Film & Television Development, Production and Distribution
Business Plans are a necessary component of every successful film's development.
The movie industry is often referred to as the Entertainment "Industry," or the Movie "Business." The terms remind us that unless a film makes money, there will be no next film. For this reason, this detailed document, that lays out the life cycle of a film, is not called a Film Production Plan but a Business Plan.
We always write business plans. For documentary clients they usually take the form of a proposal that covers everything from the creative treatment (and perhaps a completed script), to the production schedule, cast and crew attached, the budget, and a distribution plan.
Business plans for feature motion pictures, however, often require a budget equal to that of a small documentary. We've written a few. They need to make the case for profitability, and thus must detail:
State of the Industry: Ticket Sales Trends
State of the Industry: Home DVD and VOD Sales Trends
Release Schedule in Months
Comparable Films Financial Performance Summaries
Production Budget: Four Alternatives
Return On Investment: Three Performance Scenarios
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