The Filmmaking Stuff Podcast

Filmmaking Stuff provides tactics for film producing, film funding, and film distribution.

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Welcome to another action-packed episode of the Filmmaking Stuff podcast with Tom Malloy! In this episode, we delve into the critical elements of a successful film rollout strategy.Discover the importance of timing, sequencing, and coordinated marketing efforts to ensure your film reaches its maximum potential. Learn the intricacies of transitioning from transactional video on demand (TVOD) to subscription-based (SVOD) and ad-based video on demand (AVOD), and why breaking these windows can be detrimental.Tom shares valuable insights on how to effectively market your film at each stage, leveraging social media, influencers, and partnerships with sales agents or distributors. Tune in to understand how a well-planned rollout can sustain your film's momentum and success over time.Don't miss out on these essential tips and tactics for filmmakers. Subscribe now for more inspiring stories and practical advice. Take action and make your movie now!

Wednesday Jul 10, 2024

Are you struggling to budget your indie film? Many filmmakers find it hard to create and stick to a budget. A common mistake is underestimating costs and running out of money mid-production.
In this episode, we dive deep into the essentials of film budgeting. Learn how to categorize your line items into flexible and fixed costs, negotiate better rates, and use contingency funds wisely. Discover strategies to handle unexpected expenses and the importance of clear communication with investors. Tom Malloy shares practical advice from his experience, including insights from his course, Backyard Blockbuster Blueprint.
Whether you're a seasoned filmmaker or just starting, this episode offers valuable tips to help you make the best movie possible within your budget.
Don't forget to subscribe for more tips, tactics, and inspiring stories. Until next time, take action and make your movie now.

Wednesday Jul 03, 2024

Struggling to get investors interested in your film? Many filmmakers find it hard to pitch their own projects. Welcome to another action-packed episode of the Filmmaking Stuff podcast with Tom Malloy. In this episode, we dive deep into the essentials of pitching your movie effectively.
Tom shares his insights from years of experience in the industry, teaching pitching classes, and listening to hundreds of pitches. Learn why a concise, two-minute pitch is crucial and how to focus on the hooks that make your project stand out.
Discover the importance of highlighting the key elements of your film, from the story's unique aspects to technical details and value points. Understand how to practice and refine your pitch continuously, ensuring it captures the attention of potential investors.
Don't miss these invaluable tips and tactics to help you take action and make your movie now. Subscribe for more inspiring stories and expert advice from Tom Malloy and the Filmmaking Stuff podcast.

Wednesday Jun 26, 2024

Welcome to another action-packed episode of the Filmmaking Stuff podcast, hosted by Tom Malloy. In this episode, we delve into the intricacies of how film distributors and sales agents generate revenue through sales fees, licensing deals, and revenue sharing. Understanding these mechanisms can empower filmmakers to negotiate better deals and appreciate the value these professionals bring to the table.
Tom explains the hybrid nature of modern sales agents and distributors, using his own company, Glasshouse Distribution, as an example. He discusses the differences between international buyout deals and U.S. distribution, highlighting the typical revenue splits and the importance of scrutinizing expenses. Tom emphasizes the need for transparency in costs and warns against hidden fees that can eat into a film's revenue.
He underscores the importance of making a film stand out in a challenging market and explores the limitations of self-distribution compared to professional distribution networks.
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Wednesday Jun 19, 2024

Hey, filmmakers, want to catch the eye of top distributors? Let's make it happen. Hello, I'm Tom Malloy. Welcome to another action-packed episode of the Filmmaking Stuff podcast, where we share tips and tactics so you can take action and make your movie now.
In this episode, I discuss strategies to get your film noticed by top distributors. It's not just about finding distributors; it's about creating a strong online presence and leveraging film festivals to generate interest. Learn why having an early buzz, press releases, and a fan base can make a significant difference.
Discover how genre film festivals like Fantasia and Sitges, or major festivals like Sundance, can give your film the seal of approval it needs. Understand the importance of marketing your film before approaching distributors, and why a compelling online presence is irresistible to them.
Ready to make your film irresistible to distributors? Click the link for more info. And follow me if you want to produce movies!
#FilmDistributors, #Filmmaking, #FilmMarketing, #IndieFilm, #MoviePitch

Wednesday Jun 12, 2024

Welcome to another action-packed episode of the Filmmaking Stuff podcast, hosted by Tom Malloy. In this episode, we dive deep into the crucial task of building a strong crew for your indie film.
Many filmmakers struggle with assembling the right team, often making snap decisions that can lead to costly mistakes. Tom shares insightful tips on how to be discerning when choosing key crew members, such as the director of photography, line producer, and sound recordist. He emphasizes the importance of defining roles and responsibilities clearly to avoid potential pitfalls.
Learn from real-life experiences and discover how one wrong hire can impact your entire film production. Tom also discusses the value of having a trusted list of reliable crew members and the significance of local connections in the filmmaking industry.
Don't miss this episode if you want to ensure your film is produced to the highest standard possible. Subscribe now for more tips, tactics, and inspiring stories. Take action and make your movie now!Click the link for more info and follow me if you want to produce movies:
#FilmTeam, #IndieFilm, #FilmmakingTips, #TeamBuilding, #TomMalloy

