Making Movies Without Losing Money: Practical lessons in film finance, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Making Movies Without Losing Money

Practical lessons in film finance, 1st Edition

By Daniel Harlow


152 pages

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Hardback: 9780367369781
pub: 2020-03-02
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This book is about the practical realities of the film market today and how to go about making a film that is (almost) certain to make its investment back.

Featuring interviews with film industry veterans - sales agents, producers, distributors, directors, film investors, film authors and accountants - Daniel Harlow explores some of the biggest obstacles to making a commercially successful film and offers best practice advice on making a good film, that will also be a commercial success. The book explores key topics such as smart financing, casting to add value, understanding the film supply chain, the importance of genre, picking the right producer, negotiating pre-sales and much more. By learning how to break even, this book provides invaluable insight into the film industry that will help filmmakers build a real, continuing career.

A vital resource for filmmakers serious about sustaining a career in the 21st century film industry.

Table of Contents



Section 1 – One small problem

Section 2 – The Obstacles

Section 3 – How films make money

Section 4 - Making Profitable Films


Top Ten Lessons

Appendix A – Case Studies, Interviews and Producer Profiles

About the Author

Daniel Harlow is the creator of Project Lodestar, a UCLA Research Project designed to provide the indie film community with guidance on how to create a sustainable future for small films through financial profitability, and founder of Bunker 15 Films, a growing Technology-based Film Publicity company.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General