Screenwriting For the Marketplace

(How the Statistics Will Help You Sell)
Hosted by Michael Flavin

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Michael Flavin

Webinar hosted by: Michael Flavin

Director of Development at Supergravity Pictures

Mike Flavin is the Director of Development for Supergravity Pictures. A graduate of Columbia College, Chicago, Michael started his career at Spyglass Entertainment (The Sixth Sense) and BenderSpink (American Pie) before taking on his first position as a manager trainee at The Gotham Group (The Maze Runner). From there, Michael transitioned to State Street Pictures (Barbershop Series) where he was involved with Sony/CBS Films' release Faster starring Dwayne Johnson and Billy Bob Thornton, as well Sundance Film Festival entrant The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister & Pete which starred Anthony Mackie and Jennifer Hudson and screened at the White House. While at State Street, Michael also helped shepherd the project Guru, a bio-pic on Del Close, the modern master of improvisational theater, as well as the Untitled Talent Show Project which is set up at Universal Studios with George Tillman, Jr. (Notorious) directing and Duane Adler (Step Up) writing. He went on to become the Director of Development for financier Cider Mill Pictures. Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

Taught by Director of Development at Supergravity Pictures, Mike Flavin, who's worked on films such as Sony/CBS's Faster with Dwayne Johnson and Billy Bob Thornton, and The Enivitable Defeat of Mister & Pete with Jennifer Hudson and Anthony Mackie which was screened at the White House.

Hollywood has found itself looking inward at the plummeting returns from the "Blockbuster Months". Why did a relatively "starless" movie like Guardians of the Galaxy print money, while Tom Cruise's Edge of Tomorrow flopped? Why would seemingly well known Intellectual Property like Peabody and Sherman tank while another brand, Lego, do so well? (besides the world's obvious affinity for Chris Pratt!)

The answer lies in one confirmed fact about the movie industry: you never, ever know what will be a hit and what won't. BUT, in saying that, there is a way in which you can give your project the absolute best chance of success by looking analytically at successful films from the past and implementing these dynamics into your project.

If you've seen the film, Moneyball, you'll remember Jonah Hill's character found a way to statistically determine the best odds for his team's sucess. Our webinar host, Mike Flavin, has been able to analytically and statistically apply a method to do the same for a script or film - and he's found success as a Director of Development by doing just that. Join Mike as he teaches you his methodology to apply components in a script that make it more sellable.

In this webinar, we will break down several successful movies in a number of genres and draw statistical conclusions on what made them so successful. It's the Moneyball-ization of Hollywood; let's play the house against itself!

What You'll Learn

  1. The current marketplace/what studios are buying and why
  2. How to properly analyze a genre and break down its components statistically
  3. Interpreting data from previously successful films and implementing these facets into your own screenplays
  4. Turning “the house” on itself and writing your screenplay for certain financiers, including:
    1. Paramount
    2. Disney
    3. Warner Bros.
    4. Universal
    5. Sony
  5. Why certain movies succeed and why others fail
  6. Common mistakes writers and filmmakers make in trying to appease a buyer and how to avoid them
  7. How to present an idea to a buyer and increasing your likelihood of a sale
  8. Recorded, in-depth Q&A session with Mike!

About Your Instructor

Mike Flavin is the Director of Development for Supergravity Pictures. A graduate of Columbia College, Chicago, Michael started his career at Spyglass Entertainment (The Sixth Sense) and BenderSpink (American Pie) before taking on his first position as a manager trainee at The Gotham Group (The Maze Runner). From there, Michael transitioned to State Street Pictures (Barbershop Series) where he was involved with Sony/CBS Films' release Faster starring Dwayne Johnson and Billy Bob Thornton, as well Sundance Film Festival entrant The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister & Pete which starred Anthony Mackie and Jennifer Hudson and screened at the White House. While at State Street, Michael also helped shepherd the project Guru, a bio-pic on Del Close, the modern master of improvisational theater, as well as the Untitled Talent Show Project which is set up at Universal Studios with George Tillman, Jr. (Notorious) directing and Duane Adler (Step Up) writing. He went on to become the Director of Development for financier Cider Mill Pictures.

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