FS2P is accepting applications for the 2019 lab through August 24th, 2018.
From Script to Pre-Production (FS2p) is for women writer-directors who are ready to make narrative features but need some help putting together pitch packages. Each filmmaker will have written and directed at least one narrative short that showcases her as a director and have written a feature length narrative script that’s ready for production on a low budget. She should be able to work cooperatively and benefit from a collaborative process. The group will be small – 6-8 participants – so that everyone can be familiar with all the projects and we can help each other as we work our way through the often overwhelming task of setting up a feature.
The lab, presented by New York Women in Film, was founded by member Elizabeth Page in 2015.
Many of us are trained and experienced artists but lack the business experience needed to make independent low budget features. This lab will help fill that gap in three ways:
• our curriculum organizes the process of building presentations.
• we provide mentorship and guest experts.
• we work together as a group, helping one another through this often lengthy and challenging experience.
A woman who has come through this lab will have created loglines, synopses, pitches and lookbooks – she’ll be able to “sell” her project. She’ll have researched tax havens, developed preliminary budgets and created top sheets – her “numbers” will have been vetted. And she will have a website and reel – her “audience” will be able to learn about her and her project. In other words, she’ll be ready to meet producers and investors.
We are looking for writer-directors who enjoy working in a group setting. This isn’t for everyone. We meet every Friday night for three hours from mid January through May. It’s a lot of work. Participants will have to roll up their sleeves and help one another. Think carefully before you apply.