Paperwork & Money

Utilizing Noncommercial Music for Film

By Jon M. Garon Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell, PC Every Hollywood studio has a team of lawyers and paralegals who focus exclusively on the music licensing issues for their productions. The independent filmmaker must find a way to accomplish this same task. Through creative planning, she can bring the same artistic vision and entrepreneurial approach Read MoreRead More

Deal Terminology: What’s ‘Against’ Mean?

by Skip Press Dollars and Sense ~~ Monica P. asks: What does it mean to be offered $XX ‘against’ $YYY, for your screenplay? For example, does one price ‘against’ another mean that the writer is paid $XX now, with an additional $YYY later if the film is actually produced? Or does it mean that you’ll Read MoreRead More

Freelance Contracts: Do’s and Don’ts

Every person that works in film will at some point have to create a contract. Here are a few simple reminders of what to include: …In the world of freelancing, the entrepreneur has to take on a number of tasks for themselves that would normally be handled by a separate department at a bigger company. Read MoreRead More

Freelance Negotiations In The Real World

Saw this on the Pro Tools blog. Sadly sometimes things are funny because they’re true. Can you relate? VIA: zeorge497 Produced by Scofield Editorial, Inc. Casting Agency: Artistic Enterprises Casting Director: Michelle Moore Video Store Customer: David Meek Video Store Clerk: Nick Krcek Restaurant Customer (Male): Andy Guerdan Restaurant Customer (Female): Andrea Gregory Server: Landon Read MoreRead More

Fundraising Your Micro Budget Film

Money does make the world go around – and it oils the gears of filmmaking. Where do you turn to get said cash? Dale Newton and John Gaspard break it down. …When we made Resident Alien and Beyond Bob (for $28,000 and $26,000, respectively), we thought we’d gone about as low as you could go, Read MoreRead More

America’s subsidies for filmmaking

This article (“The money shot”) from The Economist explains why government handouts to Hollywood are growing. …All but seven of America’s 50 states now offer incentives to lure filmmakers. Some states refund a portion of in-state production costs, which may include actors’ salaries. Others issue rebates against state taxes that can be sold to local Read MoreRead More

DIY DAYS Philadelphia – New Models of Funding

NEW MODELS OF FUNDING: BEYOND THE BIG SCREEN As traditional indie film finance dries up, filmmakers are on the lookout for new sources of funding. In a content-saturated market, enabled by new technology and amplified by social media, could extending the story experience hold the answers to a new wave of creative expression? ANITA ONDINE Read MoreRead More

How Binding is a Letter of Intent?

Mark Galsor and Jesse Saivar tackle the question – how binding is a letter of intent when it comes to producers? …A true letter of intent is as binging as your To Do list, or at least it should be. You intend to do the things on your To Do list, but if you don’t Read MoreRead More

Overtime – and why your low film budget should have it.

by 8thSamurai Before you look at me as though I’m mad, and say ‘I can’t afford to pay overtime!’, realize that I may not be talking to you. This is not for you Weekend Warriors who call upon the talents and resources of your close friends in exchange for coating them with homemade blood and Read MoreRead More

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