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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

Use Caution with Personal Debt Film Financing

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. The simplest form of self-financing is Read MoreRead More

Alternative Funding Methods

Slamdance presented Fireside Chat: Alternative Funding Methods for Indies. The panel started out reviewing some examples of methods that recent films have used to raise money, including house parties, sponsorships and advance DVD sales. Later, the discussion became more technical, addressing more advanced questions that arise from new, experimental funding models.Read More

Business Plan Mistakes

Having read thousands of business plans over the years, I can say the number one mistake people make is over hyping their project. Scott Macaulay outlines some of these basic mistakes in his article for Filmmaking Magazine. …Handing a business plan to potential film investors may not convince them that you are Warren Buffett-style visionary, Read MoreRead More

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