How to Make a Movie
You could spend months reading all the information about How to Make a Movie. We recommend you learn as much as time allows, but in the interest of condensing the nuts and bolts for you, we've reviewed what we think is some of the best material on how to make your first film.
The following videos, hosted by Scott Dupont and Expert Village, from their Film Producing 101 series, are short and easy to follow. They are not numbered in any order, so we organized them and wrote out some of the key points on how to make a movie from each video.
How to Find Investors & Raise Money for a Film:
How to Get Into the Film Business
- If new to the movie business, first get some experience.
- Volunteer to be an extra on a movie, even if acting is not your ultimate goal.
- Sign up with a local student film, at a local college or go online to find films in production near you.
- Observe, learn and absorb anything you can, and this is a great experience to have on your film career resume.
How to Find Investors & Raise Money for a Film:
How to Be a First Time Film Producer
- Once you have a great script, make sure you own the rights to the script
- Register it with WGA (Writer's Guild of America) and ensure it is copyrighted.
- Meet with a local attorney and figure out how to offer them something in return for legal advice. You can offer them partial ownership of your movie.
- Work with an accountant or money manager.
How to Find Investors & Raise Money for a Film: Importance of Knowing the Market for First Film
- Quentin Tarantino worked at a Video Store and this was a large part of how he knew which movies were sold and successful.
- A genre that translates well globally is horror and suspense. Your first film is not always the one you are most passionate about.
- The most famous directors and producers saved their best film ideas until they were already famous and successful, after they learned how to make a movie.
- Learn more about famous filmmakers and how they made their first movies in our FilmProposals and Financing Manual.
Continue on to Part 2 of How to Make a Movie.
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Independent Film Proposal and Financing Manual
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The huge advantage to film grants is you do not have to reimburse the funds, unlike investors, who require their money back, plus a return on their investment.
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