Saturday, July 30, 2011
There are some lousy distribution deals ... but imagine that you have a non-studio film that distributors really want. Let's even imagine that the film is successful - it covers the distributor's P&A spend and returns money. What could you reasonably expect your income from the film to be?
There are a few estimates out there - I've always used the 'one third of box office' guideline - so if a film makes $30 million in box office we can expect about $10 million to eventually filter back to the production company. Clearly this guess has limitations - it won't work for a film that was a hit on DVD but a flop in the theatres. But it is a start to estimating how much money will be coming in to pay back the production budget - hopefully leaving something over for the investors
But how accurate is this estimate?
Monday, July 25, 2011
Benderspink represents screenwriters as well as producing their own films. They were behind the Oscar nominated 'History of Violence' as well as a pile of other successful films - 'The Ring' & 'The Butterfly Effect' are probably my favourites. (They were also behind 'Cats & Dogs' if you prefer family films)
Do you want them to read your screenplay? Well, thanks to Daniel Vang & friend-of-the-blog Joe Nienalt, you have a chance to skip a gatekeeper or two.
If you wonder why Joe Neinalt's name sounds familiar - he's the writer who picked up a six-figure deal to write a movie to be filmed in Russian - despite not speaking a word of the language. (I had a chat with him here when the deal was announced.)
Here are the details from Joe:
Monday, July 11, 2011
Clerks is famous as a huge financial success. Shot on a budget of only $27k(*), it still managed to bring in about $3.9 million in ticket sales.
Which would you rather have invested in? There's an obvious answer.
Here's the real paradox - if you were a distributor (or an exhibitor) ... which film would you prefer to be showing?