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 Napier co-produced a short … [Read more...]

Private Film Investors

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So you're trying to woo some private film investors? Maybe you are gaining traction and you feel a deal a close - yet despite the great conversations, something feels elusive - the money! As a filmmaker, know this. It does not matter how much you want to make a movie. Prospective investors do not care. What they care about is how your movie will benefit them.  If you find … [Read more...]

Filmmaking Stuff Audio Interview With Carole Lee Dean

Carole Lee Dean is an industry legend. As an entrepreneur, producer and supporter of independent film, her influence has had a positive impact on filmmaking around the world. Most notoriously, 30 years ago, Carole took a $20 bill and created the $50 million a year short end industry. Her company was instrumental in the birth of the Hollywood independent film community because … [Read more...]

Filmmaking Interview with Carole Lee Dean

As president and CEO of From the Heart Productions, Carole Lee Dean produced over 100 programs, including the popular cable program, HealthStyles, and the historical show, Filmmakers, now housed in the National Archives. As an entrepreneur she created Studio Film & Tape, and sold it to Edgewise in 2001. She created a business supporting independent filmmakers in the 70’s … [Read more...]

Independent Film Financing

Today, I'm going to offer yet another bit of perspective on the whole question of how to raise money for movies. As you may or may not know, independent film funding can be a little overwhelming. If you've ever dabbled in the business side of making a movie, you know what I mean. The first time I heard people talk about writing a business plan or offering a private placement … [Read more...]