Previsualisation & Animation By Our  EP Slavik I.A. 

          Our Process Begins By Taking These Steps Into Consideration ...

 

Investors, Studios and Broadcast Execs Will Want To See More Than Your Script. 

The Most Important Steps To Take First Are ...​

Previsualisation & Animation By Our  EP Slavik I.A. 

 

Included In Your Package

  • Script Polish

  • Top Sheet Polish

  • Support Materials

  • Submitting Your Script To Investors, Studios and Broadcast Stations

To Get started, schedule a call with our Emmy® Award Winning Writer and Award Winning Producer

Susan Flanagan.​​

Step 1. Speak with our Executive Producer about your script, our development of your materials and how we will help you compete on a professional level for funding and/or having your script sent to series.       

Step 2. We begin with a review and polish of your script to ensure what's written matches your vision and writing standards set by investors, studios and industry executives. Developing your package so is simultaneously being created along with support information. To begin work on your project, you will submit your script and materials (if any) along with a 50% retainer. 

Step 3. Once your materials have been developed and reviewed by our executive producers, they will determine the 3rd parties your script can be submitted to based on the investment or programming needs set by *investors, studios (HBO, Amazon, Netflix etc.) and broadcast stations (major networks and cable stations.

 

  • Note: Our company just like major studios and other major production companies, we develop, package and use financial executives to help market slates of scripts to investment groups, hedge funds, banks, and investors.

  • Also, just like major studios and other credited production companies, we do not fund or invest in feature films. We submit to the institutions listed above.

Previsualisation & Animation By Our  EP Slavik I.A. 

 
 

Our rate starts at $995.00 U.S. Dollars​

  • Payment is divided into 3 phases that are based on completion of work.

  • A retainer is required to begin work

Our Producers' Package includes:

  • Script Edit & Polish

  • Top Sheet Budget

  • Submitting Your Script To Studios, Cable and Broadcast Stations

  • *Concept Video is not included with our Producers Package. Client's that order our Producers Package will receive 30% off our Concept Video rate. 

  • 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.

 

BSI Films  is led by our Emmy® Award Winning Writer, Award Winning Producer and Show-runner

Susan B. Flanagan

  • Cost of a Script Polish Starts at $795 and up U.S. dollars 

  • To get started, a 50% retainer is required

To ensure your script meets professional writing standards set by investors and broadcast executives, Susan performs a beginning to end analysis and evaluation of how the script is written and compares it to the concept and vision of how the writer wants to tell the story. 

 

This comparison will ensure it appeals to the audience it's targeted for, meets the creative vision of the writer and appeals to the business and programming needs of investors and broadcast stations its being submitted to.

Does not include submitting to investors, studios and broadcast stations without a package that meets the guidelines and standards approved by our executives 

 

Rates For Independents Only

  • Cost of a Concept Video Starts at $1,850.00 and up U.S. dollars

  • To get started, a 50% retainer is required

Our Executive Producers Susan Flanagan  and Digital Supervisor Slavik I.A.  develop and create  digital content for  major Hollywood studios.

 

Our EP, Slavik I.A. and premier digital supervisor, works includes box office hits such as: Pirates of the Caribbean, Falling Skies, The Mummy, Tron, Transformers, and more.​ He and the staff offer independents the same attention to their projects that we provide our industry clients. 

Previsualisation & Animation By Our  EP Slavik I.A. 

 
  • Script / edited and polished:  Prior to submitting your script to anyone, make sure your script has been polished, to ensure what is written reflects your vision, along with the guidelines and standards set by investors, studios and broadcast executives.

  • 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. 

  • A concept video with a run-time of :30 seconds to just under a minute, is 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.

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  • State if talent is attached: When submitting to investors, studios, cable stations or a network and seeking an equity investor or wanting to raise funds, having talent, director, production company etc... is helpful but may not be mandatory. It will depend on who you're submitting to and what they require.

If you do not have an agent, talent, director or equity funding attached to your project, investors and industry executives are still open to considering projects.

 

  • Does Your concept and genre meet their current investment and/or programming needs.

  • Does Your script targeted demographic meets current marketing trends and their specific investment and programming needs.

  • Do You have a unique approach to reach a targeted audience geared towards a specific market investors or executives want to reach.

  • Strong book sales is always a positive and potential influence for investors and film studios, given the number or films that are adapted to films and series. 

  • A marketable demographic on Social Media that has a “natural” following for your project that’s streaming online

  • A marketing plan that helps grow a following through social media, webisodes, etc...

 

  • Digital distribution plan and contracted digital partners

 

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.

Elyse, Producer

 
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