I was thinking of including it [Australian Distribution rights] as part of the compensation package to a potential DP, who is too expensive for me to hire at full rate but (since he is Australian) he might see the Australian rights as something of real value. My concern is that I don't know how the foreign sales world works and, if I end up with a good but marginal product, will I have shot myself in the foot by having given away a valuable English-speaking market and make my film an unwanted commodity. (I realize that if I manage to produce Pulp Fiction it won't matter -- and if my movie is awful it won't matter -- but I'm betting on a more mixed outcome).
Handshake Legally Binding
I'm getting ready to edit an independent feature and I have just found an editor that is willing to do the work for next to nothing. The problem is that I'm getting some interest from some independent distributors and I'm not so sure I want to go with this editor anymore. If I shook hands on the deal am I obligated to honor it?
Top Sheet Budget
Do you know the difference between a top sheet budget and a full budget?
Could you give me an idea of what to charge sponsors for product
placement? How is the cost determined? Should filmmakers guage it by
how many seconds the product is in view; how close the shot is; whether
the lead character uses the product throughout the film, ie. brand-name
clothing, and cheaper rates for minor characters being connected to
Is there some sort of advertising industry standard or guideline for
product placement in films, or is it all negotiated between the producer
and each individual sponsor?
What to Pay for Short Story Rights
I'm interested in getting rights to make a short film based on a short story. I have no distribution in mind, only that it would make a good short drama. The author is deceased and the
story is published in several anthologies.
I'm interested in an approach that will cost the
least, but I have no idea what the norm is for
this kind of thing.
I once approached a publisher about another story.
They would not set an amount and I didn't know
what was the norm or the best way to structure the
deal and I dropped it. This time I want it.