Financing Independent Films: Bill vs. Signe

Congratulations, you’ve got a great idea for a movie! now what?

In this world (not a bad one, when you look at it from a distance) nothing moves without money.

– But I don’t need money! – you say. – I’ll do everything myself.

Well, tell that to your landlord and the grocery guys.

Most people who claim they made a feature film for $20, 000 are not telling the whole story. Either they live with their parents, or they live under a bridge.

In a distant future (after the ice caps have melted and Amsterdam is under the sea, Amsterdam because that town is always ahead of the times just like New Amsterdam/New York) you wont need any money to make films – you just attach an iThinkMovieCapture machine to your head, think  intensely your film idea, scene by scene and voila – it’s recorded and ready to be shared with iWatchMovieYouThoughtOf device.

For now, money has a power of taking immaterial ideas and turning them into a solid matter. No way getting around money in 2012.

The budget for “Rocks In My Pockets” is a bit over $100 000. Most of that goes to pay rent. Good chunk of it goes to pay people who do things I have no talent to do – sound designer, composer, editor, colorists.

So, how do filmmakers cross pollinate their ideas with money? Where do we get it from?

Some people start with the concept of money – they decide they want to get rich with movies, so they sit down and come up with ideas that they think will bring them the $$$.

Some people wake up in the middle of night with palpitations – they just had the greatest idea for a movie and they have to make it or die.

I belong to the latter group – an idea hits me, plus a burning need  to communicate my story in a form of a film to an audience. The problem is that I have to find a way to finance it or it never leaves my head. Majority of filmmakers I know belong to this group, including The Bill Plympton.

In this video blog you’ll see Bill discussing his way of financing his films and I’ll talk about mine. Although we both make what you might call “cinéma d’auteur (we write, direct, design, produce and animate our films, they reflect our personal vision ) our views on financing are quite different. As are our capabilities to make money with them.

About rocksinmypocketsthemovie

I was born in Latvia, educated in Moscow, live in New York. I have made about 14 animated shorts so far.
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8 Responses to Financing Independent Films: Bill vs. Signe

  1. hoseingholi says:

    So, you didn’t say, how do “you” finance your film Signe?

  2. sapana says:

    Finance is very important to make a film, as you mentioned in heading Financing Independent Films but not disclosed how, so please do tell us how to do it. I also need finance to make a film. Lots of ideas are there but without finance cant do anything.

    • Well, in the video Bill Plympton was very specific where he gets his financing (from his previous films and commercial work), if you need to find out more how to make animated short films that bring money, get his book “How to Make Films that Sell Without Selling Out”. As to me, you’ll find out my ways of financing in the next week’s video. I am pretty specific about it, too.
      Financing is the hardest part of filmmaking, and there is no one or easy way to do it. Everybody has to find his/her own way.

  3. Dustingrella says:

    Thsnks Signe! Looking forward to part II

  4. …so you’re suggesting Bill should finance your films?
    I’m enjoying this.

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