HOLLYWOOD MOVIE MONEY (Produce a $100 Million Movie. 3 Financing Methods)

HOW HOLLYWOOD WORKS: WANT $100,000,000?

Want to Produce a Movie… Need $100 Million?

Then grasp a simple Hollywood concept.

Which is? “It’s called Show Business”…

It is not called “Show Art”.

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(“Fox Studios has a payroll of 2,000 employees and investors who demand dividends… Filmmaking is a buisiness.”)

And, if you want $100 million to make a movie, with a message to send, then Hollywood will laugh at you and, behind closed doors, always say…

“Want to send a message? Call Western Union… We’re in the business of renting seats and selling popcorn”.

Now, back to… You have a great idea.

It’s not a low-budget film. It’s a studio feature film. You need $100 Million.

And, with respect to producing a studio feature film, over the 25 years I’ve taught film making & screenwriting, I’ve observed 3 methods (aka: secrets) for a first-timer, someone like you, to get funding for a $100,000,000 movie… and, each time, it was always for that first-timers second movie.

Permit me.

 

(SECRET #1)

MOVIE FINANCING (Billionaire Parents or Be a Unicorn)

Today there are numerous production company’s, with massive money to develop and package quality movies for pre-selling, that are owned by billionaires or the son/daughter of a billionaire.

Common sense states, if you or your parents are worth $1-5 Billion (USA has 563 billionaires) with only a 4% ROI (Return on Investment) you will have  $40-$200 Million annually of disposable income.

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(“Annapurna Pictures, maker of excellent feature films, is owned by Megan Ellison, daughter of Oracle’s founder, Larry Ellison, who has a net worth of $28-45 Billion…. and yes she makes quality movies.”)

How much money does one need to live?

What would you do with $40-200 Million to spend each year?

How many Bentleys, Ferraris, Yachts, Islands, Homes, Diamonds, Picassos can one buy?

And, if a billionaire has a 30-40 year old son/daughter, who obviously attended Harvard or Stanford, it would be fun to give them $5-10 Million/year to purchase scripts, attach actors (Pay-To-Play commitments), slap on $10-$12, $12-15, $15-20 or $20-30 Million budgets, while having a slick Beverly Hills or SoHo office, and pre-selling 15-20 of the 35 revenue streams (On-Demand, Cable, DVD, Logos, etc.) or Territories (China, England, Germany, Australia, etc.) at discounts to finance the movie that premieres at a major festival (Toronto, Sundance, Cannes, Berlin or Venice) to rent-a-distributor and keep the remaining 15-20 revenue streams for profits.

Money makes money!

So Film Financing Secret #1 is either be a Billionaire or have Billionaire parents and instead of collecting Porches allow Hollywood to become your hobby and play with movies that-make-money.

 

WANT $100,000,000?

Then, if a billionaire, $3-4 million to develop a movie package to pre-sell.

You make the movie, it goes global, you profit and grosses $100-200 Million.

Then, watch the major studios pursue you and your-now-franchise, for a Part II deal, with your second movie, with a budget of $100 Million.

“Yes, for you, this is not realistic”.

 

 

(SECRET #2)

MOVIE FINANCING (Hold A Great Script Hostage)

Another method to produce a $100 Million movie, for your second project, is to write/own the great script that secures multiple offers where you say “No” and hold it hostage.

Easy-to-say. Tough-to-do.

Write a script with no low budget writing formulas.

Have multiple roles, sets, locations, crowd scenes, car chases along with unique characters and great dialogue within a structured story where the first page has 2 grabbers that makes it a “page turner”.

Now, with a great page 1 make sure pages 1-10 are great.

Now, if the first 10 pages are great; the reader will read the entire script and if he/she can’t put it down, and every page is great, you’ll receive a phone call to purchase it within 12 hours.

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(“A great screenplay is one that has multiple purchase offers.”)

What you will be offered will be equivalent to what the production company, a WGA signator, would of spent if they developed it with a Treatment, a First Draft and a Final Draft… would be $50,000-$100,000.

So, common sense states that you will be offered $50,000-$100,000″.

OK, let’s assume you, or your agent, send your script to eight production companies, with studio developments deals, and four of them each offer you $50,000-$100,000.

Now you have the “Hot Script”.

What is negotiable when four company’s want your script?

Answer…”Everything”.

But first you must say “No” to the $50,000-$100,000 offer.

Now “hold it hostage” and say “Yes… only if you receive a Producer credit and the right to be the sole Producer, if made, for Part II.”

 

WANT $100,000,000?

Own the great script and have it receive numerous offers.

Now, you have power with a solid chance that besides a writer’s fee, you will also receive a Producer credit… and become a producer (likely 7-10 Producers, Executive Producers, Co-Producers & Associate Producers attached) of a studio feature film, that if it goes to Part II, with a $100 Million budget, for your second movie, you will be it’s sole producer.

“Yes, for you, also not realistic”… but “it does happen 3-5 times per year” so the odds are better than hoping that someone in your family becomes a billionaire.

 

 

(SECRET #3)

MOVIE FINANCING (First Make a Film…Then Make a Deal)

This is the most common path to securing $100 Million to produce a feature film.

But you must adhere to the Hollywood adage of “First make a Film… then make a Deal”.

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(“”Brothers McMullen” was a $10-30K movie, shot on weekends, that launched Edward Burns’s big-budget career.”)

Huh? You say.

Here’s what this means.

Hollywood is a marketing machine and you, when starting your career… are not marketable.

However, if you make a film, that gets distributed and goes global will have Execs & Agents come to you, requesting your ideas, because you are now marketable, and a studio, funding your script, can promote “From the Producer of… From the Writer of… From the Director of…”

So, “How do you get $100,000,000?”

Simple… First make a $10,000,000 feature.

But, “How do you get $10,000,000?”

Simple… first make a $1,000,000 feature.

But, “How do you get $1,000,000?”

Simple… First make a $100,000 feature.

But, “How do you get $100,000?”

Simple… First make a $10,000 feature.

But, “How do you get $10,000?”

Simple…. Get a bloody job (forgive my language) and save money.

 

WANT $100,000,000?

Then start-at-the-bottom with a one-location micro-budget movie that profits.

Then go up in budget to a low-budget four-location film for movie #2.

Do this 2 more times, with increasing budgets each time, over 4-5 years and you will have everyone offering you, for your 4th or 5th movie… $100,000,000.

“This, for you, is realistic”

 

Happy Filmmaking,

Dov Simens

 

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