Finance
Identifying Investor Types

Identifying Investor Types

The various laws related to securities not only determine the exemption and registration of securities, but also whom you may approach and the manner in which you do it. In addition, the amount of information that you are required to disclose is established by the investor being accredited or non-credited. A person or institution that...
The Net Profit Illusion

The Net Profit Illusion

The term “equity” relates to an investment that represents the interest of an owner in a company; for example, units in a limited partnership, membership in a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or shares in a corporation.  It is a different aspect from that of a loan facility, in that you are obligated to refund the...
What Are My Options Financing A Film?

What Are My Options Financing A Film?

They say that money makes the world go ‘round; if not the world, it is certainly a key factor in making your film! Having this wonderful vision of how you will make your film and getting it done are two different dreams. The objective for you is to make them come together, and unless you...
Five of the best indie films made using Kickstarter

Five of the best indie films made using Kickstarter

Amateur filmmakers and fans alike are proclaiming that Kickstarter is the way forward in movie financing. The success and new-found infamy of the project is largely due to the funding of a movie version of the cult TV show Veronica Mars, which has to date raised $5,702,153 and a staggering 285% of its original goal....
Partnering with Investors

Partnering with Investors

Raising money for independent films can be a painful process. Most people tend to turn to friends and relatives first as investors in the film because it’s often the easiest avenue; they may already know the ins and outs of the project, and may be willing to support you. However, at some point, you’ll likely...
Investing in Your Film: The New 50/50

Investing in Your Film: The New 50/50

One of the most difficult challenges filmmakers face is making people care. First, you have to construct your narrative and capture it on film, tell new stories in interesting ways and be better at it than anyone else. And then the real work begins. Telling a great story doesn’t matter if no one stops to...
The Difference in Funding for Hollywood vs Independent

The Difference in Funding for Hollywood vs Independent

Big budget movies, typically filmed in a Hollywood studio, often feature large explosions, natural disasters, and visualize the impending doom of the world. To create these large scale effects, money is needed. A lot of money. Major studios have their specific ways of earning money for their production, but non major studios and independent films...
Gatekeepers of Film Finance

Gatekeepers of Film Finance

It is important for one to understand what the three major types of film in the British sector are, since each category brings with it a series of distinct personalities – the personalities of a film’s creator (writer, director, producer), of a film’s financiers, and of a film’s audience. A producer and writer need to...
The Film Value Chain

The Film Value Chain

An important aspect of competitive business strategy has to do with bringing an organization into line with its strategic environment. As such, it is critical for those who run businesses in the film industry to fully understand the value chain in which they are working, especially during periods of radical change. Thus we have seen...
Categorizing Films by their Sources of Funding

Categorizing Films by their Sources of Funding

As George Lucas once pointed out, true creative control comes from those who are in charge of the money. Therefore, it is worth being aware which types of companies tend to fund various types of films. This article will focus on three kinds of film within the British film typology. By British films, we mean...
Power and Influence in Screenplay Development

Power and Influence in Screenplay Development

All script development projects start out small. They consist of a writer, who comes up with the film idea, and a producer, who can also be the originator of the idea. But as the project moves forward, more players get involved and they significantly shape the direction the script takes. They can also drop out...
Film Business - Show Me The Money

Film Business – Show Me The Money

The film business and the value chain ‘I think someone who has writing talent and who also understands how the television, film and games industries work, will be more successful as a writer.  They understand that you’re not writing for the public, you’re writing for the people who can invest money.’ (Julian Friedmann, writer’s agent)...
How Development Funding Works – The Numbers And The Risk

How Development Funding Works – The Numbers And The Risk

‘What we do is find stories which we somehow find compelling, fresh; stories we have to tell.  And they will, by definition, be things that are hard to sell because they haven’t been done before’ (Andy Paterson, producer The Girl with a Pearl Earring). It all starts with an idea, of course.  But even before...
Budgeting For Production Managers

Budgeting For Production Managers

Budgets for film projects are created months or even years before shooting begins.  As a Production Manager, you may be brought in during the development phase to create the first budget.  Alternatively, the Producer may write the initial budget and bring you in later.  Either way, it’s essential to understand how to read and write...
Cost Management Tips for Production Managers

Cost Management Tips for Production Managers

As a production manager, it’s your duty is to keep your film project on schedule.  An important aspect of your job is budgeting and managing finances to keep production running smoothly.  Work closely with the Production Accountant to track the flow of expenditures and keep meticulous cost records.  Cost information will help guide your day-to-day...
Making Money: The Road To The Box Office

Making Money: The Road To The Box Office

The artistic value of film cannot be denied; for instance, the works of Luis Bunuel, Ingmar Bergman, and even the violent and bloody images of Quentin Tarantino are profound explorations of the human condition.  However, the success of a movie is ultimately dependent not on the reviews of the critics but on its performance in...
Why Films Really Get Made

Why Films Really Get Made

While it is true that studios tend to care about whether their films make a profit or not, this is not usually the only mitigating factor behind the decision to make a film. In fact, sometimes other reasons are so strong that they might even outweigh the fact that a film may not make a...
Notes For Budgeting A Film Production

Notes For Budgeting A Film Production

Budgeting a film production All films have a budget to track spending. While most of the budgeting can be handled using a template, it is helpful to know that budget templates intentionally skip numbers for line items. They are numbered consecutively, and the missing numbers between existing items on the template are used to include...