Attention, Screenwriters: This Indie Film Producer Wants to Make Your Movie (If the Budget’s Right)It’s unusual for a producer to act in the movies he produces, but then again the transition of Adam Saunders from actor and theater company founder to producer isn’t typical either. As the CEO of Footprint Features, Saunders produced and acted in the company’s first two feature films: . READ MORE: Jesse Zwick Isn’t Sure How He Got Away With Making . After receiving a MFA from the Yale School of Drama and a certificate from the UCLA School of Film and Television, he served as co- founder and Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed theater company Footprint on the Sun, which served as the foundation for Footprint Features. But while he continues to act, producing is really his main focus.
Indiewire recently spoke to Saunders about being an indie film producer and what sort of projects he’s looking for. How many films are you looking to produce each year? So we did one last year, one this year. We’ve got another one that we’re starting production on in the fall and then we’ve just acquired the rights to another one. So we’re on track to do two next year. The game plan here is to continue to grow – two next year, then, the year after that, three.
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We want to get progressively bigger. But yeah, we’re moving into two to three films a year over the next couple of years.
Why focus specifically on the $5- to- 1. Is that a range that you think is just not being covered elsewhere? Well, first of all, the range that we’re in is under $1. That’s just our natural aesthetic. When I first got into producing, I was told that Jerry Bruckheimer says, . It’s an under- served part of the market. You’ve got the studios moving farther and father into these tent poles and you’ve got microbudget filmmakers making genre pictures under $1 .
And so we’re kind of in that middle space where a lot of great films are. Aside from just films that you’d like to see, can you say exactly what makes a Footprint Features project? The mandate is character- driven, accessible to the mainstream and under $1. We’re not really going to do action movies or horror movies or, you know, things like that, but if it’s a story about people and it’s a story that we feel we can do on a limited budget, then that’s sort our mandate. Are you actively looking for scripts and new talent? Yeah, all the time. We’ve got great relationships with, obviously, all the literary agents in town and with writers themselves, specifically building relationships with writers that we believe in.
We read samples from all mediums – TV writers as well. We meet to talk about putting movies together.
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We’re always putting together projects. We have a development team here and try to find things that fit our mandate. Do you accept unsolicited manuscripts? Yeah, we do. You can go to our website, which is footprintfeatures.
They have to sign a release and after that, they’ll send the script. So basically there’s just a little bit of pre- screening to make sure it’s something that fits our mandate and it’s a budget we can work in.
And then if that’s the case, we will. We read unsolicited stuff all the time. What would your advice be for screenwriters who are interested in having you make their film? When you’re writing the script, I think it’s important to think about whether it’s produceable – certainly, when you’re coming to a smaller company or a company that wants to make movies in this budget range. This is just going to be a nightmare. Don’t try to do a copycat of something that you saw.
A story you have to tell with a limited number of locations and a limited number of characters – I think if you can do those three things, you really help yourself making a produceable project. Following its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, Footprint’s . The film will receive a day- and- date release in theaters and on VOD on Friday, Aug.
Breakdown Of The Major Online Indie Film Distribution Platforms. Seeking out distribution can be a very scary task for independent filmmakers. The good news is that now there are more online distribution platforms than ever. For most indie films up until the last 5 years or so, the most realistic outcome would be for a straight to DVD release, with profits split with the distributor.
This type of distribution still exists, in some cases it could still be the best option for certain filmmakers, but personally I’m a lot more excited by the potential of self distribution as it puts the power back in the hands of the filmmaker. Last year, when I was looking for distribution for my first feature film . I had a number of offers on the table from distribution companies, but when I really broke down what they were offering, I realized I would be able to do just about everything that they were offering myself, and I could avoid paying them a 3. That said, I also came to terms with the fact that self distribution is a relatively new concept and there is a lot of terrain to navigate.
