Film is an artform. But it is also a business.
If you want to keep making your art, you have to treat it like a business (I am talking about the logistics of making film, I am NOT talking about the cinematic parts; please don't substitute artistic elements and creativity with financial ratios and marketing buzzwords).
Running a business well means asking the right questions. Here's an article meant for small to midsized business (which is what most film production companies are) about 5 questions they should ask regarding their intellectual property. Substitute "IP" or "intellectual property" or "copyright" with "film" or "pilot" or "media project" and it will make sense and be relevant to you.
Five IP Lessons for Small to Medium–sized Businesses
Originally published on 6/29/2016 by Joseph Walsh, Jr. | Harness, Dickey & Pierce, PLC
Intellectual property plays an increasingly significant role in the successful management of American and international businesses alike. I’ve set out below a few of the most important questions that you as a small to medium-sized business owner or manager should be asking as you map the intellectual property strategy for your company:For help with formulating a strategy that protects your film and makes it marketable for distribution, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 929.322.3546.
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