The lowdown: A successful example of that most difficult beast, the sex comedy, The Overnight is a sophisticated, smutty delight.
The lowdown: Lewd, crude, non-judgemental and kinda sweet, Maggie Carey’s debut feature is likely to split audiences. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is an American 3D computer-animated action adventure comedy fantasy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox, loosely based on the book series of the same name by Cressida Cowell.
The film will take place five years after the first film, featuring Hiccup and his friends as young adults. It’s been five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is a 2014 British-American superhero film, based on the fictional X-Men characters appearing in Marvel Comics. Days of Future Past entered production in April 2013 in Montreal, Canada, with principal photography concluding in August 2013 and additional filming in February 2014. Sentinels, robots that were created for the purpose of hunting down mutants were released in 1973.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. For Steve Rogers, awakening after decades of suspended animation involves more than catching up on pop culture; it also means that this old school idealist must face a world of subtler threats and difficult moral complexities. The Lego Movie is a 2014 computer animated adventure comedy film directed and co-written by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, distributed by Warner Bros. Maleficent is a 2014 dark fantasy adventure film directed by Robert Stromberg from a screenplay written by Linda Woolverton. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (released as The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro in some markets) is a 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb and released by Columbia Pictures.
Remember, on top of showing you step by step EVERYTHING you need to make money from the internet. I was speaking with a producer friend of mine this week, and she told me a disturbing (if familiar) story, with a surprisingly inspiring conclusion. She recently exec produced one of 2014’s “bigger” independent films…which is set for theatrical release soon.
The lack of a sound business model in independent film is what we at TFC have been trying to address all along. Anyway, it just so happens that my producer friend is currently working on a new film, and with the production schedule being the way it is, she knows for sure it won’t be done for at least another year. This time, this film, she vows, she is going to approach the distribution and marketing of the film the way she did with her tech companies in the past, and build it like an actual business. My producer friend and I plan to sit down in the next few months and have detailed conversations about what that actually looks like, but for now, I am going to use this post to outline some of the basics….and (hopefully) create the beginnings of a road map that others can follow. NOTE: I am aware that I have been vague with the particulars of the first film mentioned in this post…which may annoy some readers. In any case, here we go…some of my basic guidelines to approaching an independent film like the building of any other business. 1) Break down and list every source of potential revenue for the film – and plan how to capitalize on them all. 2) Know from the beginning who your audience is – and have a strategy for how to reach them. In independent film, niche is king AND queen, and you need to think of your target audience as your core customer base. Smart marketing actually stems from question 2…who is your core audience and how do you reach them?
I usually advise that filmmakers start well in advance and build a big excel grid of every organization, every website, every blogger, every tastemaker, every everything they can think of and methodically reach out to them with news about their film. These days it seems reasonable…for the right project…to launch crowdfunding campaigns in pre-production, for finishing funds, and to jumpstart your distribution, as long as you have a compelling message to impart to the world. Nonetheless, in today’s world you have to expect (hope) that the most viewers for your film will be paying customers in the digital realm. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of great companies you can hire that work for very little money to assist you with the marketing part. Interestingly, sometimes I think there is a clearer business model for directors of independent film. Directors have a clearer path to a business model that makes sense…direct an indie gem, premiere it at Sundance to great acclaim, and then get hired by Hollywood to direct commercial TV and film (think Christopher Nolan, who seemingly went directly from Memento to Batman). It is my hope that by following the guidelines listed in this post, at least some of the groundwork to planning a profitable business model for an independent film can be laid out in advance. New services and new thinking finally are starting to take hold at major festivals and in the independent film world in general. While sales deals lagged at Sundance this year, all 3 BFI funded films secured distribution. Also coming out of Sundance, Strand Releasing snagged Lilting, the newly formed Amplify made their first acquisition ever with God Help the Girl and Drafthouse Films caved in to 20,000 Days on Earth. Obviously, some of the films make much more in the digital marketplace after their theatrical release (or in some of these cases, during the release as many are day and date), but the point can’t be lost.
I can bet you right now that there are dozens of filmmakers who are kicking themselves for turning down Vimeo’s offer at TIFF. Looking at the filmmakers who have used Kickstarter to secure funds for distribution, there is a wide range in how the films performed and a few have yet to be released, but they effectively created a risk free theatrical model.
