Film Courage: When a filmmaker is making their movie, what should they keep in mind while making it and making sure they get a distribution deal? Are there things that they should target making the film, changing certain scenes that they know distributors are going to want? Let’s suppose they have their goldmine genre, they realize what they’re making and who that audience might be, but in terms of securing a distribution deal, are there certain things they should be aware of in making the film?
Scott Kirkpatrick, Author: There are. A lot of them aren’t the obvious things in the sense of filmmakers for the most part tend to focus on the movie, the movie, the movie. And some of them (the more astute ones) will definitely put some time into trying to find a name talent to put into the film.
But there’s a lot of paperwork and a lot of other details that go into the delivery process of getting a movie to a distributor that become very important.
Having all your agreements in place with your talent, having all locations cleared, having you know copyrights to everything but also having things like music, cue sheets, transcripts, there’s a lot of these fine details that are in what is called material delivery lists, which are basically when you sign your movie over, all the stuff you have to give to the distributors so they can…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
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About Scott Kirkpatrick:
Scott is the author of the book Writing for the Green Light: How to Make Your Script the One Hollywood Notices and is the Senior Vice President of North & South American business development, sales and global digital strategy for the London-based distributor DRG. Previously, Kirkpatrick served as Executive Director of Distribution for MarVista Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based production and distribution company that produces original TV movies and has managed international TV deals on major franchises including Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Before shifting to the distribution side of the industry, Kirkpatrick worked behind the scenes on major studio productions, including Talladega Nights: The Balled of Ricky Bobby. Kirkpatrick has also produced and directed TV series and feature films including Eye for an Eye, Muslims in America and Roadside Massacre.
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