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Filmmakers and Financing, 7th Edition by Louise Levison

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3 The Film: The Investor Needs the Whole Story

Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?

—HARRY M. WARNER, WARNER BROS., 1927

Project Scope

The focus of this chapter is narrative theatrical films. while the industry is going through many technological changes, who knew a silent film could return and make money? whether you are making one film or a slate of films, this chapter looks at what needs to be addressed in terms of the film’s synopsis and its attachments. it demonstrates how to describe them and explains not only the amount of information that you need to include, but also what you should leave out.

As of this edition, discussion of feature documentaries, animated films, and large format (IMAX and other giant screen films) has been moved ...

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