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Making people laugh is a difficult art so we searched for common factors behind successful comedies. We learned that successful comedies aren’t dependent on a particular budget – making it a bit easier for independent filmmakers.
Drama producers typically have low budgets and compete in a crowded market so any competitive edge they can get goes a long way. Good news: There is one factor which, above all others, correlates with success.
Those looking to create films in the Family genre need to focus on how their audience will perceive their work. Not just with lack of negative content but with the inclusion of family themes such as roles models, religious messages and, of course, dogs.
We crunched the numbers on horror films budgeted between $500,000 and $5 million that were released in North America between 2000 and 2016. Our data, statistics and modelling resulted in five important takeaways on the horror genre.
Our team reviewed the 100 most profitable feature films released from 2007 to 2016, budgeted under $3 million. We looked for common themes and found that breakout hits divided naturally into four types.
This budget range is an important part of the independent film landscape and includes some of the best indie films of the century so far – several of which earned Oscar glory.
Success is hard to predict but it is not random. We studied the 60 most profitable films, budgeted $10 to $20 million, released 2000 to 2016, and discovered that there are significant clusters of films that share the same audience.
The sixty most profitable films, budgeted $20 million to $50 million and released between 2000 and 2016, all come from a small number of genres.
Producers are struggling with the lack of transparency in the new distribution landscape. It is quite difficult to see how a film has performed in Video on Demand and there has been no significant analysis into what films are best suited to these new distribution streams. Until now.
To find out the answer, we looked at 3,715 feature films released in US cinemas from 2000 to 2015 and analyzed the correlation between profitability and the views of film critics. The results were enlightening.
The first step in understanding what a film or project is worth is knowing its “relative” value. That is, how does its genre perform in each territory relative to the global average? See our full analysis of six key genres across the top 11 territories.
Grab a cup of tea – this is a long one. It’s rare for filmmakers to get a candid look at the books of someone else’s film but, thanks to the generosity of Marcus Markou, that’s exactly what you’ll get.
Our team reviewed every film released from 2000 to 2015, budgeted between $500k and $3 million, with at least $10 million in Producer’s Net Profit. The result: Breakout hits share a common DNA! Learn what makes each group so successful.
The AFM is a great place to pitch your project or completed film – if you have a plan. Use these nine steps to increase your chances of success.
Are you ready to walk “into the room” and pitch to a decision-maker such as an agent, financier, producer, distributor or studio executive? Here are the top ten pitching tips to help you in a high-stakes situation.
It happens more often than you might think—a writer with a promising project makes a mistake in the room and “ breaks the deal”. Although you may already avoid most of these mistakes, one or two might be a wake-up call. Is it possible that you sabotaged yourself and broke a deal in any of these ways?
When agents read scripts, they think “How am I going to sell this?” The way they answer that question may influence your choices when writing your screenplay. So if you want to know how to get a screenwriting agent, consider these seven factors.
Screenplay writing is a visual art form, so here is a visual approach the topic: 7 of the most succinct and compelling infographics about writing screenplays.
Here’s a different approach to how to write a screenplay. Stephanie Palmer’s goal isn’t for you to simply write a screenplay – it’s to write a script you can sell.
If you are a writer, producer, director, actor or member of the film marketing and distribution chain who believe that working with China will be a part of your future.
Shared online content is a powerful way to a promote film. When your fans tell others about your project, it’s a marketing success for you.