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#1 seth christian

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Posted 06 April 2007 - 03:47 PM

we are working out a script for a movie we would like to shoot this
later fall,07. and this would be our first full feature. we've actually
got a B Actor through a connection that is interested in doing it...which
is our main force behind taking it to the next level.

will be NEW at finding buyers/investors, etc...

movie context: comedy. and, at this point we've really come to the
decision that if we actually want to try and sell this....its gotta be in
35mm (at minimum, 16mm) NO VIDEO! unless anyone has anything
to say about this theory/method......all ears!

any help how to approach these issues would be invaluable!

thanks yall
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#2 J. Søren Viuf

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Posted 06 April 2007 - 04:59 PM

Well, to even begin to respond to this would take hours of writing. There are entire books devoted to the subject of independent filmmaking. Rather than hoping to get a full lesson on that here (and expecting some generous soul to write a huge essay on the subject), you would be better off buying or checking out one of the aforementioned books.

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#3 Alessandro Machi

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Posted 07 April 2007 - 12:09 AM

Don't promise anyone any return on their investment. They should invest only what they can afford to lose.

I'm pretty sure that Super-8 is viable if you truly want to do guerilla style of feature filmmaking, which is the cheapest of all ways to shoot on film.
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#4 seth christian

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Posted 07 April 2007 - 02:46 AM

everyone.....

I actually found this article about the movie world of
investors/distributers/pre-sales/ etc....

it was REALLY helpful and encouraging information
in exploring the level of taking your project to.......
and a few avenues to HOW!

http://www.iht.com/a.../mfilm_ed3_.php

keep it comin ya'll

Edited by seth christian, 07 April 2007 - 02:46 AM.

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#5 Richard Boddington

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Posted 07 April 2007 - 03:42 PM

I would question your choice of comedy as the genre. That's a tough genre without any known comedy stars. Most of the low budget indies that turn a profit and get distribution are horror/thriller. Unless you plan a T&A comedy and have lots of hot women in various stages of undress. Sadly, that's what our society and therefore distributors demand in the absence of big name stars. There's a reason why the list is very long of mainstream directors that started in horror.

Your plan to shoot on 35mm is a wise choice if you can pull it off. It puts your film in a whole new league above the choking weeds of the low budget video stuff out there. First question you get asked is, "who's in it?". Second question, "what was it shot on?" When you say 35mm you command a degree of respect. (Note: HD and RED people don't waste your time flaming me on this point.)

That article you linked to is superficial at best, there is a huge mine field out there. There is a lot of homework to do. If you need investors it could take years to finance and pull together, Fall of this year would be ambitious.

The article did make an interesting point, many movies do turn a profit, just not overnight. It can take a year or two to get going and make sales in foreign territories for example. But once they get rolling the residuals can last for several years as the film gets shown in many different forms.

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