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Filmmakers and Financing: Business Plans for Independents (6th Ed.)

The first, most crucial step in making a film is finding the funds to do it. Let Louise Levison, who wrote the innovative business plan for The Blair Witch Project, show you how. This unique guide teaches you not only how to create a business plan, but also how to avoid common business plan mistakes, so that you can attract and secure an investor. In jargon-free terms, the author leads you through every step.

Each chapter concentrates on a different section of the business plan, including the industry, marketing, financing, and distribution. Large format films, new media and shorts are also discussed. The included companion web site features supplementary exercises and spreadsheets so that you get comfortable crunching the numbers--no math degree required!

In this new and updated ultimate filmmaker s guide, Louise Levison gives you easy-to-use steps for writing an investor-winning business plan for a feature film, including:

  • A comprehensive explanations for each of the eight sections of a plan
  • Full financial section with text and tables
  • A sample business plan
  • A companion website with additional information for various chapters and detailed financial instructions advanced math not needed
  • An explanation on how feature documentary, animated and large-format films differ
  • A guide to pitching to investors: who they are, what they want and what to tell them
  • Words of advice: Filmmakers share their experiences raising money from equity investors

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Meet the Author: Louise Levison

Levison is President of Business Strategies, a consulting firm in Sherman Oaks, California, specializing in business plan packaging and venture capital financing. Ms. Levison is a visiting lecturer in the Department of Entertainment Studies of the Extension Program at UCLA and is publisher and editor of The Film Entrepreneur newsletter. She regularly conducts workshops on financing for organizations and at film festivals. Levison holds an M.B.A. in finance.

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