Sell your props and fund your film!

Chasing When I haven’t written a blog entry for three of four days you know one of a three things have taken place in my life. Either I am writing, or not much has happened, or so much has happened that I just can’t get to the computer!

It’s the latter.

Since the book launch on Thursday night, I have been working hard on next weeks TV show, organizing the distribution weekend workshop with Jon Reiss and Sheri Candler, and have also delivered the speech before the world premiere of ‘Chasing Cotards’, shot on VistaVision and shown last night at the iMax theatre.

So it’s been frantic to say the least. But it’s also been huge amounts of fun.

OliviaI will catch up on the blog on both the book launch and weekend workshop in due course, but for now I thought I would fill you in on ‘Chasing Cotards’… 

I don’t want to tell you too much about it as we plan to have producer Sam Fazackerly on the show in the coming weeks, but I did want to share one cunning funding strategy that the team used. The film cost around £30k to make, and they raised it from a mix of crowd funding (Gone Fishing style), private donation and by selling props. That’s right, selling props. The film features a very beautiful painting of actress Olivia Grant by Christine Comyn – it’s a large canvas piece and genuinely striking, not in a modern art way, but in a more classical sense. The artist created two paintings, donated them to the production, and after shooting, one of the paintings was sold for an undisclosed but HUGE amount (actually it was disclosed ot me but I have been asked to keep the exact figture confidential)… the money being injected back into the film.

Christine Comyn Of course this wouldn’t work if the artist wasn’t renowned in her own right to start with, but it does show that you should be thinking about how you can turn your expensive props into cash after shooting. Good on you guys, and especially good on artist Christine Comyn who generously donated her time, materials and work to the project.

Onwards and upwards!

Chris Jones, Film Maker and Author
www.livingspirit.com
mail@livingspirit.com

One Response to Sell your props and fund your film!

  1. Leilani Holmes May 9, 2010 at 11:12 pm #

    Selling props is such a great thing to do for a film. Not only because you don’t need that stuff anymore and it redestributes the cash you spent on them back into the filmmakers pocket (usually heading straight out again for the marketing budget!) but because it’s a lovely way to connect with a fan base.

    I remember when Duncan Jones sold the props from moon and not only did he reap back some cash but the buzz around the sale among Moon fans as they tweeted & facebooked about their bid status, spread word about the film among their friends and the film got a lot of extra word of mouth right around the time the DVD was coming out in the states. I’m sure the ones who won their bids (sadly I was outbid on everything) will keep talking about their treasure too. Clever stuff!

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