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A SAMPLE OVERVIEW OF RAISING INDEPENDENT FILM FINANCE

content.

1. content.

2. about.

3. market.

4. strategy.

5. structure.

6. budget.

7. schedule.

8. potential.

9. direction.

about.

Independent feature film finance is experiencing another revolution - as budgets shrink and higher production value is achievable for less than ever before. However, alternative investment injections have continued to dry up as the world economy reshapes - opening up new challenges and with them new possibilities.

Fund. proposes an independent feature film production company that capitalizes on the rapid digitalization of film production, distribution and exhibition.

Fund. is further designed for the production of one feature length picture under five specifically developed principles off-setting risk & financial exposure:

1. Raising private equity at the low budget feature film range between $1M - 3M with a limited number of investors maximizing the return on investment and simplifying the overall financial structure - before taking advantage of state and federal tax incentives to protect the investment exposure up to 60%.

2. Approaching the major five talent agencies - William Morris Endeavor, United Talent Agency, Creative Artists Agency, The Gersh Agency and International Creative Management - for the packaging of quality source material - script, paired with proven name talent - actors and director, under the representation of a successful in house sales agent.

3. Taking a careful approach to green lighting the project and moving forward with production by requiring unanimous consent from producers, sales agents and board of directors before proceeding.

4. Team brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and relationships to the production phase in order to properly execute a feature films full production schedule. All the while, mindfully nurturing the creative necessity without neglecting the overall commercial nature of the films back end.

5. Approaching both a pre-sales, in place distribution and market strategy to optimize back end profitability. Targeting the major markets - Cannes, Berlin, Sundance, Tribeca, Toronto - the same sales agent who packaged the film oversees the final sale.

market.

market problem.

fund solution.

The market is over saturated.

Fund. builds a researched marketing, sales and long term plan before cautiously green lighting production. The heavily saturated markets are navigated wisely by assessing the major barriers - most commonly a lack of marketing exposure for smaller films.

The excessive funding and wasteful spending of production.

Fund. raises a $1M - $3M investment allowing for limited union interference, major star attachments and production value on par with bigger budget films audiences have come to expect.

The absence of original content.

Fund. develops a unique and original human based concept appealing to both high and low brow audiences - whereas the Studios fair for sequels, prequels, re-boots and mindless effect heavy productions.

A lack of efficiency during production.

Fund. structures the green lit project on a properly scheduled time line allowing for minimum costs, maximum creativity and top tier above the line talent.

Major risk degree of investment.

Fund. shrinks the risk of investment by vastly minimizing the overall production budget while retaining the projects quality. By taking advantage of state tax incentives (up to 30%), federal tax incentives (Tax Code 181) and pre-sales agreements - overall investment exposure is limited to

40-50%.

strategy.

Fund. is produced for $1M - $3M including development, production, post production as well as P&A costs.

Fund. deploys $100,000 - $200,000 of this budget Print & Advertising campaign.

Fund. is targeted directly at the major film markets of Berlin, Toronto, Cannes, Venice, Sundance, Tribeca and the emerging South By South West.

Fund. is developed to premiere at a major festival, screen on a limited to limited wide theatrical run of 100 - 500 screens internationally and sell to a boutique distributor such as HBO, IFC, Magnolia, Focus Features or Miramax for broadcast, VOD and content streaming.

Fund. conducted research on similar projects and determined that the conservative estimated for an overall gross of $2,500,000 based upon a $1M investment for an overall profit of $1.5M.

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THE STRATEGY FIGURES ARE DERIVED FROM TAKING 100 FEATURE FILMS IN THE $500,000 - $900,000 BUDGET RANGE,

SUBTRACTING THE TOP TEN HIGHEST GROSSING FILMS, SUBTRACTING THE BOTTOM TEN LOWEST GROSSING FILMS, AND THEN TAKING THE AVERAGE OF THE REMAINING GROSSES AS THE CONSERVATIVE ESTIMATE OF RETURN.

structure.

Fund. incentivizes each of its’ partners through a participation plan that enables immediate return:

 

ownership structure.

position.

responsibilities.

ownership.

