Financing / Crowdfunding

From all facets of a traditional raise to soft money to crowdfunding strategies, this is the place to discuss, share content and offer tips and advice regarding raising funds for a project.

Finished, but then what?

What would you guys suggest for an indie film that is completely finished, set for just a few theaters (very few) at this point, but needs funds for prints and advertising?

Dominic Wieneke

Just curious, but why would need funds for prints? Most theaters are totally digital now. I played quite a few theaters with my feature via dvd. You can advertise on FB and other social media. You can...

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The eternal chicken-and-egg question

Hello everyone! I finished my drama feature script earlier this year and my goal is to produce the film myself (as opposed to selling the script). Of course there's that eternal chicken-and-egg question, as to whether to try to get financing first to attract actors and a director, or whether to try...

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Ed Fletcher

The answer to that question depends on where you ultimately want to see the movie go. If international distribution is your aim, you'll need to package your script with a-list talent . Here is a video...

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Charlie Frazier

Hi Ruth, I'm in the very same boat and would love to connect with and talk to you about your journey and share notes. I have most of the actors and a director who has worked with an A list actor who we both agree would be perfect for this story.

Regina Lee

Hi Ruth, let me ask a question and then try to help you. What are your relationships - with this indie actor your want to attach, with the potential directors, and/or with the potential financiers? Ar...

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Dominic Wieneke
You can always get a 'letter of intent' from the actor. It would be best to go through their agent/manager (if they have one).
Writing a Film Investment Package

I'm putting together a film investment package to fund my movie 'Killer Eyes' and am finding it daunting - any suggestions how to make it less so? Frankly I hardly know how to start estimating all the costs of making a movie. I've read the classic books on this and even have an example of a film bud...

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Lauran Childs

Thanks Michael - good points. Actually last night I was reading an interview with Clint Eastwood and his son in Esquire and Clint Eastwood was saying that's exactly what he did - he learnt to direct by sitting in on movie sets when he was starting out. Thank you for your good wishes.

Laurie Ashbourne

Lauran, if you are going to do it yourself, rather than hiring a line producer, you have to learn how to break down a script first. Search for that and you will have an understanding of page count (no...

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Lauran Childs

Thx Laurie, yes still haven't got very far with this - for various reasons. Have been breaking down the script.

Zachary Stice

I would budget a minimum of 50k for post production. Sound is half of film. Essential vfx are a must. Color grading is a wrap.

Erik A. Jacobson

Sounds like you're putting together a business plan. You can put that together yourself. But remember, the first question from sales agents/distribs will be "Who's in it?"

Low on funds mid post-production

I recently wrote and directed my first feature film. I have dug deep into my pockets to get it from start -to a third through sound. Creative endeavors get expensive as the ball is rolling down the hill. Is there a way to get financial help for backend points at this stage in the process? I have a l...

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Erik A. Jacobson

Have you considered making a short trailer/pitch reel out of your footage and doing a crowdfunding on Indiegogo?

Another option (especially if you have significant name(s) attached) would be to show wh...

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Zachary Stice

Thanks Erik. My pride will keep me from crowdfunding. I believe Distributers rake you over the coals? Sales agents, are those the same as Producer reps?

Erik A. Jacobson

Why would sales agents/distribs rake you over the coals for crowdfunding? All they're looking for are quality films and if crowdfunding helps you complete your project then who cares? Money is money.


My Projects

Hey guys. New to the industry. Have two amazing projects. Just looking to find some money to film a sizzle reel, trailer, or the pilot

JD Hartman

Julius Jean-Baptiste, ummm....sorry no. I'm good at what I do. Not trying to be Writer/Director/Cinematographer/Composer/Actor/Sound/etc./etc/...jack of all trades, master of none!

Julius Jean-Baptiste

I'm sure you are, but this isn't the place to bash somebody or be arrogant about it, this is a place to inform and help somebody without grief or attitude G.

JD Hartman

No bashing, no arrogance, just abject honesty. Tough love.
People should throw money at your project? Give them a reason. Prior experience?

Patrick Freeman

Moses, three words in your post stand out "two amazing projects". Amazing being the operative word. Time will tell. Do you believe it? Then cling to it. Don't let go of it until your dream is a realit...

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Julius Jean-Baptiste

Doesn't matter the experience, like I said, and as a producer, you have to have a business plan. Outlining financial projections and costs for everything from development to distro. A producer is a pa...

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How am I going to raise funds for a high-concept film project

Frankly, I have no idea how to reconcile my dream film project with reality since it is a high-concept film entitled "New World Order." I've tried crowdsourcing online but no one ever dared help me at all. I feel hopeless right now. However, I believe that maybe one day I will see on the big screen...

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Steven Harris Anzelowitz

April- RB(BENSONHURST) is right! I met and discussed this with John Trigonis at a crowdsourcing/crowdfunding panel that opened the Tribeca film festival in 2015. It is a full time job and after (2) IN...

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Maroun Rached

Hi April, Interesting idea you have here: I'm sure a lot of fans of conspiracy theories would just love it, but if I may, please allow me to point out some plot holes: 1) The assassination of a pope wou ...

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Eve Huynh

I agree with Maroun. Start small and polish!

