Unsolicited Material: $62 Budget – From the Laptop to the Red Carpet Is Unsolicited Material a documentary or a mockumentary? It’s both and neither. Here at Filmtrepreneur, we encourage projects that champion creativity over budget. And no film embodies that spirit more than Ed Surname’s Unsolicited Material, which has seen the filmmaker go from editing on his…

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What Filmmakers Can Do If They Have No Money I refuse to accept that all we need is money to solve our problems and I have come up with a way to work “the money problem”. As an indie film coach, I generally focus on the business side of filmmaking, but when one over-emphasizes this…

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10 Legal Mistakes Indie Filmmakers Make Independent films are often rewarded with significant awards, being appreciated for the personal artistic vision they have to offer. As an independent filmmaker, you might beam with positivity and optimism; even though your resources are limited, and the risk of failure is high, you will nevertheless pursue your dream.…

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8 Crucial Mistakes to Avoid on Your First Feature Film Filmmaking you say? Making your first feature film? But I only have one feature (Blessid) under my belt and one other in development. Who am I to give you advice? Correction: I am not giving you advice. For that go to someplace with decades of…

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Legal Advice: 6 Tips for Filmmakers Making An Indie Film First question, Counsel. Who is Matthew Valentinas? I am a Boston-based entertainment lawyer, literary manager, and producer. I provide production counsel for films, documentaries and reality TV shows from development through distribution. I am also co-founder of KV Media and own Mom’s Basement Management which…

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Filmtrepreneur Breakdown: Before the Dark The journey of our feature film “Before The Dark” begins with a phone call from my good friend Benny Oliveri, Benny and I met at Film School and had stayed in touch ever since. A few years after Film School we both found ourselves living in sunny Los Angeles, my…

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What’s a Private Placement Memorandum (PPM)? Now I know this is the sexy part of the film business but stay with me here. In the late 1990s, I was asked to be involved with a film that was to be funded via a Private Placement Memorandum/an LLC. My company was to be the worldwide sales…

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Filmtrepreneur Breakdown: CON – $7K Budget One thing I want to make abundantly clear from the beginning is that producing a feature film for 7,000 euros (8,500 dollars)in total (from idea all the way to screen)is not easy. You have to think outside the box. The point is this; you have to be prepared to…

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