BSI Films Edits, Polishes and Submits Scripts (Feature Films, Series and Content) To Major Studios, Streaming (Netflix, Hulu, etc.) Cable, and Broadcast Stations.
Now That Your Script Is Written
The Next Most Important Step Is To:
Submit and/or pitch your project to 3rd parties for funding and/or to Major Studios, Streaming (Netflix, Hulu, etc.) Cable, and Broadcast Stations.
Prior to submitting or pitching your project, the following steps must be completed first:
1. Have your script polished by a credited writer.
2. Create a Producers Package - this is a document that highlights want your project is about, a top sheet budget that provides an overview of what it will cost to produce it and an executive overview of key elements specific to its production.
3. Have an executive producer with experience and ability to submit your script / package to industry executives.
Our Script Polish
BSI Films is led by our Executive Producer Susan B. Flanagan
Emmy® Award Winning Writer, Award Winning Producer and Show-runner
a. For feature film scripts our rates start at $895.00 and up
b. For scripted series rates start at $695.00
Why is a Script Polish needed:
This service is primarily for scripts needing an evaluation, analysis, edit and comparison of what the writers' vision is… to what has been written.
Our Script Polish also follows the same guidelines and standards investors, major studio and industry executive clients requires Susan to adhere to when asked to Polish a script prior to executives reviewing or approving funding or sending a script to series.
All scripts are evaluated, analyzed and edited to meet both the vision of the writer, business or programming needs of the party it's being submitted to.
Why a Producers Package is needed
When submitting or pitching your script, investors and/or industry executives will want to see more than your script.
Rate for our Producers Package / $695.00
Not included in Producers Package
• Script polish (Not included in package): We provide a 20% discount off our rate for a film or series script polish.
Film Script Polish / $895.00
Series Script Polish / $695
• Our Concept Video is not included with our Producer’s Package, but it is discounted by 20% for independents receiving our Producer’s Package. Included in our Producers’ Package is information investors, studios and broadcast executives can review to determine if your script meets their entertainment and business needs. Rate / $1,850.00
• Executive One-Sheet: An overview regarding the critical strengths of your script, and the entertainment value of its creative and the business advantages that appeal to the individual investor, studio and/or broadcast executive reviewing it.
• Edit Log line and synopsis (if needed.) Log line should not be longer than 2 lines and the synopsis, should not be more than 10 sentences.
• Budget - Top sheet budget / created by line producer familiar with cost for scripts to meet your production needs.
It is critical when pitching your script, to provide a package that includes a visual of your concept/script that captures an investor or executives attention and demonstrates your script meets their investment and programming needs.
Cost of a Concept Video Starts at $1,850.00 U.S.
Payment arrangements are available
Our EP, and Premier Previsualization, Animation and digital supervisor, Slavik I.A has created visuals for many current major box office hits such as: Pirates of the Caribbean, Falling Skies, The Mummy, Tron, Transformers, and more ...
Not included in package
• Script polish (Not included in package): We provide a 20% discount off our rate for a film or series script polish.
• Our Concept Video is not included with our Producer’s Package, but it is discounted by 20% for independents receiving our Producer’s Package.
Your script is attached
Executive One-Sheet: An overview regarding the critical strengths of your project, both the creative and the business advantages that appeal to the individual the project is being submitted to.
Edit Log line: 1 – 2 sentences: If it's longer than 2 lines it may not get read. A short synopsis, 5-8 sentences. Chances are this will not be read, if the log line and synopsis is too long.
Optional: A Concept Video with a run-time of :30 seconds to just under a minute, for today’s industry by far the most effective visual to submit to investors. Based on our working relationship with cable stations, networks and studios (Amazon, Netflix, Lions Gate etc.) most presentations begin with showing a clip of the project.
Budget - Top sheet budget: created by line producer familiar with cost for scripts specific to your production needs. Our company and others tend to have 3 budgets, high, middle and low. Depending on who the project is submitted to, determines which budget they receive.
Support materials that help identify interest in your project. This includes but not limited to book sales, YouTube and social media followers
*If seeking investors or funding for your project and you do not have an agent, talent, director or equity funding attached to your project, securing funding will become an even greater challenge. Scripts that meet the standards set by investors will be considered for including in film slates our executives submit to investment groups.
Scripts that meet the guidelines and standards set by *investors, studios and broadcast stations, will be considered for submitting to investors, studios and broadcast stations.
Q&A interview with North America and International Investors and Buyers
Some of you may have already read this information. I posted it again because for those who have not read it, may find it helpful ... contact us / click here.
My name is Elyse, I'm a producer with (BSI Media & Film Productions)
For this post ... I had a candid conversation with investors from the U.S. and Syd Shaffer from Europe.
