Synopses & Reviews
Wiese's book sets itself apart in terms of balancing the creative aspects of filmmaking (idea development, brainstorming exercises) with the business aspects (financing, dealmaking).communicating to the beginning filmmaker how to realistically get a film made. Today's independent filmmaker needs to understand the business aspects of filmmaking if he or she expects to have their work shown, and Michael Wiese's book provides practical strategies for fundraising, scheduling, budgeting, marketing, as well as creative exercises for story development.
This is a new edition of an established textbook and manual. It has been thoroughly updated to reflect the technology and business environment of independent filmmaking in the 90's, and completely reorganized on the basis of years of presentations to audiences around the world. It now provides valuable exercises and projects at the end of each chapter.
· A detailed step-by-step guide for the beginning producer who is serious about filmmaking not only as a craft but also as a business --
· Lots of anecdotes and real-life examples
· Exercises and projects with each chapter-
Here, in one place, is all the information the independent filmmaker needs -- from money-raising through distribution.
-- writing a mission statement
-- developing ideas into treatments and scripts
-- financing your film
-- doing presentations
-- writing a prospectus
-- conducting market research
-- understanding distribution markets(theatrical, video, TV, international)
-- and a massive appendix that includes sample cash-flow projections and contracts addresses of important contacts and more
If you are an independent writer, producer or director, you'll find Wiese's abundance of practical advice indispensable. It can help you to not only develop and raise financing for your project but to produce a highly marketable film or video.
Wiese has packed 25 years experience in film and video into the most comprehensive and useful book ever for filmmakers seeking both independence and success in the marketplace. Loaded with insider's tips to help filmmakers avoid the pitfalls of show business.
Updated to reflect the technology and business environment of independent filmmaking in the 1990s, this is a step-by-step guide for the beginning producer who is serious about filmmaking, not only as a craft but also as a business.
The most comprehensive and useful book ever created for filmmakers seeking both independence and success in the marketplace, this guide is loaded with insider tips on idea development, writing a mission statement, marketing and pitching a production, and much more. 30+ illustrations & photos.
About the Author
Michael Wiese has been both an independent filmmaker and a production and distribution executive. He has written 8 best-selling film books and conducts seminars in Europe and the US.
Table of Contents
Contents .Introduction * Introduction to Your Future * Imagine if you Will...* Drawing Back the Bow: The 12 Arrows * Catching the Big Idea * Financing * Presentations: Getting Them to Say ¦Yes¦ * The Prospectus & Business Plan * Market Research * Production * Distribution Markets * Secrets of marketing * Promotion & Publicity * Self distribution * Summary & Appendix