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Filmmaker Toolkit: Budgets

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    Playing the Casting Game: Finding the Next Jennifer Lawrence or Raising the Money to Hire Her

    “More than 90% of directing a picture is the right casting,” suggests Martin Scorsese in the revelatory documentary "Casting By." Producers might well reach a similar assessment for financing a picture as well since actors remain by far the most enticing lures to potential investors. But settling on...

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    How to Create a Budget Investors Will Appreciate

    The following article, from Colin Brown, Editorial Director of the film financing and dealmaking website Slated.com, is a tough-love look at crafting a budget to show to investors. It proposes that maybe smaller budgets are sometimes better for some projects. To read more from Colin, check out h...

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    The 7 Questions that The Indie Film Community Is Grappling With Now: An IFP Film Week Overview

    Spending a week at the IFP Filmmaker conference, it's clear that the indie film community has a number of questions it's trying to sort out. There's a growing frustration at how money circulates in the community, how people can develop careers as filmmakers when there's so little funding to go arou...

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    Know What You've Got: How to Package Any Movie for Financing

    In this post from Slated.com's Filmonomics blog, Editorial Director Colin Brown starts to explain how filmmakers need to look at everything they have when they're packaging a film for investors. He'll continue to explore the ways that the film world evaluates projects in the coming weeks.

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    Dogfish Helps Get 8 Cutting-Edge Film Companies Off the Ground with $18,000 Accelerator Grants

    Taking a page from the tech world, Dogfish Pictures is announcing the first eight projects in its Dogfish Accelerators program, a unique program that gives $18,000 in seed financing and a nurturing infrastructure with the goal of getting the projects further funding at the end of the program's three...

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    7 Tips from Silicon Valley on Giving Confidence to Potential Investors

    While he's taking off for the Labor Day holiday, Colin Brown from Slated Editorial Director has shared with Indiewire an old -- but valuable -- post from the Slated Filmonomics blog: it's a list of seven tips for filmmakers to keep in mind as they try to look for funding from investors, ripped from...

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    Learning from the Tech World: Convincing Investors to Fund a Film Is All About Assembling a Winning Team

    Writing on Slated.com's Filmonomics blog, Slated Editorial Director Colin Brown sees a pattern in technology investing that is worth noting when it comes to assembling a filmmaking team that investors will be eager to fund. Read the post on Slated.com and find more Filmonomics articles here.

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    Can Web Series Creators Turn Their Work Into a Career?

    When Netflix is a leading Emmy contender it looks like TV has been completely disrupted.

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    After SEC JOBS Act Ruling, How Can You Approach Film Investors?

    After over a year figuring out the regulatory rules to implement the JOBS Act, the SEC has lifted its band on so-called 506 exemptions. What does this mean for filmmakers? Slated Editorial Director Colin Brown has the answers on his Filmonomics blog. See the original post here, and see the entire...

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    Why Are People Frustrated with Film Financing? Maybe They Aren't Going After the Right Investors

    The following article, from Colin Brown, Editorial Director of the film financing and dealmaking website Slated.com, explains why all of the people predicting the end of the film industry may just be protective of Hollywood (and film financing) as it has been for several decades. To read more from ...

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