Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Positioning yourself for movie money

Whether 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 buried treasure that still lies yet undiscovered in, the Bahamas.

Countless sad stories of weak filmmakers who regrettably sold their integrity and allowed themselves to be manipulated by people just to get some money.

Megavisionkingdom.com 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 identity. If the filmmaker loses identity and integrity, he has nothing different to offer his starving audience. When this happens he is no longer unique and his days are numbered.

Filmmakers, practically, 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. In other words you must establish a structure that identifies you and demonstrate internal accountability. This is important for some very good reasons.

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.

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