I have been working all day on the Delivering Your Baby* (*that’s your film) seminar which I am running on Sunday at Ealing Studios. In conversation with various distributors and sales agents, I am struck at how hard it still is to make delivery of a film, especially in this day and age. It’s arguably even worse as HD means ten different things to ten different people, never mind navigating S4PFS, 23.97PFS 4:4:4 colour sampling and audio stem mixes! I have just gone through an HD nightmare myself with one major festival who first said they wanted ‘HD’, I enquired what kind of ‘HD’, then they said ‘HDV’. I said that sounded odd, and they cam back with, ‘sorry yes, HDCam’. Two days later I got the mail, sorry we meant ‘HDCamSR’! And this is just a festival!
Reading through the full delivery list sends a shiver down my spine. It really does. I know what I am doing but crikey, this stuff is soooo complicated and there is so much of it. Anyway, that’s one of the reasons why I set up the workshop.
So if you want to know what a Copyright Search Report is, how much it costs, and what it looks like… and you may need one in order to sell your film (along with over 50 other esoteric bits and bobs in a standard delivery schedule for a sales agent, including umpty thrumpty versions of your film), then book your seat now.
|This FILM workshop could save you tens of thousands!
We know that your movie is your baby… But like all babies, when the time is right, it needs delivering – for films, that's the point where you hand your movie over to a sales company, and it's usually the point where things, for indie film makers, start to fall apart… That's why we built this workshop.
DATE One day only, June 21st, Ealing Studios, West London… Price just £99 inc VAT
MAKING THE GREAT FILM is one thing, we know you can do that…! But after the premiere, and after you have cut your deal with the sales agent, you will be presented with a 12 page ‘delivery schedule’, a mind numbingly detailed list of potentially hundreds of expensive items that they say will be needed to sell your film. It’s not just the movie, there is sooooo much more.
This seminar will uncover EXACTLY what you REALLY need to deliver a film to the market, when you need to deliver it, and how much it will cost.
WHAT SALES AGENTS ARE SAYING – After interviewing many sales agents around the world, their number one problem when dealing with indie producers is that the film makers often underestimate just how much time and money it takes to fully deliver a film, saying ‘do we really need all this stuff?’ and ‘but we have no money left’. Delivering a professional feature film to a sales agent can, if left unchecked, cost upward of £50k! YES WE KNOW, that may well be MORE THAN YOUR BUDGET!
YOU COULD GET RIPPED OFF IF… One thing that often happens is the sales agent says, ‘I will cover the cost of delivery’. In reality this means they will go to a big company and get it all done for you, and pay top dollar too. That’s YOUR money they are spending! They don’t mind, they get there commission off the top of any sales first, and anything left over goes to paying back the cost of delivery. The upshot? You rarely get any money. It's up to you to be professional.
Worse still, we have come across situations where some sales agents also OWN the delivery companies, so they PAY THEMSELVES YOUR MONEY to do work you could hussle for much less, or even for free. Knowledge is power!
DATE JUNE 21st (Sunday), Venue Ealing Film Studios – £99 inc VAT.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
1. No budget self distribution (budgets under £20k)
2. Ultra low budget, small sales agent (budgets £20-200k)
Schedule for the day