Making a film: from idea to première
Whether you direct or produce a film. Whether you work in lighting, sound or editing. At every level you are in a business. Alone or with others, on a large scale or a small one, with borrowed money or your own, as an employee or working for yourself.
What begins with an inspired idea will only come to fruition if you have an enterprising mind. Creativity alone will get you nowhere. Your business abilities need to come up to a certain standard. Know what you want and be able to express it. Keep an eye on things, investigate the market, formulate your artistic and business goals. In other words, be enterprising.
In this section you will find information about the business aspects of your part in the production process. It is divided into a number of topics.
You could set up a business for yourself or your project. In fact, having a legally registered business entity is often a precondition if you want to qualify for financing. It can also limit your personal risk. In a business plan, you summarize all the steps in the production process.
Read more about the business plan
Think about your prospective audience and about how, when and to whom you are going to sell or rent your product. How do you present and promote your film to the industry and the public? Increase your chances of winning a contract or finding a good job in the film world. Know how to sell yourself.
Read more about marketing
Before starting out, draw up a schedule and work out what you need to complete your project. When do the most important decisions have to be taken? What facilities do you need to arrange? Do you have somewhere to work? Will you be staying in the Netherlands or going abroad?
Read more about project management
Knowledge, attitude and skills are decisive for a successful career. Whether you work for yourself or are employed by somebody else, presentation and job application, networking and bargaining are important skills in which you can train yourself.
Read more about skills
You need various sources of income in order to cover the costs of your film project. To access them, you have to compile budgets, choose financing arrangements and keep proper books.
Read more about money matters
Computers belong to the artists professional practice. For keeping your books, writing bills, for communicating and for publicity or promotion.
Read more about ict
Working abroad is an exciting undertaking. Before you go, you will have to arrange a lot of things such as work permits and financing.
Read more about working abroad