What is "international distribution with financials"? I'm unfamiliar with these terms and I'm try to do some research into distribution deals. I would appreciate an answer you can give me.
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.
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).
We personally don't think you should promise rights to anything before you make your film. If you want to offer you DP a compensation package, offer him a percentage of the net profits of the film. It is more likely that the DP will sign on your project if he likes the script and thinks you have potential as a director rather than based on rights to possibly/could be/maybe lucrative distribution rights.
Remember, even if your film is wildly successful and you are able to cut a distribution deal, the distributors will take 80-85% of the profits. They most likely will want ALL of the distribution rights for the film. In any event, you will jeopardize your bargaining position if you divide up your distribution rights before you deal with distributors, if ever. If you come to deal with a distributor and tell them "I want to cut a deal for distribution rights but
I already promised the Australian rights to so and so" they might not want to hassle with it at all.
Berry started his career as an editor and post production supervisor, having worked on documentaries for PBS and The Discovery Channel.
Berry’s award-winning short fiction, documentary and experimental films have screened at festivals around the world. His first feature film secured a rare worldwide distribution deal and received a limited theatrical release.
The publisher of Film Underground and founder of Northwest Film School, Berry has taught production at Western Washington University and Whatcom Community College. Berry was awarded a Master of Arts in Production and Direction from the National University of Ireland and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Theatre Arts from Montana State University.
Berry’s academic work has been published in scholarly journals as well as trade publications such as MovieMaker Magazine, CyberFilmSchool.com and FilmFestivals.com as well as The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Filmmaking. He is the publisher of Film Underground and has served as an expert source for international newspaper and radio media outlets. Berry twice served as the Director of the Northwest Projections Film Festival and as a panel judge on numerous festivals and competitions.
Glen Berry is the Director of the Northwest Film School where he teaches directing, producing and editing. He has specialized in creative editing and post production techniques with independent film. His interests include the cognitive functions of the mind as it applies to motion picture editing as well as new forms of communications in the visual arts.
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