Most filmmaking business plans are stupid. Why? Because most filmmakers have no idea (especially first time filmmakers) how to project a return on investment. Don’t feel bad. It’s not your fault.
Film financing and financing movies for independent filmmakers is one of the most challenging aspects of the movie making process. You can have the greatest screenplay, the most talented cast and stellar movie locations – but without movie money, you are just another would-be filmmaker with a dream and a passion. The film finance articles at Filmmaking Stuff provide tips on how to view independent filmmaking as a business.
“How do I get film financing?” is a question that filmmakers ask over and over again. This makes sense because funding a film follows the Golden Rule… He or She who has the gold, makes the rules. And if you’re the one to get that gold for your film, you can write your own ticket. […]
As a filmmaker, independent film financing a major mystery. When I was starting out, I met with quite a few producers who refused to share their money secrets with me… I don’t know why they were so secretive. But it really annoyed me.
If you’re looking to raise money for your film, you’re probably heard some other filmmaker (who never raised money) tell you that, “Dentists are an excellent source for film investment money.” I’m not sure where this idea came from. I know it was mentioned in some very popular filmmaking books in the nineties, and somehow […]
One way I mitigate this “all eggs in one basket” approach to filmmaking (and business) is to always have projects in various stages of development. This allows you to check one rejection off the list and put your focus into the next. And just because one prospective investor rejects one opportunity, there is nothing stopping you from shopping around…
In this guest filmmaking article, documentary filmmaker Faith Fuller shares tips on how to avoid the top five mistakes made in documentary funding. Read this article and fund your documentary.