There are literally HUNDREDS of options out there, but below I’ve broken down a few of the major players that I would recommend looking into as a starting point. Keep in mind, if you find alternative options that seem to suit your needs better, than by all means go for it (and be sure to share them in the comments!) These film distribution platforms should give you a good baseline to draw comparisons from: Probably the largest and most prevalent distribution platform, i. Tunes can connect your film with an absolutely massive audience. Advantages of i. Tunes film distribution: For starters, your film will be available on the same platform as major motion pictures and that alone adds a sense of legitimacy to your project. If the same person came across a film on an industry standard platform like i. Tunes, they may be more likely to actually watch that film than if it was hosted on a platform that the person was not familiar with. For instance, in order to get your film on i.
Tunes you’ll need to go through an . The fee to do this can be fairly hefty (in the $1. It is also possible to submit your film to i.
Tunes yourself, but it is a fairly complex and difficult process which still may leave you rejected. If you do wind up on i.
Tunes, they will take 3. Bit. Torrent you ask? Believe it or not they are quickly becoming one of the best options for independent filmmakers that want to self distribute films after they released their new . Essentially a bundle is a downloadable package that you create which can include your film, trailer and any other materials you want to share. The bundle is hosted on Bit. Torrent and is accessible by their massive user base of approximately 1. For example, you might ask users to pay you $5 for the film.
Or you may want to give users the film for free if they first share a link to your film’s website. You might ask for a kickstarter donation or an e- mail address. The options are almost limitless. Personally speaking, I think their model is structured better than any other platform out there today as it gives the content creators the power of choosing how they want to benefit from their film. I also love the fact that it can deliver lighting fast download speeds as it is all peer to peer. While I will be releasing my film on multiple platforms, I chose Bit.
Torrent as a starting point as I really wanted to be a part of what they are doing. It’s one of the best options out there as it’s open to anyone and is directly accessible by the filmmaker.
Unlike i. Tunes where you need to go through an aggregator, Vimeo On Demand allows you to go straight to the source and really simplifies the process. Once your film is hosted with them, it’s also being seen by a growing number of users who are not only accessing Vimeo on their computers, but also through devices like their Apple TV’s. I. The other factor to consider is the cost involved which is about $2. All in all, Vimeo is offering a really nice alternative solution here. Like i. Tunes, Netflix offers one of the best platforms for getting your film seen by a massive amount of people. Their user base is huge and growing everyday, and with the new original content that they’re producing, it’s likely they will grow exponentially over the next few years. Also like i. Tunes, the most effective way of getting on Netflix is to go through an aggregator (like.
Typically they will offer an up front fee (let’s say $1. This isn’t bad if you have a no- budget film and just want to get it out there and get noticed, but if you are really trying to monetize your film there are better options out there. I’ve always really liked the way Amazon’s platform is set up. As a filmmaker, you can upload your film, DVD artwork and other materials to their service . You can instantaneously start selling DVD’s online while also streaming your film as you would on any other streaming site.
If a user wants to buy your DVD, they can order it off of Amazon like any other DVD, but you as the filmmaker aren’t responsible for actually producing the copies. It’s fully automated by Amazon. They print the DVDs, label them and ship them off themselves. The user can also download your film either as a rental or as a purchase (much like i. Tunes), which allows for a more flexible pricing structure.
There aren’t many downsides to this platform other than the fact that Amazon takes a larger percentage than most other online platforms (5. That said, the 5. DVD discs and cases. So, Which Option Is Best For Your Film? None of the above options are necessarily better than the other, they simply provide alternatives for different types of distribution strategies. If you have a no- budget film and your primary goal is exposure, you might be best off going through a service like Bit. Torrent or Vimeo On Demand where your costs are kept low and you have access to a large audience.
Conversely, if your budget is a bit healthier and you can afford to go through an aggregator, i. Tunes is a standardized platform that has the potential to get your film seen by the masses. Answering these questions will help you determine which path is best for you. We want to hear about. Share your thoughts in the comments below!