Indie Film Production: Financing essentials, getting it right

SECRET TO PRODUCING… (“The 9 Most Important Words”)

If you want to Produce, or you want to be a Producer, and specifically you-want-to-Produce-a-Feature-Film-that-makes-a-PROFIT…

…then the saying is “Act like a duck. Talk like a duck. Squawk like a duck.” People will start thinking “You’re a DUCK!”

Now what do I mean by that?


When referring to filmmaking there are 2 titles associated with Filmmaking. The first is the dumb one “FILMMAKER” (aka: stupid-dreamer) and the second is “PRODUCER” (aka: smart-professional).

It seems that everyone wants to be a Filmmaker.

Why? I don’t know. It’s a dumb phrase. Why? Because everyone knows what you are when you say “I’m a Filmmaker”. You’re telling everyone that (A) You are Broke, (B) You have no job, (C) you refuse to get a job and (D) You acknowledge that you are not going to date my daughter.

Why? I will not let my daughter date broke, out of work, dreamers.

The word “filmmaker” is so easy to say and throw out there. Now, let’s get real. You have seen anywhere between 3,000-10,000 feature films in your life and have any of them, EVER, had an Opening Title Credit that says the word “FILMMAKER”?

Answer is “NO”.

Opening Title Credits on feature films state PRODUCER… not Filmmaker.

Act like a duck, talk like a duck, walk like a duck….

Thus, from now on every time you meet someone and they ask, “What do you do?” Stand up straight. Be proud, “act like a duck” and announce that “You’re a PRODUCER”.

You will quickly notice something. That when you tell people “You’re a Filmmaker”, they’ll be polite and then walk away…. However, when you tell them that “You’re a Producer” they want to talk to you.

Now reality check: I know you’re scared to say “You’re a PRODUCER” (without blinking) because the person that you are in front of wants to talk to you and ASK A QUESTION.

Fear of dealing with “THE QUESTION” this person is about to ask will keep you out of the industry.

FIRST: “The Questions” that you’ll be asked.

1) “Oh really, what have you Produced?”
2) “Oh really, what are you Producing?”

“Sh*t”, they got you, what do you say now…. You “act like a duck and say the standard 9 WORDS that everyone in Hollywood has learned to say.”

Now, shaddup. Take your idea. Move your fingers. Type a treatment (to be posted Hot Tip). Register the treatment. Now, take that Treatment, block out your “Beat Sheet” (to be posted Hot Tip) and structure out your 40-60 scenes. Then take that “Beat Sheet” structure and write your Screenplay.

Again…Now shaddup…and move your fingers. Why? Because you are not a dreamer, you are a PRODUCER.

Happy Filmmaking, The Filmbay Team,
*Produce *Finance *Write *Direct *Distribute *Profit

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