Independent Film Investors

Before you seek out independent film investors to help you realize your filmmaking goals, you need to do your homework.

The following film producer suggestions provide basic action steps. But before we get started, a little disclosure:

In the following filmmaking article, I am going to mention products and services. You should know that I most likely get paid a small affiliate commission to promote these things. But this will not affect your purchase price. And hopefully this saves YOU time!

1. Break Down Your Screenplay
Break down your movie script into a schedule. Use the information from your schedule to create your initial production budget. You could hire someone to do this for you, or you could grab a copy of Peter Marshall’s Online Movie Script Breakdown course.

2. Create A Business Plan
Utilize the information from your movie budget to write your movie business plan. Your business plan will detail how your movie money will be spent – but more importantly, your business plan will also detail how you will  market and sell your movie.

Here is some movie business plan software: Movie Plan Pro

3. Create a Marketing Plan
Your business plan will also contain a your marketing plan. Creating a marketing plan is a relatively new step for filmmakers, but having an idea for how you will market and sell your movie is essential.  Please note: Getting your movie into and selling your movie at Sundance should not be part of your business or marketing plan, unless you can guarantee acceptance to Sundance.

Here is some marketing plan software.

4. Budget Your Marketing in a Plan
In order to succeed, you must not only create a marketing plan, but you must budget the cost of your marketing. Again, allocating funds to your marketing is a new step for us filmmakers. In the past, your marketing was handled by movie distributors.

5. Update Your Budget
In the past, your initial budget only included your production costs. Now that you have your marketing plan, you will have to pay for your marketing. You will need to decide if these monies will come from your production budget  – or will you go out and raise more money?

6. Crowdfunding To Cover Movie Project Legal

Once you are satisfied with your business plan, then you will need to find a lawyer – especially if you plan on approaching prospective investors. But doing this correctly can be expensive. So to raise the legal fees, consider testing your concept and marketing hook by creating a crowdfunding campaign. From this practice, you can possibly raise money to cover your legal costs.

7. Find Prospective Investors

Once you get the OK from your lawyer, you will need to reach out to rich people. If you’re from a small town, you probably already know who the rich people are. Pick up the phone and call them. Ask for a meeting to chat about your “business venture.”

Keep in mind that boldness is rewarded and if you don’t ask you don’t get. And in the event you need more information on how to build relationships with rich people so they can finance your movie, check you the indie producer’s guide to getting movie money.

Now get out there and find some independent film investors!

New Screenwriting System

In a previous post, I mentioned how my world (as an indie producer) would be a lot more fun if all the screenwriters who pitched me movie ideas actually had a finished screenplay. As you probably know, there are lot of folks with amazingly awesome ideas, but for the most part – those ideas never make their way to finished material.

Why is this?

You probably have your own opinions. But I think the major reason more writer-producers, writer-directors and full fledged screenwriters do not finish what they start is based on two very real factors:

  1. Fear of rejection. (Well, after you peel away all the excuses and reasons for procrastination.)
  2. Lack of a step-by-step screenwriting system to make your good ideas into great movie scripts.

So I wanted to announce a new screenwriting system. Based on my decade making movies (and prior to that, reading and writing coverage for a producer in New York City) – I have created a product that will provide you with a step-by-step, fill in the blank approach to writing a movie script – from the perspective of an experienced indie producer.

If you decide to utilize the system, you will see that the system consists of two parts. The first 50 pages (and over 90 minutes of MP3 Audio recording) is going to provide insight on movie scripts from an indie producer’s perspective.

The second part will provide you with a step-by-step, fill-in the blank, screenwriting template that will allow you to take your ideas out of the air and put them on paper faster than you ever thought possible.

And as you work through the system, you’ll find out what producers look for in a script. You’ll know the 7 surefire ways to get your read and not recycled. And you will also learn a thing or two about producing indie films. (Many of you are writing today, but would like to produce and direct in a few years.) By the end of this, you will know if you should sell your screenplay or produce it yourself.

If you’re interested in getting the system, or learning more, CLICK HERE