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Episode 41 – The Business

This week Timothy and Alrik talk about business plans and how to balance the artistic and business side of being a filmmaker.

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RIP Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest! This is actually a pretty good anthem for the show…

The Daily Struggle

Director Saila Kariat and DP Paul Nordin working on The Valley.
Director Saila Kariat and DP Paul Nordin working on The Valley.

  • Buy your tickets now for the screening at the historic Grand Lake Theater on April 7th!
  • Timothy Talks about Sweetos, the campaign now has over 17million hits, Holy Toledo!

  • Timothy gives us an update on The Spirit Machine

Topic of the Week #1 Business vs Art

When you are starting out as an independent filmmaker you have to balance between being an artist and a business person, what’s our thoughts on the subject?

  • Alrik and Timothy talk about budget and getting return on your film investment.
  • Why is there not more information out there? You basically have to figure it out on your own.
  • First steps, surrounding your self with talented creative business people to help you out.
  • Alrik’s first step is going to be getting great casting director.
  • How to get started and how to find a good producer, or doing it on your own.

Topic of the Week #2 What’s in a Business Plan?

Now that you know you gotta get the business stuff going, how do you get started? With a great business plan of course!

  • Whats a business plan, Timothy lays it out for us.
  • Maybe moving away from text only is best? Mixing a look book with a business plan?
  • How are you going to raise money for your feature? Timothy talks through his approach and Alrik talks through his.
  • Where are we with our business plans and what are the next steps.
  • When budgeting, maybe don’t pay yourself on your first feature.

Share Corner

Go over to the Filmmakers Lounge on the website and connect with the filmmakers who have already reached out, lets get the collaborations going!

Flipping the camera is always fancy.
Flipping the camera is always fancy. The Valley BTS.

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  • So Timothy and I could talk about the business side of filmmaking for hours and hours, was this discussion useful? What would you like us to talk about regarding business in the future? A more in depth discussion about business plans? More about how to approach investors? (which I need a lot of help with) Or maybe something completely different? Let us know!