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<ol><li> 1. Jason Brubaker Filmmaker Checklist Filmmaking tools for serious filmmakers Filmmaker CheckList Take Action: Make Your Movie Now! By Jason Brubaker 2015 Brubaker Unlimited LLC - All rights reserved. No part of this book, including interior design, cover design, and icons may be reproduced or transmitted in any form, by any means (electronic, photocopying, recording or otherwise) without the prior written permission of the author, except for the inclusion of brief quotations in a review. Copyright 2015 Brubaker Unlimited LLC All Rights Reserved 1 </li><li> 2. Jason Brubaker Filmmaker Checklist Disclaimer This eBook is designed to provide information on modern filmmaking. It is sold with the understanding that the author or publisher is not providing tax, accounting, legal, investment, business or other professional advice. Filmmaking is risky. While the process of making movies can be fun, filmmaking can also be detrimental to your life, wellbeing and savings account. The information in this ebook is meant to supplement, not replace, proper filmmaking training. Like any business involving money, employees, personal and professional liability and emotions, Filmmaking poses inherent risks. Although the author and publisher have made every effort to ensure that the information in this book was correct at press time, the information contained herein is limited. This book is meant to provide a viewpoint on filmmaking and serve as a supplement to other texts and information on the subject. The purpose of this book is to educate and entertain. The author and publisher do not assume and hereby disclaim any liability to any party for any loss, damage, or disruption caused by errors or omissions, whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause. DISCLOSURE: Many of the companies, products and services mentioned in this book are affiliates of Brubaker Unlimited LLC. This means that the publisher gets paid to recommend various products and services. Your price will not be affected. But please conduct your own due-diligence prior to making ANY purchases both here and everywhere on earth. In fact, before you make any business or financial or life decision, you should speak with qualified tax, legal and business professionals. Copyright 2015 Brubaker Unlimited LLC All Rights Reserved 2 </li><li> 3. Jason Brubaker Filmmaker Checklist Introduction Hello Filmmaker - My name is Jason Brubaker. Since you're reading these words, odds are good you either heard of me through my popular filmmaking website, Filmmaking Stuff Or you have a friend who excitedly heard of me and then gave you this checklist. . . Before we get started, it's important that you know a little about me... And I promise to keep this part short. As a filmmaker, I'm currently living and working in Los Angeles. So far, I have made, marketed and sold a few feature films via popular Internet, video-on-demand platforms. Outside of making movies, I am very much focused on helping other filmmakers (people like you) make, market and sell movies more easily. This involves providing you with solid tactics on how to build buzz and how to create community around your movies. Additionally, I am a contributing author of The Independents Guide to Film Distributors, founder of Filmmaking Stuff, a professional resource for independent filmmakers, and my articles on movie marketing and distribution have been featured in Film Slate, The Independent and Movie Maker Magazine. Very recently I served as the manager of Film Acquisitions for Chill (which was funded in part by WME). And prior to that, I was the Director of Operations for the popular video on demand aggregator, Distribber. (And as a result, I have helped over one- hundred filmmakers get their movies distributed.) I share this because I think it is important to understand who you're talking to. And while I don't claim to have all the answers, some of what I'm about to share is going to provide new insight. The best way to utilize this guide is to take whatever tips work for you and ignore anything that doesn't. Copyright 2015 Brubaker Unlimited LLC All Rights Reserved 3 </li><li> 4. Jason Brubaker Filmmaker Checklist Getting Started As a filmmaker, making a movie is challenging. There are a lot of elements that must come together. Sometimes you work with good people and this comes easy. Sometimes there is so much to do, that you get overwhelmed. (Believe me, I've been there!) But don't worry. . . I put together this filmmaking checklist to help you. The following film production checklist will provide a brief overview of the independent filmmaking process. Keep in mind that this is only an overview. Seriously. . . Without actually grabbing a camera and working with people more experienced than you... All the resources in the world will do you no good. So here is our