In the world of indie filmmaking, it sure seems like NetFlix has become the holy grail. But after working with several other filmmakers on their distribution strategy, I really DO NOT think NetFlix offers the indie filmmaker a viable option for distribution.
Creating an independent film business plan allows you to fully understand the business aspects of your project. You will want to outline your budget and show how the money will be spent. You will also highlight your team, your objectives and importantly, your marketing, sales and distribution strategy. Completing an independent film business plan is […]
The demise of DVD distribution, coupled with inexpensive production technology has flooded the marked with cheaply produced, accessible movies. And for most filmmakers, basing an entire distribution strategy on outside studios “picking up” completed movies is silly. Digital film distribution is now a primary way movies are getting seen and sold. This paradigm shift makes it […]
Since starting Filmmaking Stuff I have seen the entire independent community get turned up-side-down. Inexpensive production technology coupled with modern forms of video-on-demand distribution has changed the way movies are made, marketed, seen and sold.
When I started participating on film festival panels, filmmakers used to ask how to land a distributor, how to get a good film distribution deal or how to live happily ever after. But over the last two years, the narrative has changed significantly. Filmmakers are now asking questions about how to market and sell their own movies, without the middleman…
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 […]
As filmmakers, we are in the midst of a major movie distribution paradigm shift. Traditional theatrical release models as well as DVD sales channels are being replaced by video on demand platforms. These changes have forever altered the ways in which movies are seen and sold. As a consequence, getting into Sundance and selling your […]
As a filmmaker, selling your movie usually involves traditional distribution – film festivals, schmoozing, phone calls, follow up and a whole bunch of NOs and crappy distribution offers. And even when you get your movie into the market, there are still no guarantees that your movie will be a success. This can be discouraging…
in the spirit of your own filmmaking success, I am going to offer you a Movie Maker Challenge for 2012 (Yeah, it might seem too early to set goals, but I think you’ll be OK…)
One of the toughest parts of getting business minded prospective investors to take you seriously is distribution. Like it or not, your film distribution strategy has a ripple effect on all other aspects of your movie production, including film finance…
A few weeks back I gave a talk and was surprised that many of the filmmakers in attendance had never heard of crowdfunding. If you are one of those filmmakers, crowdfunding provides you with a “many to one” model. On the following sites, you create a campaign and then reach out to your network and ask for donations.