Wouldn’t it be great if there was one big filmmaking secret? Something so cool that if you applied it, you would accelerate your filmmaking career to the next level?
The truth is, making a living making movies is challenging. And if you’re trying to produce next film project, you might be at a stage where you refined your movie concept and wrote a film business plan. In fact, here are some great tips on writing that business plan:
Maybe you had a few pitch meetings that went fantastic.
But now it’s been months with no progress.
Filmmaking Secret Revealed: What They Don’t Want You To Know
Here’s the thing film executives and prospective investor don’t want you to know. Most are super busy. And if you don’t “sell them” on the value of working with you, you’ll never get a second meeting.
When you’re trying to get projects made, the two big questions you must answer are:
1. How will you spend the money?
2. How will your film make money?
Reduce the probability of risk and increase the probability of success, and you might get attention. Fail to do this and your heavy hitter will smile, shake your hand and say something nice about your project.
You’ll walk out of the meeting super excited because you finally found someone who believes in your vision.
But you’re wrong. You blew the meeting and you didn’t even know it. And now you’re getting radio silence.
The good new is, nearly every entrepreneurial filmmaker has experienced this.
Your goal is to help mitigate these risks as best you can and then refine, hustle and repeat.
But the reality is, you can only push so hard.
You can only be patient for so long.
Sooner or later you’ll realize that asking permission to make movies sucks.
When you find yourself in this situation, the better question to ask yourself is:
Given the resources I have right now, what is the movie I can make this year?
Here is the major filmmaking secret. When you start making your film without asking permission, you’ll find that people who once ignored you will take notice. Some will return your calls. And some will be willing to help out.