Gee whiz it really feels like we’re in the home stretch now that Thanksgiving has passed, don’t you think??
Are you deep into your planning yet for 2018? I don’t know about you but at the rate things changed for me this year my planning strategy for 2018 is going to be one quarter at a time. For example, at the moment I’m locking in everything I can get into production in Q1 and what will be queued up for Q2. What that means practically speaking is finalizing financing for the projects that are a ‘go’ in those first three months of the year. Also doubling down on outreach right now and setting up face to face sales and pitch meetings right up till Christmas….yes, it’s going to be a busy month ahead but I really believe ramping up in these last few months of the year makes all the difference for starting off any new year with a bang (it worked well for me this year – I was in production in something by February due to my efforts from Nov and Dec of last year).
I’d love to hear your thoughts on planning for 2018….what do you have in store and what are you doing right now to line things up?
Let’s discuss in the comments below….
Speaking of a productive start to the year, I should remind you that our annual Black Friday/Cyber Monday promotion ends in just 48 hours.
If you want to lock in membership to the FS private community in one up front payment of $199 (plus get a bonus of 4 months), then this is your last chance to do that. This works out to more than 50% the current monthly rate so we have many current members ‘upgrading’ to the yearly option and people who have been on the fence for a while, taking the leap.
To let you know what I have in store for our FS members for 2018….
I’ll be back to hosting monthly training webinars which are uploaded as ‘on-demand’ to the website that you can access at your convenience and which will give you an inside look at what I’m working on plus case studies of what’s working for clients from film, to TV, to web series. Plus as always, the real ‘gold’ is our private forums where you get to benefit from what everyone else is working on and learning, and the collective wisdom of a group of dedicated and serious professionals.
>>> Other things to consider from the Black Friday/Cyber Monday promotion…..
• If you are going to be putting together financing for one or more features in 2018, check out my Film Financing Essentials course for just $199 (save $200). Students raved about this course for laying out the basics of how film financing works and the components you want to be looking at. Sold choice for beginners.
• If you are already moving ahead with raising equity financing and need a Business Plan to present to investors, then I suggest the Finance & Business Plan Accelerator course for just $199 (save $200) which walks you step by step through the process and provides templates to follow so you can create your own Business Plan quickly
• If you are in the earlier stages of development and need help putting together the elements of a project that will attract financing, from packaging talent to seeking out partners, then you should check out The Film Launchpad for $249 (save $150) which has been responsible for many of our students creating finance ready packages this year that they can take to market and raise financing
Once you join our on-demand courses, you can access them at your convenience and I’m available to support you and answer any questions you have in our private classroom forums.
If you have any questions at all about the membership or any of our courses, please let us know. Since all of this is classified as professional development and memberships, you may be able to write it off your taxes (speak to your accountant! :)
In any case, and to circle back to the beginning of this email, I’m really looking forward to the wild ride that 2018 promises to be. Personally speaking, I have one feature going into production in April, plus a handful of digital series greenlit, and a deep slate of TV that is being pitched and set up right now (both internally and with clients). I look forward to sharing it all with you and our community, and helping you along the way too as much as I can.
And with that, I’ll wrap things up for today. I hope you have a fabulous day ahead and I’ll speak to you again soon….