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Feb 14, 2019

Documentary Funding | Top 10 Tips for Fundraising Grants

Documentary Funding

No doubt, Documentary Funding is tough work. But here's the good news...You CAN raise documentary funds and it may not be as hard as you think.

Many first time filmmakers have the fantasy their documentary money will come in one big check, from one big donor or foundation. The reality is, funding often comes from many different sources.

Get the best Fundraising Tips at Documentary Funding and check out the industry's best fundraising tools.

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Feb 12, 2019

Watch Documentaries Online | Pitch or Watch FREE Films

Watch Free Documentaries Online

Welcome to the Documentary Showcase, where you can watch documentaries online or show off your documentary short or trailer. Our Documentary Showcase is created by worldwide Film Makers who want you to watch documentaries online. Want to post your documentary film? Keep reading for instructions.

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Feb 07, 2019

Film Financing Lessons | Famous Producer Investor Stories

Film Financing Lessons

Read Film Financing Lessons from famous producers, such as Steven Spielberg, Lee Daniels, Kevin Smith, Richard Linklater and how they got their first film financing. Film financing is a never-ending process...no matter how famous and successful and they are, successful filmmakers see film financing as an innate part of film production throughout their careers.

Feb 05, 2019

How to Attract Film Investors | 10 Things Independent Film Makers Can Do Right Now

How to Attract Film Investors What can independent filmmakers do to attract film investors, enhance their bottom line, and actually MAKE MONEY from their indie films? Read this amazing article from Independent Film Maker and guest writer, Angelo Bell, to find out Ten Things Independent Film Makers Can Do Right Now to get film financing, secure film distribution that makes money and attract film investors, larger than typical crowd funding initiatives deliver.

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Jan 31, 2019

[Review] I could not have raised the $1.5 million or made this film without the materials you provided!

Film Business Plan TipsJust want to thank you for your materials and help over the past year. Just finished post on our $1.5 million picture "Coming Through the Rye" with Alex Wolff and Chris Cooper. I could not have raised this money or made this film without the materials you provided -- and for $99? The bargain of my career! - James Sadwith, Producer, Writer, Director "Coming Through the Rye"

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Jan 29, 2019

[Review] Best Investment We've Done for Our Company

Find Movie InvestorsHello Melissa: We recently purchased your film proposal program and we have found it to be one of the best investments we've done for our company. We want to proceed with the business plan review and gather your feed back!

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Jan 29, 2019

Importance Of A Business Plan For Film Projects | 7 Key Elements You Need To Get The Money

Importance Of A Business Plan For Film Projects A business plan has three basic purposes: communication, management, and planning. Learn how the business plan is used to attract investment capital; help you track, monitor, and evaluate; and identify and avoid roadblocks and obstacles. Most importantly, you need it to attract investors to fund your project. No one is going to invest in your project unless they can see how they are going to get repaid and more importantly, make a profit.

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Jan 24, 2019

[Review] Great Tools for writing a business plan the first time!

Truly Professional Film Business PlanThe Business Plan Tools give you a great starting point for writing your truly professional business plan before you go out to seek funding for your film. A no-brainer for newbies and low level of experience producers who wanna take the next step.

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Jan 22, 2019

Film Business Plan VOD Projections | How to Calculate

Film Business Plan VOD ProjectionsThe new world of VOD and being able to target your market directly is fantastic news for producers, especially those who could or did not follow the traditional distributor model. However, unlike the traditional theater/distributor model, these opportunities are much more difficult for projections and business plans. Here we outline all the different VOD business models, costs and calculations associated with each, as well as which statistics and case studies you want to use in your business plans.

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Jan 17, 2019

Film Investor Tips | Find and Engage Movie Investors

Film Investor Tips | Find and Engage Movie Investors

Want to kick off 2019 actually finding film investors????? Film investors are generally very savvy business people. After all, how do you think they got the kind of money to become a potential movie investor? Many filmmakers think selling an investor on their creative concept, rather than the financials is the way to secure funding. Except for a few specific circumstances, this is definitely not the way to go! When it comes to film investing and the film financing business, it's ALL about what you are offering potential investors for your independent movie. Learn More: Film Investor Tips

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Jan 15, 2019

Edinburgh Short Film Festival Call for Entries 2019

Edinburgh Short Film FestivalThe Edinburgh Short Film Festival is once again open for entries, screening the best in contemporary International short cinema alongside Scottish & UK short films in Scotland's ancient capital!

