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Filmmakers and Financing, 7th Edition by Louise Levison

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9 The Financial Plan: How It Works

It’s very important that every movie I do makes money, because I want the people that had the faith in me to get their money back.

—DIRECTOR QUENTIN TARANTINO

Shuffle a pack of playing cards. Now spread them out face down and pick one card. If it is the ace of spades, you win; if it is not, you lose. Your chances of getting the right card are 1 out of 52. These odds are better than the odds of finding independent money for your film. Do not be discouraged, though. Many filmmakers face these odds each year—and win.

Film is probably the worst investment anyone could ever make. It is considered risky and capricious. If risks were measured on a scale of 1 to 10, movies would rate a 15. One might as well go to ...

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