The Independent Filmmaker's Law and Business Guide: Financing, Shooting, and Distributing Independent and Digital Films [NOOK Book]

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Preparing independent or guerrilla filmmakers for the legal, financial, and organizational questions that can doom a project if unanswered, this guide demystifies issues such as developing a concept, founding a film company, obtaining financing, securing locations, casting, shooting, granting screen credits, distributing, exhibiting, and marketing a film. Updated to include digital marketing and distribution strategies through YouTube or webisodes, it also anticipates the "problems" generated by a ...

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The Independent Filmmaker's Law and Business Guide: Financing, Shooting, and Distributing Independent and Digital Films

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Overview

Preparing independent or guerrilla filmmakers for the legal, financial, and organizational questions that can doom a project if unanswered, this guide demystifies issues such as developing a concept, founding a film company, obtaining financing, securing locations, casting, shooting, granting screen credits, distributing, exhibiting, and marketing a film. Updated to include digital marketing and distribution strategies through YouTube or webisodes, it also anticipates the "problems" generated by a blockbuster hit: sound tracks, merchandizing, and licensing. Six appendices provide sample contracts, copyright forms and circulars, Writer’s Guild of America definitions for writing credits, and studio contact information.

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The film industry is a highly competitive market, and as unromantic as it seems, filmmaking is as much about finance, business management, and law as it is about the creative process. It is true that anyone, given the right equipment, can make a film, but whether that project ever finds funding or an audience demands a more businesscentric understanding of the word production. For those who didn't minor in accounting, marketing, or contractual negotiation, Garon (law, Hamlin Univ.; Own It: The Law and Business Guide to Launching a New Business Through Innovation, Exclusivity, and Relevance) provides a clear and concise crash course on not just making a film but also making a film company. In this updated edition of a 2002 publication, all areas have been revisited, and there is an emphasis on new online technologies and the legal concerns and business considerations that lie therein. VERDICT As well organized and descriptively broken down as an outline, this is equally insightful read straight through as didactic instruction or visited circumstantially as a reference guide. An advisable read and career supplement for aspiring filmmakers and entertainment industry students.—Ben Malczewski, Ypsilanti Dist. Lib., MI


—Ben Malczewski
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"An easy to follow and a valuable resource for those interested in being behind the scenes of a production."  —Buzzine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569763971
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 919,477
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jon M. Garon is a law professor at Hamline University School of Law who specializes in entertainment law, intellectual property, and business law.

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