Three Ways To Cut Your Movie Budget (And Increase Production Value)

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Coming up with an accurate film budget can be a sobering experience. You either find out that you need to raise more money or cut your budget entirely. And if you’re anything like most independent filmmakers, both options suck. But don’t worry. This article offers three ways to cut your movie budget (and increase production value).

Script Breakdown and Film Scheduling

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Making a good movie starts with a good screenplay. And assuming you’ve written, or you control the rights to a fantastic script that you would like to produce, the next step creating a script breakdown and film scheduling.

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 But that is an outdated model.

How To Create a Final Movie Budget

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One of the most essential steps in the filmmaking process is to create a final movie budget. Your movie budget will outline the size of your movie and dictate how each dollar will be spent. From this information, you can finalize your business plan, raise money, hire cast and crew, make a movie – and […]

Stop Rewriting And Start Filmmaking

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Most filmmakers spend too much time in screenplay rewriting mode, when they should start making their movie. Stop it. Get your screenplay to a point where you aren’t going to keep changing things. How do you know when you are ready to lock your screenplay? Only you can decide. But just in case you were […]

Free Filming Locations and Other Favors

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Many filmmakers limit opportunities based on misguided beliefs. In order to make a feature film, many of these Hollywood hopefuls set their sights on raising a gazillion dollars. But without a track record or a working understanding of how to connect the dots, many would-be filmmakers fall short. I blame the gurus (the ones who […]

How To Get Into Filmmaking

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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 […]

5 Tips For Filmmaking On The Fly

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As a filmmaker, if you aren’t making movies, you are thinking about and planning for your next movie. With the year half-way over, it is important to think about your your filmmaking action plan. What are your filmmaking goals? What is your timeline for achieving your filmmaking goals? Here are five filmmaking tips to get […]

Aspiring screenwriter: Go Hollywood or go indie?

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Because I’ve written a few books about screenwriting I sometimes get questions from people just starting out on their careers. One query that has started coming up more often recently is whether it’s better to chase the Hollywood dream or get involved with indie films, including ones made for the web…