Filmmakers and Financing

5th Edition

Business Plans for Independents

Authors: Louise Levison Louise Levison
Paperback ISBN: 9780240808284
Imprint: Focal Press
Published Date: 20th November 2006
Page Count: 272

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Description

The first, most crucial step in making a film is finding the funds to do it. Let Louise Levison, who wrote the innovative business plan for "The Blair Witch Project," show you how. Whether you're planning a feature, short, documentary, or large format film, this unique guide teaches you how to create a business plan that can be presented to a potential investor. In jargon-free terms, the author leads you through every step. Each chapter concentrates on a different section of the business plan, including the industry, marketing, financing, distribution. There are supplementary exercises and spreadsheets on the CD workbook so you get comfortable crunching the numbers--no math degree required!

The fifth edition contains completely revised and updated industry data, updated information on the market for short films, as well as a new chapter on nontraditional films such as documentaries.

Key Features

  • Includes a CD workbook with forms, spreadsheets, and hands-on exercises
  • A sample business plan is included as a helpful reference
  • Learn how to develop business plans for features, shorts, documentaries and more

Readership

Independent filmmakers and producers in need of financing

Table of Contents

Executive Summary; The Company; The Films; The Industry; The Markets and Marketing; The Markets Part 2: The Nontraditional Film; Distribution; Risk Factors; Financing; The Financial Plan; Sample Business Plan; Short Film Distribution

Details

No. of pages:
272
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Focal Press 2007
Published:
Imprint:
Focal Press
Paperback ISBN:
9780240808284

About the Author

Louise Levison

Levison is President of Business Strategies (www.moviemoney.com), a consulting firm in Sherman Oaks, California, specializing in business plan packaging and venture capital financing. Ms. Levison is a visiting lecturer in the Department of Entertainment Studies of the Extension Program at UCLA and is publisher and editor of The Film Entrepreneur newsletter. She regularly conducts workshops on financing for organizations and at film festivals. Levison holds an M.B.A. in finance.

Affiliations and Expertise

Louise Levison is President of Business Strategies, a consulting firm specializing in business plan packaging and venture capital financing in Sherman Oaks, California. She wrote the business plan for the runaway indie success, "The Blair Witch Project."

Louise Levison

Levison is President of Business Strategies (www.moviemoney.com), a consulting firm in Sherman Oaks, California, specializing in business plan packaging and venture capital financing. Ms. Levison is a visiting lecturer in the Department of Entertainment Studies of the Extension Program at UCLA and is publisher and editor of The Film Entrepreneur newsletter. She regularly conducts workshops on financing for organizations and at film festivals. Levison holds an M.B.A. in finance.

Affiliations and Expertise

Louise Levison is President of Business Strategies, a consulting firm specializing in business plan packaging and venture capital financing in Sherman Oaks, California. She wrote the business plan for the runaway indie success, "The Blair Witch Project."

Reviews

"If you want to make an independent feature you need money, which means you need a business plan, which means you need Levison. Project outlines, industry overview, marketing, sample business plans, distribution, financial planning, loans and partnerships are all included. There is even a nifty CD-ROM supplement that comes with the book."
- Jeffrey M. Freedman, Script Magazine

"A book like this, in my opinion, is an investment in your future as a serious filmmaker. It will be a mainstay on my bookshelf and will be referenced over and over again with each film that I write a business plan for. Worth every penny." - Eric Henninger, Bald Brother's Studio Productions