Filmmakers and Financing: Business Plans for Independents [NOOK Book]

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The first, most crucial step in making a film is finding the funds to do it. Let Louise Levison, who wrote the innovative business plan for "The Blair Witch Project," show you how. Whether you're planning a feature, short, documentary, or large format film, this unique guide teaches you how to create a business plan that can be presented to a potential investor. In jargon-free terms, the author leads you through every step. Each chapter concentrates on a different section of the business plan, including the ...
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Filmmakers and Financing: Business Plans for Independents

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Overview

The first, most crucial step in making a film is finding the funds to do it. Let Louise Levison, who wrote the innovative business plan for "The Blair Witch Project," show you how. Whether you're planning a feature, short, documentary, or large format film, this unique guide teaches you how to create a business plan that can be presented to a potential investor. In jargon-free terms, the author leads you through every step. Each chapter concentrates on a different section of the business plan, including the industry, marketing, financing, distribution. There are supplementary exercises and spreadsheets on the CD workbook so you get comfortable crunching the numbers--no math degree required!

The fifth edition contains completely revised and updated industry data, updated information on the market for short films, as well as a new chapter on nontraditional films such as documentaries.

Audience: Independent filmmakers, producers.

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A step-by-step approach to creating a complete film company business plan to present to potential investors. Discusses projects outlines, industry overview, marketing, distribution, financial planning, loans, and partnerships. Includes a complete sample business plan. Requires no previous financial experience. Lacks a bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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PRAISE FOR THE PREVIOUS EDITIONS:
Levison's book helped me create a straightforward and thorough business plan that ultimately raised $2 million for my new project.
-Stu Pollard, Producer/Director, Keep Your Distance

Buying this book is the first step to becoming a successful, independent filmmaker. It helped me launch my company.
-Rick Pamplin, The Pamplin Film Company

If Louise Levison's Filmmakers & Financing were only about business plans, it would be worth more than its cover price. In addition, Levison gives sage, savvy, and clear introductions to every important aspect of film business-marketing, distribution, varieties of investors, financing options-it's all here, including a sample business plan. This book is a "must have" for any filmmaker's bookshelf.
-Morrie Warshawski, Consultant, and author of Shaking the Money Tree: How to Get Grants and Donations for Film and Video, 2nd Edition

A must-have educational and reference tool to help you conquer current industry practices regarding finance, production and distribution. Louise has consistently delivered a plethora of information that is easy for a beginning filmmaker to understand, while at the same time very useful to the entertainment veteran. No filmmaker's library would be complete without it.
-J. David Williams, Distributor, Shiloh and The Omega Code

Need money for a movie? Here's the road map every indie filmmaker needs to find it. It worked for me!
-Paul Sirmons, Director/Producer, The First of May and Forevermore Films

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136052415
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/20/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 923 KB

Meet the Author

Louise Levison is president and founder of Business Strategies, a ten-year old business plan/venture capital financing consulting firm.
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Table of Contents

CD Table of Contents
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Executive Summary 17
2 The Company 25
3 The Films 43
4 The Industry 61
5 The Markets and Marketing 85
6 Distribution 105
7 Risk Factors 129
8 Financing 131
9 The Financial Plan 153
10 Sample Business Plan for a Fictional Company 169
11 Short Film Distribution 199
Index 215
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