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The Secret to Getting Your Film Funded
29-05-2024
The Secret to Getting Your Film Funded
Welcome to another exciting episode of the Filmmaking Stuff podcast with your host Tom Malloy. This episode reveals a valuable secret to secure your film's funding before you hit the production phase. This episode addresses a significant issue that frustrates many filmmakers - how to find initial funding for their projects. Find out why you should never rush into raising the full production budget without first securing your development fund. Discover what development financing means and how it can change your movie-making journey. With real-life examples, learn how a development budget, no matter how small, plays a crucial role in realizing successful films – even with big-budget ones. The episode breaks down the components of the development budget, including producer fees, legal paperwork, LLC setup, and more, explaining why each is a vital part of your pre-production process. Get expert insights on how hiring a casting director can take your project to the next level. Plus, find out how the extensive casting lists provided by professional casting directors can narrow down the most suitable and available actors for your indie or studio film. This episode also covers the importance of using development funding to attend film markets and how these events can enable you to pick up a sales agent or distributor. Learn how to engage initial interest in your project, showing potential partners who you are aiming to attach to your project as a significant step in securing film finance. Understand the intricacies of development financing, and how the calculated risk entailed makes it a much safer form of investment. Explore why the journey to making a $3 million film starts with a much less daunting $50,000 in development funds. Whether your first investor opts for a simple payback once the film's fully financed or desires an along-for-the-ride experience with an executive producer credit, development financing covers all bases. Tune into the Filmmaking Stuff podcast with Tom Malloy for more exceptional tips, tactics, and inspiring stories. Let your film creation journey begin today.
The 3 Types of VOD Platforms Every Filmmaker Must Know
22-05-2024
The 3 Types of VOD Platforms Every Filmmaker Must Know
Welcome to the Filmmaking Stuff podcast with Tom Malloy, an action-packed podcast where we share filmmaking tips and strategies! In a fast-paced digital age where traditional release windows are now complex due to the rise of VOD (Video on Demand) platforms, filmmakers need a robust strategy to maximize their movie's revenue. Dive in as we decode various VOD platforms and the significant role they play in a movie's distribution strategy. In this episode, we explore the concept of 'windowing', a release schedule one must follow. Violating this pattern can negatively affect the potential for monetizing your movie. We delve into the intricacies of these windows and why it's crucial not to "break" them. For instance, if you release on Transactional Video on Demand (TVOD) such as Fandango or Apple TV first and then aim to release it in theaters, it's not going to work. Once a window is opened, you cannot retreat. We demystify the three types of VOD - TVOD, SVOD (Subscription-based VOD - e.g., Netflix), and AVOD (Ad-based VOD - e.g., Youtube). Each type serves a different function and can impact your movie's distribution and profits differently. We also share insights on the possible mistakes filmmakers make when releasing films on these platforms, emphasizing the need for sequential release (windowing) rather than simultaneous release across all platforms (shotgunning). By following a targeted windowed release pattern, filmmakers have the potential to maximize revenue on every platform. Whether you're working with a sales agent, distributor, or self-distributing, understanding these release patterns is paramount to your film's profitability. So set on a journey with us as we navigate the complex world of VOD distribution in the Filmmaking Stuff podcast. Don't forget to subscribe for interesting stories, tips, and tactics that will help push your filmmaking boundaries!
Rejection to Producer: How I Broke Free and Made My Own Film
08-05-2024
Rejection to Producer: How I Broke Free and Made My Own Film
In this empowering episode of the Filmmaking Stuff podcast, seasoned filmmaker Tom Malloy shares his experience over two decades ago when his script was held hostage by an unscrupulous producer. He details the deception, the broken promises, and the eventual tough decision that saw him take control of his script and destiny. Tom opens up about his early days as a young actor and budding filmmaker, falling prey to a manipulative producer who was all promises but short on action. This producer quickly became the executor of his script's fate, wreathing himself around it like it was his own. He had control over casting, execution, and even production. But the saga ended in deceit, leaving Tom with precious lessons on contracts and undermining his creative vision. The heart of the story is Tom's shift in mindset. In the face of disappointment, he found resilience, picking himself up and reorienting his focus towards achieving his dream. He shares the liberating moment when he reclaimed his intellectual property, released his grip on lost opportunities and walked away from false alliances. Tom, now an emblem of DIY filmmaking in Hollywood, tells how he channeled his painful experiences into a horror film script titled "The Attic", which later featured big-name stars. His journey underscores the importance of staying true to oneself and understanding that all one needs to kickstart an ambitious project is a determined mindset and one's existing resources.The episode is an encouraging cheer to filmmakers dealing with setbacks and a testament to how setbacks can reposition one's trajectory upward. This episode is a must-listen for filmmakers at any stage, especially those who've given control of their film to a producer. Also for those looking to get started, this episode provides a reservoir of motivation to overcome fears and self-doubt. It compellingly shows that no budget or famous cast is required to kickstart one's filmmaking journey. So why not pull up a chair, listen in and get ignited for your next filmmaking adventure? Happy listening!
