Business of Film
Summary: Business of Film is everything you wanted to know about the film business and filmmaking. From film production to distribution, each week you'll get insights from the top people working in the film business today. Be it film producers, film distributors, sales agents or managers, the Business of Film podcast is about making movies today. Jesse Ikeman unravels the complex world of film. Whether you are a low budget filmmaker or simple want to hear from todays top film professionals, this is the podcast for you. Business of Film is a Craft Truck podcast.
Welcome back to Business of Film, episode 27. This week we are joined by the Head of Film for IndieGoGo. As the Head of Film, Marc Hofstatter considers himself an evangelist for crowdfunding and helping filmmakers make their crowdfunding campaigns a success. Attending festivals, working with filmmakers and producers, Marc brings a wealth of industry specific knowledge to the crowdfunding platform to help you get the most out of your campaigns. In this episode we discuss: – What percentage of a film budget is typically crowdfunded. – The importance of IndieGoGo’s algorythm, the “GOGO FACTOR” and how it can help you! – How to position your crowdfunding campaign to get the most from it? – Things NOT to do when crowdfunding. – Understanding perks. – How long should you campaign be.
Welcome back to Business of Film, episode 26. This week we are joined by documentary film festival curator Thom Powers. Thomas curates the Toronto International Film Festival Documentary program along with programs at the upcoming Montclair Film Festival (April 28 to May 4th), Miami Film Festival, Sundance NOW among others. He’s a busy go and we were fortunate to get a peak behind the curtain and discussed: – Film Festival Curation – how festival select films – The changing landscape of Documentary Film – The potential to break out at festivals – Self distribution platforms – Some just darn good advice that’s worth taking note. MUST READ ARTICLE – DISTRIBUTION ADVICE FOR 2014 – Thom wrote an in-depth piece after interviewing multiple people from different facets of the industry. Truly worth while and informative.
Welcome back to Business of Film, episode 25. This week we are joined by David Michael Latt, partner at The Asylum, the mega genre production house behind Sharknado. This episode will give you the scoop behind what it takes to produce 25 movies in one year. Yes, that’s right… (not a typo… 25). David is an awesome guy and shares with us some really cool insights into the creative and production process. Things we talk about in this episode: – The integral role the market plays in their production decisions. – How The Asylum thinks about budgeting their films. – Their unique approach to production. – Casting genre films. – The moment David knew Sharknado was a hit! – David’s best advice for genre producers. Lots going on in this episde. And and big thank you to David for joining us on this episode.
Welcome back to Business of Film, episode 24. This week we are joined by the Head of Content Partnerships at FilmBuff. FilmBuff distributes fresh, original, and distinctive feature films including – Senna, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Escape from Tomorrow and more. In this episode we go into detail with Steve about what makes FilmBuff tick. Their approach to films and working with filmmakers. And, what they do differently. As mentioned right off the bat in this interview, FilmBuff has been around since the beginning of the shift towards digital. And for that reason, it was a such a pleasure to hop on the phone with Steve and talk the business of film. Enjoy this episode. If you enjoyed this podcast, get email updates (it’s free)
Welcome back to Business of Film, episode 23. This week we are joined by Scott Glosserman, CEO of Gathr Films. Was truly very excited to have Scott on the show. Gathr was a pioneer of the theatrical-on-demand model. In this episode we discuss – How the independents are not built to scale. – The giant hole in the marketplace – How your film can fit into a multi-billion dollar industry. – Why Gathr considers itself a true “distribution company” and how that benefits YOU, the filmmaker. – Windowing and what works best. Please share with us your thoughts on this episode episode below. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.
Welcome back to Business of Film, episode 22. This week we are joined by Tom Cunha, CEO of Brigade Marketing . Brigade Marketing is a full service digital marketing agency focusing on the entertainment industry. They’ve worked on the campaigns of both studio and indie films. In this episode we jam about what’s working in the digital spaces for films. Facebook and Twitter efforts; how effective are they, really? And what you can do to help get your film noticed. Please leave us a comment below, let us know what you think.
Welcome back to Business of Film, episode 21. This week we welcome digital marketing strategist Sheri Candler. She also serves as the Director of Digital Marketing Strategy for The Film Collaborative, a non profit film distribution and filmmaker education organization, consulting with filmmakers on the marketing strategies for their films. On this episode we discuss – The only way to sell an indie drama. – How to break-out. – How to validate your film. – What to do with a short film. – Raising money with crowdfunding (with a crowded audience). – Understanding the ROI of film. This episode is jam packed with practical advice from Sheri. Please leave us a comment below. Let us know what you think.
Welcome back to Business of Film, episode 20. This week we welcome the CEO of IndieFlix, Scilla Andreen to the show. We’re super stoked to have her on the Business of Film podcast. IndieFlix has been blazing the path for indepedent film since Scilla launched the service back in 2004 — which, if you’ll recall was more than just the naiscent stage of on-line SVOD streaming. Scilla Andreen had a vision for this service, even when people thought she was crazy for doing it and when the model and market weren’t nearly as sophisticated as it is today. And that’s why it’s such a pleasure to have Scilla on the show… she was a visionary of the times almost a decade ago and it’s great to hear her perspective on the industry, how IndieFlix serves filmmakers and how you can benefit from the service.
