• Financing,  Funding

    Financing your project – Fiscal Sponsorship

    This is the first in a series about how to fund your feature, video, web series or short. Funding an independent project is always a challenge.  This time we will focus on fiscal sponsorship, how it works and how it might be the right fit for your project. What is fiscal sponsorship? A fiscal sponsorship is an arrangement in which a 501(c)(3) organization (the fiscal sponsor) offers its legal and tax-exempt status to another group for a project related to the mission of the nonprofit organization (thanks to the Cullinane Law Group for this concise definition). In the United States, nonprofit organizations must work under specific criteria (i.e. charitable, educational,…

  • Budgeting,  Distribution,  Financing,  Production

    What the hell do they do? Producers

    This is the first in a series of posts that will define and highlight different job positions in the film industry. We are starting this monthly series with the Producer job because a) it’s the focus of this whole website and b) it’s probably the job that the most people can’t really explain what the hell they do! The simple answer I often give is Producers make it all happen. Without a producer you really can’t get a project done. Have you ever tried to make a film without a producer? It doesn’t work. I guess I’m a little biased but I’ve watched directors try to direct and produce and…