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The Potato Salad Kickstarter is Better Than Your Crowdfunding Campaign

Exploding on the social media today is news about a Kickstarter campaign to make Potato Salad that is reaching the upper limits of 5 digits while countless other passion projects go unfunded. Why is that? Perhaps because your Kickstarter campaign sucks. An individual recently Kickstarted a batch of potato salad and asked for $10 to Read MoreRead More

Legally Speaking, It Depends: Copyright in Court

New York Transactional entertainment attorney Christopher Schiller discusses what may happen if you should be involved in a copyright case that sees the inside of a courtroom. Specifics being key to every case, this effort will only lay out the big-picture elements of what it might be like to take a copyright claim to the Read MoreRead More

The Legal and Business Issues of Crowdfunding

Christopher Schiller covers some key aspects you must consider when looking to use Crowdfunding as your source of financing. Types of Crowdfunding: – Charity based (e.g. fund drives for public broadcasting) – The main goal of the funding is to support the charity. The product or gifts are an afterthought or extra and are not Read MoreRead More

Movie Industry Money Terms Explained

Entertainment Lawyer Christopher Schiller dives into common money terms in filmmaking contracts and what they mean for screenwriters. Typically studios, producers or anyone else funding movies don’t work with piles of bills lying around in a vault, ready to fund movies. There are numerous schemes that are used to shift funds when needed into the Read MoreRead More

Crowdfunding & Taxes: Kickstarter’s Hidden Bite (& How to Stop the Bleeding)

Ben Henretig raised $112,000 for a documentary – but how much of that money winds up with the IRS in terms of tax dollars? He explains his approach to the tax question when it comes to crowdfunding: Kickstarter has emerged as an incredibly powerful platform for creatives to crowd-fund their creative work. In October of Read MoreRead More

5 Things You Need to Know About Filming Permits

Elliot from Reel Deel Film School explains what you need to film abroad. When filming in another country, it’s incredibly important to make sure you have the correct paperwork before you record anything… A full write up: The very first lesson I was taught on Day 1 as a Camera Assistant was to never assume anything! Read MoreRead More

Thinking About Crew Prep

Shooting a movie is not just about the gear. Arthur Vincie writes about the often overlooked process of crew prep and how to approach and plan for working with a crew. One of the biggest mistakes I see first-time filmmakers commit is to think solely in terms of production time when it comes to crewing up.  The Read MoreRead More

5 Things About Crowdfunding That Were True in 1998 (& Are Still True Today)

Crowdfunding pioneer Mark Tapio Kines writes about effective strategies of raising money through crowdfunding whether it be the first film he financed in 1997 or his latest. I hold the somewhat geeky distinction of being the first person to ever crowdfund a film. When I needed money to finish for my first feature Foreign Correspondents, I Read MoreRead More

How Much Should You Charge Per Hour

It’s the inevitable question when it comes down to starting a creative business. JP Danko tackles question by looking at how the expenses add up for in professional photographer’s point of view. Money is a touchy subject for a lot of people – and it seems especially so for photographers. Everyone’s personal circumstances are different, and we Read MoreRead More

Hollywood Producers’ Telemarketing Practices Defrauding People by Hundreds of Millions, Law Enforcement Says

Making movies in Hollywood costs a lot of money, so film producers are often looking for investors to bankroll what they hope will be a blockbuster. CBS News has learned some Hollywood producers are using telemarketers to cold call Americans, convincing them to make risky investments. Law enforcement tells CBS News it’s a widespread fraud worth Read MoreRead More

Understanding the basics of Music Clearance in Film

Entertainment lawyer Christopher Schiller explains some of the basics of music clearance and notes how getting legal rights can easily crescendo into a complicated task. Since before films had dialogue, they’ve had music to accompany the pictures. Music in some form or another has been integral to the cinema experience. And so it should come as Read MoreRead More

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