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Filmmaker Toolkit: Budgets

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    Filmmakers: Why Bother With a Business Plan?

    Check out this excerpt from Louise Levison's "Filmmakers & Financing: Business Plans for Independents," available now from the Focal Press. Levison's clients have raised money for low-budget films such as "The Blair Witch Project," the most profitable independent film in history, and for companies r...

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    Want to Do Research on the Future in Film Financing, Distribution or Marketing? Apply for NYU's Cinema Research Fellowships

    NYU's Cinema Research Institute has just announced that they are now accepting applications for their 2014 calendar year fellowships.

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    Why Zach Braff's Film Going to Cannes Shows the Future of Film Financing

    They may not have realized this but more than forty-six thousand individuals – many of them ordinary Americans with no prior film industry knowledge – had a direct bearing on what has been happening this past week thousands of miles away at the Cannes Film Festival. Not so much on the rain-sodden re...

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    Should You Be Using Algorithms to Find Your Next Producer?

    For the longest time the hottest stars in California were actors. These days they are software engineers. Such is the feeding frenzy for developer talent that top coders are now going all Hollywood themselves and engaging specialist agencies to guide their career development and negotiate with emplo...

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    O California, Where Art Thou: Why Is the Tax Incentives Program Driving Away Indie Film?

    There were many reasons we chose Los Angeles, despite the fact that other states have a more accessible and robust tax credit.

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