Item description for The Art of Film Funding: Alternative Financing Concepts by Carole Lee Dean...
This book is your reference guide for creating the perfect pitch, inspiring your winning application, finding and connecting with funding organizations, making a successful "ask," and landing the money to make your film.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2007
Publisher Michael Wiese Productions
ISBN 1932907319 ISBN13 9781932907315
Reviews - What do customers think about The Art of Film Funding: Alternative Financing Concepts?
Already saved us money! Jul 16, 2008
This book already saved us money!
I have only had "The Art of Film Funding" about a week and already it's saved our production company hundreds of dollars. The research I was able to do in the pages of Dean's book made our first meeting with an attorney go quickly and smoothly. It's putting us a few precious steps ahead of the game, and in the documentary world that can make worlds of difference in the cost of your production.
There are so many post-its on the different pages it looks like I trapped a herd of butterflies inside the book.
Buy it, read it, keep it by your side all during your film funding process.
PJ Smith Producer, RGO Media Associates Author - The Power of the Dark Side: Creating Great Villains, Dangerous Situations, & Dramatic Conflict Inner Drives: How to Write and Create Characters Using the Eight Classic Centers of Motivation
Great Book - with Fantastic Reference Section Jul 31, 2007
When I opened this book, I expected two things. One: Due to the sub-title "Alternative Financing Concepts" - I expected a chapter on "How to Sell Your Body Parts!" and, Two: I expected this book to be boring.
Happily, I was wrong on both parts - but why do I need an extra kidney anyways?
Ms. Dean does a great job in making the art of film fund finding, well, fun. With years of experience on both sides of the business, she explains in a mix of interviews and stories the process of pitching your idea, looking for those willing to fund your film and all the nuances and approaches you should take. Not only that, she includes an EXCELLENT reference section (50 pages of a 250 page book) with names, addresses, phone numbers, websites, etc. That alone is worth the price of the book.
Much of the first few chapters in the book revolve around pitching your idea. Even if you are on the fence in terms of whether to make your film or not, Ms. Dean emphasizes a lot of the aspects of Pitching that can come in handy in any situation where you have the opportunity to talk about your idea.
With my own independent film on the horizon, and the aspect of me trying to sell a kidney to raise funds, I was surprised when the first half of the book focused mostly on documentaries. I wondered as I read through those pages as to how the rules and ideas and suggestions she was giving would fit my project: A feature film with 15 actors using an original script written by me. Not my documentary on the slaughter of innocent ants by rabid 10 year old boys with magnifying glasses.
Half-way through the book, though, she does focus on the aspect of how to find funding for your independent film and then she goes on in later chapters to deal with "Branding" (making your pitch unique with photos or other graphics), "Finding Partnerships" and even a chapter on "Federal Tax Laws" - and again, if you think these chapters are pages and pages of droning commentary - think again: Most of these are interviews with people in the trenches who have worked through the process, know the process, live the process.
One of the things I found surprising in this book is there is a lack of focus on story and the story you are trying to tell (whether it is in Documentary Form or Fictional/Non-Fictional 3-Act Structure Story Telling). A recent seminar I went to on Independent Film one of the speakers came right out and said: "Is your story worth telling?" Though Ms. Dean touches on it a little, there is not a lot of time spent on making sure that your story is one that has an audience. Granted, a book about film financing should be about film financing not a book on whether your documentary of sadistic 10 year old boys is worthy for a slot on PBS during their next pledge drive.
Another issue I have with this book is a common one: Create a list of all the websites mentioned in the chapters for easy reference. Though the expansive reference section alone is worth the price of the book, Ms. Dean sprinkles almost every chapter with names, websites, even phone numbers of people to contact. It would have been the icing on the cake to also include those in the reference section under a separate heading broken down by chapter. That way lazy writers like me don't have to skim through the chapters looking for the familiar www. Though, in their defense, they did a unique thing of highlighting the interviews so they could be found quickly.
Once again Michael Weise Productions has produced a great book, unique to the marketplace filled with all the nitty-gritty details of what it takes to find financing for your film. Hats off to them, and Ms. Dean.
Great introduction to film funding Jul 31, 2007
This book aims at the beginning independent filmmaker. As such, it's an excellent introduction to thinking like a business person, opening your mind to new approaches to funding, and becoming aware of potential legal issues. The prose is highly readable, even energizing as her positive spirit infuses every page. Reading this book is like a late-night jam session crammed full of the excitement of ideas and possibilities. The interviews in the book are useful both for their good advice and for the sense they convey that there are very specific people available to help you get through the process. The information presented in this book makes film funding seem doable.
Ideal for documentary filmmakers: Over 100 funding organizations listed! Jul 16, 2007
As a documentary filmmaker in desperately search for funds to make my film a reality, I can say that this book has helped me explore the infinite possibilities that lay out there in the universe waiting for me to tap on them. As the cover of the book evokes, Carole Dean gives you the best tips for you to catch those colorful funding butterflies that can not only bring you the moneys you need but will help you spread the word on your film and sow the seeds of what can become a forest of funding opportunities. The back of the book is an incredible resource that has over 100 funding organizations listed with contact information, you have months of research done for you to find the funding you need.
At last....a positive approach!!! Jul 11, 2007
At last...a positive attitude successfully combined with real experience in the independent film world!! The admirable Ms. Dean, who started a business selling those end pieces of film from the major studios to aspiring filmmakers with tight budgets has her heart in the right place. She admires people who are following their dreams by taking those first steps and wants to help them keep steppin' to the finish line. I gleaned a lot out of the stories of how individual filmmakers got their films made. Read the book, then get to work on your film!