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The Independent Filmmaker's Guide to Writing a Business Plan for Investors

4.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0786416820
ISBN-10: 0786416823
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About the Author

Independent filmmaker, Gabriel Campisi has won numerous awards and has received critical acclaim for his work as a writer, director and producer. He resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company (February 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786416823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786416820
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 6.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,434,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Park on June 18, 2007
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This book has two sections: the first outlines the requirements of a business plan, and the second is a sample business plan, with the intention that you copy it and fill in the blanks.

The first section is very helpful in giving you an overview of what is expected in a business plan, and why. Most crucially, it gets you thinking about your investor and what they are looking for from the deal. Many projects that reach the business-plan stage fail because they to not acknowledge the business element of filmmaking, but focus on the artistic merits of the project. In reading the first section, you'll gain a good understanding of the steps to present your project to an investor. A slight weakness of this is the presumption that you'll have an army of entertainment lawyers to complete the funding process. This is advisable, but not always the case.

The second section, however, is where the book falls short. Reading through the business plan, it is laborious in its repetition - while there is a need to restate some facts or intentions, this plan goes overboard. It is also quite poorly structured: for example, half the plan is an overview of the filmmaking process that assumes your investor knows nothing about film. This information should be in an appendix - an investor should not have to wade through 20 pages of this before reaching the numbers and projections they're really interested in.

In summary, this is a good guide to the realities of presenting your project to investors, but it doesn't deliver as well on that promise as it could. Still a worthwhile read and a useful addition to any low- to mid-level filmmaker's bookshelf.
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By A Customer on May 2, 2004
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This book gets to the heart of the matter when it comes to telling students/readers what works and what doesn't, what is necessary and what isn't, when it comes to searching for funds for your project. A lot of the information appeared to be common sense, but then I realized it was the writer who made it appear so simple. I read another book where you had to be an accountant or attorney to make heads or tales of the information. This book spells everything out in plain English and makes you fully comprehend what you're reading with creative examples and comparisons. This book is essential reading for anyone seriously interested in taking the next step as a filmmaker.
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This book is well-written and straight to the point. If you're an independent filmmaker living in the U.S.A. and have a project that you need to get FUNDED, well, you're going to need a plan of action and a well-written business plan, whether your investors are friends and family or unknown doctors and lawyers.
This book takes you through the process, shows you what you need to compile, and gives great resource information for doing just that. There is also an excellent SAMPLE BUSINESS PLAN that you can use as a nice blueprint for your own personalized plan.
Mr. Campisi has been in the movie business a long time and has raised funds for quite a few business ventures (inside and outside the biz), so his knowledge and information is invaluable. This book cuts right to the chase and will get you motivated and on the road to securing funds for your project. It's a long and uncertain road, but this book, along with a few others, is a great way to get your business plan underway so you can get down to the business of making a movie!
Well worth the money.
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Most books for independent filmmakers focus on rudiments of the artistic industry. Gabriel Campisi's The Independent Filmmaker's Guide To Writing A Business Plan For Investors provides even the most novice filmmaker a very fine tool for understanding distribution deals, sales, and the business end of making a successful film proposal. Use The Independent Filmmaker's Guide To Writing A Business Plan For Investors to assemble a winning business plan based on proposals which work - and understand what potential investors seek in such a proposal with a title which packs in interviews with successful independent filmmakers and industry executives alike.
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If there's one book you should get in order to reach your goal of getting funding for your film or television project it is this one. I don't know of any other book out there with such detail and step by step instructions about getting the most important element of producing a film, funding. You can have the greatest idea, cast, team together in the world but if you don't have the tools you learn about in this book you'll find it an uphill battle. I've recommended this book to all my friends and colleagues in the businesss. I stake my reputation on it. Go out and get this book today! (Jeff Rivera, author of Forever My Lady)
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By A Customer on April 30, 2004
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The information in this book is very real and can be applied to any film or movie project. The data is priceless. Sometimes the information seems to be repetitive in some chapters, but the writer (Gabe Campisi) definitely knows what he is talking about from his own experience, not theory. It is backed by all the interviews in the back of the book with others (filmmakers) that reiterate what Campisi says. Refreshing to see others in the industry verify the author's knowledge.
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