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Bankroll, 2nd edition: A New Approach to Financing Feature Films [Paperback]

Tom Malloy
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May 1, 2012 1615930892 978-1615930890 Second Edition, Revised

Bankroll is written for actors/producers and writer/producers to get their feature films made. It has many creative approaches and guidance by a successful Hollywood producer who has raised over $20 million dollars. This book goes into detail to explain the legal aspects and paperwork needed to create an effective pitch packet and find financing for features.


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About the Author

In 1998, Tom Malloy was one of the lead actors in the film Gravesend, produced by Oliver Stone. The film became an indie-cult favorite. When this film failed to make him a household name, Tom decided to learn as many facets of the movie business as he could. Over the course of eight years, he created his own method to ?nance films. Tom first wrote and produced The Attic, a thriller directed by Mary Lambert (director of Pet Sematary and Pet Sematary II), and starring John Savage, Jason Lewis, Elisabeth Moss, and Tom. Tom then wrote and produced The Alphabet Killer, a psychological thriller directed by Rob Schmidt (director of Wrong Turn). The ?lm stars Eliza Dushku, Cary Elwes, Oscar-winner Timothy Hutton, Michael Ironside, and Tom in one of the lead roles. Tom wrote and produced Love N’ Dancing, a dance ?lm/romantic comedy directed by Rob Iscove (director of She’s All That). The ?lm stars Amy Smart and Tom, along with Billy Zane, Betty White, and Rachel Dratch. As a direct result of contacts made through the techniques of Bankroll, Tom recently partnered with the Han Shi group of China to produce a slate of U.S. films over the next three years.


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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions; Second Edition, Revised edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615930892
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615930890
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book on Film Fundraising October 14, 2009
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***** Five Stars out of Five! Best book on film fundraising yet! It really gave me a shot in the arm to raise money for my next feature. It's written from a practitioner, not a theorist perspective, in other words Tom has done it from scratch and writes in a conversational style. Artists sometimes forget the second word in "show business" is business, and Tom demystifies the business of bankrolling features in the indie world. God bless you Tom for selflessly sharing your insights, may He multiply back to you everything you have and give.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Long story short: Tom Malloy's Bankroll is a GREAT place to start your Film Production career &/or book collection! Now: for what's it worth (FWIW) 10 years ago it was REAL hard trying to find books on Film Production anywhere. Of course back then there were lots of good books on screenwriting, acting & directing. But now in 2009 the Film Prod. world finally has a solid canon of classic books that try to mentor you in the best way about the world that helps put the worlds of the 3 subjects I just mentioned together.

I still wish that most of the books now considered classics on the Film Prod. world had come out 10 years earlier. To find some of these classics just do a search for authors like Dov S-S Simens, Greg Merritt, Paul Mason & Don Gold, Eve Light Honthaner, Gunnar Erickson, Louise Levison, Sara Caldwell and Deborah S. Patz (I'm sure I've forgotten a few more authors.) I should also mention the equally great but more specific books on financing your film by Morrie Warshawski, John W. Cones & Adam P. Davies and books on film budgets & contracts by Deke Simon & Mark Litwak respectively too. But Bankroll easily becomes a new classic in the film production book genre because of 2 things.

Tom's book is 1) an uplifting, funny & a little bittersweet auto-bio on his past & current life in the film production world (no wonder he's also a motivational speaker) and 2) a handy guide on what to do & not to do if you choose to be a film producer (especially in the investor area.) But aside from his valuable advice & tips on film prod. (for ex.:Chapters 9 - 13 on approaching investors) it's his deep enthusiasm for film production that really grabs you and leaves you with the biggest impression after reading it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Reconmend January 11, 2010
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This book is truly amazing! Anyone that I talk to about making films and raising the money, I always direct them to this book. Not only does it cover getting your films financed but it inspires you to actually go out there and get it done with the right info to do it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By C. Lang
Format:Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this book on a subject that I initially thought would be pretty slow going. I was very surprised that this excellent reference book was also an entertaining and personal glimpse into the passion and energy of a man completely focused on his career as an actor in films.
This book will entertain you, educate you, inspire you and motivate you to keep your focus and get the "gold" so that you can make your film. Make sure you have your highlighter, pencils, and "Post-it" as you read this book because you'll want to reference it many times as you prepare your plan to produce your dream film.

