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Cassian Elwes and Producers Discuss Economics of Independent Film Financing

Kudos to my Twitter feed for brushing the dust off this nearly year old video of Cassian Elwes and other producers covering the basic economics of film financing. For every experiential tidbit acquired by aspiring filmmakers on sets, in the classroom, or at home, there is a disproportionate amount of information available on the first step towards making one’s film: securing the money, and making the most of it. Elwes touches upon pre-sales and credits, though the independent film industry standard for debut directors is proven to lie within private equity. In the informational short clip, the producers discuss why the economy doesn’t necessarily mean dire straights for financing, how returns are divided amongst investors and filmmakers, and why you shouldn’t necessarily be so generous with premiums.

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