goal. Ready? After reading this guide, if you can grab at least one useful filmmaking tip from this checklist, then we can both be happy. That's it. Easy, right? I mentioned this earlier. And in full disclosure: Where it makes sense, I have included recommendations for related products and services. If you click the links and make a purchase, I may receive compensation. If referrals arent cool, ignore the links! As always, if you have questions about anything in this guide, please feel free to contact me. I would love to find out how these tips help you get closer to your filmmaking goals! Copyright 2015 Brubaker Unlimited LLC All Rights Reserved 4 </li><li> 5. Jason Brubaker Filmmaker Checklist Filmmaker Checklist In the following checklist, I broke the filmmaking process into 65 steps. Obviously some steps will be more challenging than other steps. But like I said, if you take time to study this guide, you might get a tip or two that can potentially make your life easier! 1. Before you get started, make sure you read and study everything you can about the filmmaking process. A good place to start is obviously the Filmmaking Stuff website. 2. A screenplay is the blueprint to your movie. Write or acquire a screenplay you want to produce. Make it something exciting! 3. Complete an initial breakdown of your movie. From there, schedule and budget the project. How much does it cost? Note: If you are unsure how to break down and schedule a movie, my affiliate partner Peter Marshall has an awesome Course at and if you are not yet ready to make a feature, why not start by making a short movie? Go to: 4. Write a business plan that details how your movie will be made, marketed and sold What is your budget? 5. Talk with a lawyer and other professionals to figure out your best funding strategy. Is it best if you utilize equity funding, crowdfunding and tax incentives to fund your movie? 6. Following laws and regulations, go after the money. This will require strategy, persistence, honesty and enthusiasm. 7. Finding, meeting and closing prospective investors on the merits of your movie will be one of the tougher parts of the process. Realize that every no gets you closer to yes. 8. Most investors will want to know how the money is going to be spent, what they can expect in return and how will you eventually get their money back. Filmmaking is a risky business, full of unknowns and you should ALWAYS disclose this. Copyright 2015 Brubaker Unlimited LLC All Rights Reserved 5 </li><li> 6. Jason Brubaker Filmmaker Checklist 9. Have a plan for the movie when it is complete. Will you take the festival route? Will you market it to colleges and universities? Will you send it directly to sales agents and acquisition pros? Note: While it's great to imagine that a movie distributor will hand you a million dollar check, this rarely happens. In fact, most movies end up in popular marketplaces like Amazon and iTunes. Visit: 10. After following these steps, you have been networking with prospective investors. The question is, were you able to get the money? If not, here are some (but not all) of your options. A. Choose a new movie project. B. Alter the screenplay to cut costs. 11. Get more favors and freebies. Seriously, write out a list of everything you can get for free, or at a discount. This includes props, wardrobe, locations, transportation and craft services! 12. Assuming you did get the money, pick a date for production. (And if you don't get the money, go back and repeat step one.) 13. Hire a lawyer to help you with contracts and releases. If youre short on cash, do a web search for lawyers for the arts in your area. These folks will usually help with minor legal stuff. 14. Before you have the money, many people will be working for little to no money. So expect a lot of nos before you find the people who can help you bring your vision to life. 15. You can make your life easier if you work with people who have production experience. If you are in a small market, reach out to people who spend their days producing corporate video. 16. Finalize your script. Get it to a point where you are no longer going to keep changing things. This is a locked script. 17. Number your scenes. Then once again, break down your script. This involves grabbing each element, location and character. From this information, create a final schedule. Copyright 2015 Brubaker Unlimited LLC All Rights Reserved 6 </li><li> 7. Jason Brubaker Filmmaker Checklist 18. From your schedule and breakdown, create a final budget. You probably know how much money you have to work with. If you find you dont have enough you have two choices: A. Get More Money! B. Modify the script and schedule. 