"No more painful changes to your scope of work!"

A trust-based bidding strategy will help you position yourself as an industry leader who can help studios thrive in this crowded market regardless of fluctuations.

 

My name is Louis-Philippe Vermette, I am an animation executive producer with 25 years of experience in the animation industry.

 

Over the past few years alone, despite industry fluctuations, I used these skills to help bring over 30 million dollars in animation projects while securing half a million dollars in revenues for myself.

 

When I started my career, I had no idea how learning bidding and scoping animation would impact me and how it made me a leader of the industry.

 

And this is possible for you, too!

 

Future-proff your production and your career!

Bidding Winning Animation Projects

Top features:

  • FULL BID TEMPLATE
  • Scope of work template
  • Production timeline
  • Review workflow

Over eight hours of content, you will learn:

  • How to use past project data as a way to predict future projects easily
  • How to calculate a contingency that will keep you out of trouble
  • How to build trust with your client so every problem you have with them are solve over a phone call
  • How to craft a scope of work aligned with your client's ambitions and the budget
  • How long it takes for projects to be financed
  • More about the project development timeline
  • How many projects you need to have in development to make sure to land enough to feed your studio

One year of email support. Ask me anything!


Over $30,000$ of value in private consulting for a fraction of this price

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"Your course has been incredibly helpful in understanding how international bidding works. I have been able to consider some expenses that I had previously overlooked, and this has been crucial for my Studio. Additionally, I can better distinguish good-fit projects for my business, and I have improved my communication skills with potential clients. I have learned that just because one project isn't a good fit doesn't mean the next one won't be.

Thank you for your valuable insights and guidance."

 

Carlos Gaxiola, CEO and Founder of Demente Animation

Module 1

My Bidding Mindset

Learn how a trust-based bidding strategy can help you bid project more effectively to avoid production problems down the line.

Module 2

The Business Of Animation

  • Understand the animated project development timeline to allow you to put efforts aligned with the probability of success of a project.
  • Learn about the differences in language between clients and the production team so you can help bridge the communication gap.
  • Learn more about what should be your ideal win rate and how many projects you should have in development to land one.
  • Learn about the science of trust - Animation's most precious currency for a successful business.

 

Module 3

The Scope Of Work

  • Discussions based on "Quality" are misleading; learn how to create a scope of work that is objective and aligns with the client's ambitions and the budget.
  • The Happy Producers' Full Bid Template Tour.
  • Easy bidding based on past projects with The Ballpark Bid

Module 4

The Preliminary Bid

  • With many projects at different stages of development, find out which types of bid you should use: The Ballpark Bid, The Preliminary, or The Full Bid.
  • Learn about the anatomy of a full production budget to understand what a budget includes outside of your animation budget.

Module 5

The Detailed Bid

Learn how to prepare yourself for client's changes the scope of work.

  • Use our Internal Assumptions Tab to identify the key aspect of the project and make sure your team is aligned with the clients brief -comparing apples to apples.
  • Bidding assets
  • Bidding shots
  • Preliminary timeline and schedule: determine how long your production will be and how many people to include

 

Module 6

Key Contractual Documents

  • The Scope of Work Document: the essential tool to help you re-negotiate.
  • Timeline and milestones: When will you be paid.
  • review Workflow: Do not assume your client knows about your workflow, present a review workflow so they understand what and when they will be reviewing at every step of production.
  • BONUS LESSON: How To Say "No" Like A Pro

Module 7

Launching Production

  • Learn how to pass the project to your prod team and make sure noting gets lost
  • Learn how to discuss and deal with Change Orders
  • Learn how to deal with money discussions

Learn more in Animation Magazine

 

Case study - 10 Lives, feature film

This is a real-life example of how I applied my bidding and scoping strategy on the feature film 10 Lives, which premiered at Sundance in January 2024.

Chris Jenkins said:

"I had a great partner in our wonderful producer, Louis-Philippe Vermette [formerly of L’Atelier and currently founder of The Happy Producers]. What we had to do early on was to think of ways to be flexible with the script, and my training at Disney came into play. We had to plan carefully. For example, there is a scene with Beckett towards the end of the movie, where he’s in Heaven, and we have all the heavenly staff around. The team was terrified of that scene, with good reason, because there were so many characters there. But I do know a few tricks so we shot the scene from the ground level so you could only see the feet of the characters.

That’s an example of the kind of tricks we were able to pull off to make the movie look like a $100 million production, which it only cost less than a quarter of what a typical Disney feature costs these days."

 

‚ÄúLouis Philippe did more than just contribute - he was the cornerstone of common sense and a wonderful creative collaborator. It was his calm appreciation for the creative direction that made this movie possible.‚ÄĚ

-Chris Jenkins,
Writer and Director, 10 Lives feature film

This course if for you IF:

  • You know that life-long relationships with clients translate into business prosperity.