And even though this book is focused on film financing, I would recommend this book to anyone who has an idea to sell because the cause, the work, the desire and the need is the same.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Film Financing Book I've Read So Far September 15, 2009
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As an independent filmmaker embarking on the task of raising money for my first feature, I found Tom Molloy's "Bankroll" to be the most valuable of all the other books I've read on the same subject. What Mr. Molloy does is present his real-world experiences as a producer/actor, both the obstacles and the rewards, revealing the secrets to his success and demonstrating ways to accomplish your goal, and in a straightforward manner. Unlike other books in this genre, his style is conversational and, although he never shies away from the fact that trying to raise money for a film can be extremely difficult, he reminds you that with persistence, confidence and the belief in your project, you cannot fail. Highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So You Think You Can Produce? September 14, 2009
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This book is equal parts inspiration and perspiration. Not so much Tom's, but mine -- reading it made me sweat! Raising money for a movie is both easier than I thought, and like some kind of extreme sport, and Tom details it all. What's truly inspirational is that Tom had a dream: to be an actor, writer, and even dancer -- and he made his own luck in every one of those areas. He didn't let anything stop him, and he didn't wait for anyone to approve of him or hiw work, he just went out and made it happen. What's more, he didn't just do the outer work, he did the inner work; he understood that he had to develop his mindset just as much as his skill set. All of this and more is in this book. He walks you through the practical steps to raise the money to make your movie, including a whole list of different kinds of approaches, from the Ten-Arm Approach to the Dangerous Approach. And he does it all in an easy-to-read, entertaining way. Whether you're an aspiring producer, writer, actor, or director, this book will give you the tools to make your dream a reality. Read it, then go out and make a movie!
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Depressing Attitude on Making Art
I'm a young artist and producer trying to finance a film project I believe in. I should have noted a red flag when the author brags about the size of his house twenty pages in. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Ben Bernstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Film
Great book. Very informative. This books gets to the heart of things. A wonderful study guide. A must read for all filmmakers.
Published 25 days ago by Lemarr E. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a book you can't--and shouldn't--put down; read BEFORE you film!
I started to skim this at a book store, wanting to look it over for content....but then I found myself actually reading it and wanted to take notes and underline portions of it, so... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Derek Jager
1.0 out of 5 stars I just returned it for my money BACK!
don't waste your time, this guy must've had every pal he knows review this book, which is nothing than a collection of mediocre anecdotes on the similarly mediocre films this guy... Read more
Published 3 months ago by andrew323
5.0 out of 5 stars The plan in action
Tom Malloy actually raised the money for his movies himself, so he knows what he's talking about. Yes, this book is largely filled with his anecdotes. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Feo Amante
5.0 out of 5 stars Met my expectations
The product arrived on time. The book is by one of the film worlds "experts". It is an easy read, and the way it is written makes you want to read more. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jacob Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are a filmmaker, click the ADD TO CART button right now!
This is an absolute MUST BUY if you are or want to be a filmmaker. Bankroll is easy-to-read and gives you vital information in raising money for films (the hardest thing to do when... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lan
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST OF ITS KIND.
I love this book on film finance!
I've read many of these books over the past few years, and it's hard to get excited about this topic, but BANKROLL (2nd Ed. Read more
Published 8 months ago by K. Kallenbach
5.0 out of 5 stars insightful
Very enjoyable read with great examples of techniques to raise money for independent films. I am using Tom's advice on two projects right now which is helping immensely.
Published 10 months ago by MattS
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Malloy keeps us on the leading edge of this rapidly changing...
With the multitude of books about producing film, Tom Malloy's "Bankroll" is one of the top three I would advocate a film maker must have. Read more
Published 11 months ago by CaptMac
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