The Festival welcomes submissions from Scottish, UK and International filmmakers. All genres will be considered.

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Jan 10, 2019

[Review] My business plan is 10 times better than it was before

How to Attract Film InvestorsAfter several days of researching where to get the materials for our upcoming Feature film Independent Low Budget project I finally decided to try FilmProposals.com and their information in downloadable format.

I was shocked and impressed after purchasing Package #3 as to the thoroughness and amount of information provided! I will soon be starting pre-production on my first feature film as director, producer, screenwriter, and have already begun development, fundraising, and my business plan is 10 times better than it was before receiving their materials and information. Wow! - Thanks. Randy

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Jan 08, 2019

Screencraft Film Grant | Production, Screenplays, Finishing Funds

Screencraft Film GrantScreencraft Film Grant, in partnership with BondIt Media Capital, a film & media fund based in Beverly Hills, offers two production grants per year to talented filmmakers for narrative features, short films and TV pilot series scripts and documentaries that display originality, vision & exceptional potential. Grant amounts vary from $10,000 to $30,000, depending on the scale and merit of each project.

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Jan 03, 2019

[Reader Question] Film Investor Contract Template | Film Investment Package

Film Investor Contract TemplateDo Your Filmmaking tools include this information? This is a great question, thank you! FilmProposals always recommends you seek professional legal counsel, however, we offer a variety of templates, tools and articles to educate you on the film investment process, all designed to help you minimize attorney costs. Here are some areas for you to consider: Film Investor Contract Template.

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Jan 01, 2019

It's 2019 and Awards Season Starts Soon! Are You and YOUR Film Business Plan Ready to Take Advantage of the Industry Buzz?

How to Write a Film Business Plan

2019 is upon us, which means the start of Film Awards Season (Golden Globes Jan 7th and Academy Awards Feb 24th), and one of the BEST times to raise money for your Indie Film. Is YOUR Business Plan done so you are ready to approach investors while nominations and awards on fresh on everyone's mind? Get a head start and use our Business Plan Templates so you are ready to go!

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Jan 01, 2019

Intercept, ScreeningRoom and the Double Exposure Short Investigative Film Grant

Intercept, ScreeningRoom and the Double Exposure Short Investigative Film GrantThe Intercept, ScreeningRoom and the Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival are excited to announce a new grant for a short investigative documentary film.  The selected documentary filmmaker or video journalist will receive $5,000 towards the creation of a short, investigative documentary film, a one year ScreeningRoom Pro account, mentoring, and, for filmmakers based in the US, in-kind use of a Canon C300 Mark I cinema camera for ten days.

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Dec 27, 2018

Creating Sales Projections For Your Independent Film Project

Independent Film Movie Sales ProjectionsMany new independent filmmakers do not realize the importance of Sales Projections For Your Independent Film Project. They neglect to research and utilize realistic sales projections when developing their Business Plan, or worse, they do not use sales projections at all. This is a huge mistake. Find out how to create realistic sales projections and make your independent film.

When you are developing a set of projections, the following should be considered...

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Dec 20, 2018

[Review] Extremely Beneficial | More than Worth the Money

Find Movie Investors"The Film Proposals package is more than worth the money! The business plan is very complete, and easy to modify to your specific needs. FilmProposals.com has thought of everything. It's time to make a movie!"

Thanks to Dan for taking the time to leave us feedback!!! Check out more ways to Find Movie Investors.

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Dec 18, 2018

Film Investors on FilmProposals | Why You Can't Find Film Investors

Film Investors on FilmProposals Jeff asks a great question about how we approve the Film Investors on the site and I give a VERY HARSH, but truthful, answer. Warning - this post is not for the faint of heart.

If you're convinced you can take the lazy approach to finding film investors by searching the internet and emailing people with something like, "I have a great project, email or call me," then skip this article. If you've tried this and found it hasn't worked for you...then this article about really understanding the dynamics of the business of film investing may just be for you. Comments welcome (on Facebook)- please tell us what YOU think!

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Dec 13, 2018

Film Grants 2018 | Independent, Student, Documentary, Screenwriting

List of Film Grants

Film and TV grants, which collectively add to millions of dollars in Film Money available to you, have a HUGE advantage...You do not have to reimburse the funds, unlike film investors, who require their money back, plus a return on their investment. Most film grants require a specific type of proposal and you will really have to understand your film, niche, market and message to even be considered for a grant. If you are truly passionate about your project, and it delivers a message, more than likely, you can receive a film grant.

