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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

What You Can Learn from 8 Sundance Films with Successful Crowdfunding Campaigns?

Oakley Anderson-Moore looks at the successful campaigns of 8 Sundance Films for hints on how to run a successful campaign From projects that banked $12K to upwards of $3M, quite a few films that just premiered at Sundance Film Festival were supported by very successful, but very different, Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns. (And most were Read MoreRead More

What are Moral Rights?

Entertainment attourney Christopher Schiller touches on the legal concept of moral rights and how they should play in your legal contracts. Moral Rights, Droit Moral, Non-Economic Rights, loaded phrases all. They are all referring to the internationally recognized set of rights whose main goal is to give purchase to the idea that a created work has some Read MoreRead More

ABC’s of International Pre-Sales

Kathryn Arnold interviews Joe Woolfe, Executive VP, Media and Entertainment Finance at One West Bank about the financial vehicle of PreSales and how they work internationally. A common financing vehicle for independent films is “Pre-Sales.”  The phrase is often thrown around among producers and distributors in every day conversation.  However, as more and more content creators Read MoreRead More

Model Releases: What You Need to Know (With Samples)

Jeff Guyer covers the basics of model releases for photography – much of which translates into model releases for Commercial and Stock Motion Picture. What It Is and Why It’s Important. At its most basic, a model release is a contract. It is a written and signed agreement between you and the person you are Read MoreRead More

Donation-Based Crowdfunding Sites: Kickstarter Vs. Indiegogo

Chance Barnett explains the difference between the two donation based crowd funding sites and how they differ from crowd funding investment sites. Kickstarter and Indiegogo, considered the two most popular donation-based crowdfunding sites, were founded in 2009 and 2007 respectively. They give people and creative projects the opportunity to raise money via online donations or Read MoreRead More

Top 10 Tips To Raise Money For Your Documentary

Faith Fuller provides a top ten list of things to do to get some cash to make your documentary come true. Fundraising Trailer – Your number one priority when raising money for your film is to create a fantastic fundraising trailer.  This is how you pull people into your idea and build buzz for your project.  Read MoreRead More

What an Estimate for a 3-Day $100,000 Photo Shoot Looks Like

Jess Dudely goes through the budget and estimate for a six figure commercial photography job. Here’s how I arrived at those numbers: Concept/Licensing: The agency came to us with four distinct concepts/ads, each portraying a specific product in use at home or in a business. The client had already selected the talent (real customers), from a Read MoreRead More

Fundraising Game-Changer: SEC Allows Filmmakers to Crowdsource Investors

This month may be a game changer for US-based independent film investing. In the past those looking to raise funds for their films could not advertise to the public. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) required them to only have individual meetings with potential investors one at a time. This of course was very time Read MoreRead More

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