One of the more difficult things in crowdfunding seems to be choosing the right crowdufing goal amount for your project. For me, it’s all about what you can commit to raise, but not everybody subscribes to that (yet). You Are the 30% –– How to Set Your Crowdfunding Goal So, I’ll give you two very […]
Film financing and financing movies for independent filmmakers is one of the most challenging aspects of the movie making process. You can have the greatest screenplay, the most talented cast and stellar movie locations – but without movie money, you are just another would-be filmmaker with a dream and a passion. The film finance articles at Filmmaking Stuff provide tips on how to view independent filmmaking as a business.
Independent movie investors invest because they want a return on their money. Creating a business plan will provide your prospective investor with a road map on how his or her money will be spent and hopefully recouped. In the old filmmaking model this wasn’t easy. Because distribution was once discriminatory, many first time independent feature filmmakers had to hold their breath in hopes their movies would get into a film festival, buil buzz, and (hopefully) garner a great distribution deal, complete with a cash advance. But that is an outdated model.
In this week’s filmmaking question, a reader asks the following about investing in a webseries. Question: I’m doing a webseries and I am distributing to YouTube and iTunes so far. I’m not launching till at least Feb when everything is done. I am doing this out of pocket and need funding. I don’t have wealthy […]
The other day I asked members of the Filmmaking Stuff Facebook community to describe their biggest filmmaking challenge. Minutes later, it became clear that the most glaring obstacles revolved around film finance and movie distribution. This seems right. Like you, there was once a time when I had no idea on how to finance, make […]
When I got started in filmmaking, one of the biggest mysteries was film finance. I spent countless weeks and months seeking answers to the age old questions all indie filmmakers have: “How do I raise money to make my movie?” That one question sent me on a quest that involved dentists, doctors, car dealers, international […]
Talk to any filmmaker about distribution and they will tell you the world has changed. Gone are the days when you simply made a movie and sold it to the highest bidder. These days everybody is making backyard indies. And the market is saturated with a never ending supply of mediocre movies. Suffice it to […]
It is easy to dream about becoming the next Hollywood hotshot. When I first moved to Los Angeles, I met these people a lot. We went to fancy dinners and cocktail parties, all of us posing as if we already had an awesome career in entertainment. I naturally assumed that these people went home each […]
For years I’ve said that the best part about going to the movies is the very beginning. No, not the opening credits, I’m talking even before that. When the mega studio logo slowly resolves on the screen and you hear the familiar anthem letting you know something special is about to happen. The movie might […]
One of the Filmmaking Stuff readers sent the following question: Jason – I’m trying to put together a business plan for my prospective investors. I need to figure out who my competition is, and I am having difficulty. Do you have any ideas what my movie competition is? – A Confused Filmmaker Hi Confused, Good […]
Crowdfunding is a great way to get word out about your project, test your marketing concept and hone your skills as an entrepreneurial filmmaker. But what most filmmakers don’t realize is, a successful crowdfunding campaing takes work. And you should view your campaign as a full time job. With that said, there are many things […]