Filmmakers and Financing, Sixth Edition: Business Plans for Independents

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  1. Andre Lawrence says
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    Filmmakers and Financing: A great reference guide, but not a business plan for independents. A Critical Review, December 6, 2009
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    *First Impression
    **What this book is and what it isn’t
    ***A Reference Book?
    ****Conclusion

    *This is the second copy of Filmmakers and Financing that I own. I bought the 1st ed. fifteen years ago and, at the time, there weren’t many books available and the internet was still relatively underground.

    What I liked about the 1st ed. is that it served my initial need of needing to know about the many different aspects of the business side of filmmaking. This is by no means a book about how to write a business plan, neither the 1st ed. nor this 6th edition.

    **This book is essentially a reference book that explains the many, many terms and conditions involved with the film industry and dealing with the various entities that do business under this umbrella.

    As a business major, one of the things we were taught is that a business plan is a structured proposal that has several key ingredients.

    -An introduction–where the company introduces itself and speaks of the nature of its business.

    -The Goal(s)–both short-term and long-term. How the company will pursue its goals. When the goals will start, finish. The cost and the expected revenue(s) from such ventures.

    -Ancillary Markets–These are possible partnerships or peripheral opportunities that may arise from the undertaking of the venture.

    -The Budget–This includes charts and supporting evidence to justify the expenditures.

    -Conclusion or Closing Statement.

    This book has toward the ending chapters a fictional company and some vague charts.

    ***Brief explanations are presented for the following categories:

    The Executive Summary
    The Company
    The Films
    The Industry
    The Markets
    Distribution
    Risk Factors, etc.

    10 pages of tables from an imaginary company.

    ****This book, nevertheless, is an important book because it explains in the most simple manner the terminology of this industry. It also answers general questions pertaining to the marketing and negotiating of contracts.

    Not much has changed since the 1st ed and I would have liked for Ms. Levison to use at least one concrete example: show the budget of the feature. Let me see the salaries of the actors. What were the terms that this independent film company negotiated with a major studio. How much profit was made through ancillary (dvd) markets. What is the cost of film processing. Show some typical expenditure reports.

    With the exception of the actual business plan another Focal Press book addresses the very questions that is missing from Filmmakers and Financing: I would suggest a more comprehensive look can be found here, The Business of Media Distribution: Monetizing Film, TV and Video Content in an Online World, by Jeffrey C. Ulin.

    This book has not kept pace with the needs of independents.

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  2. Emma Wellington "literature lover" says
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
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    Informative and Helpful, January 21, 2010
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    I recommend this for every new independent filmmaker and even the more experienced as it has a lot to offer. Not only does it teach you how to create a solid business plan, but it also gives excellent overviews of marketing, distribution, investors, financing options and more. This will be staying in my library permanently so that I can refer to it again and again.

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  3. Deborah Verlen "Deborah" says
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    Great for those seeking financing as well as those needing marketing help, January 1, 2010
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    When I opened this book, I expected it to be a dull, boring textbook on how to put a business plan together that would optimize your chances of obtaining financing for a film project. The book does discuss financing a film, but it is so much more. Written in an interesting, communicative style, the author is street smart and savvy when it comes to getting the money that will put your film out there to an audience. Levison gives out advice that will help the inexperienced as well as the experienced filmmaker develop business plans, marketing strategy, and turning weaknesses into strengths. Her advice is spot on in terms of what you need to do to have a chance to get your film financed and distributed. In addition to forms, an online (passcode needed)support and supplemental feature, Levison provides a twenty page index that is incredibly detailed and helpful when you want to go back and check on something. As a radio-television-film major who dabbled in shorter filmmaking, I really wish this book had been available back when I needed financing!

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