Daniel Linck is principal of Pacific Horizon Entertainment and has produced (and sold) numerous television, video and lower budget theatrical works and documentaries. In this candid interview, Mr. Linck discusses the pitfalls and triumphs of independent feature production, managing distribution and sales and the shark infested waters of foreign film markets.
Motion pictures can be studio-financed or independently financed, and the difference between the two is budget, time and creative control. What are the trade-offs by making your movie before selling it to distribution? Who finances independent films and do they make a return on that investment? How do you take your finished movie to market and where are the buyers?
Excerpt from part 1 of "Independent production and Sales":
"And I went straight from that into my first independent feature job, which came along through a referral, actually. And I wound up being the producer of a film that was called DRIVEN, and it was a drama with an ensemble cast of veteran actors. And it was quite an experience, because we did soup to nuts on it. We did everything: from conceive what the script had to do, to raise money, to actually producing the film, to editing the film, all the post. And then we also put it in theaters ourselves. And we did all the ancillaries ourselves. So it was a total hands-on educational juggernaut to do that one film.
I actually went back to the private sector, so to speak, because I was exhausted after working on DRIVEN for four years. So I wound up at Sony Pictures, because I wanted to see how they placed films in theaters. And I was an account executive there for their western exhibition. And that was from Kansas City to Guam, so I saw what the nuts and bolts were for how a major studio worked."
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