As I get ready for the “spam on steroids” that is SXSW, I encourage filmmakers to think of what they can offer that will make their films an attractive buy. In our final guest post highlighting crowdfunding, Radio Free Albemuth producer Elizabeth Karr explains why success all comes down to preparation. But maximizing your chance of success depends on the fourth P – Preparation.  This is crucial and will be the focus of this article. It’s incumbent on any of us doing a Crowdfunding campaign to make it an enticing, exciting, and well-thought out project that will attract backers.
I’ve seen great projects fail because of a lack of organization and so-so projects succeed because there was a targeted effort to reach out beyond family and friends to people who have an interest in their subject matter.  Like Blanche DuBois, crowd-funders depend on the kindness – and interest – of strangers. Tags: crowdfunding, Elizabeth Karr, email list, independent film, John Alan Simon, Philip K. When my film was released in the 90’s, it was a boom for independent film financing and distribution and somewhat a Renaissance for the indie African-American filmmakers too. Fast forward to today, sure there are more Black actresses working, but not in all genres and the recent controversy about the lack of Black Women on Saturday Night Live exemplifies what we’re facing. The same skills that I learned in the go-go 90’s of indie film are still useful to me today. Social media and the internet are basically the heart of a crowdfunding effort…Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.  I have learned the value of having a great team of people to help with social media, though I found my team mid-way through my campaign…a mistake!
Remember you have to offer perks and that means you have to produce them and deliver them in a timely manner (don’t forget postage costs!) and make your backers happy.
Yes, raising funds this way is a tremendous amount of work.  While I’ve launched, there is still a lot more to do during the campaign. Who knows if I’m going to make my goal…so take what I have written with a grain of salt, it’s just one experience.
The first thing is to discuss what to do with the short fundraising appeal film I’ve made… My appeal is under 2 mins and involves me dressing in pyjamas and making a slight fool of myself (a good thing, apparently), although hopefully the tone is appropriately sincere. Despite this, we knew that other groups would play a part and ultimately become the film’s audience, so we were careful to include a broad range of content about the film to build a larger online community. The evidence from successful campaigns suggests that what people value above all is not material goodies, but a chance to feel involved as part of the team.
As Dan identified in his diary, building a community is about making people feel like they are a part of something – and different audiences will respond to different things. In recognition of this we set up a website and social media channels to disseminate articles, carefully balancing new content with our call for donations.
All this can be hard work, but a well-built community will reward you at every step of the filmmaking process. When you build an online community, you get to know your audience in a whole new way; you learn their names, where they’re from, etc. Four days to go and we have reached our target, a $500 donation late last night lifting us over the line! I believe that our campaign was successful to due the hard work of the team to build and maintain an engaged online community, and we are very grateful for the support we received during our campaign. As a small company foraying into the independent film making industry for the first time, we based part of our film fundraising strategy around running a successful crowdfunding campaign. When we launched the campaign, we had already completed the production of Heal Myself and we planned on using the crowdfunding money to cover post-production costs. There have been a lot of good posts on this blog already about how to build a campaign to maximize your chances at success, but we thought we’d share some of the things that we learned throughout the process (along with some numerical breakdowns) in hopes that it will help some of our Canadian friends who may be new to the concept of crowdfunding. Although running a successful campaign is great in financial terms, after all you now can go ahead with the next stage of your film project. Best of luck with future campaigns, we hope that some of our experiences can be put to good use! As of early October 2013, the Canadian Government has ruled that all money received through crowdfunding is counted as business revenue.
One of the hardest things to remember when you’re thinking about taking a film from idea to execution is that raising money is not, in fact, the hardest part of filmmaking, though it may be the most uncomfortable.
In this light, Seed&Spark would like filmmakers to start viewing crowdfunding not as a necessary evil (or a mark of a film that simply can’t get financing otherwise), but as a key tool to engage their audiences in the filmmaking process and to grow a devoted fan base.
Crowdfunding is not an exact science or a paint by numbers affair, but the wheel does not need to be invented with every campaign.
Pitch video:Your pitch video should either make us fall in love with you or give us a great sense of what the finished film will be like. Audience: The easiest way to start telling this story is to think: who is the actual audience for this film? Team: The scope and budget of the film can be aspirational, but should match your experience, abilities, and stage in the process. A plan for success: Have you thought through how to successfully complete your project and get it to an audience?