19. Get your crew. Work with a seasoned Physical Producer AKA Line Producer AKA Unit Production Manager to help you get organized. These pros will look at your schedule and tweak it. 20. Additionally, if youre going to direct and product, having these pros around to help out will open the door to relationships with 1st Ads and crew. These folks will help you hire the right people. They will know a good payroll company. And many know a thing or two about tax credits in your state. 21. I know. Money is tight. So if you cannot hire a location scout, you may have to scout and procure locations yourself. This means you will knock on doors, introduce yourself, your project and your goals. The goal is to appear reasonable. 22. What can go wrong with a location probably will. So you will want to have a 2nd and 3rd location added to the mix. This way, should something happen, you will have a fall-back plan. 23. Assuming youre directing your own movie, you will want to find a director of photography who shares your sensibilities and has equal enthusiasm for the project. 24. Your DP will help you find an asthetic for your movie. Given your cost constraints, you will most likely shoot in HD. 25. Marketing: Create a website specific to your movie. Make sure you have a way to get site visitors on your mailing list. 26. Later as you get into production, you will be able to add a movie trailer. (The goal: increase your mailing list subscribers and create a website you can later modify into a sales funnel.) 27. If youve raised money, you can hire talented actors interested in your project. But in the event your budget is tight, try to cast people with large social media followings. Copyright 2015 Brubaker Unlimited LLC All Rights Reserved 7 </li><li> 8. Jason Brubaker Filmmaker Checklist 28. Once you have all of your actors, you will want to find a location for a table read. Go through the script. If you wrote it, now is a time to take some notes for a final tweak. Anything you change in the script also changes the budget and the schedule. 29. DO NOT skimp on food. You will want someone in charge of Craft Services. They should be good at going out and getting deals on food and catering. If you can not find anyone to do this for you, you'll have to do it yourself. Allow me to repeat. . . 30. Make sure you have adequate food. If you are doing a union shoot, there are guidelines and rules you must follow. If you are doing a non-union indie, then some advice is: GET QUALITY! 31. Do you have all of your permits, releases and agreements? Do you have production insurance? There are so many different types of insurance, it will make your head spin. Make sure you talk with some experienced insurance professionals to make sure you have adequate insurance for your movie! 32. Meet with your Camera Department and find out how much memory you'll need (assuming youre shooting in HD). If you're shooting film, which might be costly for your first feature you will want to have an idea of these needs too. 33. Try to take as many naps as you can. This is a fun, but stressful time. So sleep. Eat. And take time to exercise. 34. Once you have all the above stuff checked off the list, you will want to meet with your department heads and make sure everyone's needs are met. Assuming you've maintained limited locations, with a limited cast and crew, you will probably still be baffled by the amount of questions that come flying at you. 35. Seriously, you would think you're making a gazillion dollar movie. But this is indication people care about their work. They care about the movie. And they want to make it a success! 36. This goes without saying, but don't be a jerk. Seriously, never forget you are making a movie. Enjoy the experience. 37. Did I mention you need plenty of sleep? I am serious here. Making a movie is going to demand a TON of energy. You need to keep up with the physical and mental demands. Copyright 2015 Brubaker Unlimited LLC All Rights Reserved 8 </li><li> 9. Jason Brubaker Filmmaker Checklist 38. Commence production. Defer to your 1st AD and Line Producer to keep everything running on time and under budget. Keep your cool and always remember to have fun! 39. During production, try to constantly get press to profile your movie. It would be great to create buzz, get people to your website and get them to opt into your newsletter mailing list. 40. After the WRAP, have a wrap party. Don't sleep with your cast and crew, get overly drunk or make a fool of yourself! You are a professional. Act like one. 41. After you recover from your hangover (I just warned you), you will probably start editing the movie. I suggest sharing the edit suite with another set of eyes. And do be nice to your editor. Those professionals can offer valuable feedback. Listen to it! 42. Your first cut will be rough. Screen it with a group of people who have never seen the movie. Get feedback. 43. Take the feedback and refine your edit. After that, take a week off Do not look at the movie or mess around with it. This way, when you come back to the suite, refine and...</li></ol>