The Independent Filmmaker's Guide to Writing a Business Plan for Investors (Second Edition)
Filmmakers need more than heart, talent and desire to realize their dreams: they need production capital. Finding willing investors can be the most difficult step in an aspiring filmmaker's pursuit of higher-budget, entertaining motion pictures. This practical guide provides detailed instructions on preparing the most important tool for recruiting investors, a persuasive business plan. Included in this new edition are suggested ways to approach potential investors, lists of various financial sources available to Hollywood productions, and tips on spotting unscrupulous financiers. Interviews with key Hollywood producers offer real-world insight.
Foreword by Morris Ruskin, CEO of Shoreline Entertainment.
Part One: Funding The Film
"With money, you can call the very gods to help.
Without it, not a single man."
-- Chinese Proverb
Taking The Next Step
Understanding your position in the grand scheme of things.
Finding the various types and dealing with them.
Due diligence isn't just for investors--it's also for filmmakers at every step of the production process.
Your Executive Summary
You can't judge a book by it's cover--or can you?
Your Production Company
Time to gather your production team, your allies and an extensive support network.
The Movie Projects
This is what all the fuss is about--making your movie(s)!
The Movie Industry
The bottom line: making movies is a business.
The Movie Market
It's as easy to understand as selling apples, oranges and bananas.
A constantly changing landscape in today's digital world of content delivery.
The Investor's Plan
Now let's get the money back with a profit!
Part Two: Expert Advice
Featuring exclusive interviews with the following industry executives and veteran producers:
Gerald R. Molen
Producer of more than 20 films, including Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, Minority Report, Twister, Casper, Hook, Days of Thunder, and Rain Man.
"It is always about the money, unless you are lucky enough to get a major bankable star or filmmaker, and even then you must successfully find the financial fit."
Writer, director and producer of more than 30 films and hundreds of television episodes, including Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Backdraft, Poltergeist: The Legacy and The Twilight Zone.
"Your mission as an artist is to prove to the financiers that what you've got makes viable sense in an economic form, and gives them the best chance of seeing a return on their investment."
Producer of more than 50 films, including Glengarry Glen Ross, Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School, Price of Glory and The Signal.
"Investors want to know that you have a sensible plan, that you are working with experienced people, that your film will be finished and be sold around the world."
David Rimawi & David Michael Latt
Producers of more than 100 films, including Z-Nation, Sharknado, Battle of Los Angeles, MegaFault and Little Dead Rotting Hood.
"The money source is going to come from people that you know, parties that you go to, friends you're introduced to. It's definitely where you least expect it."