If you are the kind of person who has dreams of influencing Hollywood, but you don’t necessarily have the skills to direct or star in your own film, there is no reason to give up there. One way to get into the film business and to have a big impact is to begin investing in screenplay and film production, which is a great way to make management calls about staff, materials, and even marketing decisions without having to go through the regular channels. Of course, if you want to begin investing at the big level, you have to have a lot of money. If you’re not quite there yet, you can still become a big investor, but you might have to work your way up to the top. The good news is that this is very possible, and it also can be fun.
Your first step toward investing in screenplay and film production is to start small. There are many talented filmmakers around the country who need a little financial kick start to get their films off the ground. These filmmakers often start out by making short films and sending them to film festivals. If you don’t know any talented filmmakers personally, a good way to learn about what’s going on and who has the most talent is to attend these film festivals. Wait until you find a film that you not only like, but which shows a style and sensibility that you know has some market value. Other investors might care less about market value and might be more concerned with putting money into meaningful projects.
Finding willing filmmakers should be no problem at all. As a matter of fact, even the biggest directors and writers need people who are interested in investing in screenplay and film production in order to get their films out to the public. In most investment situations, you can only benefit from having an understanding of a particular market, field, or industry. If you are serious about investing in film, you should know a lot about movies, or a lot about movies in a genre or which appeal to a certain audience.
When you plan on investing in screenplay and film production, it’s important that you stay engaged and monitor production, but that you also don’t interfere with the artistic process. This is a difficult note to strike for many people. Investors tend either to give too much leeway and go far over budget, or they lay down too many restrictions, killing the project’s momentum.