Thirty years ago Carole Dean took a $20 bill and turned it into a $50 million a year industry when she created the "short end" film industry in Hollywood which she ran for 33 years. Carole produced over 100 television programs, including the popular cable programs, HealthStyles and Filmmakers.
She created the Roy W. Dean Grants in honor of her late father. To date Carole's grant and mentorship programs have provided filmmakers with millions of dollars in goods and services and have played an instrumental role in establishing the careers of some of the industry's most promising filmmakers.
I bought this book eager to learn some of the "alternative" financing concepts based on the glowing reviews. I'm about to mount a low budget feature, and I thought the book might provide good info on investment schemes and methods of raising money and other non-monetary support for a fictional project. However, this book is aimed at the non-profit and/or documentary filmmaker with only cursory references to fictional feature (or short) projects. I really learned nothing new from this title and I feel the description here is misleading. I suggest those of you looking for insight on funding for-profit films look elsewhere. If you are wanting to shoot a documentary then this book could be very helpful. My two cents worth.
I have been banging into Hollywood's door for many years, trying to find the key to get in. I realized that of all the aspects of film production there are only two that carry the most weight in the show business arena. Financing and distribution are what makes it all happen. Without those two, nothing else is that important. Even the great script can never be made without financing and distribution. I have studied and went to every workshop and class on film making. The joy came when I saw Carol Dean's book, "The Art of Film Funding" Alternative Financing Concepts. I knew this was a book that I had to have. There are topics such as "Loading the Bases", and chapter's 7 thru 14 were with other authors and some attorneys giving their expertise in chapters such as, "Building the Foundation for Fundraising Trailers", and "Product Placement and Branding" etc. This book by Carol Dean has jump started my desire to keep pursuing my dream of making my own film. We try in this world of ours to find some kind of success and peace of mind: I have found peace of mind in this book, now I am pursuing realistic goals, success. I have no doubt this book will help in my dreams and success. Thank you, Miss Dean........
There are some book out that never give what they promise, and there are some that give you more that what you expected to get. This book is definitely the latter. This book has so much information. It is often times hard to know where to start and this book gives you the tools to find money for your film. What I liked a lot were the two website databases to find grant money. The appendix has a list of funders, databases, organizations, and more. It doesn't just show you how to write proposals to get money, but a starting place in who to send your proposals to and how to get their attention. This book is worth the money and time. I would also recommend Bankroll by Tom Malloy. These two books will give you the tools to start funding a film today.
I reviewed this book on my Youtube show "Action Filmmaking". The title of this book tells the whole story. Many of us seek out funding for our films, but we really don't know how to go about doing it aside from asking family and friends. This book exposes the reader to various ways of getting support via grants, corporations and other opportunities.
One of the great things about this book is that it comes from the point of view of people who are in the industry and have financed and completed projects, so the information is not just theoretical. There's interviews from people who've gone through the various ins and outs of trying to get money for their films and it goes into great detail about how they succeeded through alternative funding. "Alternative Funding" is simply what you have to do when you don't have investors or Hollywood greenlighting you and you have to come up with the funds for yourself.
The book gives great advice on how to approach people and ask for money and other things you may need and want to help with you film. I find that one thing people are afraid to do is ask and this book fully explains methodologies that are very realistic. But it also explains how much you will have to invest in time and effort. This book may not for someone quickly trying to slap their latest backyard epic together on a shoestring budget, this is for someone truly involved in the process who will not "expect" results, but "make" results.
My only issue with the book is it's heavily slanted toward documentary filmmaking, but a smart filmmaker will know how to parlay the information within into something worthwhile. This book is all about thinking outside the box.
As a first-time filmmaker, I have found Carole Lee Dean's book to be invaluable. It is filled with practical ideas and the interviews are great! She knows how difficult it is to survive in the indie world, but if you follow her advice, you can make it happen. No matter where you are in the funding process - buy this book today! All it takes is just one of her great ideas to work for you and the book will pay for itself.
This book was very informative and very helpful. The author speaks from the perspective of an actual financier which gives great insight to those of us who were wondering how to effectively ask for film funding. My only complaint about the book are the references to funders she provides. This list consists of grants and while it is exhaustive I wish it would have included venture capitalists as well. Other than that this is a great book and well worth the purchase price.