Focal Press Book: The Insider's Guide to Independent Film Distribution (2nd Edition)

Focal Press Book: The Insider's Guide to Independent Film Distribution (2nd Edition)

Focal Press Book: The Insider's Guide to Independent Film Distribution (2nd Edition)

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  • Author: Stacey Parks
  • Sheds Light on Film Distribution
  • How to Get Independent Films Distributed

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Focal Press 9780240817552 overview

  • 1Description

The Insider's Guide to Independent Film Distribution by Focal Press will teach you how to get your independent film to shine among the many films being produced these days. Written by a distributor who knows the process inside and out The Insider's Guide will show you how to sell your movie to a studio, a cable network, a video distributor, or an international buyer. Self-distribution and other alternatives to traditional distribution are also considered. In addition, you'll hear some success stories from producers and hear exactly what buyers are seeking.

What you must know to get your independent film distributed
Written by a distributor who knows the process inside and out
Interviews with buyers and acquisitions executives from every sector of the business on what kinds of films they look for, what they're sick of seeing, and how their acquisitions processes work
Features Include
• Interviews and case studies with producers and distributors
• Ten ways to market your film for self-distribution
• Sales projections per territory
• Distribution resources listings
• Negotiation tips for distribution agreements
• Sample distribution agreements
• What you must know to get your independent film distributed
• Written by a distributor who knows the process inside and out
• Interviews with buyers and acquisitions executives from every sector of the business on what kinds of films they look for, what they're sick of seeing, and how their acquisitions processes work
• Website features sample distribution agreements, budgets, and more!
New to This Edition
• Completely updated for modern distribution practices (broadcast, DVD, VOD, and other kinds of distribution deals)
• New coverage on crowd-funding, social media, film marketing, and deal memos
• Get the best inside distribution secrets from brand new interviews with an international cast of directors, producers, and distribution experts who share their experiences
• Companion website features helpful downloadable forms and templates, sample distribution memos, and a great resource section
About the Author
Stacey Parks has worked in independent film for over 10 years, and is currently a sales executive at the BBC Worldwide in Los Angeles. She was previously a foreign sales agent for many years.
Table of Contents
I. Introduction

II. State of the Market: A Reality Check

Add a brief history of film distribution
Add interview with Dylan Leiner of Sony Pictures Classics (or comparable source) on how the U.S theatrical market has changed over the last 5-10 years.

III. Before you start Production: Getting a leg-up on Distribution
a. Getting in touch with the market: Doing Market Research
b. The importance of genre and format
c. Casting for distribution
d. Financing options - to include domestic and foreign pre-sales, private investors, completing a business plan, etc.
Add interview with Packaging agent from William Morris Agency
Suggested Exercises: (will add in 3-5 suggested exercises to appeal to academic market)

IV. Production Geared Towards Distribution
a. Shooting digital vs. Film
b. The importance of stills
c. Starting publicity during production: blogs, production diaries, hiring an PR agent, etc.

Interview with Michael Baker, head of Acquisitions and Development for Think Film

Suggested Exercises:

V. Post-Production geared Towards Distribution
a. M&E Tracks
b. Trailers
c. Music
d. Third party feedback
Add short interview/blurbs from buyers and distributors on post-production elements and what they mean in terms of getting distribution.
Suggested Exercises:

VI. It's in the can, now what: Creating Your Distribution Strategy
a. Creating a campaign
b. Applying to film festivals: what are the first tier, and second tier film festivals
c. Finding Producers Reps and Sales Agents
d. Navigating International Film and TV markets
e. Should I have a Distributor screening for my film?

Add interviews with Foreign Sales Agents in the UK and France
Suggested Exercises:

VII. Getting a Distribution deal
a. The U.S Distribution deal
b. Foreign Sales and What to Expect
c. Non-theatrical distribution and ancillary markets
d. Diagram/Table of expenses required to market and distribute an independent film
Add in interviews/blurbs with filmmakers who were NOT successful getting distribution and what they would do differently.

Suggested Exercises:

VIII. Dealing with the Distributor After you get a Deal
a. Anatomy of a Distribution Contract
b. How much will I make: Realistic Sales Projections for your film
c. When will I get paid? Typical cash flow situations
Suggested Exercises:

IX. Alternatives to Traditional Distribution
a. On Demand DVD distribution
b. Video on Demand distribution
c. Online film and television markets
d. Platform theatrical release
Interview with Betsy Chasse 'What the Bleep Do We Know'
Suggested Exercises:

X. The future of Distribution
a. How technology is changing Distribution

XI. Conclusion
Interview Stephen Winter 'Tarnation'

Appendix A: Ten successful indies and what made them successful
Appendix B: Distribution Agency Guide (US and outside US)
Appendix C: Anatomy of a Distribution Agreement
Appendix D: Sales Projections per Territory
Table of Contents
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Focal Press 9780240817552 specs

Pages 200
Publisher Focal Press
Subject Film Distribution
Date Published February 2012
ISBN Number 9780240817552
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.65 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.5"

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