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Naomi McDougall Jones is an award-winning writer, actress, producer, and women in film activist based in New York City. Her second feature film, BITE ME, with producers Jack Lechner (The Fog of War, Blue Valentine) and Sarah Wharton (That’s Not Us), which she wrote and also starred in opposite Christian Coulson (Harry Potter, Love is Strange, The Hours), Annie Golden (Orange is the New Black), and Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story) will premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival in March 2019, followed by The Joyful Vampire Tour of America, which will span the US from May-July 2019. Naomi’s first feature film, which she also wrote, produced, and starred in, was the 12-time award-winning Imagine I’m Beautiful. The film received a theatrical release and is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and GooglePlay (www.imagineimbeautiful.com). A pilot she wrote, The Dark Pieces, is now in development for television in Canada after having been named on The 2016 WriteHer List as one of the top 16 unproduced pilots by a female screenwriter. Naomi is an advocate and thought leader for bringing gender parity to cinema. She gave a virally sensational TEDTalk, What it’s Like to Be a Woman in Hollywood, which has now been viewed over 1 million times and can be seen on TED.com. She is the Founder and Chief Impact Officer of The 51 Fund, a venture capital fund dedicated to financing films by female filmmakers. Naomi is currently writing a book, The Wrong Kind of Woman: Dismantling the Gods of Hollywood, which will be published by Beacon Press in January 2020. More at www.naomimcdougalljones.com.

Practical Film Finance: What You Need to Know to Talk to Investors About Your Movie

In this two hour class Naomi gives a clear and easy to understand run down of what filmmakers need to understand about investing in order to pitch to potential investors. The class will cover financing structures, different "types" of money, potential revenue streams, recoupment corridors and waterfalls (i.e. how would they make their money back), and other essentials for business and producing. Don't worry, this class is not as boring as it sounds - it's a simple explanation that will help you understand stuff that isn't rocket science, but is really helpful to know before you ask people for money. These details can help you stay out of financial trouble and potentially attract a great deal of investment with strong ROI. What students will learn: -financing structures -different "types" of money -potential revenue streams -recoupment corridors and waterfalls (i.e. how would they make their money back)

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In this two hour class Naomi gives a clear and easy to understand run down of what filmmakers need to understand about investing in order to pitch to potential investors. The class will cover financing structures, different "types" of money, potential revenue streams, recoupment corridors and waterfalls (i.e. how would they make their money back), and other essentials for business and producing.

Don't worry, this class is not as boring as it sounds - it's a simple explanation that will help you understand stuff that isn't rocket science, but is really helpful to know before you ask people for money. These details can help you stay out of financial trouble and potentially attract a great deal of investment with strong ROI.

What students will learn:
-financing structures
-different "types" of money
-potential revenue streams
-recoupment corridors and waterfalls (i.e. how would they make their money back)

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How to Develop a More-Than-Micro-Budget Film from Award-Winning Filmmaker and Founder of the 51 Fund

Naomi shares insight and lessons from her first foray into non-micro-budget-filmmaking-land with Bite Me. She’ll walk you through what you need to know to make a film with a budget ranging from $500K to $15M and all the nitty gritty that goes into the business side and producing. The class will cover what the "name" casting process is actually like and how to navigate it, how to put together an investor packet, the real first steps you need to take to get a more-than-micro-budget film off the ground, dealing with the politics and peccadilloes of the "gatekeepers" that are a necessary part of higher budgets, financing structures, finding and speaking to investors, and many more practical tips and strategies that she really wishes someone had clearly explained to her at some point before or during the process. She also shares the pros and cons of working at a higher budget level (hint: there are both). This 2 day intensive (4 hours per day) workshop is geared towards filmmakers, but good for anyone who wants to make a movie (i.e. can be people transitioning from other roles in the industry). The workshop will be lecture-based and allow time for project-specific workshopping. What students will learn: -The real first steps you need to take to get a more-than-micro-budget film off the ground -What the "name" casting process is actually like and how to navigate it -How to put together an investor packet -Dealing with the politics and peccadilloes of the "gatekeepers" that are a necessary part of higher budgets financing structures -Finding and speaking to investors -The pros and cons of working at a higher budget level (hint: there are both).

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OWNER NOTES

Naomi shares insight and lessons from her first foray into non-micro-budget-filmmaking-land with Bite Me. She’ll walk you through what you need to know to make a film with a budget ranging from $500K to $15M and all the nitty gritty that goes into the business side and producing.

The class will cover what the "name" casting process is actually like and how to navigate it, how to put together an investor packet, the real first steps you need to take to get a more-than-micro-budget film off the ground, dealing with the politics and peccadilloes of the "gatekeepers" that are a necessary part of higher budgets, financing structures, finding and speaking to investors, and many more practical tips and strategies that she really wishes someone had clearly explained to her at some point before or during the process. She also shares the pros and cons of working at a higher budget level (hint: there are both).

This 2 day intensive (4 hours per day) workshop is geared towards filmmakers, but good for anyone who wants to make a movie (i.e. can be people transitioning from other roles in the industry). The workshop will be lecture-based and allow time for project-specific workshopping.

What students will learn:
-The real first steps you need to take to get a more-than-micro-budget film off the ground
-What the "name" casting process is actually like and how to navigate it
-How to put together an investor packet
-Dealing with the politics and peccadilloes of the "gatekeepers" that are a necessary part of higher budgets
financing structures
-Finding and speaking to investors
-The pros and cons of working at a higher budget level (hint: there are both).

