In this episode of our step-by-step podcast on how to get your first feature made, using my Netflix Film Amateur (out now on Netflix) as a case study, we dive into how to find a producer—and financing.
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This episode covers my experiences pitching Amateur eighty (!) times and eventually getting it to Netflix, including the following points:
- Making a pitch into a back-and-forth conversation as early as possible
- What goes into a pitch packet other than the script, including a rip-o-matic/multimedia lookbook
- Using CRM software to track producers and financiers (I used Streak)
- How rejection can be a development process unto itself
- Why "producer" is an amorphous term and how to identify producers with complementary skill sets
- Who my producers were (Jason Michael Berman, Chip Hourihan, and Mark Moran) and what their roles were
- How I got the film to Netflix
The articles and podcasts we mention are:
- Running a Kickstarter Campaign? Here's What You Should Think About Before — and After
- The Mysteries of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, Explained
- Meet Netflix’s Indie Content Team, at Sundance and Beyond - Indiewire
Here's the trailer for the feature Amateur. Watch it now on Netflix!