While this list is not exhaustive (though possibly exhausting for some), it’s a very good start. Today’s guest blogger, Jan Selby, is in the midst of running her second crowdfunding campaign. Sheri asked me to summarize what I’ve learned through one successful Kickstarter campaign and a second Indiegogo campaign (currently in progress).
My first bit of advice is to create a team who will work with you for 6 months – 3 months before you launch, then during and after your campaign. My first campaign raised $21,112 to complete my first feature documentary, 9 Pieces of Peace (working title). Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling are a couple recently moved to LA with their young son, who have a night not easily forgotten when invited to Jason Schwartzman’s house for dinner and a play date for their boys. Aubrey Plaza heads up this early 1990s set sex comedy as a brain boning up on sexcapades before embarking on her college years.
It is the sequel to the 2010 computer-animated film How to Train Your Dragon and the second in the trilogy. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. The film premiered in New York City on May 10, 2014 and was officially released on May 23, 2014 to positive reviews. The following month, casting of the supporting roles began with the additions of Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan. That comes clear when Director Nick Fury is killed by the mysterious assassin, the Winter Soldier, but not before warning Rogers that SHIELD has been subverted by its enemies.
Pictures, and featuring the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, and Morgan Freeman. The movie was a critical and commercial success, with many critics highlighting its visual style, humor, voice acting and heartwarming message. Starring Angelina Jolie as the eponymous Disney Villainess character, the film is a live-action re-imagining of Walt Disney’s 1959 animated film Sleeping Beauty, and portrays the story from the perspective of the antagonist, Maleficent. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that his greatest battle is about to begin. I am Literally giving you your own website and showing you exactly how to set it up (step by step.. The “old way” of producing and selling indie films is actually a shell game at best, a way of moving money from one spot to the next that is equal part a gambling game and equal part a con-job. And after that, of course the inevitable wait for the right Festival premiere, which can take several additional months. This was intentional of course, A) I don’t have permission to reveal the details, and B) the basic principals and outcomes are transferable to most every film that has received distribution offers out of a major festival in recent years. This may seem self-evident, but I’ll wager this is the most overlooked of all independent distribution strategies. GATHr or TUGG), community screenings, traditional theatrical, DVD sales at live events, other merchandising, digital downloads etc.


Hollywood studios find their audiences by essentially buying them, spending vulgar multi-millions on TV ads, billboards, publicity firms to access late night TV talk shows etc….basically putting their product in front of everyone who doesn’t live in a cave.
And here’s where the important question comes…where do those people congregate such that you can actually speak to them? Independent filmmaking can seem downright depressing at times…but it’s times like this we should thank our lucky stars for the relatively recent phenomenon of crowdfunding. And a great video of course… it all comes down to the video (and to a lesser extent the perks). Like crowfunding money, grant money is money you won’t have to pay back (meaning the best kind). This is admittedly difficult for the vast majority of independent, character-driven narrative features…although there are some notable exceptions. My aforementioned producer friend was in the tech business, so her focus is on possibly creating her own portal where her target audience can download the film directly, thereby cutting out all middle-men entirely. This is a VERY small percentage of your budget that really will only enable you to start building a core audience, but a core audience can grow wider if word of mouth is active. Even if you line-item that with the best intentions, many filmmakers will pilfer along the way for a few extra days of shooting, etc. Those films are the only World Dramatic and World Doc titles that have sold since the festival.
Especially since the offer didn’t interfere with distribution offers for a film like Cinemanovels, that made an agreement for a traditional US distribution deal on top of their $10k advance from Vimeo. Their distribution funding was donated, there is no investor to repay so they can keep the revenue. There are so many events and screenings at any given time, it’s impossible for an organization like ours to cover them all, but if I know a film has incentives in place, it makes a huge difference when I prioritize my schedule.
We hope you have enjoyed our month devoted to crowdfunding advice and we plan to release a white paper roundup of the best crowdfunding tips in this series in a few weeks. Build your team and designate ambassadors.  Crowd-funding is a full-time job and you will need help. To reiterate what I said about Crowdfunding being an important builder of community and resources; this site was created by Kickstarter backer Victor Grippi, who we are proud to have as a new Associate Producer. I asked Leslie to participate in this series because to me she represents what the older generation of film directors is facing.
My experience applying and receiving grants from National Endowment for the Arts, American Film Institute and New York State Council on the Arts is helpful because I had to convince people in a concise way that my story is viable and worth funding. You’ll make mistakes, but doing crowdfunding is relatively new so it is a learning process.