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Dec 06, 2018

Film Business Plan Tips | Use Your Ideas to Attract Investors

Film Business Plan TipsThese film business plan tips will lead you straight to finding and securing the right investors for your movie. Whether you use a business plan, private placement memorandum, or other fundraising vehicle, we want you to stand out from the crowd and pitch your project in a way that compels investors to write you a check now.

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Dec 06, 2018

JDC Archives Documentary Film Grant

JDC Archives Documentary Film GrantThe American The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is pleased to announce the 2019 JDC Archives Documentary Film Grant. The JDC Archives will select one film, which will be awarded a grant of $10,000. Eligible films will focus on twentieth century Jewish history, humanitarian assistance, and related topics. Topics can include issues, events and personalities related to overseas Jewish communities during the last century.

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Dec 04, 2018

£10,000 in Film Grants - UK Jewish Film Festival

UK Jewish Film Festival Film Grants Two film grants of up to £10,000 are available by The Pears Foundation Short Film Fund at the UK Jewish Film Festival for the production of a short film or video – drama, animation or factual – with a Jewish theme of significance to both Jewish and general audiences and a maximum length of 10 minutes. The scheme is open to all filmmakers resident in the UK. The deadline for applications is in January.

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Nov 29, 2018

Filmmakers Without Borders Filmmaking Grants | Feature, Documentary

Filmmakers Without Borders Filmmaking Grants

Filmmakers Without Borders Filmmaking Grants are available for narrative, documentary, experimental, and new media projects in various stages of production. Application deadlines are in January. Filmmakers Without Borders (FWB) is dedicated to empowering the next generation of digital storytellers and providing funding and support for independent filmmakers to share their stories.

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Nov 27, 2018

How to Pitch to Film Investors | Practical and Proven Tips for Fundraising

Your pitch to film investors can be intimidating and you may only get one opportunity. According to Eminem's Lose Yourself, "Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted. One moment... Would you capture it or just let it slip? Yo"

If you are pro the 'capture' option, then before you even contact a film investor, you must be fully prepared. Our How to Pitch to Film Investors article will help you do just that!

How to Pitch to Film Investors

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Nov 22, 2018

[Review] Film Investment Package | The Pot of Gold

Movie Investor Package'When I came across the Business Plan Tools and the Finance Guide, I felt like I could stop searching for the pot of gold ... I’d found it. In one place, with clear, easy to follow materials and spreadsheets, my questions were answered. It still depends on me and what I do but the blueprint is all there. Thanks.'

Thanks to Barry, Producer, River Dreaming Entertainment, for taking the time to leave us feedback!!! Check out more Movie Investor Package Reviews.

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Nov 20, 2018

Five Gadgets to Start With Travel Vlogging | How to Vlog

Five Gadgets to Start With Travel Vlogging

Using any of our five gadgets to start with travel vlogging, you'll learn how to start a vlog while keeping your hard earned money in your bank. Many people think that to enter the world of YouTube or start with your cinematic career, one needs to have high-end camera models. They not only cost tons of money to start with but, the investment could also turn out to be risky. Why, you ask? Well, what if after purchasing these high-end gadgets, you actually realize that this field is really not your cup of tea? Get started on the cheap and grow: Five Gadgets to Start With Travel Vlogging

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Nov 15, 2018

How to Invest in Indie Films | Tips for Pitching Film Investors

How to Invest in Indie FilmsHow to Invest ioriginal wikiHow article on How to Invest in Indie Filmsn Indie Films contains tons of important information for the Indie filmmaker. While the article speaks to film investors, the information can make great selling points for you while pitching your business plan to investors. Can you speak fluently about asset classes and private equity?

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Nov 13, 2018

Film Investing Advice from the Wall Street Journal | For Investors

Classic article from WSJ with current information, even in today's Indie Film market. Film investing pay offs can be as high as 50% to 100% in the first three years, IF a film is successful, which is a big "if." Find out how to minimize your risk, be aware of many of the things that could possibly go wrong during filming and how to identify a well-conceived marketing and distribution plan that makes sense and isn't built on hope. More: Film Investing Advice from the Wall Street Journal

Film Investing Advice from the Wall Street Journal

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Nov 08, 2018

Film Business Plan Template | Marketing Plan, Revenue Projections

Independent Film Business Plan Template Our easy-to-use 23 page Independent Film Business Plan Template can be used alone, or alongside our Film Proposals and Financing Manual and Film Projections Templates. Using Microsoft Word, with a film theme background, the template requires your customization, but is formatted, includes tons of re-usable text and saves you hours and hours of typing and market research time.

