MOVIE MONEY (The Formula: The $200 Million Secret… Now, Follow the Formula)
by Dov S-S Simens on May 4, 2016
THE MOVIE MONEY FORMULA
Want $200,000,000? Of course you do. And financing a $200 Million Studio Feature film is absolutely not difficult when you apply common-sense and use the very simple (see below) Hollywood Financing Formula.
THE FORMULA is…
$20,000 = $200,000 = $2,000,000 = $20,000,000 = $200,000,000
Be patient, give me 3-minutes and you’ll understand.
THE HOLLYWOOD FINANCING FORMULA
Simple Point: Financing a Studio Feature Film, especially Mega-Budgets, is not difficult when you understand the Financing Formula.
And, Yes, Hollywood is run by formulas… Just a few of them are the…
(A) “SCRIPTING FORMULA” of “50 Scenes, 1 A-Story & 3 B Stories”.
(B) “DIRECTING FORMULA” of “1 Master Shot, 2 Medium Shots, 3 Closeups & a Cutaway”
(C) “SHOOTING FORMULA” of “90-Page Script, 18 Day-Shoot, 5-Pages/Day Schedule”
(D) “LIGHTING FORMULA” of “1st Key Light, 2nd Back Light & 3rd Fill Lights”
(E) “EDITING FORMULA of “1st Picture, 2nd Sound, 3rd Footsteps, 4th ADR, 5th Foley, 6th Music & 7th Color”
(F) “FESTIVAL FORMULA” of “Premiere, Screening, Acquisition Execs, Producer Reps & Split Rights Deals”
(G) “DISTRIBUTING FORMULA” of “USA/Canada, On-Demand, Foreign, Day-n-Date & China”
(H) “PROFITING FORMULA” of “Product Placement, On-Demand, DVD, Licensing, Cable/TV & Merchandising”
(I) Etc… and obviously there must be a FINANCING FORMULA… and actually there are four each contingent on the amount of your project’s budget.
FOUR MOVIE BUDGETS
There are only four Movie Budgets… and they are…
(1st) MEGA-BUDGET… STUDIO FEATURES
(2nd) MEDIUM-BUDGET… INTERNATIONAL CO-PRODUCTIONS
(3rd) LOW-BUDGET… GENRE FILMS
(4th) MICRO-BUDGET… INDEPENDENT FILMS
For this post I will explain the $200 Million Financing Formula or how to Produce a Mega-Budget Feature Film.
Back to the simple formula of how to secure $200,000,000 to make your feature film.
But you have to adhere to the Hollywood adage of “First make a Film then make a Deal”.
Huh? “First make a Film, then make a Deal?” You say.
Yep! “First Make a Film, then make a Deal”!
Here’s what is meant.
Most, if not everyone, when they come to Hollywood want to start at the top and somehow scrounges up a script and find some out-of-work actors and slaps on a budget.
Then they start Ubering around town trying to get meetings. And, every studio exec, if they get a meeting, is going to tell them the same thing, “You’re trying to make a deal, to get money, to make a film”.
“Yeah”, is your response. Then they tell ya, “You’re doing it backwards.”
You reply again with “Huh”.
And they then state, “First make a Film, then you’ll make deals”.
Here’s what they’re trying to tell you.
Hollywood is a marketing machine and you, when starting, ARE-NOT-MARKETABLE.
However, if you make a little film, that gets token distributed and makes a little money; then Hollywood Execs & Agents will flock to you like Bee-to-Honey or like Lindsay-to-Community Service or Alec-to-Anger Management because they can now promote, “From the Producer of…”, “From the Writer of…”, “From the Director of…”
“You ARE NOW MARKETABLE”…
I think you get the point.
You must become marketable and to become marketable it is advisable to drop the budget, start at a much lower level, stop thinking that you’re a Hollywood Dealmaker, and make a feature film, usually at a Micro-Budget, and have it become slightly successful viz-a-viz the festival circuit… you are now a proven “cine artiste” and marketable.
This is just “common sense”.
START AT THE BOTTOM
Back to the Financing Formula.
Now, “How do you get $200,000,000?”
You, first make a $20,000,000 feature.
But, you ask, “How do you get $20,000,000?”
Simple, you first make a $2,000,000 feature.
But, you ask, “How do you get $2,000,000?”
Simple, you first make a $200,000 feature.
But, you ask, “How do you get $200,000?”
Simple, you first make a $20,000 feature.
But, you ask, “How do you get $20,000?”
Simple….You GET-A-GODDAM-JOB (forgive my language) at Starbucks or Uber or Ralph’s and save money.
Get the point.
Start at the bottom….but please, “don’t make Shorts”, “Shorts are for children”.
Start at the bottom with a $20K Micro-Budget Feature…
then go to a $200K Ultra-Low-Budget Feature…
Then go to a $2,000K Low-Budget Feature… T
hen go to a $20,000K Medium-Budget Feature…
Then go to a $200,000K Mega-Budget Feature…
Then, after the $200 Million Feature is a success… change the world.
Life ain’t difficult.
Welcome to Hollywood.
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12 comments on “MOVIE MONEY (The Formula: The $200 Million Secret… Now, Follow the Formula)”
I am interested in getting more information on screenwriting.
Very useful and understandable!more info about Where to find scripts please
scripts are everywhere
everybody in tinseltown carries one around hoping to meet someone they can show it too
want a script
and i will write you a script
or write your own
or advertise on craigs list for free
or go out on the street with a sign saying scripts wanted
scripts are everywhere
I’d better pay you!how much:)
Dov, is it true Michael Jackson was one of your students at some point? If so, what was it like teaching the great Michael?
Brilliant! … as usual.
is 20k the bottom rung?
could one start from the ground level for 2k and then go up the ladder ?
2k is doable for most people
20k can be a big hurdle for many folks
please post the other formulas you alluded to
Hi hey l like it pretty good stuff the only think l now how & when to be follow that dream
I have made two feature films on just 500 pounds low budget or zero budget is not hard once you have a camera and actors and a scrennplay want help? Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
I will contact you through email