Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Who's Buying Me Lunch (when the film doesn't sell)?

Who's Buying Me Lunch (when the film doesn't sell)?

For more information visit: No Film Distributor? Then D.I.Y.

In no instance is success guaranteed. I have always liked the idea of growing things. As a kid, when I was done eating an apple, I would throw the pit into someone's garden in the hopes that a tree would sprout up the next year.

Even with a strategy there is a chance of failure. But you can't plan to get that close to opportunity without having a system and a backup plan.

Your film costs money. And enough people joined up for the opportunity because they believed it was worth it. In this business, for some, money is just a formality. I'd rather get paid less working for a humble and passionate person than get paid a lot to work for a tyrant. And even if I need the money I'd be tempted to work in a spiteful manner if I felt disrespected, and that is bad for everyone. It makes the show a waste of time because that energy is going to end up in the soup. This is to say that if your crew signed on and stuck with it, then they probably valued your idea and there's an audience with similar interests out there just for you.

You can't begin to negotiate a sale without understanding what the project should have cost. No one worth their salt is really working for free, they are giving you a discount and you have to understand the Actual budget before you settle on a deal with a distributor.

If the right numbers aren't showing up that's a good time to consider independent methods. This article was from over five years ago but it's a taste of the uncertainty that comes up when newly successful talent finally run into the middle-men of the industry, people who probably don't know what it took or what your potential is just by looking at you.

Know the industry. Knowledge is power.

Let's get what we came for,
C.M. Sanchez III