From First Draft to Film-Ready: Perfecting Your Screenplay
01-05-2024
From First Draft to Film-Ready: Perfecting Your Screenplay
In this episode of the Filmmaking Stuff podcast, host Tom Malloy explains the often misunderstood process of screenwriting. Dispelling the myth that a screenplay is ready after the first draft, Malloy tells new screenwriters that industry executives demand polished scripts reflecting professional standards. The first completion of your screenplay is just the rough 'garbage' draft. Now comes the hard work of rewriting and polishing it. Malloy compares screenwriting to sculpturing. The first draft is just a big rock. Your task then is to shape this into a recognizable form in the rewrite, and then go back a third time to add defining details in the polishing phase. These make up the real first draft. An understanding of this process is paramount for all screenwriters, even the most celebrated and successful ones. They do not simply type 'The End' and then send off their work. They rewrite and polish. Beware of the danger of sharing your 'garbage' draft with others. You only get one chance to impress; people are generally unwilling to dedicate extra time to reread your script. Your polished screenplay is what opens doors in Hollywood. So, make sure your first read counts. For more tips on transforming your initial draft into a market-ready script, follow the Filmmaking Stuff podcast. And remember, the journey to creating a great screenplay requires grit, patience, and continuous honing of your craft. Give every read your best shot! And for more information on Screenwriting, go to: https://www.filmmakingstuffhq.com/write-your-screenplay-info/
Making Micro-Budget Films That Shine
10-04-2024
Making Micro-Budget Films That Shine
Welcome to another exciting episode of Filmmaking Stuff podcast. In this episode, we are delving into the world of creating brilliant micro-budget films. Our host, Tom Malloy, shares insights on how can you make your movie stand out, even with a limited budget. Citing examples from successful low-budget films like 'Blair Witch Project' and 'Paranormal Activity', Malloy discusses the importance of bringing a unique perspective to your movie. He emphasizes the opportunity to experiment and innovate when working with a micro-budget, highlighting a recently made film 'Skinnamarink' as an example of uniqueness in storytelling. Consequently, this uniqueness can happen when filmmakers take familiar concepts and tweak them a little, creating something entirely special and distinct. Moreover, Malloy asserts that filmmaking should never compromise on quality, regardless of budget constraints. Relating his personal experiences on co-financing three micro-budget movies, he encourages the dedication to improve the script and tell a good story from the ground up. In addition to this, he introduces his video series 'The Backyard Blockbuster Blueprint', which provides tips on making a low-budget film look like it costs much more than it actually does. He addresses common misconceptions regarding micro-budget films, reaffirming their potential to be full-fledged feature films, rather than just minimalist productions. He concludes the podcast episode with a call-to-action to all filmmakers: focus on creating movies you're proud of, irrespective of the budget size. That, according to him, is the true formula for making a micro-budget film that truly shines. 📌 Check Out the "Backyard Blockbuster Blueprint" Series: https://www.filmmakingstuffhq.com/backyard-blockbuster-blueprint-info/
Can You Profit from Short Films?
03-04-2024
Can You Profit from Short Films?
In this episode of the Filmmaking Stuff podcast, host Tom Malloy discusses the potential market and the inherent value of producing short films. Tom explains that the value of short films isn't necessarily about profit. Instead, short films present an opportunity to gain experience and create a 'calling card' as a filmmaker. Aspiring directors should approach their short films like a test run or a teaser of their intended feature films. The genre should reflect that of the intended feature film, allowing audiences to gauge the director's aptitude in a specific area. However, Tom warns against investing heavily in these mediums, suggesting that such funds could be better invested in a feature film. Moreover, Tom shares key marketing strategies for short films, like leveraging film festivals and using popular platforms like YouTube. He also highlights the benefits of presenting a consistent genre throughout, thus helping potential investors visualize the intended feature film. Despite limited income avenues, the true profit of short films lies in kickstarting and enriching one's filmmaking career. He concludes that filmmakers should graduate from short films and aims at producing feature films, where more sustainable profit lies. A short film, therefore, serves as a stepping stone towards that goal, and its fundraising should resonate with this objective. Tune into this episode of the Filmmaking Stuff podcast to gain insightful filmmaking knowledge and strategies from seasoned professional, Tom Malloy. Key Highlights: The Real Purpose of Short Films: Gain insights into why making short films should focus on creative expression and career advancement rather than profit.Budgeting Wisely: Learn why investing $50,000 to $150,000 in a short film might not be the best approach and discover alternative strategies.Genre Consistency: Understand the importance of aligning your short film's genre with your future projects to build a cohesive portfolio.Leveraging Short Films: Find out how short films can serve as a director's calling card, increase your chances of entering major film festivals, and attract potential investors and producers for your next project. 📌 Check Out the "Backyard Blockbuster Blueprint" Series: https://www.filmmakingstuffhq.com/backyard-blockbuster-blueprint-info/