Film Financing

Financing a film is no easy task if you can’t get a studio with deep pockets attached. Without resources, writers often turn to crowdfunding to raise the money to produce a film. The first step of financing is creating a film budget, which includes everything from cast, crew, lighting, food, and more. The first step to reducing your film’s budget starts with the script. Write tight and consider the budget when you create your stories.

Guerrilla Screenwriting: The Importance of a Pitch Deck

How do startup Internet companies in Silicon Valley convince venture capitalists (VCs) to give them millions in seed capital? It usually starts with a pitch deck, which is basically a PowerPoint presentation. Pitch decks are essential fundraising tools for startup companies today, whether a founder is after $500,000 or $20 million....

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Taking the Reins: Give to Get Backed

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! When filmmakers (or anyone, actually) gear up for a crowdfunding campaign, there are some obvious tasks to tackle: pick an ambitious but reasonable goal, create a kickass landing page, perfect your pitch video, line up ambassadors, etc. But one duty too...

Balls of Steel: Marathon Pitch via Kickstarter

Kickstarter: A site dedicated to crowdfunding artistic projects, including independent films. I’m sure by now you’ve all had at least one friend send you their link, asking for support. Try being “The Twitter Pimp Angel.” I get dozens of links tweeted to me every day. How do I decide which ones...

Taking the Reins: Warming Up the Crowd

First, please allow me to introduce myself: I’m Julie Keck – screenwriter, filmmaker, baker, and one-half of King is a Fink Productions. Second, I’d like to thank ScriptMag and my new boss Jeanne Veillette Bowerman (oh, lord, what have I gotten myself into?) for the opportunity to share my experiences. I...

TV Writer Podcast 033: Koo (The West Side, NoFilmSchool.com)

Koo co-wrote, directed, shot, and edited the "urban western" webseries The West Side, which won the Webby Award for Best Drama Series. Filmmaker Magazine heralded the series as "ingenious low-budget independent filmmaking that just happens to be viewable only on the web," and named him one of their 25 New Faces...