Independent Film Producing Masterclass with Suzanne Lyons

Learn the INs and OUTs of Indie Film Producing.

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Have you ever wondered what it really takes to produce an independent film? How to raise money, deal with contracts, work with SAG agreements, put together sales presentations for investors, and a ton of other details... Then this mastermind is for you.

Award-winning film producer Suzanne Lyons is about to take you from script to screen and beyond in this Mastermind workshop. After producing a number of bigger budget features Suzanne thought producing the SAG ultra-low and modified budget films would be a piece of cake. Boy, was she wrong. Wearing 100 different hats was a challenge and she learned so much. And now she will be sharing all that great info with you.

In this Mastermind workshop you’ll learn from her experience and benefit from her success. Suzanne will take you through a structured crystal, clear step by step process that will actually make low budget film making easy and fun!

This workshop is unique in that it will literally guide you through the entire process of making your film. From her own hands-on experience she will be addressing every detailed facet of filmmaking.

“Suzanne has that rare ability to combine artistic creativity and smart business sense… she’s proven that by taking a SAG ultra-low budget and somehow squeezing out a quality film that looks like it cost a million!”
Academy Award® Winner Mark L. Smith, Writer/Director “Séance” Writer, “The Revenant”

“Suzanne is brilliant… take her workshop and put her suggestions to work and you’ll be amazed at the extraordinary results you’ll produce.”
Ross Grayson Bell, Producer “Fight Club”

“Suzanne is a wonderfully engaging speaker, teacher and producer. She knows feature producing inside and out and presents ever step with complete clarity. A seminar not to be missed by anyone making a low budget feature!”
Becky Smith, Producer/Director/Writer, “16 to Life”, “August In Berlin”

“I have worked on many productions over the years and one of my most pleasant experiences was working on “Séance”. Not only was Suzanne professional, she was courteous and respectful as well. I would work with her again in a heartbeat.”
Adrian Paul, Actor “Highlander, TV Series,” “Séance”

“With Suzanne’s expert guidance, my career went from directing low budget, straight-to-video thrillers to directing two studio features for Warner Brothers and Universal. She’s a true master of movie career coaching and an inspiration to anyone fortunate enough to know her.”
Mark Rosman, Director, “A Cinderella Story,” “Perfect Man,” “Time Toys”

From optioning the screenplay, development, designing your business plan, opening your film company, hiring your line producer and director. Finessing your budget, schedule and film timeline. Being smart about contracts and paperwork. Casting and working with actors. The details of pre, principle and post, choosing your sales agent, preparing for film delivery and festivals, and so so so much more.

You'll also get a BONUS PACK of real world used contracts, agreements and business plans in word and PDF worth over thousands.

So what are you waiting for? Join other filmmakers who are learning how to produce and indie film...the right way!

Hit enroll and we'll see you on the inside!

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Your Instructor

Suzanne Lyons
Suzanne Lyons

In 1999 Ms. Lyons launched Snowfall Films and to date has produced/executive produced twelve movies. These include: A BAFTA award-winning British comedy UNDERTAKING BETTY (aka “Plots With A View”), with actors Christopher Walken, Brenda Blethyn, Alfred Molina and Naomi Watts with Miramax Distribution. British/Canadian thriller JERICHO MANSIONS staring James Caan, Genevieve Bujold, Maribel Verdu and Jennifer Tilly. JERICHO MANSIONS was an official selection at the Montreal Film Festival and the Hollywood Film Festival. British/Canadian family comedy BAILEY’S BILLION$ which stars Dean Cain, Laurie Holden, Tim Curry, and Jon Lovitz. A drama HEART IS DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS, based on J.T. LeRoy novel, starring Asia Argento, Marilyn Manson, Winona Ryder and Peter Fonda. The film premiered during the Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and screened to high acclaim at the Toronto Film Festival.

In 2012 Ms. Lyons published her book through Focal Press (Taylor and Francis Publishing) titled Indie Film Producing: The Craft of Low Budget Filmmaking, which is the #1 book on Indie Film Producing on Amazon.

Suzanne co-produced the family film THE CHAPERONE with the WWE and distributor Samuel Goldwyn Films, directed by Stephen Herek (“Mr. Holland’s Opus”) and starring Ariel Winter (“Modern Family”) and wrestling star Paul Levesque (Triple H). In addition Ms. Lyons produced three indie thrillers, CANDY STRIPERS distributed by Screen Gems, SÉANCE and PORTAL, both distributed by Lionsgate, and she exec produced DESERT OF BLOOD.

Suzanne co-exec produced the psychological thriller, THE CALLING with Breaking Ball Pictures, Manis Films (“Ides of March”) and exec producer Christine Vachon (“Boys Don’t Cry), with Jason Stone directing and Sony doing distribution. The cast includes Susan Sarandon, Ellen Burstyn, Donald Sutherland and Topher Grace. Suzanne produced a thriller titled MOST LIKELY TO… DIE with MarVista Entertainment which stars Heather Morris, Jake Busey and Perez Hilton and it was released theatrically Friday the 13th, May 2016. She just completed post on a family action adventure sci-fi film TIME TOYS with Director/Writer Mark Rosman (“A Cinderella Story”). The film stars Greg Germann and Ed Begley Jr.

A few projects currently in development include: An award winning screenplay, SCOUTS HONOR which is a World War I family action drama; A.K.A., a cop action script by TV exec producers James Thorpe and David Abramowitz and two Mark L. Smith (“The Revenant” “Firestarter”) projects – suspense thriller HARDCOURT, and family film THE HUNTERS. Suzanne has partnered with Terry O’Keefe on a Christmas romantic comedy book series by Ginny Biard. And she is currently working as executive producer with Canadian producer Laura Archibald on EFFA, the true story about the first woman to own and manage a professional baseball team. Suzanne recently launched a TV division where she plans to develop and produce hour long live action TV series.

Prior to her work as a film producer, Ms. Lyons was VP of Marketing for a Canadian Television Network where she also created, produced and directed news and series programming. She worked in Philadelphia as a sales agent selling both film and television for international distribution. When Suzanne moved to Los Angeles she designed, launched and ran a film school, Flash Forward Institute, for people of all facets and levels of the industry.

Suzanne has been a keynote speaker, guest speaker, moderator and panelist at over sixty entertainment industry events, festivals, organizations, guilds and film schools.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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This course is closed for enrollment.