Monday, August 19, 2013

Positioning yourself for movie money

If you’re an international money launderer posing as a banker, or a relative of pirates who went legit at the turn of the  century,  you already know about the undiscoverd buried treasures of the Bahamas.    

Why do some film industry operators end up out of operation or regrettably sold out to people who don't really care about anything other than money?
Megavision Kingdom, the in-house training division of Megavision Pictures runs a very interesting program that teaches filmmakers, not only how to make films, but more importantly, how to attract money without losing their own vision.  If the filmmaker loses vision he/she loses identity and integrity. When this happens he has nothing different to offer his starving audience and is no longer unique. At this point  the filmmakers' days are numbered.
Filmmakers in the new emerging global Bahamas film market, might find it not a bad idea to establish their position before forming close working relationships with foreign entities.  
Make no mistake about it, whoever you ask for money will proposition you with a list of conditions.  The key is to find the company that echoes the sentiments that you stand for. For example, if your films or film festival is about spreading democracy, don’t expect the grant organization that believes in dictatorship to fund you.  You will have to change your mind about the governing process and demonstrate that change vividly before you can get the money. 

How many times have you seen filmmakers or film festival operators start out with good intentions about producing movies that encourage good will among all mankind.  Very often we realize after a year or so, their press release starts selling them as an extremist in either race,  creed, color or religion.  This happens because real structure and accountability was missing at the beginning.  There was no clear mission of conviction. To be continued on

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