How To Finance Movies With VOD Sales Projections

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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 But that is an outdated model.

Would You Cast Actors Based On Twitter?

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Yesterday I met with a pretty well known Indie producer. We were talking about audience engagement and how filmmakers are now responsible for sourcing an audience. I’m a sucker for useful, actionable tips. So I asked him how he engages his audience. Actors Hired Based On Their Twitter Followers To give you an idea of […]

Short Horror Filmmaking With One Last Dive

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If you are looking for short film ideas, you might want to consider making a short horror film. My buddy sent me the one below called The Last Dive by Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun). This short was part of the 3:07AM project, aimed to help promote The Conjuring. I thought Jason Eisener did […]

Why You Need To Sell Movie Merchandise

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After you make your movie, people will email asking when it’s available. This period of time is called the social window. It’s the time when your fans are most eager to buy your movie and tell their friends about it. And you will know you’re in the social window when you find yourself communicating this […]

What Is Your Movie Competition

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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 […]

How To Grow Your Filmmaking Fanbase

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Filmmakers need an audience. Without an audience, you have no business. Many filmmakers ignore this part of the process. And let’s be honest, building an audience sounds a lot less sexy than actually making the movie. But here is the deal. Traditional film distribution once revolved around shipping physical product. There were fixed costs and […]

How to Crowdfund an Oscar Winning Movie

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Crowdfunding has become a successful strategy for filmmakers to raise money to make their movies. If you were paying attention, you probably noticed that the 2013 Oscar ceremony awarded two films that benefited from Crowdfunding. With this I believe we can finally say that Hollywood has jumped on the crowdfunding bandwagon. In March 2011, Andrew […]

Top Filmmaking Excuses and How To Avoid Them

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As a filmmaker, taking action is everything. But sometimes this is easy to say, but tough to execute. Over the past two weeks, I have been getting a bunch of emails from Hollywood hopefuls who want to make movies or write screenplays or do something. But for some reason – (insert idiotic excuse here) – […]

Who Else Wants To Make A Movie?

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Whenever I give talks on modern moviemaking, there is invariably someone in the audience who asks if I would personally produce his or her brilliant idea into a movie. In answering this question, I have to ask why the person wants to make movies? “Because I want to be famous.” At this point my jaw […]