  • You are ready to elevate your budgeting game to avoid overages and virtually eliminate overtime.

  • You care to create healthy work conditions for yourself, your clients and your team!

  • You want to learn how to dodge every production problem, crazy client request and every change to the scope of work your production will throw at you.

If you believe you are ready for this

You will learn:

  • How to deal effectively¬†with changes to the scope of work.

  • The secrets of the business of animation

  • The anatomy of a production budget above and below the lines

  • To understand the sales cycles of animation

  • How many projects do you need to juggle to land ONE successfully

  • To bridge the mindset gap between studios and clients

  • How to nurture trust-based relationships with your clients

  • 'Quality' is a dead-end term that needs to be reframed for more objective discussions

  • To save time by knowing when to use a ballpark, preliminary, or full bid

  • How to create the perfect scope of work that will allow you to navigate every production problem

  • A bid is not a jail; it is a canvas

  • How to bid assets & shots by accounting for the creative pillars of a project without blowing your budget

  • How to use the FULL BID TEMPLATE we provide you

  • And everything you need to know to get the production on track and ready to start!

There will never be a better time to take this course!

With the current fluctuations of the industry this may be THE BEST TIME to take this course. We need more producers who knows how to navigate the business of animation and build a better more sustainable and resilient industry. Are you up to the challenge?

Best Value!

$2,777.00 USD

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  • BIDDING WINNING ANIMATION PROJECTS PRE-RECORDED COURSE
  • FREE tools:¬†
    • FULL BID TEMPLATE
    • Scope of work template
    • Production timeline
    • Review workflow
  • Seven modules
  • Over eight hours of content
  • One year of access to the course to complete at your own pace¬†
  • One year of email support. Ask us anything!
  • Over ten downloadable workbooks
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Over $30,000$ of value in private consulting for a fraction of this price
  • Two¬†sessions of one-on-one mentoring with LP Vermette
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  • BIDDING WINNING ANIMATION PROJECTS PRE-RECORDED COURSE
  • FREE tools:¬†
    • FULL BID TEMPLATE
    • Scope of work template
    • Production timeline
    • Review workflow
  • Seven modules
  • Over eight hours of content
  • One year of access to the course to complete at your own pace¬†
  • One year of email support. Ask us anything!
  • Over ten downloadable workbooks
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Over $30,000$ of value in private consulting for a fraction of this price
BUY NOW

About Your Instructors

Call me LP!

I am an artist that became a leader. I started my journey in animation 25 years ago, and I did not expect what life had in store for me!

From storyboard artist to executive producer, I experienced every aspect of animation production.

With my partner Virginie, we founded The Happy Producers to offer our experience and help other growth-seeking leaders find their way toward human-driven leadership without compromising the people or the project.

In addition to my mission as a Happy Producer, I am the Canadian co-producer of 10 Lives in collaboration with GFM Animation and the line producer of The Last Whale Singer, a Canadian/German/Czech co-production.

I put my experience at the service of everyone in my productions, and I wish to offer you the same insight and positive attitude I offer my colleagues daily.

About your instructors

Call me LP!

I am an artist that became a leader. I started my journey in animation 25 years ago, and I did not expect what life had in store for me!

From storyboard artist to executive producer, I experienced every aspect of animation production.

With my partner Virginie, we founded The Happy Producers to offer our experience and help other growth-seeking leaders find their way toward human-driven leadership without compromising the people or the project.

In addition to my mission as a Happy Producer, I am the Canadian co-producer of 10 Lives in collaboration with GFM Animation and the line producer of The Last Whale Singer, a Canadian/German/Czech co-production.

I put my experience at the service of everyone in my productions, and I wish to offer you the same insight and the same positive attitude I offer my colleagues daily.

 

Bonjour, I'm Virginie!

I am a Film and TV Producer with 15 years of experience in live-action and CG animation. I have worked on some of the most exciting properties in the world with clients like Disney, Netflix, and HBO.

Over the past 5 years alone, I have delivered over 25 000 animated shots under budget to happy clients while prioritizing the team’s wellbeing.

I put my expertise to the service of the Film and TV community by teaching happy-minded industry professionals, managers, and leaders how to increase their profit while lowering stress. 


It's nice to meet you!

Bonjour, I'm Virginie!

I am a Film and TV Producer with 15 years of experience in live-action and CG animation. I have worked on some of the most exciting properties in the world with clients like Disney, Netflix, HBO, TeamTo and Splash Entertainment.

Over the past 5 years alone, I have delivered over 25 000 animated shots under budget to happy clients while prioritizing the team’s wellbeing.

I put my expertise to the service of the Film and TV community by teaching happy-minded industry professionals, managers, and leaders how to increase their profit while lowering stress. 


It's nice to meet you!