Our system of law doesn’t acknowledge the derivative nature of creativity. Instead, ideas are regarded as property, as unique and original lots with distinct boundaries. But ideas aren’t so tidy. They’re layered, they’re interwoven, they’re tangled. And when the system conflicts with the reality… the system starts to fail.Read More
Paperwork & Money
In Script Notes, John August and Craig Mason talk about how the money flows in a Hollywood Studio and how a theoretical movie studio can make money even if the last 20 pictures it releases looses money.
James Erwin is a fledgling author who posted a series of short stories in Reddit’s forums about what would happen if U.S. Marines traveled back in time to fight the Roman Empire. Warner Bros. took notice and moved to buy the movie rights. But Reddit’s user agreement may turn his dream into a intellectual property nightmare. Read More
Crowd funding sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo are littered with the carcasses of failed projects. Though not a guarantee of success, there’s probably a good chance the unsuccessful pitch may have ignored one or more of these tips…Read More
We have all seen those government warnings on DVDs. You may have even seen some “indie” films include the warning before their little epic either to look “professional” or because of an irrational fear someone may steal their Zombie Space Opera. Read More
This panel by Tribeca Film Institute at The New School addresses funding opportunities for both first-time and more experienced narrative and documentary filmmakers. Panelists discuss foundation grants, investors, individual donors, and nonprofit organizations as sources of pre-production, production, and post-production funding.Read More