Indie Filmmaker Tips
Finance, Investors, Equipment, Services
Do you have some great indie filmmaker tips to share with other aspiring or current filmmakers? Do you want to promote your latest film or service to a huge global network of filmmakers, producers, directors, potential investors and distributors? Here is a great opportunity to first pay it forward, and then promote your projects, products and services.
We want to hear ALL your best tips and ideas on raising funds, working with investors, best camera and equipment deals, editing software, distribution deals, crowdfunding, film festivals, grants, creative deals with talent and staff, product placement, fundraising....basically, anything at all that contributed to the bottom line that lead to the success of making your film.
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- Massive Exposure - Filmproposals attracts hundreds of thousands global filmmakers, producers, directors, potential investors and distributors every year. We have some of the film industry's most qualified website traffic, 40K facebook fans, 3K weekly subscribers, a well subscribed RSS feed, multiple social media accounts and many more ways to promote your service or product. The catch? You MUST pay it forward...it is only through sharing your expertise you will receive exposure.
- Attract Customers - If you are involved in any film production companies or services that go into the production of a film: Musician, Producer, Director, Grip, Visual Effects Artist, Actor, Casting Director, Agent, Animation House, Distribution, Equipment Sales or Rental, share your knowledge, pay it forward, give us your best tips and receive tons of free publicity.
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- Attract Film Financing - here's the thing - if a film investor is looking online to invest in a film (not common - but it does happen!) - guess who they are going to find? Filmproposals. Because we offer investors tips and investing strategies, they find us. The chances a potential investor is going to find your specific film online are fairly low, however, you significantly increase your chances by working with another, larger business that collectively pools and highlights talented indie films. If you build your online presence by providing valuable, unique and informative content to both investors and other filmmakers, you raise awareness of and interest in your business.
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Indie Filmmaker Tips - Article Ideas
The key to exposure within and outside the FilmProposals community is to write genuinely good, pay it forward, trustworthy type content. Some of the top read articles on FilmProposals, those that attract the most publicity worldwide, are those written by our guest authors. You all know the kinds of articles you read, share and promote - now you have a chance to write one and be promoted as the author with expertise in your field. Why does FilmProposals often get hired to write Film Business Plans? Because we offer over 1000 articles helping you to do it yourself. Here are some article inspirations to spark your creativity and we look forward to reading your ideas as well.
You want to: Sell Film Budgeting Services
What to Write: Top 10 Film Budgeting Tips
You want to: Promote Your New Movie
What to Write: Tell us how you raised your funds - Crowdfunding, investors, grants, product placement, tax incentives?
or All the Equipment You Used (cameras, lens, audio, battery, editing software).
You want to: Be Hired to Compose Music
What to Write: Ten Things to Consider When Composing or Choosing Music for your Film
You want to: Find Film Distribution
What to Write: 10 Things I've Learned about Film Financing or Top Indie Filmmaker Equipment (what's in your film bag?)
or 10 Ways to Get Product Placement or 10 Tips for Film Producers
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Example Articles and Site Promotion
Browse through some sample guest articles to get a feel for the quality and type of articles that will be accepted on FilmProposals.
How to Attract Film Investors
This is one of the most popular articles on our site, because it teaches independent filmmakers what they can do NOW to attract film investors, enhance their bottom line, and actually MAKE MONEY from their indie films!
Learn guaranteed ways of getting film financing and securing film distribution that makes money and attracts film investors at How to Attract Film Investors.
Finding Investors For Your Movie Project
How do you find the people who have the money? Find out the ONE thing you absolutely need to get in touch with potential movie investors and learn the ONLY way to get highly paid professionals to pay attention and respond. Answers to these questions and more at Finding Investors For Your Movie Project.
(Note: See Jack Heape's Author Box at bottom)
Devouring Venus Step by Step Successful Film Financing
HANDS DOWN, The Best Movie Trailer and Film Finance Tips EVER submitted to FilmProposals!!! Want to be a successful Film Writer, Director and Producer? Then read these SOLID GOLD tips from Marty Hardin, who was kind enough to walk us STEP by STEP through how he successfully raised his film financing for Devouring Venus!
Film Finance for Independent Filmmakers
Film Finance is one of the most difficult tasks an indie filmmaker will face. This is not because there is not money available or people interested in indie film investment. Rather, it is most often because indie filmmakers tend to approach the business-side of film making with trepidation at-best, or not at all, at-worst. Learn more about: Vital Steps to Investment in an Indie Film Production
Jerry Movie Trailer
While filming Jerry, one of the most cost effective moves we made was to purchase rechargeable AA batteries to use with our sound equipment (2 Zoom H4Nswith a lavalier kit and boom Mic), which saved us quite a bit of money. Read more of Melody's tips at: Jerry Film Financing Tips.
Once A Clown Short Film Financing Tips
Once A Clown Short Film was funded partially via crowdfunding, and partially through the use of my bank overdraft. While we did make the film, we learned in hindsight the best way to execute a crowdfunding campaign through a discussion with a former film producer. Read our top crowdfunding tips at: Once A Clown Short Film Financing Tips.
My Autopsy Movie Financing Tips
We did a lot of fundraising - including dinners at restaurants, a "paint and wine" night, and also benefit rock shows. A lot of our sets were donated, and it was cheaper to film in West Virginia than anywhere else. Crowdfunding has been an uphill battle as well. Read More: My Autopsy Movie Financing Tips.
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How to Submit Your Article
- Pick a topic that offers valuable information to other filmmakers.
- Write at least 500 words (500-700 is preferred). Content must be unique and not published anywhere else.
- One photo must be included, it can be you filming or something relevant to the article.
- Be specific. If you discuss equipment, for example, don't just say Camcorder, be specific about the make and model number. If you talk about fundraising, tell us exactly if you used a business plan, attorney, crowdfunding, PPM, social media, investors, grants, product placement, tax incentives, friends and family, etc.
- You may include your bio, movie or business at the end of each article (does not count toward the 500 words). Reciprocal links to your websites/films may be provided.
- This is all about helping other filmmakers, so you must contribute your tips, lessons learned and thoughtful feedback that will help your successors. Submissions solely seeking self-promotion without offering valuable insight to other independent filmmakers will be deleted.
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