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June 2 at 10:55am

Buffalo 8: How To Produce a $1M Feature Film & Actually Profit

By Matthew Helderman, & Luke Taylor
 
Introduction — shrinking budgets & rising expected production values
At Buffalo 8 Productions, we’ve produced over 30 feature films ranging from $100,000 budgets to $8M budgets with the average project settling around $1M.
 
We’ve seen budgets shrink, projects come & go and expectations shattered or met with disappointment during the process.
 
Through our experiences we’ve gathered and built a manifesto for the do’s & don’ts of making low budget projects. Some are obvious, others are elements we picked up after handfuls of wrong turns. [...]


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February 15 at 9:15am

The Producer’s Role, The Process, The Need For A Reboot, Funds, and The Future

I recently did a long and comprehensive interview with Scott Myers at GoIntoTheStory.  We hit a lot of big points.  I think you will dig it. [...]


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February 10 at 10:00pm

Further Thoughts On The Producer’s Role

By Ted Hope

I believe strongly, that the producing credits should represent the people who have been there from the earliest stages through the entire life of the film, contributing in a major capacity on all issues.

When I first started in the business, I felt like I was there to make sure the director fully considered all of their options and recognized what came with their choices, the repercussions of those choices, helping the director get outside of their mind so they could focus on what was happening before the camera. I’d make sure that everything else that was needed would happen in the best possible way.

Along the way, it soon became clear that I also needed to [...]


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January 23 at 8:15am

Standing On A Seesaw, Balanced On The Cliff’s Edge, Reaching For The Brass Ring Clutched In The Eagle’s Claw

Producing is a precarious business.  You should not do it if you don’t believe that by producing your projects you can make the world a better place or advance the art form.  You are not just the one that feels they know what must be done.  You have to know that the unknowable becoming known through your labors is a real possibility. Producers can’t be the people who settle for the way things are.  They shouldn’t be the sort that takes the easy route or are willing to sacrifice nuance or beauty in service of just getting it done.

The goal of every film should be [...]


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January 17 at 8:15am

Your Investors Know You Are Not Serious About Making Their Money Back.

I am talking to you. Or at least 98% of you folks who are trying to raise money to make a film. 

You know how in poker it always pays to look for other players’ “tell”?  A “tell” is the subconscious gesture most people make when they are not sure of themselves.  The “tell” helps to show when people are bluffing — or in everyday terms, when they are lying.  The most common ”tell” is [...]


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December 20 at 8:15am

Smash The Box! 10 Things I Wrote In 2013 I Think You Should Read

Working Away To Build A Better MousetrapNote: If you’d like to share this post, please use this shortened link: http://bit.ly/1cFNHfs

It’s not enough any more to think outside the box. I think we need to smash the box to bits.

We need a total systems reboot of the indie film infrastructure.  And I don’t think we can continue to wait and hope someone else is going to build it for us either.

I have been trying to help however I can help best.  Perhaps these posts can be your guide: [...]


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December 17 at 8:15am

I Am No Longer Going To Produce Films For My Living

Sketch by Richard Ellis

Sketch by Richard Ellis

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I have decided I am no longer going to produce films for my living.  To do so requires me to deliver quantity over quality. Or to not contribute as fully as I like since I won’t be fairly compensated.  Or to make something that is virtually guaranteed to not have the cultural impact it warrants.  Those are three things that I am refusing to be part of.

When I resigned recently from running the San Francisco Film Society, I said [...]


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