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Clint Wardlow
Re: FCPX cutting a hundred million dollar feature right this minute.
on Jan 22, 2014 at 6:40:29 pm

[Oliver Peters] "The deal with most indie filmmakers is that they have one good idea and it's a project of passion. They raise money for the production and then start worrying about selling it and the distribution deals after everything is finished. Very few indie filmmakers embark on their journey with any actual business plan or strategy. Making money in the movie biz is like making money as a musician with hit records. Similar stories and percentages."

You can make a full-length indie film for between $2,000 and $6,000. And with today's software and equipment, you can make it look pretty damned good. However, you are right in your assessment that making any money off it is a pretty low probability. The market is glutted.

Right now, the king of "indie" festivals is unfolding here in Utah: Sundance. Almost every American dramatic flick showing has at least one or two name actors. Average budgets are rarely under a couple of million dollars. This is how the money men see "low budget" --between $6 million and $35 million with name actors that work for scale (and maybe a piece of the pie).

Don't get me wrong. If you want to make a micro budget feature, go for it. Just don't expect to make your cash back. You will be able to get it into festivals (another expense). Maybe even make a couple of bucks with streaming pay-per-view via vimeo, you tube and such like.

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