Paperwork & Money

Why everyone lies about their movie’s budget

Patrick Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times delivers the shock of all shocks, people in Hollywood lie. …The studio chief who made the movie gives you a low-ball number. The head of a rival studio, eager to make a competitor look bad, gives you a wildly inflated number. Most journalists have reported that Baz Luhrmann’s Read MoreRead More

Cash Crunch: Seeking Film Financing in Lean Times

Anthony Kaufman looks at financing during tough times. … “Call me when the economy is better.” That’s what one New York-based indie producer heard from a potential investor recently. With Wall Street crashing, hedge funds shaking out, and a possible global depression on the horizon, it’s not exactly the best time to be looking for Read MoreRead More

AICP Commercial Contracts and Forms

The Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) has put together a group of “boilerplate” contracts and forms for their television commercial production company members. You can find more information here. Contracts: New Media Contracts and Riders Standard Commercial Production Agreement Sequential Liability Addendum (Members-Only Service) Forms: Permit Checklist Location Code of Professional Responsibilty Filmmakers Read MoreRead More

Tips on coordinating a successful fundraising party

The Independent interviews Morrie Warshawski, whose book The Fundraising Houseparty: How to Party With a Purpose and Raise Money for Your Cause may provide some useful advice on using a “houseparty” to fund your next project. …Filmmakers increasingly need to seek funds from as many sources as possible. A fundraising party may seem like a Read MoreRead More

An Investor’s Perspective

DIY DAYS Boston – Todd Dagres has a unique perspective on the funding of film and digital media. As a founder and General Partner of Spark Capital, he’s led Spark’s investments in Veoh Networks, Menara Networks, Verivue, EQAL, Covestor, Tjet, and Intune Networks. Mr. Dagres’ Entertainment and Media endeavors include establishing two film and television Read MoreRead More

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 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

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