Chapter 13Independent Film Development, Financing, Contracts and Distribution


Though we have already discussed film financing, film contracts and film distribution, it’s worthwhile discussing these topics in the context of independent filmmaking. Because independent films are usually developed in a different manner from studio films, we’ll discuss this subject as well.


In Chapter 9 we discussed the development process. For those who want to make independent films, the beginning of development is comparatively easy—you do it yourself.

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