Mr. Shaffer and his team have helped raise funds for some of the world’s top grossing films, including several major projects that our executive producers – Slavik I.A. and Susan B. Flanagan have helped develop and produce. He agreed to answer a few questions I had about funding independent projects. His comments are below.
*Warning … Syd has a colorful way of talking.
Elyse: What chance does an independent really have of getting a film funded?
Syd: They have the same chance as anyone else in this room, if their plan has the right people presenting it and they play by the rules.
Elyse: So, who are the “right people” and what are the rules?
Syd: The right people are those who have a f**king clue about how this process works.
No one in this room has ever given millions to someone they never heard of, never met, who has no credits and only a script to show us. If you got a team that has experience, credits from major studios and has contacts or access to people that do … you can play. But if all you got is a script, your chances of getting funding from anyone in here is none and never.
As for the rules, they’re very simple. Have a team that knows both the business side of this industry and the creative. If talking to someone in this room, they want to know the genre, who’s in it, how much is needed, what financial instruments do you have in place to protect their investment, distribution and how much profit will I make .... and that has to be done in less time than it takes for them to sip out of the glass their holding.
Keep in mind, they are not going to read your script or listen to how its going to be produced, because they don’t know a damn thing about producing a film. I along with everyone in this room haven’t read a script in years. If I want to know about your script or what it takes to produce it, I’ll hire Susan or someone like her to tell me what the hell is going on. I want answers to those questions listed above. If your answers meets my client's need than the conversation will continue.
Let me ask you a question. I know most of your executives; I also know they don't have time to read scripts, I bet they have you do it?
Elyse: OK... yes they have me read them. We're the first step. We determine if it meets basic standards set by industry executives. If it gets by us, Susan and her editor will perform an evaluation and edit if needed ... but you know that. Question: If independents don’t know the right people or have a team what can they do?
Syd: If you don’t have a team or the right people or know how to put a team together, consider signing on with someone that has a team in place.
There are professional writers, producers and even production companies you may be able to retain to assist you. News flash … they’re not going to do this sh*t for free. But whatever you do, don’t retain just anybody to help you. There are a lot of good people in this industry that can do what they say, unfortunately there are also a lot that can’t do a damn thing. Look at their credits (IMDB) this is a good place to start.
If independents want to compete, then they need to find a way to get someone on their team that at least has credits, has contacts or at least runs in the same circles as other players. I recognize putting a team together has it challenges, the biggest one is getting the right people to help you. But I know for a fact it can be done, because we fund some of those projects!
Also, putting a team together is easier than trying to secure help from accredited production companies or getting an agent … in my opinion. These people are about making money and will not talk to you. They have their own projects they're trying to get funding for. Just like major studios most production companies do not fund or invest in feature films. Just like the studios, they get funding by approaching investment firms, hedge funds, financial institutions etc. But they can give it a try ... it might happen.
Elyse: What if an independent does not have a team, does not want to retain someone to help them, or follow your rules? What other options can they pursue for finding an investor?
Syd: Really? Is this a serious question?
So, you’re going to ask me for millions but don’t want to follow my rules. So why the f**k should I give you my client’s money? Listen, years ago you could have gone direct to the studios or networks and someone would have looked at your project. Fast forward to today, you can’t even get past the receptionist.
The reason being, there’s a shit load of money being paid out even for low budget movies, not to mention big budgeted films, even scripted series have budgets in the millions … per episode! So following the rules and process is mandatory. Keep in mind... no longer is a script the only or most important step in the process. All the steps are important. So, if they don’t want to follow the rules, what is it that they want me to do?
This is big business! You can’t even rob a bank and get the money people are asking for to make a movie these days. High risk and high rewards are out there for those who want to play. If an independent wants to go up against insiders for funding their films or getting a script sent to series, it ain’t gonna be easy and that’s even if they have some serious people helping them! But if you don’t follow the process, chances are the challenges will be even greater ... especially if the people you're competing against are following the rules.
But I say go for it. Find a way to do it on your own. Everyone I know on the creative side has had a project passed on at some point, some more than others and ... I’m talking big name stars in this industry. But I know independents that have still found a way to make it happen. With all the new options for producing and distributing content that’s available, independents have options ... with or without help from anyone!
Elyse: How can independents contact people like you, and do most investors think like you?
Syd: You’re funny. What did I just tell you, if you play by the rules you can find anyone in this room. If you don’t, you won’t.
As for do most investors think like me. Hell no! But those that don’t, tend to lose a lot of money. Nearly everyone in here makes decisions based on a variety of factors that are specific to what they’re looking for. So, I have no f**king clue what everyone else thinks, but I do know, if you show up here holding only a script … drink quickly, because security will be escorting you out.
Please Note: Although Syd and other investors in his group, contact Susan, for their development and production needs, they do not want to be emailed or contacted by phone.