Offer great rewards that are really interesting and valuable, but don’t cost much to produce.
In this article, Lizzie explores the lessons learned from their ultimately successful campaign, raising over $8000 for the film on Indiegogo. Don’t underestimate how long it takes to do thorough research, but don’t be overwhelmed by it either. The content at the heart of the campaign was aimed at short film fans and science culture-vultures, but careful curation of online content allowed a diverse range of audiences to engage with us.
Those who want to donate to the campaign may like thoughtful perks while others may simply want to engage with diverse, inspiring content related to the film or to filmmaking. Although most people understand who they’re trying to connect with, many don’t realize the amount of work that goes into maintaining it.
Don’t assume though that because you’ve finished the film, the community ceases to be – we are still communicating with ours as we build up to an online release in the future!
We first heard about the idea while attending a few Hot Docs workshops over the past two years. 4th and watched the film become 20% funded in the first few days, then the initial flare burned out and stagnation set in.
We had advertisements on a variety of websites (through our personal connections), went on TV and a radio show, but none of these things brought in significant monetary pledges (less than 5% of our goal).
We were using social media and e-mail all day every day to contact our personal connections. This is the case even if you are an individual raising money for a film without any company ties. The fact that you also get to raise a chunk of change is important, but it’s the short game. If you’re raising $500,000 for a big period drama, you and your team should reflect that capacity.
Contrary to popular belief, if you just build it, they will NOT come, no matter what platform you use to crowdfund. Taking the lessons she learned from prior fundraising on Kickstarter, she is using Indiegogo this time. Unpredictable and laugh-out-loud hilarious, this is grown-up comedy with the dick jokes purely in service of character… well, mostly. With chuckles and naughtiness that would make American Pie heat over, this is the movie your parents warned you about.
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The film is being written and directed by Dean DeBlois, and stars the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J.
When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Charles Xavier and his X-Men try their best to deal with the Sentinels but they are able to adapt and deal with all mutant abilities.
The film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, with a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Principal photography commenced in April 2013 in Los Angeles, California before moving to Washington, D.C. The film became a critical and financial success, having grossed over $708 million worldwide. When Rogers acts on Fury’s warning to trust no one there, he is branded as a traitor by the organization.
Based mainly on the Lego line of construction toys, the film tells the story of an ordinary Lego minifigure named Emmet prophesied to save the Lego universe from the tyrannical Lord Business who plans to use the Kragle to glue everything in place. It earned more than $254 million in North America and $206 million internationally for a worldwide total of over $460 million, becoming the most commercially successful animated film produced and distributed by Warner Bros. The studio hired James Vanderbilt to write the screenplay and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to rewrite it. Embrace it, Join Us, & Live Love and Prosper with the life you and your family deserve! The film is written and directed by a well known, highly respected auteur on the indie scene, with a  long career.
Sure, there are a few unmitigated success stories every year…just enough to create a delusional atmosphere that casts a spell over thousands of filmmakers who think they can just make their movie and walk away as it magically finds its way into the world and fills their pockets with cash. As such, she figures that this time she has plenty of time to re-imagine the traditional model, and approach the film as an actual business. That’s because most filmmakers want to sell their film outright, and count on the distribution company to do all the right things.
Then figure out how many of these you can do yourself, and where you’ll need help from others. Most filmmakers see themselves as artists first, motivated by self-expression, and actually hope that their film is for everyone, not just a select target group. If you determine that your audience is “women between the age of 30 and 40,” that isn’t particularly useful because that’s too disparate to reach. And, as always, you’ll want your social media strategy to be as interactive and engaging as possible…not just a platform for naked self-promotion. Remember, however, that a crowdfunding campaign is hard work…its like a whole other job, which can certainly seem daunting during production. Grant money is usually a better fit for documentaries of course, but we’ve also worked on plenty of narrative features with a theme or message that attracted grantees.
You need the money to finish the film, but then when it’s finished, those rights are tied up and you can’t exploit them in a way that you’d like to.
