Producers Foundation Certificate Course – All You Need to Know about Producing Your Film! A 5-Week Intensive Course!

Event Date 5 Tuesday Evenings beginning February 11th, 2020 (6pm - 8pm)
Location Live In-Person Class, or ONLINE
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Hi everyone,


Here’s a great course – the PRODUCERS FOUNDATION CERTIFICATE COURSE – on everything you need to know about getting your movie funded, made, and seen!


As always, there’s a great discount for, and feel free to forward if you know anyone who might be interested – details are below!


Good luck, have a great day, and don’t forget to dream big!




Jeffrey R. Gund

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Top film consultant and producer of 30+ feature films:  The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons, Stander starring Thomas Jane and Deborah Unger, and 2 Jacks starring Danny Huston, Jack Huston, Sienna Miller.



IN PERSON in West Hollywood


LIVE ONLINE with Streaming Video!


watch after each class on VIDEO-ON-DEMAND!



5 Tuesday evenings


TUESDAY, February 11th, 2020

6pm to 8pm

and continuing for 5 Consecutive Tuesday Evenings – through March 10th, 2020




These 5  weekly classes will take you through everything you need to know to produce a film effectively. Including financing and business plans, marketing and distribution, budgeting and scheduling, talent attachments, and legal contracts.


Who should attend?
Writers, directors, producers, actors, filmmakers, cinema lovers, or ANYONE with an interest in how movies are made and who seek a basic introduction to the filmmaking process.


“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




WEEK 1:  Creating A Business Plan

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.


–  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


WEEK 2:  Basic Legal Contracts

Once your film is finished and ready to be sold, you will have to show the “chain of title” to any prospective film buyer. If you fail to do this you will never be able to sell your film.
In this evening crash course, the basic talents’ (ie. writer, director, actors) contracts are explained. View it as health insurance for filmmakers!


–  Key negotiation points explained

–  Understanding chain of title

–  Who and what should you have contracts with


WEEK 3:  Budgeting and Scheduling

Simply put, a film budget is a list of all the stuff and people you need to make your film, and a schedule is when and where you need it.  Always considered the boring bit by film producers and directors, the budget and schedule are the spines of any production.  If you get the budget (the money part) wrong, your film will stall half-finished without cash.  Get the schedule (the time) wrong, and your film will suffer – either from loss of quality or remain unfinished because you have run out of time (and budget!)  This evening explains how scripts are analyzed and whipped into shape budget-wise and schedule-wise.


–  Script breakdown

–  Assessing prices

–  Union vs non-union

–  Creating a do-able schedule


WEEK 4:  Marketing And Selling Your Film

The essential task for filmmakers is creating a marketing plan for your film.  Learn how to utilize the trade press, consumer press and film festivals to turn your film (and yourself) into this year’s cult classic.  Learn how to approach film festivals and film markets with a strong press kit that will enhance the commercial potential of your film.  A special feature will be the use of social media to create interest in your film, with a live demonstration.


–  Creating the marketing assets you need to sell your film

–  Writing a good logline/synopsis and getting good photos

–  Creating a press kit

–  Film festivals explained

–  The role of film markets

–  How to approach sales agents

–  Finding the best distribution

–  Protecting yourself and your money from shady distribution deals


WEEK 5:  Film Financing

You need some cash to make your short or feature.  This crash course will run through the basic financing tools available for any business, not just the film business.  These tax-efficient finance structures make certain states in the US and certain countries very attractive places to raise money for film production.  Find out how they work and how to utilize them.


– State/government funding and tax credits

– Private investors

– Pre-sales and co-productions

– Product placement

– Crowdfunding

– New financing options

– Deferrals



PREMIUM and PRO InfoList Members – use the link below especially for and get $41 OFF!!  That’s just $228 (normally $269!) for a 5-week long course with veteran producer Julia Verdin!

UPGRADE NOW (or log in to your Premium/Pro Account) so you can take advantage of this special offer!


Or, skip the upgrade and pay regular price –


Register now at the link below at the $269 rate:


Location for LIVE EVENT:

Rough Diamond Productions
1424 N. Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069


Information for Online or VOD:

Provided upon registration.




“I want to thank Julia Verdin for her support.  I took Producer’s Foundation Certificate course with Julia, and her guest speakers Charles Berg and Mark Stolaroff. It made me feel like I could do this.  And, voila! Here’s my film, ANGELITO IN YOUR EYE, starting the festival circuit by first entering Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards as an official selection!”

