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David UsnerProposal/Business Plan for indie film
by on Mar 14, 2011 at 7:38:30 pm

I'm looking for a format for creating a proposal or business plan for a low-budget indie film. If I could just see a model of what works. This film is already in production but I want to use it as a document to present to investors for post-production costs. Thanks.


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Jonathan ZieglerRe: Proposal/Business Plan for indie film
by on Mar 14, 2011 at 10:35:51 pm

Honestly, there are dozens of books and websites on the topic. Try filmmakingstuff.com He's got loads of links to other stuff on his site, too. It depends on what you need the business plan for - investors, other Filmmakers, yourself, your crew, etc. Let us know how it comes out.

Jonathan Ziegler
http://www.electrictiger.com/
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David UsnerRe: Proposal/Business Plan for indie film
by on Mar 15, 2011 at 3:11:59 am

Thank you. I will go to that site. The proposal would be for investors.

David Usner
http://www.usner.us


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Richard HerdRe: Proposal/Business Plan for indie film
by on Mar 15, 2011 at 8:06:32 pm

I use the aicp bid form because it's exhaustive. Whoever put that together thought of a lot of stuff.

There's also really complicated legalese regarding disclosure to investors, worth finding too.

https://encrypted.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&biw=1280&bih=929&q=aicp...


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Jonathan ZieglerRe: Proposal/Business Plan for indie film
by on Mar 15, 2011 at 11:52:47 pm

Wow, thanks for that link! I noticed there is an autofill version of the file which doesn't seem as comprehensive (maybe it is) at http://www.nypg.com/aicpform.PDF - maybe it's a quick version? Either way, great!

Jonathan Ziegler
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David UsnerRe: Proposal/Business Plan for indie film
by on Mar 16, 2011 at 6:02:06 am

Thank you. This is great. A bit more legalese than I need right now but nothing like starting with the real thing.

David Usner
http://www.usner.us


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Richard HerdRe: Proposal/Business Plan for indie film
by on Mar 16, 2011 at 3:04:22 pm

Let me clarify.

You need two separate forms, the spreadsheet and the disclaimer. I only linked to the spreadsheet.

The legal disclaimer is actually more important, and I cannot recall it's name. The point is you cannot really call the people who give you money to shoot a movie "investors" because the expectation of return is complicated. You need to talk to a lawyer about this, no kidding!


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Malcolm MatuskyRe: Proposal/Business Plan for indie film
by on Mar 17, 2011 at 11:56:42 pm

If you have too many "investors" vs. a few "partners" you fall under SEC guidelines, which is very expensive. Better to set up a LLC and have a few partners, assuming you know people with money to burn.

So many "investors" have been burned over the years investing in films that there is mandatory SEC language that states you are more than likely to loose your investment, etc.

Find people who are willing to invest in you, not necessarily the film as the likeliness of them ever recouping their "investment" much less a profit is very, very, unlikely. If you look at how income flows back to investors in the "movie business" you would never put up money because stealing is so easy and rampant in film "distribution"

Get a copy of Jon Reese's book:
http://www.thinkoutsidetheboxoffice.com/

for a look at how to at least attempt to recoup your money by doing a DIY or hybrid-DIY distribution strategy.

Good luck!

Malcolm
http://www.malcolmproductions.com


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