Looking for Investment – here are some tips weeding out the bull.

Looking for Investment? Are you dealing with Film investors for a low budget (under $500k feature) and finding out it's all bullshit? Well, for every real Film investor, there are literally thousands of BULLSHITTERS, TIRE KICKERS, SCAMMERS, and MICE. I basically put investors into 6 categories: 1. TIRE KICKERS 2. BULLSHITTERS 3. MICE 4. INVESTORS 5. FIRST TIMERS 6. SCA...

How do you review a script ?

-Is the script readable and interesting ? If it won’t hold my interest for a straight thru read it needs work. -Do I believe the characters, is there proper depth in the leads and supporting actors ? -Are there interesting and gripping moments ? does the script have emotional builds and good pacing? -Is there a solid subplot? -Can I create it, and do it justice with the bu...

Are you making an Indie feature and planning on distribution? Quality Control and passing with your project. What do I need for my file to pass QC

Are you making an Indie feature and planning on distribution? Quality Control and passing with your project. What do I need for my file to pass QC Did you ever wonder what QC really means and how it affects you and your project? To start with you film might look great but when the QC people at the distributor or network take a look things can change in an instant. The first th...

Budgeting for a low budget Feature? read this.

A friend posted: How do I create a budget for a low/no budget flick...for a low/no budget indie: 10 or so crew, from DP to grip, $50 to $500 / day... depending on how many and how close film crew friends you may have and how hungry they are, and willing to work on a "freebe". So plan on between $500 to $5000 / day for 10 low/no budget crew... then add $15 to $25/day/head for fo...

you wrote a script… are you therefore the person to direct it ?

Do you really think that just because you can write a script means you can direct a movie ??? Sorry.. but you're dead wrong. A good director can see the entire story in their head, and know where to cut, rework, modify, and simply dump material and story to get a solid commercial film made on budget and on time based on a brilliant script. They need to know how everything works...

Planning on Funding your first time feature film…

Getting your Film funded.... There are lots of ways to get funding: 1. Spend your own money. 2. Spend your friends and families money. 3. go out to crowd funding and piss off your friends and family by constantly begging for money. 4. Borrow the money from a bank. 5. max out your credit cards (very stupid idea and yes I have first hand knowledge of a friend who went bankrupt...

Producer MUST READ – Theatrical Market Statistics 2013

Here are some movie statistics:Global box office for all films released in each country around the world reached $35.9 billion in 2013, up 4% over 2012’s total, due to increases in international ($25.0 billion) and U.S./Canada ($10.9 billion) box office. All international regions experienced growth in 2013. Chinese box office ($3.6 billion) grew by 27% in 2013, becoming the...

Considering NAME talent for your movie project ?

Need "NAME" talent... Real BOX OFFICE Draw talent? First, make sure you have a track record that can be verified. Second, make sure you have funding in place that can be verified. Third. Make sure you are ready with a packet to send out and you have the answers ready to the agents questions. Film info, Role, planned shooting dates, number of days required, project budget, scrip...

SELF DISTRIBUTION “FOUR WALL” for INDIE FILMS – BASICS

Self Distribution basics…. And these are only basics. Self distribution, or called in the film industry "four walling", is a good way to go if you have time and enough money to push your product. The good news a bout four walling is that you get to keep the profits, all of them. The bad news is it takes a huge amount of time and not a small amount of money to successfully "f...

So you want to Produce a feature film… Do you have the skill set?

Do you really know the skill set? FIRST and FOREMOST: You need to be a Project Manager. A Project Manager is someone who is responsible for planning, execution, completing, and delivering a Project… on BUDGET and on TIME. It’s ALL your fault and ALL your responsibility. Along with this you need to be good at Financial Planning and Financial management. You need to be able to w...