From a FilmProposals customer, "... I'm now sending out my completed business plan/film proposal document to potential investors and the one comment I'm getting back almost immediately is that it's so well laid out and professional. Believe me, first impressions really do count."

What are you waiting for? Check out the Film Industry's best Independent Film Business Plan Template today.

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Nov 06, 2018

Script Writing Tips to Avoid the Slush Pile from a Script Reader

Script Writing Tips to Avoid the Slush Pile

If I’m not hooked on page one or possibly page two, I’m not reading 10 pages, I’m putting it down. Unfair, you cry. You’ve got to get to page 52 where there is a brilliant twist. Too late, and here’s why. Have you ever flicked through TV channels, watching 10 or 20 seconds of a show before deciding if it’s worth sticking around? That’s your script on the screen. The way to get your script read can be summed up in four words - Get To The Story. Learn from the script reading pros: Script Writing Tips to Avoid the Slush Pile

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Nov 01, 2018

How to Find Film Investors | Raise Money for a Feature Movie

How to Find Film InvestorsHow to find film investors seems to be a huge hurdle for filmmakers, but it is actually quite simple. Any filmmaker who is prepared for film investors will find them. The filmmakers who find it difficult to secure investors are those who completely skip over the process of preparing, attracting, pitching and working with investors.

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Oct 30, 2018

Pitching a Location Letter to Film Investors - Sample Template

Location Letter to Film InvestorsPitching a location letter to Film Investors can easily impress them when presenting your film proposal. A strong location can not only add great production value to your film. but also become a key selling point when correctly used in your pitch to film investors.

More info: Pitching a Locatiofilm-proposal-financing-manual.htmln Letter to Film Investors

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Oct 25, 2018

Ultimate Film Proposal Financing Manual | Business Plan and Investor Guide

Film Proposal Template Sample

The Independent Filmmakers Guide to Writing a Film Proposal and Raising Funds with our Film Proposal Template Example. The Film Proposal Financing Manual covers all the business aspects of turning your film ideas into your reality. Independent Filmmaking and Investors, Film Proposals and Business Plans, Film Proposal Sections and Outline, Film Investors, Funding Sources and Investment Types, Pitching and Attracting Film Investors, Film Financing Glossary and more.

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Oct 23, 2018

Smartphone Video Rig | iPhone Video Rig, Filmmaking Kit

Smartphone Video Rig

Use a smartphone video rig to get the most out of all your smartphone video filming accessories. You have your smartphone lenses, your external audio recording devices, and your external lights, but where are you going to put it all? If you are thinking “that seems like a lot of stuff to attach to a device that fits in the palm of your hand”, you are correct.

Fear not, though, because another thoughtful invention exists, and that is the smartphone video rig.

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Oct 18, 2018

[Review] Professional Tools to get the Investors to Give Money

FilmProposals.com Business Plan PackageWow!! I just purchased the Finance Film Package #3. It is really good. I am an experienced Film Producer and I have been trying to get financing for 3 years for my film Smoke E.Z. I need $8,000,000. After 3 years I gotta take the plunge and get some professional tools to get the investors to give money for my film. I don't $10,000 for all of this to be done, so I have the challenge to do it myself.

This is a really good package to buy if you are looking to finance a film over $5,000,000.

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Oct 16, 2018

Film Private Placement Memorandum | How do you create a PPM?

Film Private Placement MemorandumIf you are looking to raise money for your independent film, you have likely heard the term Film Private Placement Memorandum (PPM) and are wondering if you need one.

Unless you are getting private equity from family and friends, you should have a Film Private Placement Memorandum (PPM) drawn up for your fund raising. Find out more about: Film Private Placement Memorandum

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Oct 11, 2018

How to Use an Independent Film Financing Plan to Secure Investors

Independent Film Financing PlanAn independent film financing plan can help you form a strategy that will make the tricky process of film financing much easier. When you network to get investors involved in your project - and are trying to earn their trust in that you will deliver what you promise them, then you will most likely find yourself in situations where the potential investor asks questions like: What does the financing plan look like?

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Oct 09, 2018

What is an Accredited Investor? | Finding Film Investors

What is an Accredited InvestorRecent legislative changes make it more important than ever for film makers to know for sure, what is an accredited investor? So, who is an accredited investor and how how do take the 'reasonable' steps outlined by the SEC to satisfy their requirements?

