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The Insider's Guide to Independent Film Distribution Paperback – April 23, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0240809229 ISBN-10: 024080922X Edition: 1st

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"Well written, concise and (most importantly) honest! A must-have for indie filmmakers."--Kate Pearson, SVP, Programming, The Documentary Channel

"Finally, a contemporary and practical book about film distribution that explores this often mysterious and misunderstood part of the industry. As an academic text the approach is both classroom and reader friendly, providing information not easily found elsewhere."--Sharon Badal Faculty, New York University Tisch School of the Arts Kanbar Institute of Film and Television

"The book is well worth a read especially for those filmmakers who take the business of filmmaking seriously." - Karen van Schalkwyk, SCREEN AFRICA

"[A] great book for those who are serious about wanting to get their film distributed. Ms. Parks is clearly experienced in her field and provides the reader with information that is both practical and realistic; the book is easy-to-follow and enjoyable to read. [A] book that you will be able to use for many future projects."--MicroFilmmaker Magazine

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Would you like to know how to make a movie for a few hundred thousand dollars, recoup your investors' money, and start making profits for yourself? This comprehensive manual for filmmakers and producers dedicated to film distribution and the marketplace may mean the difference between getting your film out to the public and keeping it "in the can." Learn how to sell your movie to a studio, a cable network, a video distributor, or an international buyer. Stacey Parks has worked with dozens of hungry filmmakers to get their films a distribution deal and knows how frustrating the whole process can be. Let her tell you how you can take control of your filmmaking career and start getting your work seen by audiences with a few little-known distribution secrets. Wouldn't it be great to know... * What to look for when negotiating distribution contracts? * What services are out there that can help you reach buyers directly? * How other filmmakers did it, or what they wish they'd done differently? Bonus materials include: * Sales Projections per Territory: A breakdown of what kind of returns you can expect from the various distribution territories. *Distribution Resource Listings: A goldmine of information including personal recommendations on which agents offer the best services, plus tips on how best to approach them and present your product. *Anatomy of a Distribution Contract: Know exactly what you'll be asked to sign when you do a distribution deal. This report offer tips on what to watch out for and what to avoid. Don't get taken advantage of by unscrupulous distributors.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (April 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 024080922X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240809229
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,239,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Numerous contacts and "who is who" are also provided in the book.
Andy Michaelson
So much information is provided I suggest reading this book with your highlighter and post-it notes in hand.
D. A. Sebasstian
It is an excellent book which will help any filmmaker in their film distribution endeavors.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mike D on June 12, 2007
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If you've never had a movie distributed then this is a good starter book. It doesn't contain all that you'll need, but it will definitely get you thinking in the right direction. It's got a lot of info for a decent price.

However, if you've already had a flick distributed and are looking to get a better deal on your second flick, this probably isn't the book for you, as much of this is novice-only.

So for
Fledgeling filmmakers: 4 stars
Experienced: 2 stars

Also recommended: From Reel To Deal, the Dov S. S. Simens book, that has(besides some excellent filmmaking tips) plenty to say about getting distribution for your flick.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andy Michaelson on August 19, 2007
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I am an independent producer and i just sold my first film. I have read about 4 books on distribution, and this one was by far the most complete and logical. The `real life' case studies provided for me a world of inspiration. Without being bulky, the book focuses on what is essential and every piece of information has a real life application. So if you only have the time for one book on the subject, I think this should be the one.
Numerous contacts and "who is who" are also provided in the book.

Mitch Anderson
Producer - "TheWorldWithoutUS.com"
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. Russell on August 13, 2007
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I'm a story analyst for several studios and production companies here in Los Angeles, as well as a teacher at UCLA's Extension School of Entertainment. I also have a thriving consultant business for screenwriters and development executives in the entertainment business. Park's book is the only one I've ever read that actually describes the world of independent movies today -- not three years ago, or ten. This writer actually does what she writes about. This is a very very valuable thing in a business where many of the books are written by folks who's last experience getting a film made was 10 or 15 years ago. If you want to be smart in making your movie, you'll look at what gets bought and what doesn't. This book's the biggest help for that around. Sometimes the news is depressing -- but this writer offers solutions, not just problems. I was quite happy I bought this book. There isn't one in its class, on this subject, on the market.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Juana Olga Barrios on July 11, 2007
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The shelves are teeming with books on how to write your movie, how to make your movie, how to sell your movie, etc, so much of it subjective and predicated on wishful thinking in the end. With this book, Ms Parks has given fledgling filmmakers a pragmatic, insightful, easy to assimilate map on how to get our films out there! This is an excellent compass with all of the essentials clearly laid out to make the distribution of independent films a dream come true!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jack Gold on July 21, 2007
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Stacey Parks has worked in the distribution side of the industry for many years, and is still involved. The wealth of her experience does show in the detail of this book. It looks at distribution from all angles, citing many imformative case studies from individual filmmakers who have been there, done that, and experts alike. One essential inclusion is what a filmmaker can expect to make financially in sales to world territories, with percentages you can expect from deals. To a filmmaker the distribution process can seem darkly inpenetrable, this book throws an immense amount of light on the subject, demystifying the entire process. Without doubt this is the best book on the subject out there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Drosophila on April 30, 2008
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My hat goes off to Stacey Parks for writing this book. It's a great resource and a huge help to indepdendent filmmakers, whether you are in pre-production, production or post-production. The book is chock-full of helpful advice and useful weblinks. Some may find this book depressing, because it exposes the dark truth about getting film distribution (i.e. that it is very, very difficult because the independent film market has oversaturated with "product" ever since the advent of digital video democratized filmmaking in the late 1990s), but the bottom line is that Parks is only giving you a dose of much-needed reality. I found this to be a very pragmatic, practical book which tends to bring your feet back to earth after you've read Robert Rodriguez's "Rebel Without a Crew" and gone off on flights of fancy. The fact is, what happened to Rodriguez and "El Mariachi" back in the early 1990s simply doesn't happen any more, or if it does, it happens a lot less frequently than it used to. The law of supply and demand states that when something is in oversupply, demand plummets. In the early 1990s, when Rodriguez sold "El Mariachi", independent films were in short supply, which is why studios beat a path to his door to distribute it. Nowadays, anyone with a camcorder can make a movie, so distributors are swamped with "screener" DVDs from indie filmmakers. This book tells you how to stand out from the pack, what strategies to employ to make sure your film finds a distributor. Parks also give you some very helpful advice on how to self-distribute your film if you choose to go that way.

My only gripe with the book is Parks's insistence that your film have at least one "A-list" star. To me, this repeateded recommendation is a bit US-centric.
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