You MUST take the money now so that you can be paid later. You want to make sure you have done the most work you can and earn a living wage and not simply make the money to invest later. If you don’t get film deals, get into the freelancing/casting business (like I have been doing for 3 hours a day since 2011). I get around 50 contacts per day from this and I do a lot of work in film.
What are the pros and cons of getting started with film making in Toronto?
Well I can tell you, a year or so back I had my biggest project to date: The Dark Knight Rises (which I’m actually not allowed to show the entire film to anyone because the film is in the public domain and I have permission).
I did it for $400k at the end (and I have over 100 clients!). It was a huge leap for me and you’ll probably see all of those numbers in this post. But it’s a lot of work and is VERY expensive, so I had to do the whole project while I was working at a construction site. Then I had a really busy 12 hour day at my dad’s construction job and there was still a deadline to meet. The film was done in 6 weeks and it’s worth the time but I’m sure you could do it cheaper by going to the beach to shoot.
It was a very risky thing to do for sure but I really feel I learned some valuable lessons in the process. I learned how to do it right, which is the most important thing with film now.
How was that job?
I am now an independent filmmaker in the production and financing business working on a variety of projects including film and television. I do a lot of work for independent companies like Toronto Bluebird Pictures who are also producing films like the upcoming documentary The New Film Starred Producers. Also, I have been a producer on several films from major studios like Sony Pictures and Universal. I get paid based on the film and the fees I receive in return make their films bigger and better.
I’m also a student of documentary film making and have already produced two feature length documentaries in Toronto (about the history of the TTC) before I even started this business. (You can see some of my work on my website at www.gofundme.com/darkknightRises
If you’re in the city, I’d love to tell you about what
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