To reach the global audience, an independent producer’s best ally is their international Sales Agent. Our panel of experts will discuss how to find and work with the right Sales Agent.
Clay Epstein, President, Film Mode Entertainment
VIDEOS & BOOKS
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Experience usually means a higher level of skill and a greater chance of success. But is it true for Producers? Does the number of films a producer has made predict success on future projects?
Seeing a film in a theater is still regarded as the best way to experience the art form. It is also the goal of most filmmakers. To see if there are trends that can guide decision-making, including genre and preexisting IP, we looked at the distribution of all US produced narrative feature films that were shot in 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The AFM is a great place to find partners and pitch projects and films – if you have a plan. Use these eight steps to increase your chances of success.
Six areas of advice for filmmakers on how they can get into, and progress through, the film industry
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.