Creating a Business Plan | Raindance Film School


Creating A Business Plan – Los Angeles


Availability: Online, VOD
Duration: 1 Monday Evening
Monday 19th April
11am- 1pm PST

Course Fee: $59 

20% off for Raindance Premium Members

This is part of the Ultimate Producing Course:
Creating a Business Plan | Basic Legal contracts | Budgeting and Scheduling | Marketing and Selling | Film Finance

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At a glance

  • Part of the Ultimate Producing Course
  • Learn how to assemble a film business plan
  • Taught by a working industry professional with 30+ features made

Once you have created your potential cast list, settled on the next hot director and found that absolutely terrific script, you need to prepare a plan of attack to get the money to shoot your film.

This evening workshop will run through the basic essentials you will need, both to present your project to industry investors, as well as how to present your project to private investors.

About Creating a business plan

  • What do you need for your project to be financeable?
  • Structure of a business plan
  • Using visual aids
  • Understanding sales estimates and income streams
  • Money flow explained
  • Profit participation


“The Raindance producer’s class taught by Julia Verdin is one of the best courses I’ve ever taken as she teaches from a myriad levels of experience. She gets down to the nuts and bolts immediately with details of what it takes to produce a movie including, but not limited to, finding financial film incentives, bond insurance, dealing with sales agents in a savvy way, the promo pack with guest speakers also with many years behind them. I took a lot of notes which I refer back to and she’s very personable and open to questions. A producer with a heart ❤ of gold.”

Elizabeth Rockett, Writer

“I want to thank Julia Verdin and all her guest speakers for her support. I took Producer’s Foundation Certificate course and it made me feel like I could do this. And, voila! Here’s my film, ANGELITO IN YOUR EYE,  starting the festival circuit!”

Judy Sandra, Writer/Director

“You deserve a big applause for connecting creativity to passion by your awesome productive curriculum, classes and support to your students and alumni all over USA and world. Julia Verdin’s Producing course was a big boost to my career. I had no background in filmmaking and this is where Raindance stepped in by offering me their best support and constantly mentoring me during this course. My first short film, Arranged to Love, a multi cultural twist made it to FOG Movie Fest San Francisco in August 2016 and we won the best film award. I highly recommend the classes by Raindance for both first timers and established filmmakers to update their knowledge. I dedicate our award to Ms Verdin, her guest speakers, and Raindance LA!”

Ranu Sinha, Director

Who should attend?

Writers, directors, producers, actors, filmmakers, cinema lovers, anyone with an interest in how movies are made and who seek a basic introduction to the film financing process.

About your instructor:

Julia Verdin

fund your film
Julia Verdin
 is a British-born film producer and founder of Rough Diamond Productions, established in 1994. She has established herself as one of Hollywood’s leading producers with over 30 feature films. She is best known for producing the Sony Classics release The Merchant of Venice, directed by Michael Radford, and starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes, the Newmarket release Stander, directed by Bronwen Hughes, and starring Tom Jane, Deborah Unger, Dexter Fletcher and David O’Hara, and the Breaking Glass release 2 Jacks, based on Leo Tolstoy short story “Two Hussars,” directed by Bernard Rose, and starring Danny Huston, Jack Huston, Sienna Miller, Jacqueline Bisset and Billy Zane.

Verdin has recently executive produced Lionsgate release Born of War, directed by Vicky Jewson, and starring James Frain and Sophia Black D’Elia. This year she has just directed her first film Lost Girls staring Bar Paly, Marisol Nichols and Jamie Harris, and produced The Unwilling directed by Academy Award nominated director Jonathan Heap, and starring Dina Meyer, Jake Thomas and Lance Henriksen.

She is currently developing various projects with writers and directors including Academy Award and Palme d’Or nominated writer/director James Dearden; acclaimed festival award winning writer/director Éva Gárdos; Academy Award Nominated director Jonathan Heap; WGA Autumn Stories 2010 winner screenwriter Cynthia Riddle, and director Vincenzo Natali.

Verdin is a top film consultant having provided consulting services on development and production. She also wrote the critically acclaimed book, Success in Film, a detailed guide to funding, making and finishing independent films.

Verdin currently serves on the board of BAFTA LA. She is based in Los Angeles, and still maintains a base in London.

2 Ways to attend: ONLINE | VOD ATTENDANCE

LIVE ONLINE: Every attendee gets an email invitation for the online classroom 30 minutes before class start times. All you need to do is to click the link provided in that email and watch the class on your computer’s web browser without needing to download any special software. If you are attending on your smartphone or tablet, please download ClickMeeting app.

VOD: Video on Demand is a great option if you want to repeat what you learned in the class or you didn’t have time to attend the class in person or online. Each attendee gets a Vimeo link 24-48 hours after each week’s class. 

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