Pitching / Submitting
To Investors, Streaming and Cable Executives
To Get Started A Producer's Package Will Be Needed.
Investors, Streaming, Cable and Industry Executives Want To See More Than Your Script.
Our Team Can Help!
In today's industry the easiest and most efficient option for getting a feature film or series funded or licensed is to submit to streaming and/or cable (Netflix, Amazon, HBO, etc.) companies.
From celebrities to major production companies, we recognize this option eliminates having to attach talent, find distribution or marketing the project once it's filmed.
This option provides a more comprehensive advantage than trying to secure funding, if you don't have talent attached to your project.
BSI Films just like major studios and other major production companies, we develop and package scripts then use investment groups, hedge funds and financial institutions to help fund film projects.
Both options have their challenges, but you don't have to choose one or the other ... you can pursue both.
Steps To Take For Getting Started
Secure An Executive Producer With Ability and Access To Submit Your Script.
Develop A Producers Package That Includes A Budget, Creative and Executive Overview.
Concept Video For A Visual Of Your Concept.
Our Rate For Developing and Submitting Your Script
Starts At $980.00 U.S. Dollars
Some of the items included in our Producers' Package:
Script Edit... additional fees may apply for Script Polish or Script Rewrite
Top Sheet Budget
Our executive team will submit scripts to *Investors, Streaming (HBO, Amazon, Netflix etc.) Cable, and Broadcast Stations.
*(Optional) Concept Video are not included in this package but can be added at a rate to meet most budgets.
BSI Films is led by our Emmy® Award Winning Writer, Award Winning Producer and Show-runner
Cost of a Script Polish Starts at $895 and up U.S. dollars
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 industry executives its being submitted to.
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.
Producing a Concept Video Starts at $1,850.00 U.S. dollars and up
Payments can be made in increments and/or adjusted to meet most budgets.
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 ...
Previsualisation & Animation By Our EP Slavik I.A.
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.