Wanna make movies? Then get debt free. Having debt kills your filmmaking dreams dead. And while you may not think about it, learning how to manage money is one of the most important traits of a successful, independent filmmaker. A lot of filmmakers get into debt because they are focused on a BIG Hollywood payday. They buy cameras and all the latest and greatest gear. But … [Read more...]
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.
Have you ever wondered how filmmakers raise money for their movie business? A few years back I set up a meeting with a a very successful businessman (who I met in 2004). My goal was to pitch him my current business idea. And this is how I did it... Pitching Filmmaking To Investors Here are the steps I took to set up the meeting and make the pitch: 1. I emailed and … [Read more...]
For many filmmakers, our hometowns and their particular micro-cultures and institutions inspire many of the stories we'd like to tell. In our minds, we all want to be Mark Twain, sharing takes of our childhood on the banks of the mighty Mississippi. For me, making movies was all about telling stories about the colorful “yinzers” I grew up around near Pittsburgh. And that's … [Read more...]
If you want to sell your movie idea and actually get your movie made, you need to stop procrastinating and take action. To do this, start the process by breaking your BIG filmmaking project into small, manageable chunks. How do YOU plan on taking your movie project from script to screen? Do you plan on finding prospective investors outside of Hollywood to fund your … [Read more...]
If you're looking for tactics on how to make your own film, you're in luck. I have been helping filmmakers make, market and sell movies for close to a decade - And in all that time, I found there is a serious distinction between filmmakers to who take action and filmmakers who do not. If you want some tactics on how to make your own film, aside from the technical stuff, the … [Read more...]