I can’t tell you how many times I cringe when hear filmmakers say “we kept our costs down…it only cost 1 million dollars!” Well, a million dollars isn’t what it used to be….and I mean that in the reverse way it is traditionally meant. So if you can’t do it for something in the low six-figures, you’re back to that place where you need to start thinking about movie stars. But chances are you’ll find yourself with a finished film with no more money to get it out into the world….no money for festival trips, no money for smart marketing, no money to hire a publicist, etc. The clear advantage of offering marketing dollars coupled with the ease of selling English dialogue to an American cinema audience attracted 3 smaller distributors to make early buys they may not have otherwise and guaranteed US distribution for films that may not have found it. I feel comfortable saying that in almost every case, each film will make more money than they would have in a traditional theatrical distribution arrangement. If you are even thinking about crowdfunding in the future, take the time to do the following steps NOW. Organize them by category: Family, Close Friend, Acquaintance, Business, Cast, Crew, Science Fiction, Philip K. Enlist members of your outreach effort now.  Make it easy for them to help you by giving them clear assignments. The way things are being done now is VERY different to the early and mid ’90s when film financing and large distribution deals were plentiful. Black women both in front of and behind the camera, well… we were practically non-existent except for a few of us. But my sleep deprivation didn’t just occur during the 30-Days while my project has been live.
Mine is set for $35,000. The style and tone of your pitch video also depends on whether you’re asking for funds in pre-production, production or post. For example, I am offering a Production Journal as one of my rewards that will detail my experiences on set during production. Update and Update!  I keep my page current with photos, links, video and press…Indiewire’s Shadow and Act did a great piece on our film. There is no set way of doing the perfect crowd-funding campaign, each one is unique, so the real trick is working out what’s right for you. Never assume a campaign will run itself – sometimes when we weren’t quite as on top of things are we could have been, we saw the consequences. I asked Richard to share what his team learned in being one of the first projects on the platform and some of his comments on their success seem to defy conventional advice. It was these people who spread the word to their contacts, creating a web of support that reached more people than we could have alone.
We are now in the process of thanking the great people who’ve funded our film and shown interest in our project.
This is a big deal as it really alters the amount of money you will receive in the end from your campaign as well as create some more paperwork in order to correctly deal with the tax implications. It’s not only difficult, it can be really expensive.  Studios spend 1-10x production budgets on marketing.
Below is a list of criteria that we look for in project submissions that would like to crowdfund with Seed&Spark. Because this is a campaign for a film, the video has to be great and should exemplify your filmmaking abilities and techniques. Don’t assume you can jump right in to your next project after this one premieres at festivals. You will have to capture your audience and then keep engaging them – long after the campaign and film are finished. Submitting a campaign is a process and we don’t expect all of these criteria to be met before accepting a project.
I’m not an expert, but I hope my experiences will be helpful to you as you embark on your own crowd-funding journey. As one friend told me, “The longer your campaign, the longer your time of suffering in the middle!”  I like having a week or so to spread the word about the campaign before the 30-day countdown begins.
Create your own URL that is easy to remember and that you can use after your campaign ends. Miller and Kristen Wiig with the addition of Kit Harrington, Cate Blanchett and Djimon Hounsou. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons.
Now a fugitive, Captain America must get to the bottom of this deadly mystery with the help of the Black Widow and his new friend, The Falcon. Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti and Sally Field star.
For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). It stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, and Bryan Cranston.


It stars two very well-known character actors, who are just about household names if not quite “movie stars.” The budget was modest. My producer friend comes from an entrepreneurial background, where she created and sold tech companies.
But most distribution companies only do a few things well (if any), and they will inevitably leave numerous stones unturned. But remember, just by making an independent film, you are de facto not making a film for everyone (unless you have movie stars)…since the vast majority of the global population doesn’t consume independent film on any kind of regular basis. Think long and hard and soul search on this question…if you don’t know who your film is for, you run the risk that it will be for no-one at all. And, again, unless you have bona fide movie stars, your film will be infinitely less valuable before you finish it than when it is premiering at a major festival like Sundance etc. And most often overlooked is the potential for documentaries to explore transmedia, especially since most documentaries have countless hours of footage they aren’t using in the finished film itself. With the plethora of cheap digital cameras and desktop editing leading to an explosion in independent film, supply WAY outstrips demand… and a million dollars is quite an expensive indie movie these days.
Recognizing that even the initial stages of marketing and distribution require capital, we at TFC implore you not to fall into the trap of being cash-strapped right at the time you need it most. You need to get the word out and get your campaign in front of as many eyeballs as possible. A time when her Sundance winning film had a full and celebrated release on the Miramax label.
