A Rough Guide To Independent Film Finance


I’ve previously written posts on financing movies in the studio arena. The principals of raising independent film finance are similar. The main difference lies in the extended patchwork of funding sources to get an indie film made. Each piece of the budget pie also tends to be smaller. There is no hard and fast rule…

How I Got My Script Reader To Say Yes


Script readers are the initial gatekeepers of screenplays. So it’s important for screenwriters to know how to treat them. Screenplay readers are jaded and overworked due to the overabundance of mediocre, derivate and reductive material. Make sure you impress them in the following ways to enhance your chances of your material being referred to the decision makers:…

Screenwriter: Artist Or Entrepreneur?


Here is yet another fascinating article by Marvin Acuna from BOSI, answering the ubiquitous dilemma of writers facing an identity crisis. What am I? Artist or business person? The point is, there is no decision to be made. You need to be both to survive. Famed marketing professional, Gary Halbert would often ask audiences at…

Internet Marketing Your Film


The days of multi-skilling are well and truly here to stay. It’s no longer enough to be a hyphenate writer-producer or writer-director. These days, you need to throw marketing skills into the mix. Marketing is defined as the efficient strategic and profitable positioning of goods and services to the consumer. Today’s film distribution system is…

Spec Script Sales Break Records


The heady days of two or three six figure script deals per week are back!  Gotcha. Dare to dream… Jason Scoggins’ comprehensive guestimate (is this an oxymoron?) of the spec and open writing assignment market shows what’s hot right now. Last year’s spec market was like a sugar rush which fizzled out by April. Although…

Independent Films Sprout New Life


Jay Cohen from The Gersh Agency reports more positive signs for independent films. Movie sellers are feeling more upbeat after last month’s Berlinale film market and believe Cannes and the AFM will deliver more cheer. Foreign (non North American) film distributors are still paying around 35% less for their acquisitions than the dizzying heights of…