     — Judy Sandra


“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.  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 and Raindance LA.  Thank you so much Julia and Raindance!”

     — Rand Sinha





Having been in the film business for 30 years, Julia has established herself as one of Hollywood’s leading independent producers, with over 36 critically acclaimed feature films produced to date.  As well as being known as an accomplished producer, she is also an award-winning Director and has written number of screenplays.


Some of the memorable, acclaimed theatrical releases and top film festival favorites Julia has produced include 2 Jacks, directed by Bernard Rose, based on the Leo Tolstoy short story “Two Hussars”:  the film starred Danny Huston, Jack Huston, Sienna Miller, Jacqueline Bisset, and Billy Zane; Stander, directed by Bronwen Hughes starring Thomas Jane, Deborah Unger, Dexter Fletcher, and David O’Hara; Sony Pictures Classics released The Merchant of Venice, directed by Michael Radford, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, and Joseph Fiennes; and Riding The Bullet based on a Stephen King story, directed by Mick Garris, and starring David Arquette, Jonathan Jackson, Erica Christensen, and Barbara Hershey. Julia’s faith-based film, The Least Among You was a Lionsgate release, starring Lou Gossett Jr., Lauren Holly, and William Devane, and featured in major festivals, being nominated for two N.A.A.C.P awards.  Julia also Executive Produced the Lionsgate release Born of War, directed by Vicky Jewson, starring James Frain and Sophia Black D’Elia.


Most recently Julia was a producer on family Christmas comedy Surviving Christmas directed by James Dearden starring Gemma Whelan, Natasha Richardson and Edward Fox and Pursued for director Jeffrey Obrow, starring Sam Trammell, Molly Ringwald, Angus Macfayden and Miesha Tate and Paul Sorvino, and One by One directed By Jeffrey Obrow, starring Dwight Yoakam and Christopher Lloyd.   Both are in post-production, and the recently released The Unwilling starring Dina Meyer, Lance Henriksen and Jake Thomas has won many awards at top horror festivals.


Julia has also directed a number of social impact films including the award winning Lost Girls starring Bar Paly, Marisol Nichols, and Jamie Harris and is currently in post-production on a feature film she directed, wrote and produced, Lost Girls: Angie’s Story, set around the world of sex trafficking again, this time focusing on a victim’s difficulty re-integrating with her family, re-finding her self-worth whilst combating ongoing threats to herself and loved ones from traffickers.  The film stars Olivia d’Abo, Dylan Sprayberry, Antony Montgomery, Randolph Batinkoff, Jane Widdup, M.C. Lyte and Amin Joseph.


Julia’s films have been selected for many major film festivals including Sundance, Toronto, Venice, AFI, Raindance, Vancouver International, and London.


Some other films Julia produced earlier in her career include:  I Witness, directed by Rowdy Harrington, starring Jeff Daniels and James Spader; Blast, directed by Tony Hickox, starring Eddie Griffin, Vinnie Jones and Vivica Fox; Green Mail, starring Steven Baldwin and Tom Skerritt; The Shipment, starring Mathew Modine, Nick Turturro, and Elisabeth Berkley; The Contaminated Man, starring William Hurt, Peter Weller and Natasha McElhone; STYX, starring Peter Weller, Angus MacFayden and Brian Brown, directed by Alex Wright; Ballad of the Nightingale with Virginia Madsen, Maria Cuccinota (Il Postino), Seymour Cassell, Michael Madsen and Harry Dean Stanton; Lone Hero, directed by Ken Sanzel starring Lou Diamond Philips, Sean Patrick Flanery and Robert Forester; Slipstream starring Sean Austin and Vinnie Jones; The Set Up, a bank heist thriller based on a James Hadley Chase best-selling novel, directed by Strathford Hamilton starring Billy Zane, James Coburn, Mia Sara and James Russo for MGM/Showtime; and Temptation, an action-packed revenge thriller for Dino De Laurentiis Communications starring Jeff Fahey, David Keith and Alison Doody, also directed by Strathford Hamilton.


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 film. Verdin served 10 years on the board of BAFTA LA and is currently on the board of Artists for Change, a non profit creating social impact films.  She is based in Los Angeles, and still maintains a base in London.



Register now at the link below at the $269 rate:


For questions or more information:

Tel:  (323) 848-2900




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