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THE FILM LAUNCHPAD

An online program to help filmmakers navigate that murky area between script and getting into production...those pesky but (unfortunately) necessary bits, like talent packaging and finan

Want to make your movie but aren’t sure where to start?  Fear not, with a solid framework, a ton of guidance and some elbow grease, it’s all within reach.  Sound good?  Read on!

CREATE VIABLE PROJECTS

BUILD BETTER FINANCING MODELS + TEAMS

PACKAGE EFFECTIVELY

WHY?

TO SECURE FINANCING

AND GET INTO PRODUCTION

HOW IT WORKS

This program is designed to not only help you connect the dots to go from script to production but to take you through each step of implementing and executing building your project into a market-ready asset.

ONLINE TRAINING: Step-by-step training and guidance to help you transform from script to packaged, finance-ready asset

ACTION STEPS to keep you implementing and moving your projects forward, lesson-by-lesson and day-by-day

GROUP COACHING: Personalized guidance strategizing and moving your projects forward via our interactive forum and private Facebook group

The Film Launchpad is entirely online and on-demand.  You will have access to all of the program materials upon registration. 

Why I created this program...

In the past 3 years I have produced or exec produced 4 feature films with budgets ranging from micro to mid-seven-figures.  I’ve also spent the last ten years consulting with filmmakers one-on-one and helping them get their films packaged, financed and into production.

There is a particular process to creating value in a project, and it starts by working a set of steps that moves a project from the script stage to finance-ready package and finally into production.

I created the Film Launchpad to take a whole group of filmmakers through these steps and to work with them in a group environment to help them hone in our their strategy and offer guidance through their implementation.

THE CURRICULUM

Through in-depth training, consistent action steps, and guidance we’ll focus on the necessary areas for bringing your projects to market.

PART 1: BUILDING YOUR TEAM + OTHER ASSETS

The importance of your production team cannot be overstated.  Investors are not just investing in your project, they are investing in the team you've assembled.  The problem is, oftentimes filmmakers put together teams that actually work against them. We’ll show yo how to build a team that supports your project so it’s working for you, not against you.

  • Finding and approaching potential collaborators
  • The importance of building credibility by leveraging team members’ track records (even if you’re a first timer)
  • The role of the EP
  • How a line producer can help at this stage (hint: it’s more than just budget!)
  • How tax credits fit into this part of the process

PART 2: TALENT PACKAGING + FINANCE & DISTRIBUTION PARTNERS

For all but the smallest of indie films, meaningful talent packaging is crucial. Attaching the right talent for your budget level will help separate your project from the slew of unfunded scripts out there. Let’s face it, a well-packaged project is key to attracting financing and distribution - period. We’ll guide you through the process of attaching talent (even without financing in place) and then approaching financing and distribution partners at the right time, with just enough attachments but not too many (it’s a delicate dance sometimes).

  • Producer-initiated talent packaging and getting in the door
  • Leveraging your and your team’s personal relationships to package talent
  • Gauging talent’s worth to your project
  • Utilizing and working with casting directors
  • Vetting and approaching financiers
  • Vetting and approaching possible distribution partners
  • Getting pre-sales: who qualifies, what’s involved?

PART 3: FILM MARKET PREP

Film markets are also the best place, hands down, to get real marketplace feedback for your projects so you’re not shooting in the dark while also being able to present your projects directly to prospective financiers and distributors. 

  • why film markets matter and how to utilize them
  • The collateral you’ll need to present your project
  • Template for getting in front of financier and buyers at markets
  •  Engaging financiers and buyers
  • How to utilize film markets even if you’re not attending (yes, this can work too)
  • The value of marketplace feedback 
  • Applying marketplace feedback to strengthen your projects
  • Following up after the market 

WHAT ELSE IS INCLUDED IN THE FILM LAUNCHPAD?

  • Action Steps to keep you on track and consistently moving forward
  • Interactive Forums for personalized guidance each step of the way
  • Baked-in Accountability for moving your projects forward and staying on track
  • MP3 Downloads of all training
  • Online Classroom
  • 3 Months of Film Specific Membership complimentary (over $100 value)

THROUGHOUT THE PROGRAM WE'LL GUIDE YOU THROUGH...

  • Identifying and approaching the right collaborators to bring your project to life
  • Implementing your packaging strategy and outreach
  • Formulating your distribution strategy (investors will want to know this)
  • Identifying the right sales agents and potential distributors at an early stage
  • The pre-sales process (if applicable)
  • Creating and implementing your film market strategy
  • Getting feedback and applying intelligence from the marketplace
  • Keeping the momentum going
  • Implementing your financing strategy and outreach

We’ll also help you strategize your projects and give feedback and guidance as you work through the steps of putting your projects together.  

What Participants Say...

"With the amount of information available for indie filmmakers, I find it important to spend time with those resources that focus on the most critical component of any production - getting it funded! Stacey Parks' Film Launchpad series (from Film Specific) does just that.  Through a series of well timed and spaced webinars Stacey helps participants understand and build an investment-grade package to present to investors, sales agents, and distributors in the current, ever-changing market. Her no B.S. approach tells it like it is...what you may have, what you need, and what to realistically expect.  The small investment of time and money on your part will help you package your film to attract the production dollars you need to make it."

-  Joe Orlandino, Filmmaker

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READY TO REGISTER?

REGISTER NOW JUST FOR $399

You'll receive all the modules and lessons upon registration.

+ GET 6 MONTHS OF FILM SPECIFIC MEMBERSHIP COMPLIMENTARY (a $200 value)

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

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Stacey Parks is the founder of FilmSpecific.com. She has over 16 years experience in independent film as a sales agent, producer, and consultant for independent filmmakers. Stacey is also the author of "The Insider's Guide to Independent Film Distribution" (2012 Focal Press), now in its second edition and considered to be an essential handbook for independent filmmakers seeking production and distribution insight for their films.

FAQ

You'll get as much out of the program as you are willing to put into it. You'll get a ton of real-world information including practical market intelligence, and individualized guidance by your instructor via our dedicated program forum, but your success in the program depends on your willingness to do the work that's required and the quality and viability of your projects.

Of course not.  We'll guide you in how to deliberately and consistently move your project forward and we'll provide a lot of guidance along the way but there are no guarantees.  The Film Launchpad will give you with a roadmap but you must do the work of putting your projects together.