Making movies demands a lot of money, resources and influence, which is why independent filmmakers have traditionally turned to financial investors for help. However, this often leads to legal and logistical obstacles few are able to overcome.
That is why I have adopted a way to make movies without the legal and logistical obstacles associated with investment financing.
First, I find inspiration in resources I have access to. My ideas and scripts primarily utilize people, places, and things within my reach. I don’t know anyone in Miami, Florida, so why write a script that takes place there? But I do have a solid network of family and friends in Indiana, which is why my next film is set on an Indiana farm.
Even with family and friends helping out, there is no escaping the need for cash when making a film. But instead of dealing with investors, I my wife and I will be raising money through donations instead. My next film is fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts organization. This means that financial and tangible contributions made in support of my film will be eligible for a full tax-deduction. A donation-based approach is clean and simple, devoid of lengthy and expensive legal contracts and procedures. Better yet, instead of partnering with investors who primarily seek to profit from my film, I now have a network of donors who genuinely want to support me and my film.
So there you go. By basing my film on available resources and donations, there is a much greater chance of getting my film made. I admit that this method heavily limits what a filmmaker can create, i.e., it limits her vision; however, filmmaking is a creative venture, one that depends on imagination, which has no bounds, no matter how limited one’s money and resources!