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Indie filmmaking breaking the bank? How about a grant? Part 1

As we all know, we don’t get rich making film shorts. For many the process is an exercise for making a jump to features. For others it is a labor of love. Well, kiddies, have you ever thought of creating a portfolio and have someone else foot the bill? Try getting a grant.

Grants come in many forms. They can be from local communities, state or federal governments, foundations, or non-profit organizations. While the Internet provides a vast array of information, I thought I might help this group with the basics. So, hold on to your hat, we’re going for a ride…

(I’ve taken this info from experience, websites, friends, and other grant-writers)

Preparing for the Grant

The biggest part of grant writing is in the initial stages. The time you spend getting your information together is the longest, but can be re-used for future applications. Work hard at this stage so your writing is simplified later.

TIP ON PERSPECTIVE: Even if a grant application takes six months to write, do it. The six months will go by anyway, and at the end of it you won’t look back with regrets.

The first step falls under preparation. Your mission statement does a lot to make clear your objective, so write it well. For yourself, write out the objective of your grant search, and this will help you to keep focused, especially when you are irritated with the whole process.

Determine the broad project goals, then identify the specific objectives that define how you will focus the work to accomplish those goals.

Goal: Improve production quality.
Objective 1: Recruit advanced production talent.
Objective 2: Train mid-level producers.
Objective 3: Upgrade production equipment.

Did you notice that these goals and objectives suggest the proposal will request support for recruitment activity, production training, and equipment purchase.As an alternative, a different proposal, while having the same goal might focus only on equipment upgrades.

Draft expected project outcomes in specific measurable terms.

Make sure you draft a timeline that includes your planning phase, the period of time you search for funds, proposal writing, and the project start date. Periodically update the timeline as you learn more about submission deadlines, etc.

Next we will talk about “How to identify which funding sources to go after.” Hope you benefit from this.

Low Budget Effects for Film Short

I wanted to share this video with you because it illustrates the basic concepts of using a green screen, and setting up shots to use a green screen with. It also helps to see a balanced view of your options when shooting a low-budget, no-budget film. The point I take away is: don’t give up just because you are unable to make a movie like the million dollar studios. There’s reasons to the high cost, but you can effectively achieve similar emotions with your low-budget films. So, do it… Enjoy the video.

Gary Goldstein Talk About Financing Your Independent Film – Part 2

Do you want to finance a movie script? Get your independent film produced, funded and financed. You can get the financing you need and live your film dream. This is a great introduction into the mind of someone who has already accomplished, from non-industry beginnings, the gathering of financing for film.

Gary Goldstein Talks About Financing Your Independent Film – part 1

The film producer responsible for “Pretty woman, “Under Siege”, “Mothman” and more begins the process of explaining how to get finances to produce your independent film. This interview is an eye-opener for those who have film scripts and want to see their Hollywood dreams fulfilled.