Learn More: What is an Accredited Investor?

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Oct 05, 2018

87 Days Left in 2018! Who's going to get it DONE?

How to Write a Film Business Plan

87 Days Left in 2018! Who's going to have their Business Plan DONE so they can raise their financing during the Award Season in early 2019 - always the BEST time of the year to approach investors, while everyone is buzzing!!!!!!!!

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Oct 04, 2018

First Film Budget | How to Manage Movie Investor Money

First Film BudgetLearn exactly what goes in to your First Film Budget, the two types of low-budget films and how to handle your film money. Part III of our "How to Make a Movie Mini Course" discusses film budgets, costs of talent and crew, film bank accounts and how to handle your film money.

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Oct 02, 2018

[Review] Sample Film Business Plan | Charts are Fantastic and a Real Timesaver

Sample Film Business Plan"Really like the automatic spreadsheet, the main reason I purchased your package. I also like the proposal layout and will use it for private investors. I'm actually prepping a film for AFM and am using a little bit of a different proposal for that, but the charts are fantastic and a real timesaver. Thanks again!"

Thanks you, Jess, for taking the time to leave us feedback!!! We can't to hear how tyou did at AFM!

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Sep 27, 2018

Pitching Film Investors | How to Close the Deal and Get Financed

Pitching Film InvestorsOur tips and techniques on pitching to film investors will teach you practical tips, proven fundraising language, how to instill confidence in your investors, even if you've never made a film before, and exactly which industry sources to use to make them want to write you a check on the spot. Don't waste your hard work by not being prepared for your meetings and calls.

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Sep 25, 2018

Film Financing Lessons from Producer of 'The Kids Are All Right'

Producer Celine Rattray (The Kids Are All Right)

Producer Celine Rattray explains how she doubled her investors' money, new financing sources, like Netflix and Amazon, how she's raised funds for over 40 movies, the importance of tax incentives, timing of investor ROI, and how to be "investor-friendly," as there's nothing more satisfying than repeat business from investors.

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Sep 20, 2018

Can you help me Secure Financing, Introduce Me or Help Find Investors?

If you're convinced you can take the lazy approach to finding film investors by searching the internet and emailing people with something like, "I have a great project, email or call me," you are not even close to ready to secure film financing. If you've tried this and found it hasn't worked for you...then this article about really understanding the dynamics of the business of film investing may just be for you.

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Sep 18, 2018

What is a Producer's Package | Film Investors

What is a Producer's Package"What is a Producer's Package?" is a great question we get asked all the time, with a long and varied answer. A movie producer's package changes depending on your target audience for the pitch. For example, are you pitching a producer investor, actor, studio, composer, product placement or another entity? Each pitch meeting requires a different presentation. Some will be more financial in nature and some will focus more on the creative aspects of your project. Read More: What is a Producer's Package?

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Sep 13, 2018

The Real Value Here is the Market Data | A Real Time Saver

Film Industry StatisticsIf there exists a one stop shop for a business plan and crash course in film finance this is probably it. The real value here is the market data - I'd pay 100$ for that alone. A real time saver. 

You probably want to contact a lawyer as many of the details laid out in the plan are for a very specific type of structure and there are many ways to structure the deal. Based on the content I saw there's no reason not to use the recommended lawyer in the package. Seems like this is well thought out. - Grant

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Sep 11, 2018

Filmmaker Smartphone Audio Recording Device | External Microphone, External Microphone App

FilmProposals Business Plan Services

It is important to get a great filmmaker smartphone audio recording device as an accessory for your iPhone when using it in the place of a traditional camera. These devices will help you eliminate background noise and focus your audio on the dialogue of your characters.

Check out all our favorite smartphone audio recorders: Filmmaker Smartphone Audio Recording Devices

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Sep 06, 2018

Business Plan Review Services - FilmProposals Has Openings in September!

Business Plan Services for Independent Film Makers

If you already have a Proposal or Business Plan developed, we provide a thorough review of your plan and financials against best practice film proposals. You get 2 reviews with feedback given both written and verbal via phone. We will review your plan from an investor’s perspective, challenge and question your assumptions as well as provide thorough feedback on your Proposal's strengths and weaknesses.

Download the Free Self Review to see how we will evaluate your plan. For those who pre-purchase the Business Plan Review with a Film Financing Package, you have up to one year from date of purchase to schedule your sessions. Read more about our Business Plan Review.

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