Master Classes are in-depth, interactive learning experiences focused on craft and career building and led by renowned industry experts. Topics include fiction and documentary filmmaking, TV writing and production, and navigating and succeeding in the entertainment industry.

Learn how to create compelling pitch materials that attract the right financial and creative partners to successfully launch your project. Join acclaimed producers Nina Yang Bongiovi (Fruitvale Station) and Larissa Rhodes (Chasing Coral) in a three-hour Master Class as they share real-world examples, strategies, and practical tips for crafting pitch decks and other tools for both fiction and documentary projects that instill confidence in your vision and demonstrate your capability to bring that vision to life on the screen.

Topics include:

  • What is the purpose of a pitch deck and what needs to be included in one?
  • What other assets do you need to create for pitch meetings?
  • Who is the audience for these materials and when do you approach them?
  • How are fiction and nonfiction pitch packages different?
  • How can compelling pitch materials elevate the conversation around your project?
  • When do you need a sizzle reel or proof-of-concept video and how do you create them?
  • What are common mistakes to avoid?


Download the list of resources from Nina Yang Bongiovi & Larissa Rhodes

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Producing partners, Nina Yang Bongiovi and Forest Whitaker have gained a stellar reputation for having in-depth knowledge of film financing, creative and physical producing, and a knack for discovering talent, like that of Ryan Coogler (Marvel’s BLACK PANTHER), whose first film, FRUITVALE STATION (2013) was produced by Forest and Nina. more...
Larissa Rhodes is a filmmaker and the Head of Creative Development at Exposure Labs, where she develops projects that are environmentally and socially minded. She produced the Sundance, Peabody, and Emmy award-winning film, CHASING CORAL, a feature film following a team of adventurers working to reveal how the oceans are changing. more...

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