I think crowdfunding works best for filmmakers who have been ignored by traditional film financing sources and have something passionate to say. Search around, it may take a bit of time to find the right person, but there is someone out there to help. Are you trying to get something new off of the ground or something almost finished into the world? Actress, Jennifer Williams, and my production team have been wonderful in making the video.  I couldn’t have done this without my Editor, Jack Haigis. We thought it would be possible to cash in on some of the general media press surrounding their launch.
Throughout the production of the film, we had continually built an e-mail contact list for all participants as well as developed a solid social media following on Facebook. It was on that day that things started to accelerate and by the end of the campaign we had reached 106% funded.
Relying on your friends and family for help is crucial for projects of the size we undertook. We believe that they will be our greatest assets when creating a grassroots campaign of screenings and events once Heal Myself is completed. Indie filmmakers don’t stand a chance in that environment (although, marketing should ALWAYS factor into your budgets). These “guidelines” are largely based on the potential for a filmmaker and project to foster a supportive and engaged audience. If you’re saying to yourself “Well, it’s men between the ages of 18-25,” you’re doing it wrong. Do you have a sense of who your audience really is?  What kinds of music, events, things do they like? A crowdfunding campaign should be thought of as time added on to pre- or post- production, not as something that can be run in tandem. I’ve launched two campaigns for feature-length documentary films and found them to be powerful strategic tools to help build a community and raise money. Do all you can to be ready before you launch because you’ll be incredibly busy during your campaign. I also plan to use the first few days to work out the kinks that are inevitable, no matter how hard you planned ahead.
Research how to redirect your new URL to the Kickstarter URL and then you can choose what to do with it after the campaign ends. The film stars an ensemble cast, including Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Nicholas Hoult, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. However, the battle will be costly for the Sentinel of Liberty, with Rogers finding enemies where he least expects them while learning that the Winter Soldier looks disturbingly familiar.
But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. The screenplay is credited to Max Borenstein but includes contributions from David Callaham, David S. Filmed in the United States and Canada, it is the second Godzilla film to be fully filmed by an American studio, the first being the 1998 film of the same name. But if you determine there is a certain set of bloggers and websites that your audience reads and by obtaining coverage or placing ads, you can reach them there, well that’s something you can wrap your head around. To pursue grants, you’ll probably also need a fiscal sponsoring organization to back you, which can be The Film Collaborative or a number of other independent film non-profits.
This “parceling” is particularly important because many all-rights holders are using many middle-men companies to get to various platforms etc. And for issue-oriented docs, there is usually a wealth of other sources, both scholarly and journalistic, that can be folded into your website.
Most importantly, at a million dollars chances are there is probably no amount of DIY distribution techniques that will recoup your investment, and you’ll be back in the initial quandary, meaning you will NEED a significant traditional sale from a distributor to have any chance of making most of your money back. Though $51k is unlikely to make much of a difference to sway a major studio interested in wide release films,  DISTRIBUTION INCENTIVES certainly won’t hurt the chances of a deal because everybody wins in that scenario. Get a jump on them with the added bonus that up-to-date contact lists put you in good standing for marketing and promoting, in general.
New developments like social media, digital self distribution, and the idea that a creator has to gather an audience and build a personal brand have left some of the older generation shaking their heads.
Projects that artists can take straight to the audience and encourage their support rather than to studios and investors purely looking at the bottom line.
Now my reel is a pitch video and my written application is the text on my Kickstarter page. My interns are learning new skills that will help them in their careers in film because I think crowdfunding sites for moviemakers is the wave of the future for financing. I couldn’t do this campaign alone.
First, I did my research about crowdfunding wherever I could find information from blogs, advice from other filmmakers who have done crowdfunding and even You Tube videos to see what worked and what didn’t. In our minds, we initially looked at it as a mathematical equation – with connections to over 2,500 people we only needed each of them to donate $10 and we’d be done! Finding  ways to demonstrate our gratitude and keeping these people informed as the project develops is an ongoing process, something we are continuing to experiment with and learn about. We are open to hearing any suggestions about how to keep our backers engaged going forward.
Easier.) The long game is your career and making sure there are people who want to pay to watch your films for as long as you can make them.
We work with all our filmmakers to make sure they’re maximally set up for success – a tactic that has led to a 70% crowdfunding success rate (compared to less than 40% on other platforms). This is important not just for your pitch video, but also building your wishlist and incentives.
