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How to Avoid Pitfalls in State-Sponsored Film Incentives

How to Avoid Pitfalls in State-Sponsored Film Incentives by Laura Pratt, offers some tips on maximizing State Tax incentives and avoiding mistakes along the way. …Tax incentives for film are a fantastic boon for the film industry and can be a powerful lure to entice films to specific locations. These are frequently offered by way Read MoreRead More

3 Sample Film Budgets

Ben Long and Sonja Schenk at dvHandbook.com have put together 3 sample film budgets PDF’s and break each one down in these informative articles: DV feature film budget ($25,000 – $100,000) Broadcast documentary budget ($15,000-$80,000) Commercial budget ($2000 – $50,000) …Creating a budget can be a powerful way to visualize your project and may be Read MoreRead More

Where The Money Is

Looking for the money to finance your indie pic? Nicol Wistreich the co-writer of The Film Finance Handbook: How to Fund Your Film: New Global Edition writes about where to find those pots of cash. The article focuses on UK indies, but it also contains great information for all filmmakers. …Unless you’re heir to a Read MoreRead More

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video

From: Center for Social Media Download full report (PDF) INTRODUCTION WHAT THIS IS This document is a code of best practices that helps creators, online providers, copyright holders, and others interested in the making of online video interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use. Fair use is the right to use copyrighted material without permission Read MoreRead More

What Can and Can’t Be Visible on Set

In this article attorney Thomas A. Crowell covers the basic legal issues of filming logos, images, designs and other copyrighted materials. …When the director yells “action,” what the camera captures can spark lawsuits. All it takes is one suddenly inspired art director to place an uncleared Warhol print on the wall of the hero’s apartment Read MoreRead More

Hollywood Now Serving Cajun

The heady mix of brand-spanking-new facilities, skilled local talent, and budget-friendly tax breaks makes a compelling case for moving your production to LA (Louisiana that is). …It may be the worst kept secret in Hollywood. Louisiana is now the third most popular region of the country for movie productions, after Los Angeles and New York. Read MoreRead More

Purchasing Literary Property For Film

By Jon M. Garon Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell, PC This is part of a series of book excerpts from Independent Filmmaking, The Law & Business Guide for Financing, Shooting & Distributing Independent & Digital Films designed as an introduction to the many legal issues involved in the filmmaking process. To obtain the right to make Read MoreRead More

Protecting Film Investors

Entertainment Attorney Mark Litwak teaches film investors how to reduce the risk of film investments. For filmmakers this is a good insight into what investors may be looking for in your project. …Film investments have a bad reputation, and deservedly so. There are instances where financiers have been cheated and lost their entire investment. Consequently, Read MoreRead More

European Film Funds and Grants

If you are interested in European Grants and funds you need to book mark this site because it has up to date info on grants and film funding programs. Also very good for people contemplating film co-production deals. Suggested by IQ Member: Da_Cat …The European Audiovisual Observatory’s public funding database aims to provide companies with Read MoreRead More

Financial Accounting & Responsibility for the Film Company

By Jon M. Garon Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell, PC This is part of a series of book excerpts from Independent Filmmaking, The Law & Business Guide for Financing, Shooting & Distributing Independent & Digital Films designed as an introduction to the many legal issues involved in the filmmaking process. A typical film company of even Read MoreRead More

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