11 May 2010

Jon Reiss' TOTBO Tip of the Day 17 - Before Bringing On Principal Crew

by guest columnist Jon Reiss.  Follow him on Twitter.

If you have one or more sales representatives interested in your film, certainly talk to them.   But have your distribution and marketing strategy ready before even talking to sales reps, then present it to them to determine to see whether or not they feel that they can help implement that strategy.  This is so that you can put their recommendations into context for your film. Remember, your strategy will evolve, so at least have the first draft before you take these meetings. In general you should go to any meeting with the following:

    1. Knowing what you want from the meeting or person.
    2. Having researched the person you are meeting with so that you know what they want, or can provide for you.   
Leaving for the Amsterdam tomorrow.  Then to Cannes. Check out the TOTBO site for more information. Comment here or on my blog, or @Jon_Reiss on twitter, or on the TOTBO Facebook page. Check out the book and workshops here.    I look forward to hearing from you.
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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