Spotlight-on-movie-profitability_50291ca439c77.png (PNG Image, 1971 × 2952 pixels) - Scaled (33%) Learn the Ropes of Marketing & Selling Your Films with Vimeo's Free VOD Handbook. If you're an indie filmmaker today, it's imperative to know how to distribute your films online.
Luckily, Vimeo released a free handbook today that contains a bunch of great insight from filmmakers, distributors, and industry pros. Obviously Vimeo's VOD Selling Handbook is geared toward the company's own VOD platform, Vimeo on Demand, which if that's the route you're taking -- perfect! Now you've got a highly detailed and easy to follow guide on how to get your project online and making money on the site. It's a relatively short read at just 14 pages, and it's full of helpful images and graphs for all of you visual learners. We Are All Unique, But We Are Not Special (or Why We Should Stop Asking for Ridiculously High Amount of Money from Potential Backers to Let Them See Our Film) This article was first published on Medium.
(or Why We Should Stop Asking for Ridiculously High Amount of Money from Potential Backers to Let Them See Our Film) Mark Duplass on How To Spend Your Budget on a $1,000 Feature Film. The Realities of Producing a $1 Million (and Below) Feature Film. Say hello to shrinking budgets & rising expected production values.
At Buffalo 8 Productions, we’ve produced over 30 feature films ranging from $100,000 budgets to $8M budgets with the average project settling around $1M. This is a guest post by Matthew Helderman of Buffalo8 and BondIt. We’ve seen budgets shrink, projects come & go and expectations shattered or met with disappointment during the process. Through our experiences we’ve gathered and built a manifesto for the do’s & don’ts of making low budget projects. Some are obvious, others are elements we picked up after handfuls of wrong turns. We’ve even written a full 50 page eBook on the subject that has provided insight for the indie community (linked here). All in all — we broke it down into three key successful elements: How to Make a Great Crowdfunding Video That People Will Actually Watch. Emily Best, founder and CEO of Seed&Spark, an alternative crowdfunding platform to Kickstarter and Indiegogo with a decidedly different approach, has some words of wisdom about how to make the best crowdfunding video possible and avoid the mistakes so many people make (thanks to Film Courage for another fantastic interview): Of course there is no right way to do a crowdfunding video, but by following some of Emily's tips above, you're going to be starting on a much better foot.
We've seen plenty of crowdfunding videos here at NFS, and there is no question that "show/don't tell" is a much, much better approach than just talking to the camera. By making the video more interesting and including plenty of material that shows what you are trying to produce, you're going to have a better chance of getting strangers to contribute. The other big thing is to keep the length reasonable. How to Market Your Film — Music Bed Community. Films are made to be seen.
If you want to get philosophical about it, Aristotle believed that a piece of art wasn’t complete until someone had seen it. Keys to Film Financing: Keep Creativity in Your Heart, but Dollar Signs in Your Eyes. Our team here at Buffalo 8 Productions and BondIt will be releasing a five part film financing series over the course of the next few months.
Stay tuned for articles on packaging (talent and finance), capital structuring (equity, debt, fundraising), producing within a framework (budgetary production oversight) and sales (ROI and waterfall specifics). Great film stories range in their scope -- some are contained (Reservoir Dogs) while others are expansive (Saving Private Ryan) but at their core a great film story’s execution is, above all else, self-aware -- self-aware in the sense that the writer, director and producer are on the same page about the creative necessities and the economic realities by which they are bound. As writers (whether first time or Academy Award winning) the ability to tell self-aware stories is essential.
Finding the balance between the economics and the creative elements have become the new necessity for writers in the post-meltdown era entertainment business. You Might Not Know Indie Film Producers By Name, But You Should. The actors and directors you’ll see throughout the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival will be its faces, but its secret driving forces will be the films’ producers.
On Thursday, April 16, a few of those dealmakers, including actress Olivia Wilde (Meadowland), will take part in the Tribeca Talks Master Class: The Producers, a free session at 2:30 p.m. inside the SVA Theater. Here, Tribeca Film breaks down the importance of the crucial yet routinely under-appreciated indie film producer. Throughout any given film festival, various media outlets will publish a litany of articles profiling the writers, directors, and stars behind the most exciting new independent movies, and rightfully so. For cinephiles navigating their way around a film fest, having a sense of the creative people involved can be a big help in sorting out which movies are more personally appealing than others. Finally Understands in 5min the Difference Between a Producer, an Executive Producer & a Line Producer. Film credits can get confusing, especially when it comes to the producing side of the process.
Between the Producers, the Creative Producers, the Line Producers and the Executive Producers, it is sometimes tricky to visualize who does what. Fortunately, Beasts of the Southern Wild and High Maintenance Producer, Michael Gottwald gave a class on Producing An Indie Film From The Grassroots Up at Creative Live where he explains what are the responsibilities tied up to each title. Watch the video and see below for a recap: The Executive Producer The Executive Producer is usually a person who does have a financial interest in a film or maybe they are a person who gathered money for the film.
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