WHEN THE FILM IS DONE….IT AIN’T DONE (15 Musts)
by Dov S-S Simens on July 24, 2015
I have discovered that most filmmakers, at least 98%, do not understand that when you finish your film and secure your final Print for theatrical release or DCP for festival release or digital release… you staill ain’t done.
And even though you think you are about to acquire a distributor (hip hip)… you still ain’t done.
Below is a superb article from FILMMAKER MAGAZINE, written by a pro, Dan Mirvish (he was once exactly where you are now) who has made a No-Budget & then a Micro-Budget feature that he got some playdates and also got a 50 print release… The man knows what he is talking about.
The article is “15 SEXY THINGS YOU GET TO DO WHEN YOU THINK YOUR FILM IS DONE”
(ONE) DELIVERABLES: Yo, you just don’t drop off a tape
(TWO) E&O INSURANCE: Now you’ll find out about why every phone number starts with “555”
(THREE) DAMAGED RELATIONSHIPS… Apologize for the F*ck Yous
(FOUR) YAK-YAK-YAK…. PROMOTE-PROMOTE-PROMOTE
(FIVE) EXTRA-EXTRA: Think Your DVD and the cute things (making ofs, Interviews, tricks, etc)
(SIX) CROWD FUND: Now you gotta deliver the nite with your daughter (joke) you promised.
(SEVEN) TAXES: Remember the government and your LLC filings ain’t free
(EIGHT) ACCOUNTANT: Get your spreadsheets ready for Film 2 Investors
(NINE) K-1: You did deferrals (dummy I told you not to): Now you got a shitload of paper
(TEN) CHECKS: Oh my gosh, “You made Money”; now lets write the checks
(ELEVEN) RESIDUALS: You didn’t listen and signed with SAG, even the Ultra-Low Agreement): Now comes residuals
(TWELVE) ARCHIVING: You’re successful, now dig up those video shorts oyuy made in Jr High, digitize & Archive & sell them On-Line
(THIRTEEN) DISTRIBUTOR: You now hate your distributor so who’s going to be your 2nd Distributor for Film #2
(FOURTEEN) DISSOLUTION: How ya gonna end you company to move on to Fiilm #2?
(FIFTEEN) RINSE & REPEAT: That’s Dan’s jargon for “Learn & Move On”
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Dov S-S Simens / Dean / Hollywood Film Institute
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