Regardless of where you are in the filmmaking process, are you already engaging with your potential audience? In order to maximize the utility of crowdfunding, you’ll want to build in time once or twice a week for your entire career to engage with the folks who have chosen to support you. As our inspiring CEO and my dear friend Emily Best said so eloquently, “Great crowdfunding is the efficient frontier between belief in your idea and the desperation to get it made. I’ve kept it directed to our Kickstarter page, but you could also redirect it to a “Donate” page on your film website. This list is ranked by film fans, many of whom grew up waiting for and watching goods, realistic representations of what life was like for black people in America. The story was conceived by Simon Kinberg, Matthew Vaughn, and Jane Goldman, with Kinberg writing the screenplay. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. There it was bought by one of the biggest mini-majors in the business, and has since sold 18 territories worldwide.
In indie film, we shrug our shoulders and say, “Well, that’s the way it goes” and move on to the next one.
You want to be as DIRECT AS POSSIBLE with your various points of sale, cutting out as many middle-men as possible. Leslie is diving right in and running a Kickstarter campaign for a new film and I applaud her willingness to experiment and adapt her previous experience to this new world of film finance and distribution.
My new film, I Love Cinema, is a satirical comedy about sex, race and politics in a ‘so-called’ post-racial world. In a way, I have already run a sort of Kickstarter, but now I need to reach many more people about my film idea and need to use all of the new tools available to me.
I have learned having your film on a crowdfunding site is similar to making a really small indie film…you have to have a team. I didn’t want to copy what someone else was doing because, in my opinion, every project is unique and your video has to reflect your particular film.
Implementing the social media, creating a video that is spread around the world is very cool! The top African American movies often dominate the box office when released and this is a list of the best black films. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp. Even before theatrical release, the investors have all made a significant percentage of their money back…albeit not all of it (and certainly no profit). How much is shipping to India?  I had to use my 9th Grade math skills a lot while deciding what rewards I would offer.
I’ve met and worked with great women who are savvy in social media. I know I am doing my best. Every film is different, and there are as many ways to engage your audience as there are filmmakers. She would be caught and studied and her ability to change was somehow added to the Sentinels which is why they can adapt. Layla is obsessed with cinema both in the classroom and the bedroom, but the Professor’s film fantasy world is shattered by racial controversy and a media circus all seemingly out to get her. For example, it’s effective to use dissolves for this format if you have a one camera set up when one person is talking directly to the potential backers. The crowd-funding process is all about telling a story.  Ask yourself…why does my film deserve funding? That said, we have identified some guidelines and critical questions every filmmaker should consider if they want to crowdfund (With us, and with anyone else.).
Some of these films appear on other lists that you may find interesting, such as: best comedies of all time, best drama movies and best actions movies on Netflix. Logan must go to the younger Charles and ask him to help; problem is that he was despondent at that time and without his powers because he took a drug which allows him to walk but takes away his powers.
Get partners on board, build relationships with an audience, raise extra funding through crowdfunding (this brings money AND an audience to the table) and show you know the market for and business of your art. If you’re not experienced in front of the camera, and most filmmakers aren’t…it’s going to be hard not to flub a line and I flubbed a lot of ‘em! Have you organized your contact lists on email, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, Reddit etc? These contacts are invaluable as they are people who have chosen to be kept abreast of what you are doing. What are you offering to the community such that they should want to get involved with you? This list of top black films features classic African American comedies like Friday and Coming to America, sports films like Love & Basketball, and biographical movies about black celebrities and leaders, from Ray and Ali to Malcolm X. You can’t use copyrighted material or music in your video unless it is cleared and you have to have permission to use it. This list also includes great movies about slavery (both Roots and Django Unchained, for example) and films about black life in the American South throughout history, from Glory and A Time to Kill to The Help. These and other highly acclaimed black movies in cinema focus on African-Americans, and most have surpassed the test of time among black audiences.This includes everything to watch from '90s black comedy movies - comedies with a mostly black cast and perspective - to black crime movies, famous gang films, and action flicks. For other interesting movie lists check out Ranker's lists of well-made movies about slavery and films about racism. For example a documentary fundraising video might be 5 minutes or longer because you have a lot of material and it may take a bit longer for the story to unfold with a doc. Also check out these lists of the best black sitcoms and the best cities for African Americans.
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