Frequently Asked Questions
Additional details about the content and structure of the course
What is this course about?
Our essential Indie Film Financing course for independent filmmakers is designed to help you think like an entrepreneur, find the right financial partners, and finish what you start. Through video lessons and supplemental documents, this course will guide you on a transformative journey that will infuse you with confidence, empower you with resources, and put you in the best possible position to raise money for your project.
Our Film Music Master Class covers the world of film music from licensing to composers and music supervisors. Music is one of the most confusing, challenging, and expensive parts of filmmaking. This course helps you navigate all of it with 9 sections of on-demand videos to go through at your own pace.
Who are these courses for?
Our courses are for filmmakers, producers, entrepreneurs, and really anyone seeking to learn more about fundraising, investor relations, business plans, deal ethics, music and more! Individuals considering film investments have enjoyed the course as well.
How do the courses work?
The Indie Film Financing class is organized into 4 sections. For the Flex version, you can go through the sections at your own pace. For the Group version, you will meet on Zoom once a week for 4 weeks to review each section. That means you have one week to get through each section (roughly an hour of video lessons, plus optional workbook exercises).
The Film Music Master Class is organized into 9 videos, each with additional content such as links and downloads. All videos are live at all times. We suggest watching the videos in order, but you may work at your own pace.
What do I get?
All versions of the Indie Film Financing course include 4 hours of on-demand video lessons, loads of downloadable documents and templates, and access to our Slack channel to ask questions and connect with other filmmakers in the LunacyU community. The Group version includes four weekly 1-hour group coaching sessions via Zoom with Stu Pollard.
The Film Music Master Class includes roughly 80 minutes of on-demand video lessons, as well as useful supplemental content such as links to useful articles and downloadable documents.
Who is the instructor?
Is this a live class?
No, this is not a live class. It consists of video modules that you can watch at your own pace. The Group version of Indie Film Financing includes live group coaching sessions.
When can I start the class?
You’ll have access to the course content (videos and downloads) to consume at your own pace. The group-coaching sessions for the Indie Film Financing Group version occurs in 4-week blocks. You can find the start date for the next class on the home page of the website. During the class, you can watch the videos and use the content at your own pace, but there are 4 scheduled calls with the instructor. If you do not finish a section before the Zoom meeting, you may be behind.
What topics are discussed in this class?
Indie Film Financing covers Business Plans, Investor Relations, Tax Incentives, Producer Etiquette and more.
The Film Music Master Class covers all the essentials of understanding how music can be used in filmmaking. It’s broken up into 9 sections: (1) Introduction, (2) Key Vocabulary, (3) Choosing Music, (4) Acquiring the Rights, (5) the Composer Agreement, (6) Composing the Score, (7) The Music Supervisor, (8) Releasing the Score, (9) Wrap Up.
Can I watch a preview of this class?
Does this course contain legal advice?
This contains general legal advice, but it is strongly suggested that you consult with a certified lawyer when creating your business plan, your deal and more. The instructor is not a lawyer.
Do I have to attend the Zoom sessions or join the Slack channel?
No, this is not required. We offer the Flex version of the course as an option to access all the material without any live, scheduled Zoom sessions. If you sign up for the Group version, we strongly recommend attending all the sessions and joining the Slack channel to get the most out of the material.
Where can I follow LunacyU to receive updates?
You can join our mailing list at lunacyu.com and follow @lunacy_u on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Will I get to meet investors?
No, this class will not introduce you to investors. However, it will teach you where to find investors, how to approach them & how to maintain healthy relationships with them.
Is this the first time this class has been taught?
Stu Pollard has taught this course at Film Independent for over a decade. However, this is the first online version of the course & it has been revamped, updated and enhanced.
Does LunacyU have other courses?
At this time, “Indie Film Financing” and “Film Music Master Class” are the available courses. Let us know what you would like to see next by filling out our Contact Form.
How long will I have access to the course content?
You’ll have access to the course content for a full year after purchase.
I have more questions. Is there someone I can talk to?
Of course! Please send any queries to our Contact Form.