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Klay M Abele
10-10-2013, 05:07 AM
From any of your experiences, when completing a feature and distributing it, where does most of your return(money) come from? VOD? Festivals?

I'm putting together a feature and want to make sure I'm budgeting correctly. My biggest fear is not making nearly what is put into it. Obviously I'd fund it through kickstarter or some other crowd sourcing outlet.

Anyone have any personal experiences where you could breakdown maybe by percentage where they saw the most return? and in what timeframe?

mara
10-10-2013, 05:24 AM
Festivals are expense, not income :)

Klay M Abele
10-10-2013, 05:38 AM
Silly me, and here I thought winning festivals 'paid' off, haha, I guess it's just for exposure and the fact that it won?

mara
10-10-2013, 05:50 AM
Silly me, and here I thought winning festivals 'paid' off, haha, I guess it's just for exposure and the fact that it won?

There are SOME festivals that have monetary awards, but yes it's mostly exposure and p.r.

Mick Scarborough
10-10-2013, 08:45 AM
return? Money? Wait, are we supposed to be getting money back from our films?

Klay M Abele
10-10-2013, 09:01 AM
Not looking good guys, haha

mara
10-10-2013, 09:17 AM
it's a long and winding road....

HeadlessHorseman
10-10-2013, 10:01 AM
I think you should thoroughly research and have a distribution plan first. In reality, it should actually be part of your business plan. Its not as easy as making a film and sending it out into the world and magically getting paid for it. If you really want to know how you will make money or recoup a budget you have to have an understanding of how the process works along with the costs associated. If you secure any sort of distribution beyond self-distribution (e.g. DVD/VOD or even limited theatrical) exhibitors and sales agents get $$$ first. Even with self-distribution, you'll deal with manufacturing and marketing costs, which means you most likely won't see any money for a long time, if you see any at all.

Klay M Abele
10-10-2013, 01:04 PM
This thread is sad :(

Anyone else have a take?

Nick Soares
10-10-2013, 01:15 PM
What budget, and what genre?

Klay M Abele
10-10-2013, 01:18 PM
$25,000 lets say, Action/Horror/Sci-Fi

Nick Soares
10-10-2013, 01:54 PM
$25,000 lets say, Action/Horror/Sci-Fi

Depending on the quality you can double your money on a fully rights sale in the matter of months.

Mick Scarborough
10-10-2013, 10:35 PM
Double is good

Klay M Abele
10-11-2013, 04:49 AM
Thanks Nick!

Fully rights sale, what exactly does that mean?

JHar888
10-11-2013, 06:16 AM
The distributor owns all the rights to the film and can distribute the film worldwide in whatever outlet possible, such as Redbox, Netflix, etc.

Klay M Abele
10-11-2013, 06:20 AM
Gotcha, makes sense.

The alternative is making money off of VOD outlets/purchases, still retaining the rights, but yields a longer return time?

Nick Soares
10-11-2013, 08:18 AM
Gotcha, makes sense.

The alternative is making money off of VOD outlets/purchases, still retaining the rights, but yields a longer return time?

And territory sales, and yes this is a much longer ROI but it can be much bigger.

Klay M Abele
10-11-2013, 09:21 AM
Very good info guys, thanks!