23 April 2010

Jon Reiss' TOTBO Tip of the Day 5 - Budget for Distribution and Marketing

by guest columnist Jon Reiss.  Follow him on Twitter.



In order to successfully execute a marketing plan for your film, a budget must be developed in tandem with your production budget. This is not an optional expense to be decided at the end of post production. A marketing and distribution budget is a tool that balances what needs to be spent against what can be afforded, and helps make choices about which methods will be priorities and which ones cannot be implemented due to cost. A well analyzed, affordable budget will help to focus achievable marketing efforts without wasting time and money.  Doing this will also make it seem that you have a sense of how you are going to make your investors money back (and that you care).


Next weeks tips will give expand on this topic – to help you navigate this process.  
 
Named one of “10 Digital Directors to Watch” by Daily Variety, Jon Reiss is a critically acclaimed filmmaker who has produced and directed three feature films, most recently Bomb It (Tribeca 2007) about graffiti, street art and the battle over visual public space throughout the world. Jon is the author of Think Outside the Box Office: The Ultimate Guide to Film Distribution in the Digital Era. For more information go to http://jonreiss.com/blog  or follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Jon_Reiss.

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