Types of Film Production Companies

Film production companies can be structured in a number of ways, mostly determined by financial circumstances. Many startups can't subside on their in-house creative projects alone, at least in the beginning, and depend on offering script, production, and post-production services to commercial and corporate clients. Information on various business structures are described in chapter 3. Following is a synopsis of the most typical film production company types This is how many filmmakers begin,...

Company Distribution versus Self Distribution

Several filmmakers in this book self-distribute their projects, such as animator Bill Plympton and documentary maker Shuli Eshel. There are advantages and disadvantages to working with distributors, and every filmmaker should spend time exploring their options before making a distribution decision. You should never sign a deal without getting it checked, warns Kerry Rock of Potoroo Films. You can read something and have no idea what it really means, especially the first few times you look at a...

The Pros and Cons of Starting a Film Production Company

Making a film is probably the bravest thing you'll ever do in your life Kerry Rock, Potoroo Films, Sydney, Australia What storyteller hasn't imagined seeing her creative vision on the big screen The appeal of movie-making as a visual narrative form has been the ambition of millions, as an increasing number of film festivals around the world attest. Filmmakers are compelled, heart and soul, to share their unique stories in a way that parallels human experience, whether through drama, comedy,...