Indie Filmmaking As Your Business

If you've been following Filmmaking Stuff for some time, you probably know that this site really pushes non-permission based filmmaking. This concept means that if you're a filmmaker with ambition and a dream, you should not hesitate... You should not wait for Hollywood to give you permission - but rather, you should pick up a camera and Make Your Movie Now! For some of … [Read more...]

How To Make A Living Filmmaking

Recently a question posed by filmmaker Ben Rock over at Neptune Salad gave me a good reason to think about (and share) my filmmaking business philosophy in detail. Here is the question: "Is there a way to make enough money on any kind of self-distribution that a filmmaker can repay investors and eek out a middle-class existence?" I felt like this question required a … [Read more...]

How To Find Investors For Your Movie

If you ever wondered how to get money to make your movie, you're not alone. As filmmakers, many of us would rather focus on our filmmaking - And if we had it our way, we would save the go-get-movie-money for a producer. Back when I started my filmmaking career, I crossed my fingers a lot, hoping that some producer would magically appear in my life, discover my  brilliant … [Read more...]

Sell Your Movie

Lasky's Original Studio, AKA The Barn --  Image via Wikipedia If you've made a movie or you're working to make your movie (and I hope you are), you might also be thinking about how you're going to sell the sucker. I mean, despite the fact that filmmaking is fun there is a business component to it. If you fail to think in terms of Return On Investment (ROI), then getting … [Read more...]

Get Film Financing, part 2 of 2

Most investors are seasoned business professionals who manage their money in a superb way. They have run successful enterprises and will know how to evaluate your business. (Yes, your movie is your business.) If you present a project with inexperienced management, lack of star talent, no distribution deal in place with no clue how you’ll return the money, prospective investors … [Read more...]