Welcome back to Business of Film, episode 19.This week we welcome Mark Urman, President of Paladin to the show. Mark began his career at United Artists where he worked on the studio side and on such films as Rocky, Woody Allen films and several James Bond films. From there, he went onto Columbia where he was VP of Publicity in the early 80’s. After seven years at Columbia, he was a principal at Lionsgate and then after many years started up ThinkFilm. Now, Mark runs his distribution film company Paladin, based in New York. In this episode we chat: – The changing landscape of distribution – The “a la carte” nature of film – How do you “find” films today – The opportunity that exists for filmmakers – The critical nature of publicty for indie films – Understanding what crowdfunding is really all about – What social distribution really means – Mark’s #1 piece of advice for filmmakers
Welcome back to Business of Film, episode 18. This week we welcome James Shapiro, executive and COO of Drafthouse Films to the show. Drafthouse Films is the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and is a curated brand of provocative, visionary and artfully unusual films new and old from around the world. James is an amazing ambassader for Drafthouse Films brand. He is a true cinefile and its obvious why Drafthouse Films has become the brand and that they are. It’s also very clear, in speaking with James, how they think about film and film distribution. Drafthouse Films is company that any filmmaker would be proud to work with. In this epsiode we chat: – The transition phase of the industry – The value of DVD in the market place – Where the eyeballs are… – Acquisition and decision making at Drafthouse Films – The most important thing to get a film into a film festival – … and much more! If you like Business of Film, please click here and give us a review. That would be super awesome and it really helps out the show.
Welcome back to Business of Film, episode 17. This week we welcome Jeanne Bowerman, editor of Script Magazine. Along with her duties at Script Magazine, she also writes a regular column on the site entitled Balls of Steel. There she chronicles her fearless journey as a screenwriter. This post probably should have been titled “kicking ass with Jeanne” because that’s what she’s doing; day-in and day-out to help the screening community. She has a lot to share including – What it takes to be successful as a screenwriter in the business. – 3 Networking events you must attend. – Writing for the market. – A simple trick that will help you develop your IP. – Studio screenwriting. – The #1 question asked and answered by Jeanne. Be sure to check out these two articles from Jeanne that she recommends on the podcast: Dear New Screenwriter The Magic Trick to Selling a Screenplay (a.k.a. how do I break in?) If you like Business of Film, please click here and give us a review. That would be super awesome and it really helps out the show.
Welcome back to Business of Film, episode 16. This week we welcome Emily Best, CEO of Seed & Spark, a curated crowdfunding platform. Things we talk about in this episode: – The utility of crowdfunding – Two critical questions that have to be answered BEFORE you start. – 4 Things Filmmakers consistent do wrong. – What actually makes a difference. – How to get the highest conversation rates… and much much more! Be sure to check out An Actionable Crowdfunding Timeline by Emily Best. If you like Business of Film, please click here and give us a review?
Welcome back to Business of Film, episode 15. This week we welcome Nicholas Gonda, Co-Founder of TUGG, a web-platform that lets YOU bring the movies you want to your local theater. Things we talk about in this episode: – How social media affects the experience of going to the movies. – Understand how theatres assess risk when booking films. – Why TUGG takes advantage of theatre “utilization rates” – Promotion, engagement and audience buildling. – How to maximize the TUGG experience. – The SECRET SAUCE — the one thing you need to understand book your film. Guaranteed. If you like Business of Film, please click here and give us a review?
Welcome back to Business of Film, episode 14. This week we welcome Michael John Fedun. Michael runs one of the largest, if not the largest, media production company in Amsterdam. He was also the lead producer on The Devil’s Double directed by Lee Tamahori. In this episode we do an in depth case study on The Devil’s Double. Things we talk about in this episode: – The long development process and more than six years from script to screen. – Packaging the film, including its director and lead talent. – The challenges of financing. – Premiering the film in Sundance and the bidding war that ensued. – Working with Lionsgate on the domestic distribution. Other podcasts you may enjoy: Travis Stevens and elevated genre films Mia Bruno, Acquisitions Manager, Gravitas Ventures Andrew van den Houten, All Cheerleaders Die Producing with Neal Dodson & Corey Moosa (All is Lost, Margin Call) If you like Business of Film, please click here and give us a review?
Welcome back to Business of Film. This week we welcome Michael Baker. Formerly an executive with ThinkFilm (employee number 7), where he worked in distribution for seven years. Michael now acts as an independent producer. With a wealth of knowledge in his near 15 years in the business, here’s some of the things we talk about in this episode: – What Michael learned from his internship with Ridley & Tony Scott – The dirty little secret of script development in Hollywood – How to understanding “who’s your audience?” – Why director reputation matters? – Agents vs. Casting directors – which do you use (and how)? – The critical component to festivals that you might over look. Other podcasts you may enjoy: Travis Stevens and elevated genre films Mia Bruno, Acquisitions Manager, Gravitas Ventures Andrew van den Houten, All Cheerleaders Die Producing with Neal Dodson & Corey Moosa (All is Lost, Margin Call) If you like Business of Film, please click here and give us a review?