Dan MaxXx

Complicated plot. Here is what I would do- forget Hollywood. Rewrite your idea for a novel. Be an author. Aim for a specific Publisher of your genre. Write a successful best selling book and let someon...

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Erik A. Jacobson

I'd recommend starting with something much, much simpler and less controversial. Otherwise, you'll waste too much time battling windmills. Stage 32 offers many opportunities to get practical experience and build your resume. Take advantage of these.

Financing

I have been working on a indie film project for awhile now. script and outline is done. I started a indie go go account pitch video will be up tomorrow night. I also have been designing and selling t-shirts at shop.spreadshirt.com/nightone2017. First time director and writer all advice helps. if you...

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Richard "RB" Botto

Have you spent any time crowdsourcing an audience for your crowdfunding campaign, Austin? In other words, do you have a group of supporters ready to donate and spread the word once your campaign goes live?

Austin Jackson

Most definitely. Especially on instagram and facebook. I have also been talking with a few actors from trulyindiestudios

Richard "RB" Botto

Excellent, Austin. You're ahead of the game.

Pro crowdfunding help

I'm wondering if anyone has experience with using one of the various companies that take a fee for helping your crowdfund campaign. I've done two smaller campaigns that largely tapped my local market. I'd like to use local or internationals assistance to reach real fans not just my friends and exist...

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Stephen Foster

I'm a walking game of trivia pursuit or win lose or draw

Tony Ginn

Tomasz recommended using indiegogo /generosity! As far as Social media goes, I have been successful in a Global presence from a Music Video that in my opinion, lends itself for a possible Producer con...

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Ed Fletcher

I think I've done the groundwork. But as I stand 40 days from planned crowdfund, I wish I'd began trying to connect with target audiences earlier. We're also going a live fundraiser Feb. 21 before the...

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Ed Fletcher

I did want to share this social media tool I'm using to help launch the campaign. http://thndr.me/Iru4ly

Jacob DeSio

from my experience with crowdfunding I wouldn't necessarily go with a crowdfunding firm but definitely get at least one other person to help you - it is a lot of work to keep pushing a crowdfunding campaign, its really too much for one person if you want it to be really successful.

The story of the Star Trek fan film that is challenging copyright laws

Found this interesting and wanted to share: http://newatlas.com/star-trek-axanar-copyright-fair-use-result/47258/

The story of the Star Trek fan film that is challenging copyright laws
The story of the Star Trek fan film that is challenging copyright laws
Over a series of articles last year we examined several issues surrounding the complicated notion of copyright and originality in the 21st century. A recent court case over a Star Trek fan film has ag…
James Drago

Shortsighted.

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

WOW! what ever happened to "Live long & PROSPER"? Hello!!

David E. Gates

It reminds me of an alleged Metallica incident where they apparently had sent a letter to a covers band that they were to cease and desist playing ANY covers of Metallica songs in their live sets. It...

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Basic Crowdfunding technics

I have found this slideshare presentation on Crowd funding; I think is basic but, I know that can help few of us out there trying to figure out the best practices for our campaign. http://www.slideshare.net/MalaikaMose/crowdfunding-for-filmmakers...

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Crowdfunding for Filmmakers
Crowdfunding for Filmmakers
An introduction to crowdfunding i presented that included activities for the attendees.
Bill Joyce

This is a solid presentation and filled with good advice. One of the keys we suggest is building a Core Group of supporters before you start your campaign. Adam Pressman, National Director of CrowdFun...

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Bill Joyce

Seems like CrwodFunding does not yet get the coverage it deserves... If anyone is thinking about exploring this option please feel free to download our FREE eBook A Day in the Life of a CrowdCo at htt...

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Wilfredo Aqueron

Thanks Bill, that's something that I always mention in my workshops, crowdfunding must be plan months ahead.

Richard "RB" Botto

Thanks for sharing this, Wilfredo. Great information. We've had a couple of killer webinars on this subject taught by John Trigonis who is the head of all film campaigns at Indiegogo. His knowledge is staggering.

Blair Witch Director Crowdfunding New Film

The new financing paradigms continue, Dan Myrick, the director of BLAIR WITCH is crowdfunding his new film: http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20161208/sarasota-raised-blair-witch-d......

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Sarasota-raised 'Blair Witch' director Dan Myrick crowdfunds new film
Sarasota-raised 'Blair Witch' director Dan Myrick crowdfunds new film
"I've always been fascinated by new technology, new ways of filmmaking," Myrick said. The co-director of "The Blair Witch Project," one of the most profitable independent films of all time, is trying…
James Smith

Great information!

Richard "RB" Botto

Great share.

What does it take to get funding?

A team of people and I started a pretty cool idea to help local business owners to make affordable videos to help get their message and value out to their community around Phoenix. We visit farmers markets, interview the vendors, taste-test their products and live stream it all to Facebook through a...

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Douglas Eugene Mayfield

Andrew - I enjoyed your clips. A couple of thoughts. If you want to raise money, you have to figure how potential investors might get their money back. Are the farmers and their organizations a source...

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Michael Wearing

Write a business plan. If the business is viable and sustainable you will be able to attract investment. My understanding is that you have something that is making money and that because of demand you...

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