by Rick Pamplin
In Hollywood, motion picture studios use development deals as a way of obtaining literary properties, creating screenplays, shopping them to talent (i.e. movie stars and directors), packaging and presenting a film to be "green lighted" for production.
When I sold film projects to Walt Disney Pictures, Warner Bros. and others, those projects were optioned with some money up front against a future larger sale price -- after the picture was packaged, financed and ready for production.
As a screenwriter, I found the Hollywood saying that "Writers create but don't control" to be a near absolute truth and frustrating. I became a director to protect my writing and, later, a producer to ensure that I couldn't be fired as director.
Actors and independent filmmakers eventually realized they could do development deals, too, as a way of keeping creative control. They functioned much like the studios in packaging their projects (often with agency participation) for funding.
Film financing is always difficult for independents and may take years, or even decades, to complete, but a well developed and packaged film project has the best shot at funding and, in turn, gives a solid foundation for a successful film.
A professional development package can save large amounts of time and money for both the filmmaker and potential investors. And the filmmaker maintains creative control, protects their literary property, artistic vision and integrity.
"The Blair Witch Project" Factor
PFC offers filmmakers and clients a chance to assemble a development package with "The Blair Witch Project" consultant who created the innovative business plan and projections for one of the most successful films ever made.
If you're an actor, writer, director or producer who wants to package your movie and find funding we can help -- with some proven, passionate professionals who know how to get your movie packaged, funded, shot and distributed.
Below is a brief overview and outline of the components we recommend and are essential for a successful Executive Summary. We can assemble one for you.
Executive Summary Outline
Do you want to write a screenplay, shoot a TV show, make a movie?
We have been helping artists and writers realize their dreams for well over three decades, first for 18 years in Hollywood, California, and then for another 20 years as independent award-winning filmmakers and consultants in Florida.
Our company founder, Rick Pamplin, and his LA-based partner have been involved in the development and sales of dozens of motion picture screenplays, treatments and ideas to Hollywood including sales to major motion picture studios.
PFC is a full service motion picture company that develops, produces and markets feature films, television projects and documentaries -- and also offers extensive experience, resources and services to other filmmakers and consulting clients.
We have been involved in the development, production and marketing of numerous independent feature films, including "The Blair Witch Project," best-selling books, award-winning documentaries, highly rated TV specials, series and commercials.
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