Modern Filmmaking Business Plan

Most filmmaking business plans are stupid. Why? Because most filmmakers have no idea how to project a possible return on investment. Don't feel bad. It's not your fault. Until five years ago, distribution was discriminatory, abusive and monopolistic. As a result, the old business model for indie filmmaking relied heavily on some 3rd party, middle-man distribution … [Read more...]

Filmmaking or why modern moviemakers should not ask permission

I did it again. I refined a concept and wrote a business plan. I made the pitch. I got a warm reception and now months have gone by with radio silence. If you're into filmmaking and you're also trying to get projects off the ground - I understand what you're going through. The ongoing question I get: "How will this make money?" While it's safe to provide projections - any … [Read more...]

Independent Movie Distributors are Aggregators

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Independent Movie Distributors are great if they offer you a deal. The problem is, many filmmakers do not get a great deal. Instead, many filmmakers end up with a lot of empty promises. Now, thanks in part to a shrinking DVD market, many traditional distributors have shifted focus to partner with, or become a  movie aggregator. For those of you new to the concept, a movie … [Read more...]

Make Your Movie Now

As a filmmaker, I think the idea of producing your own work is good. I don't really believe in asking anyone for permission to make my movies - including traditional industry executives or other producers. I see this in Hollywood all the time. People have an idea for a movie, but instead of trying to create their own movie business, they spend days, weeks, months, and … [Read more...]

Filmmaking For a Living

As a filmmaker, you are expected to make a product (your movie). The money invested to create your product should be less than the eventual sales of your product. If you can not figure out how to achieve this goal, you do not have a business. You instead have an expensive hobby and probably a good demo reel. There are a lot of filmmakers who attempt to raise money without … [Read more...]