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How to Make a Micro-Budget Film for Under $500K from Award-Winning Filmmaker and Founder of the 51 Fund

In this weekend intensive, Naomi teaches all of the practical "how to make a micro-budget film" information that it took her two years of begging people for coffee dates to learn when she was making "Imagine I'm Beautiful." Students will walk away from this class armed with detailed, action-oriented strategies on the a to z process, including how to write a screenplay for a micro-budget shoot, investors packets and talking to investors, crowd-funding, assembling your cast and crew, audience building, film festivals, and distribution. This 2 day intensive (4 hours per day) workshop is geared towards filmmakers, but good for anyone who wants to make a movie (i.e. can be people transitioning from other roles in the industry) and looking to deep dive into producing and the business strategy of filmmaking. The workshop will be lecture-based and allow time for project-specific workshopping. What students will learn: -How to write a screenplay for a micro-budget shoot -Investor packets and talking to investors -Crowd-funding -Assembling your cast and crew -Audience building -Film festivals -Distribution

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OWNER NOTES

In this weekend intensive, Naomi teaches all of the practical "how to make a micro-budget film" information that it took her two years of begging people for coffee dates to learn when she was making "Imagine I'm Beautiful." Students will walk away from this class armed with detailed, action-oriented strategies on the a to z process, including how to write a screenplay for a micro-budget shoot, investors packets and talking to investors, crowd-funding, assembling your cast and crew, audience building, film festivals, and distribution.

This 2 day intensive (4 hours per day) workshop is geared towards filmmakers, but good for anyone who wants to make a movie (i.e. can be people transitioning from other roles in the industry) and looking to deep dive into producing and the business strategy of filmmaking.

The workshop will be lecture-based and allow time for project-specific workshopping.

What students will learn:
-How to write a screenplay for a micro-budget shoot
-Investor packets and talking to investors
-Crowd-funding
-Assembling your cast and crew
-Audience building
-Film festivals
-Distribution

per day
Project-Specific Consulting from Award-Winning Filmmaker and Founder of The 51 Fund

Topics: Development – How to choose the right project and then get it out of the gate, putting together the best creative team, deciding on a budget level Budget Levels – What does it mean to make a micro-budget film v. a more-than-micro-budget film v. an upward-of-$1M-film? What are the pros and cons to each and what will each mean for your eventual film? Which is right for your project? Financing - What are the different types of financing structures and possibilities? How does my budget level affect what type of financing I should go after? How do you go about raising each one? What materials do you need for each? (I can also review your existing materials) Everything you need to know about film finance before speaking with a potential investor. Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production - Advice on everything you need to know for producing A-Z: getting your project through production and post-production, including resource, crew, and actor recommendations Festivals, Marketing, and Distribution - Yep, that is a whole big conversation on the many aspects of the business and one that can feel pretty overwhelming after the marathon of getting your project to this point. Don't worry - it's not rocket science. It just takes a little strategy, planning, and, yes, more work. I can help you navigate all of that.

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OWNER NOTES

Topics:
Development – How to choose the right project and then get it out of the gate, putting together the best creative team, deciding on a budget level
Budget Levels – What does it mean to make a micro-budget film v. a more-than-micro-budget film v. an upward-of-$1M-film? What are the pros and cons to each and what will each mean for your eventual film? Which is right for your project?
Financing - What are the different types of financing structures and possibilities? How does my budget level affect what type of financing I should go after? How do you go about raising each one? What materials do you need for each? (I can also review your existing materials) Everything you need to know about film finance before speaking with a potential investor.
Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production - Advice on everything you need to know for producing A-Z: getting your project through production and post-production, including resource, crew, and actor recommendations
Festivals, Marketing, and Distribution - Yep, that is a whole big conversation on the many aspects of the business and one that can feel pretty overwhelming after the marathon of getting your project to this point. Don't worry - it's not rocket science. It just takes a little strategy, planning, and, yes, more work. I can help you navigate all of that.

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Crowd-Funding Consulting from Award-Winning Filmmaker and Founder of The 51 Fund

Naomi has successfully run 5 separate crowd-funding campaigns for her own projects (ranging from $700 - $35,000) and has consulted on dozens more for other people. What she has learned is that it is not as mystical as it may seem. There are extremely clear strategies, psychologies, and plans that work and classic rookie mistakes to avoid. Let her demystify it for you and help you develop your business and producing strategy, budget goal, plan, and materials. Topics: What makes a great campaign page/video The do’s and don’t’s of creating “perks” What are the most effective strategies to “market” your campaign to potential donors (i.e. friends/family/everyone you’ve ever met) How to select an appropriate and likely-to-succeed funding goal for your project How to plan ahead for the day-to-day responsibilities of you and your team during your campaign

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OWNER NOTES

Naomi has successfully run 5 separate crowd-funding campaigns for her own projects (ranging from $700 - $35,000) and has consulted on dozens more for other people. What she has learned is that it is not as mystical as it may seem. There are extremely clear strategies, psychologies, and plans that work and classic rookie mistakes to avoid. Let her demystify it for you and help you develop your business and producing strategy, budget goal, plan, and materials.
Topics:
What makes a great campaign page/video
The do’s and don’t’s of creating “perks”
What are the most effective strategies to “market” your campaign to potential donors (i.e. friends/family/everyone you’ve ever met)
How to select an appropriate and likely-to-succeed funding goal for your project
How to plan ahead for the day-to-day responsibilities of you and your team during your campaign

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