Without a defined market or an established sales channel, it is difficult to justify financing, which makes it very difficult to pay cast and crew – which, by the way, makes it difficult to produce a movie.
As a filmmaker, getting a movie made, seen and sold can be a challenge. Filmmaking Stuff was established to provide useful filmmaking tips and strategies. And over the last few years, we have received hundreds of questions from filmmakers seeking advice on all aspects of the process. Most filmmakers ask questions related to screenwriting, film finance, filmmaking, movie marketing, sales and distribution. Below you will find filmmaker frequently asked questions. If you question is not covered, you can contact us with your questions. While we don’t guarantee your question will be published in the Filmmaker FAQ column, we will try our best to get back to you with a response.
When it comes to making a documentary, many filmmakers have similar questions. And when it comes to getting answers to those questions, very few people are more qualified than Faith Fuller. She is a seasoned documentary producer and she stopped by filmmaking stuff to answer some frequent documentary questions. Making a Documentary Filmmaking Stuff Reader […]
Many filmmakers start out making short films. With all the new distribution tools available, one question I get a lot involves selling a short film. A filmmaker named John asked the following question: “Is selling a short film possible? Would you do it the same way you would sell a feature? If not, what is […]
Since the days of Ed Burns and Kevin Smith, film production has gotten a lot cheaper. The world is now saturated with bad movies. So your first goal is obviously perfecting your craft so that you make good movies. And while some filmmakers hit a home run with their first movie, many filmmakers don’t. You […]
If you’re looking for a career in film, you’re not alone. Each year, thousands of ambitious Hollywood hopefuls arrive in Los Angeles, eager to climb the entertainment ladder. Unlike you, most of these people come unprepared to face the competitive landscape. Many never take time to create a plan. And many Hollywood hopefuls simply don’t […]
Sometimes knowing how to choose the best film project is confusing. If you’ve been kicking around that filmmaking project longer than you should, you’re not alone. There are a whole slew of indie filmmakers who are behind schedule. In fact, many filmmakers will probably never finish. And sadly, many would-be filmmakers will never start. For […]
In my ongoing effort to highlight filmmakers who forgo excuses and take action to get movies seen and selling, I would like to highlight a Filmmaking Stuff reader named Jeff who has started produced his first movie. In the following letter, he highlights how to get into filmmaking – based on his experience Hi Jason […]
Today’s question comes from a filmmaker who is puzzled over how to sell his movie. Since the world of video on demand distribution is changing the ways in which movies are seen and sold, having a solid distribution strategy that you can implement is essential for success. Question: When deciding on how to sell your […]
Today’s filmmaking question comes from a frustrated screenwriter who needs to find people interested in investing in movies. Since this is a challenge faced by most filmmakers and screenwriters, I thought it would be good to provide some tips. Question: I have lots of bound ready scripts. I have a great desire and experience to […]