Get It Down

I’m a month in on this 100 day challenge experiment where I’m writing a blog post every day for 100 days. (Repetative much?)

One of the biggest take aways so far is just how important it is to write stuff down. In the last week alone I’ve found myself running for my notebook or reaching for my phone a number of times to get an idea down on paper. Continue reading Get It Down

Here’s What You Need To Get A Film Funded

A great script. 

A name actor. 

A name director. 

A realistic budget. 

A producer.  

Distribution. 

Someone willing to give you money. 
Seems pretty simple on paper, right?

It is, until you realize how difficult each step is. 

You think you have a great script. But do you? How have you validated it? What actors have signed on to your film because of it?

You may say you don’t need a name actor or director. But not having those things makes financing exponentially harder. That “$3-5 million dollar script” you have  now just became a $350-500k feature that you’re funding with friends and family money. 

Those quotes around “$3-5 million dollars” is pointing out the unrealistic-ness. That’s a MASSIVE range. $3.2-$3.5M – that’s a range. $3-5M is a pipe dream and is revealing your lack of knowledge. 

A producer is the one that looks at everything you have package wise and decides the path you’re going to take to get into production. They have the connections to financing, cast, and distribution that you need to make everything work. 

Oh, the last thing you need? The ability to take a step back, look at your situation, and realize where you need help. Failing that, you end up spending years treading water and making no progress, because you don’t have the perspective to know what you don’t know. That’s a scary–and ineffective–place to be. 

Raising Money : A Roll of the Dice

One of the great things about consistency in most things is that every amount of effort you put into it builds on the work you’ve already done.

Like I said the other day, the mantra of “it will all work out” sometimes does more harm than good. However, the flip side is that you dramatically improve your chances of success when you work on it consistently.

Back to the book example – if you DO write, say, 1,000 words per day, at some point a few months in you’ll have a book. Set a target word count, divide by 1,000,  that’s how many days until your tome is ready to be sent out into the world – or at least to your editor.

Fundraising for film is different.

Fundraising is more like a roll of the dice. Just as in craps, or roulette, what came before has absolutely no effect on what comes next. Say your roll five 7’s in a row. What are the chances you roll another 7? The same as the last five rolls. (1 in 6, in case you were wondering. 16.6%…)

Every single call you make to another potential investor has no effect on the reaction of the next one, or the next one. A string of “no’s” is just that…a bunch of “no’s” in a row. It doesn’t mean anything, other than you’re hitting the wrong people at the wrong time.

It’s hard. It is frustrating. And it is your livelihood. And a times it feels like it’s all up to chance.

On the other hand, if you do nothing you have no chance at all.