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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Raising funds

Ok, where should you start when thinking about raising funds for your film? 

First, make a list of every single person you know or have come into contact with. And I mean everyone: Uncles, aunts, cousins, friends of cousins, co-workers, nephews, those who you know at the church, the country club, the tennis court, the bar, school, or the ones who walk their dog the same time you do. Everyone, from past to present. Have a Grandfather? Put him down on the list.


Let's take a step back and look at what you already have: you've got your film proposal, which we went over in previous posts, and of of course the script. And now you have a list of possible investors. So what do you do with these 3 things:

screenplay

film proposal

possible investors


It will vary in terms of your relationship which each person. For example, if you'll be going to a family member for funds, perhaps all you will need to do is speak with them and go over your film proposal. For all others that you don't know quite as intimate, they more than likely will want to read the script. 

Here with the script you have two options; you give them a copy, or you hold a reading. A reading is my preferred method. Why? Because scripts are not written to be read, they're written to be filmed, and most people don't know how to read scripts.

Want to know more, I discuss it all in the book: