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CWTL Production Diary: Day Three + 2 Years

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13:35 EST: Last night, LC and I had a long discussion about something that has been weighing on my mind (and i’m pretty sure hers and the rest of the crew’s) since CWTL v2 has been in play. Funding. As anyone who’s made or tried to make a film knows, it can be the most daunting aspect of the filmmaking process, especially for business-challenged people like myself. You ask yourself over and over, where is the money hiding? How do I find it? It’s something of a cliche for aspiring filmmakers but I cannot even begin to count the times I’ve watched a film with someone and the both of us wonder aloud how-in-the-hell-did-they-get-money-to-make-this-drivel? Yet they managed it, drivel or not. So why can’t we?

Anyway, we had a good talk and went over our options. Currently, we are on the non-profit approach (with IDA as our fiscal sponsors). That entails grant writing and hustling for donations, both of which I find soul-sucking experiences. Sort of like spending an hour in Ikea. The rap on grant writing is that for the amount of time and energy the application process takes, the return is minimal at best though usually non-existent. Also, in terms of donations, I get the feeling if people have significant money to invest, they do not want to do the tax-deductible thing. If they’re in the movie business, they want to play the high-roller, take-a-risk-for-high-returns investment approach. So my question is this… Which approach is better? And I guess my other question is this… When is it time to change course?

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Written by conversationswiththeliving

January 6, 2011 at 11:09 am

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