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Filmmakers and Financing, 7th Edition by Louise Levison

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12 Breaking the Rules: Documentary, Animation, and Large Format

The secret of breaking rules in a way that works is understanding what the rules are in the first place.

—MUSICIAN RICK WAKEMAN

Why are these Films Different?

I also could have said “All Roads Lead to Rome.” A lot of people like to say variations of “rules are made to be broken.” But I feel both convey the wrong message. The important message in this chapter is not that we should throw out all the rules but know when they need to be slightly bent to fit the situation. Not jut any road leads to Rome, but there is more than one.

The business plan outline does not change for documentary, animated, and large format (i.e., IMAX) films. You still have the same list: Executive Summary, ...

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