck, sometimes called your business plan, is the most important tool in your initial stage of obtaining financing for your script.
Your deck provides an overview of your script and provides the first impression of your film so the investor can become familiar with your project and determine if this is an opportunity for them. A pitch deck is also used as an aid to attach an actor or director you are interested in. Your pitch deck allows investors, companies, and talent to become familiar with your before reading your script so your pitch deck must really stand out in order to garner meaningful consideration and interest. Your deck must not only tell the story of your project, why it is attractive to talent, and what the true potential audience may be, but, most importantly, it needs to show a true and realistic path to profitability. And this is where so many decks fail.
Filmmakers tend to make visual heavy look-books without any indication of financials for the project and call it a business plan. Also, novice filmmakers often inflate potential or unrealistic elements of the budget and profitability, causing companies, investors, and producers to see the lack of experience in the filmmaker behind the project. Investors will know if you are overshooting your numbers, whether your film comparables are not realistic, or if you are exaggerating the size of your potential audience. These pitfalls are easily avoidable if you have the knowledge of what companies and investors are really looking for.
A professional business plan is filled with equal parts optimism and reality. Of course, any company or investor dreams of major success, but what truly makes them consider participating in a project is believing in the team, the project, and being presented with a realistic overview of the potential return on their investment.
In this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, seasoned producer and distributor Michelle Alexandria will take you through a step-by-step process to build your successful pitch deck. She will give you examples of successful pitch decks that helped her secure financing to make her movies and equip you with the necessary tools to secure funding for your film.
You will walk away from this webinar with the necessary tools to build your pitch deck for your project to get investors, producers, and cast interested!
PLUS! Michelle will provide you with an exclusive pitch deck template for you to use!
THE PITCH DECK
THE CONTENTS OF YOUR DECK
HOW TO USE YOUR PITCH DECK
Q&A with Michelle
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Your pitch deck is the most important tool in your initial stage of obtaining financing for your script. A pitch deck is also used as an aid to attaching an actor or director you are interested in. As a tool, your deck is the first impression of your film condensed so the investor can become familiar with your project and determine if this is an opportunity for them. To close the deal or at least garner meaningful consideration and interest, your pitch deck has to stand out. It has to not only tell the story of your project, why it should be attractive to talent, and what the true potential audience may be, but, most importantly, it needs to show a true and realistic path to profitability. And this is where so many decks fail. Sure, you want to paint a rosy picture with your investor pitch deck. But here's the thing, most investors who have put money into films before know BS from reality. They will know if you are overshooting your estimates (an extremely common tactic), whether your film comps are ridiculous (they almost always are) and if you're exaggerating who your potential audience will be (nearly always the case). A great investor pitch deck is filled with equal parts optimism and reality. Sure, every investor wants to dream of unbelievable riches and success, but what truly makes them open their wallets is believing in the team, the project, and being presented a realistic worldview as to the potential return on their investment. Michelle Alexandria knows a thing or two about raising money. As a producer and Head of International Sales and Acquisitions for Glasshouse Distribution, Michelle has raised or assisted in raising funds for dozens of films and other projects. She has personally worked on 25 feature films $6MM and under and 3 television projects in various capacities including producing, line producing and executive producing. Michelle has spoken on the topic of raising financing at the Cannes Producers Network and other prominent film festivals and markets including MipCom, Berlin, Buenos Aires, UniFrance, Sundance, and AFM. Michelle will teach you how to create an investor pitch deck that doesn't have that same dusty feeling of so many decks and which fits the current climate of raising funds. She will show you what elements truly matter for an investor and which you can leave out of your deck entirely. She will discuss the value (or lack thereof) of artwork and posters. Additionally, she'll dive into loglines and synopsis to assure that you are giving your potential investors the true vision of the project. She will teach you how to put together a realistic cast list and film comps. She will discuss budgets, scheduling and how to incorporate those elements into your deck. She will talk to you about putting together the right team and how those team members can send the right or wrong signal. Michelle's knowledge is extensive and her advice actionable, and now she's here to deliver the goods exclusively in this Stage 32 on-demand webinar. As an added bonus, Michelle will share examples of pitches decks that have helped secure millions in financing! "Clear, concise, and brilliant." - Mario D. "No BS, straight to the point information. Loved every second." - Patricia H. "I have a deck for my film. It's going in the garbage. I will be starting over tomorrow with this wealth of information flowing in my head. Remarkable job, Michelle!" - Phil M. "Sure, everyone wants Leo or George in their films. Sure, everyone thinks their film is the next My Big Fat Greek Wedding or some other independent blockbuster. Sure, everyone believes that they have THE idea that is going to get them the money. Michelle just gave me the map as to HOW to get the money by being REAL. I can't wait to get started and to bounce ideas off my team. This was so much fun. Thank you!" - Denise P.