INVESTOR(s)

$1M - $3M equity financing and voting share for green lighting of production.

100% first dollar & 65% share ownership second dollar.

COMPANY

Sourcing material, financial management, physical oversight including casting, crewing & production management through delivery.

20% share ownership second dollar.

ABOVE THE LINE

Sales agency, talent agency, talent points, distribution fees and services.

15% share ownership second dollar.

Fund. increases ability to bring on strong sales oversight, notable cast & crew and simplified investment structure through participation.

budget.

figure.

purpose.

result.

$50,000 -

Attach script by a track record proven writer - represented by chosen agency.

Small audience following

$100,000

Draw for name talent/director

 

Professionally skilled

$100,000 -

Attach name Director with previously successful projects - represented by chosen agency.

Small audience following

$150,000

Draw for name talent

Professionally skilled

 

Capable of quality results

$150,000 -

Attach name talent in key leading roles - represented by chosen agency.

Major audience following

$250,000

Strong performances

 

Publicity abilities for the project

$50,000 -

Attach Director of Photography with successful record - represented by chosen agency.

Small audience following

$70,000

Incredible abilities

Increase projects overall value

$200,000 -

Attach professionally skilled production labor while avoiding union interference by keeping costs low.

Incredible abilities

$250,000

Low costs for big results

Achieve successful production

$100,000 -

Attach post production team of Post Supervisor, Editor, Sound Mixer, Composer and Colorist.

Small audience following

$125,000

Incredible abilities

Take a strong project and make it exceptional

 

total. = $1M

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24 DAY SHOOT - 4 WEEK PREP WRITER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER : ARUN VIR

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Category Description

Page

Total

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STORY, RIGHTS & CONTINUITY

1

$2,500

12-00

PRODUCERS UNIT

1

$31,000

13-00

DIRECTION

1

$26,512

14-00

CAST

2

$179,359

14-01

ATL TRAVEL

5

$16,500

 

TOTAL ABOVE THE LINE COSTS

$255,871

19-99

BTL TRAVEL

6

$10,000

20-00

PRODUCTION STAFF

6

$79,600

21-00

EXTRA TALENT

8

$63,048

22-00

SET DESIGN

10

$13,200

23-00

SET CONSTRUCTION

10

$9,725

25-00

SET OPERATION

11

$50,300

27-00

SET DRESSING

13

$38,850

29-00

PICTURE VEHICLES & ANIMALS

13

$10,000

30-00

WARDROBE

13

$39,700

31-00

MAKE-UP & HAIRDRESSING

MAKE-UP & HAIRDRESSING

14

$30,300

32-00

LIGHTING

15

$24,175

33-00

CAMERA

16

$47,735

34-00

PRODUCTION SOUND

17

$18,875

35-00

TRANSPORTATION

18

$78,125

36-00

LOCATION

20

$85,130

 

TOTAL PRODUCTION COSTS

$598,764

45-00

EDITING

22

$38,250

46-00

MUSIC

23

$100,000

47-00

POST PRODUCTION SOUND

23

$17,000

 

TOTAL POST PRODUCTION COSTS

$155,250

67-00

PRODUCTION INSURANCE

24

$20,000

68-00

CONTINGENCY

24

$70,000

 

TOTAL OTHER COSTS

$90,000

 

Total Above-The-Line

$255,871

 

Total Below-The-Line

$844,014

 

Total Above and Below-The-Line

$1,099,885

 

Grand Total

$1,099,885

schedule.

production challenge.

 

fund solution.

Production is the most important phase of the process.

Proper preparation and scheduling alleviates a majority of the tension and stress of production.

Production drags on too long and causes budgetary overages.

A

strong management team, experienced

crew laborers and creative department

 

heads allow for the project to be completed

on time and budget.

 

A 90 page script produced on a 24 day

Production is often rushed causing artistic, technical and irreversible errors.

shooting schedule allows the director proper time on set while keeping overall costs minimum - averaging under 4 pages per day.

Production requires millions of dollars to achieve the proper results that modern audiences have come to expect.

Carefully choosing the script, director and production elements such as the locations, camera format and logistics - production is vastly simplified.

potential.

potential.