Distribution
It’s All About the Deal

It’s All About the Deal

Celebrity interviews–which stars are contractually obligated to do–make being in the movies seem like it’s all about the art of movie making; these days, however, it’s all about the deal. The perfect example of this is the contract Arnold Schwarzenegger agreed to for Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines. The contract was put together...

Netflix vs. Hollywood

A rectangular envelope sits in the mailbox with a round imprint of a DVD inside it. This iconic package silently signals to Americans across the country that their latest movie has arrived. Netflix dominated the movie-renting market when it first stepped its innovative foot through Hollywood’s door. Driving to the rental store became a thing...

Film Distribution and Budget

Make a Vow to Budget Budgeting for the distribution of a film is critical. It is perfectly reasonable to assume in today’s market that production for a film can happen for under $1 million. If there are no known actors or directors, under $500,000 is acceptable. Two important things to remember when planning a budget...

The Fate of Movie Theaters

Hollywood finds itself in a battle: movie theaters vs. home viewing. The May 2008 edition of the All Media Revenue Report said that through 1980, 55% of total revenue for studios came from movie theaters. As of 2007, only 20% of total revenue comes from movie theaters. Over the last two decades the increase of...

R.I.P. Video Stores

Vacant video stores that line suburban streets act like a graveyard where video rentals so popular in the 1990s come to die. With the invention of Redbox an entire store dedicated to rows of movies are no longer necessary. The title says it all: they are now contained within a red box. Over 6,000 Blockbuster...

Post-production: Gear Up for Distribution

Most consider postproduction a time for editing. It is also time to focus on making deliverables so you can shop your film around. Potential distributors will require these before considering your film. Unless all these items are present, distributors will refrain from paying you. Save yourself time in the future and do the following during...

Increase Your Chances of Film Circulation

It is important to consider how to greatly improve the likelihood of a film’s circulation during production and post-production stages. Thinking critically during these steps will help filmmakers create a marketable film. Although rare, films are sometimes picked up for circulation during the production phase. It is possible to push a film out into the...

The Big Boys of Hollywood

The six major studios act as the toll collector when it comes to getting movies out to the public. Those six studios—Disney, Sony, Universal, Warner Bros., Fox and Paramount—each collect a distribution fee. This fee is amassed from the movies they produce and finance. as well as other people’s movies they distribute. The studio takes...