An Exclusive Stage 32 Film Financing Webinar Instead of approaching investors with a script and a sales pitch, this Stage 32 exclusive webinar will teach you the tools needed to make an impact so that financiers see your film as an opportunity. You'll be shown how to break this daunting concept of creating a film package into manageable steps, using the resources available to you with minimal expenditures, starting with things you can do for free. You'll learn how to develop your material to what investors need, what elements you must include in your package, what resources to utilize and how to use them, sell your project at festivals and markets, and create sales projections budgets, and more. Guiding you is Michelle Alexandria, a PGA member and producer at Light Year Pictures. Michelle has personally worked on 25 feature films $6MM and under and 3 television projects in various capacities including producing, line producing and executive producing. Michelle has spoken on the topic of raising financing at the Cannes Producers Network and other prominent film festivals and markets including MipCom, Berlin, Buenos Aires, UniFrance, Sundance, and AFM. Her knowledge is extensive and her advice actionable, and now she's here to deliver the goods exclusively on Stage 32. You'll walk away confidently knowing how to build your film package, how to make your project appeal to investors, how to access investors, and, most importantly, you'll know how to do it all without breaking the bank. "Sure, everyone wants Leo or George in their films. Sure, everyone thinks their film is the next My Big Fat Greek Wedding or some other independent blockbuster. Sure, everyone believes that they have THE idea that is going to get them the money. Michelle just gave me the map as to HOW to get the money by being REAL. I can't wait to get started and to bounce ideas off my team. This was so much fun. Thank you!" - Denise P.
A NEW EXCLUSIVE WEBINAR Early Bird Sale - Take 20% Off Learn what it takes to build a pitch deck that lands financing and distribution at the major markets from an executive producer who has successfully produced and sold 25 films with this process. Your pitch deck is the business plan for your creative endeavors and it’s one of the most critical tools for accessing partnerships and financing for your film or television project at AFM, MIPCOM and all the film and television markets. With the American Film Market (AFM) and International Market of Communications (MIPCOM) fast approaching, you’ll need your pitch deck perfected before approaching the countless production, financing, and distribution companies you’ll be meeting at these events. In this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, you’ll learn how to build a pitch deck that will tell the industry players your story, why they should invest in it, and why it has incredible financial potential. Winning over any company and investor requires you to get them to fall in love with your story while showing them a realistic overview of the potential return on their investment. Taking you through this vital information is Light Year Pictures Executive Producer and Head of Distribution, Michelle Alexandria. Michelle has over 20 years of working in sales and distribution, with 25 features produced for $6 million and under. Previously, she was the Head of International Sales and Acquisitions for Glasshouse Distribution. She knows what producers and investors at festivals and markets are looking for, having regularly attended and spoken at festivals around the world, including AFM, MIPCOM, Berlin, Buenos Aires, UniFrance, Sundance, and Cannes. This webinar will show you everything you must include in your pitch deck and how to build it so that the people reading stay engaged with the material and you. Michelle is exclusively sharing with you professional pitch decks that helped her secure financing to make her films and successfully sell them by featuring engaging stories and realistic expectations. Don’t wait to learn from an industry veteran with proven success and build your pitch deck today.
