To apply for grants OR not to apply for grants? – that’s the question. In the previous Financing Part I episode Bill Plympton clearly stated he doesn’t apply for grants because they are too much hassle. He finances his films from the income his previous work generates. And commercials. But what if you make different kind of films – the ones that don’t win popularity contests (popular= money)? It doesn’t mean they are unnecessary, those films. Different sometimes is good, maybe as a test ground for new visual ideas, new ways of telling a story. It is not a sin to excite just 23 sophisticated minds instead of 23 000. What validates the existence of a film? Could it really be how much money it makes?
Some of my films would not come into existence without support of grants and donations. Here’s my somewhat incoherent thought process on financing films and on grants:
I know I didn’t cover all the ground. Please send me your questions on the subject and I’ll write explicit answers.