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Franco Sama's goal is to educate filmmakers to approach projects from a position of strength and knowledge rather than ignorance and, what I call, "The Please Help Me" mindset.


In this day and age where virtually anyone can shoot a movie on their iPhone, edit it on their iMac and self distribute it through platforms such as "Distribber" and "Reelhouse" it would be a gross understatement to say that the independent feature film market has experienced a seismic paradigm shift over the past decade.


Although there once was a time when a writer/producer/director could and would pitch a script or story idea to potential funding source and get a check, those days are essentially over. In this new age, investors are savvier than ever and expect filmmakers to understand the financing and distribution models. Contrary to popular belief, for the most part, investors do not exist in order to help you get your project off the ground or launch your career; they exist to make money!


Therefore, it is your responsibility to present them with a logical, well thought out strategy for not only recouping their investment but to also make a significant profit. I know this sounds like common sense however the truth is, most first and second time filmmakers spend 100% of their time and energy trying to figure out how much they need, how they are going to spend it and where they are going to get it and 0% time trying to figure out how to get it back!


The key to successful film financing is to spend the appropriate amount of time, money and resources properly developing your project into an "Investable" Property not just a great story.


After a decade of successful filmmaking, over 25 film credits and after making a zillion mistakes of his own, Executive Producer Franco Sama will share his wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise with you and will help to put you in the driver's seat of your own destiny as a filmmaker.


About Your Podcast Host - Max Timm

Max Timm is the Director of Community Outreach with the International Screenwriters' Association, after working six years as the Director of Development, consultant and instructor at Writers Boot Camp in Santa Monica. His overall focus with the ISA is to market the big idea of building a new creative community and bring ISA writers closer to Industry Professionals. Recently he has helped build and promote a development program within the ISA, submitting writers' projects around town, helping them find representation and getting their material read. So far he has helped five writers receive options in 2015. A development consultant and screenwriting instructor, Max is also a writer himself. His first novel, a young adult fantasy titled The WishKeeper, about a teenage fairy with broken wings, won the young adult category of the 2015 Los Angeles Book Festival. He recently signed a three-book publishing deal to deliver books Two and Three in his trilogy by 2017. Max is also a part-time instructor at UCLA, teaching high school students the history of film and television through their Summer Discovery Program. 

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