An Exclusive Stage 32 Interactive 4-Part Class The Ultimate Guide to Getting Distribution For Your Indie Feature Film Learn how to navigate the complex world of independent feature film distribution to get your film on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, and more! PLUS! Get an example distribution deal term sheet and distribution delivery schedule to help with your distribution dealmaking! Are you ready to secure distribution and share your independent feature film with the world? There are more opportunities today than ever before for you to get your feature film distributed to the masses. Between Amazon, iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, GooglePlay (and more!) there are dozens of homes for your film in today's marketplace. So how do you choose the right distribution platform for your film, and how do you make sure that you get the best deal? First, it is critical that you start understanding the distribution landscape immediately as you begin your film journey, as it will allow you to make the best decisions in setting your budget, development plan, and scope of your production. Distribution will have major implications for your shoot, so it is crucial that you don’t wait until the film is done to start looking for distribution… you need to start now! The trick to securing the best possible distribution for your film comes down to understanding the distribution process and current global film market. As a filmmaker and producer, you have control over a number of essential aspects in the dissemination of your film, from finding the right distributor for your film (much more on this) to understanding distribution contracts and what you can negotiate to protect yourself and the lifetime rights of your film. In this exclusive Stage 32 Class, Michelle Alexandria - a member of the Producers Guild of America and Distribution Consultant at Lightyear Pictures - will teach you the ins and outs of today's complex distribution landscape to ensure you are in the best position possible to secure a great distribution deal for your film. PLUS! Michelle will provide you with exclusive and helpful handouts to take with you to make sure you are on the right path for your film’s distribution plan. Downloads include: Example Feature Film Distribution Deal Term Sheets Example Feature Film Distribution Delivery Schedule Don't miss this chance to learn how to get distribution, and the best deal, for your movie. Praise for Michelle's Talent & Knowledge: “Michelle's expertise and experience has been invaluable to my work as a filmmaker! I can't recommend working with her enough.” – Stacy L. "As an indie filmmaker who has always had trouble AFTER my film was made, working with Michelle was truly helpful. Thanks, Stage 32." - Nick M.
Learn How To Secure Distribution For Your Film From A Producer Guild of America Member Who Has Worked On Over 25 Films If you’re making a movie, the ultimate goal is getting it distributed. And, in today's current climate there are more distribution options than ever with theatrical, streaming, AVOD and SVOD - it's important that you set yourself up for success so you can get a return on investment for your film.In an exclusive 4-session Stage 32 on-demand class, you will learn how to find distributors and sales companies, where to find them, who in the company to contact and what to say.And, when your offers come pouring in, you'll know what to look for in contracts, what to expect in cash flow and charges, and how to prepare yourself and your project for the big part of the filmmaking process, distribution. To guide you on this journey is a top PGA Producer (Producers Guild of America) who's worked on 25 independent films, Michelle Alexandria. Over the course of four weeks, Michelle will show you how to harness your determination and make a clear plan of action. She will teach you how to take strong steps to create relationships, get distribution, make money, and have fun doing it from anywhere in the world. You will get a clear plan of action and learn how to take strong steps to create relationships, get distribution, make money, and have fun doing it from anywhere in the world... TESTIMONIALS FROM PREVIOUS EDUCATION FROM MICHELLE: "Sure, everyone thinks their film is the next My Big Fat Greek Wedding or some other independent blockbuster. Sure, everyone believes that they have THE idea that is going to get them the money. Michelle just gave me the map as to HOW to get the money by being REAL. I can't wait to get started and to bounce ideas off my team. This was so much fun. Thank you!" - Denise P.
Yes, you can build a complete development package to attract investors with little (or even no) budget. We are going to show you how. "Clear, concise, and brilliant." - Mario D. "I have a deck for my film. It's going in the garbage. I will be starting over tomorrow with this wealth of information flowing in my head. Remarkable job, Michelle!" - Phil M. There is a misconception that you need millions of dollars in order to move forward. This isn't true. If you have access to a computer, internet and passion, YOU can make your project attractive to high-net worth individuals. If you have limited funds, we will show you the best places to spend money to yield results. It may seem daunting to build a package with little or no budget but we are going to break it down, step by step, and explain in detail how to build an enticing package with things you can do for FREE, under $150, under $500 and beyond. Your Stage 32 Educator Michelle Alexandria has over 20 years working in sales and distribution. She has personally worked on 25 feature films with budgets $6MM and under. Michelle knows what gets the attention of both financiers and distributors. In this class she will share what you can do regardless of a small or non existent budget to create an enticing package that gets your project noticed. PLUS! Michelle will share with you: Example One sheets Example Option Agreement Example Setup Materials Example Top Sheet Sales Projections Resource List Example Pitch Deck Resource Lists and more You will walk away from this class knowing how to create a development package, no matter your budget, that gets your project off the ground!