Wednesday Jun 05, 2024

Welcome to the Filmmaking Stuff podcast with Tom Malloy! In this action-packed episode, we dive into the highlights and insights from the 2024 Cannes Film Festival and the concurrent Marché du Film, the world's largest film market.
Tom shares his firsthand experiences and key takeaways, including the significance of Cannes as the second most covered event globally, the challenges faced with security and organization, and the evolving preferences of film buyers. Discover why action, thriller, and family films are in demand, and learn about the growing opportunities in co-production markets, especially with new UK tax credits.
Tom emphasizes the importance of attending film markets like Cannes, EFM, and AFM for networking, gaining industry knowledge, and advancing your filmmaking career. Tune in for invaluable advice on how to make the most of these events, even if your film is still in the planning stages.
Don't miss this episode filled with practical tips and inspiring stories to help you take action and make your movie now. Subscribe for more insights from the Filmmaking Stuff podcast!

Wednesday May 29, 2024

Welcome to another exciting episode of the Filmmaking Stuff podcast with your host Tom Malloy. This episode reveals a valuable secret to secure your film's funding before you hit the production phase. This episode addresses a significant issue that frustrates many filmmakers - how to find initial funding for their projects. Find out why you should never rush into raising the full production budget without first securing your development fund.Discover what development financing means and how it can change your movie-making journey. With real-life examples, learn how a development budget, no matter how small, plays a crucial role in realizing successful films – even with big-budget ones. The episode breaks down the components of the development budget, including producer fees, legal paperwork, LLC setup, and more, explaining why each is a vital part of your pre-production process.Get expert insights on how hiring a casting director can take your project to the next level. Plus, find out how the extensive casting lists provided by professional casting directors can narrow down the most suitable and available actors for your indie or studio film.This episode also covers the importance of using development funding to attend film markets and how these events can enable you to pick up a sales agent or distributor. Learn how to engage initial interest in your project, showing potential partners who you are aiming to attach to your project as a significant step in securing film finance.Understand the intricacies of development financing, and how the calculated risk entailed makes it a much safer form of investment. Explore why the journey to making a $3 million film starts with a much less daunting $50,000 in development funds. Whether your first investor opts for a simple payback once the film's fully financed or desires an along-for-the-ride experience with an executive producer credit, development financing covers all bases.Tune into the Filmmaking Stuff podcast with Tom Malloy for more exceptional tips, tactics, and inspiring stories. Let your film creation journey begin today.

Wednesday May 22, 2024

Welcome to the Filmmaking Stuff podcast with Tom Malloy, an action-packed podcast where we share filmmaking tips and strategies! In a fast-paced digital age where traditional release windows are now complex due to the rise of VOD (Video on Demand) platforms, filmmakers need a robust strategy to maximize their movie's revenue. Dive in as we decode various VOD platforms and the significant role they play in a movie's distribution strategy.In this episode, we explore the concept of 'windowing', a release schedule one must follow. Violating this pattern can negatively affect the potential for monetizing your movie. We delve into the intricacies of these windows and why it's crucial not to "break" them. For instance, if you release on Transactional Video on Demand (TVOD) such as Fandango or Apple TV first and then aim to release it in theaters, it's not going to work. Once a window is opened, you cannot retreat.We demystify the three types of VOD - TVOD, SVOD (Subscription-based VOD - e.g., Netflix), and AVOD (Ad-based VOD - e.g., Youtube). Each type serves a different function and can impact your movie's distribution and profits differently.We also share insights on the possible mistakes filmmakers make when releasing films on these platforms, emphasizing the need for sequential release (windowing) rather than simultaneous release across all platforms (shotgunning). By following a targeted windowed release pattern, filmmakers have the potential to maximize revenue on every platform.Whether you're working with a sales agent, distributor, or self-distributing, understanding these release patterns is paramount to your film's profitability. So set on a journey with us as we navigate the complex world of VOD distribution in the Filmmaking Stuff podcast. Don't forget to subscribe for interesting stories, tips, and tactics that will help push your filmmaking boundaries!

Wednesday May 15, 2024

Welcome to another episode of the Filmmaking Stuff podcast, with your host, Tom Malloy. In this action-packed episode, Tom shares the three most common movie pitch mistakes that could ruin your chances of securing funds for your project. He emphasizes the critical importance of pitching to investors and provides actionable tactics to avoid potential pitfalls.Tom shares his experiences from hundreds of pitch meetings, highlighting the importance of knowing your investor, preparing your project, and maintaining high energy throughout the pitch. Providing practical examples, Tom discusses the challenge filmmakers face when they're unaware of their investors' interests and preferences, or when they pitch an unprepared project.Tom lays bare the often-overlooked importance of energy levels during the movie pitch process. He explains why a low-energy pitch can kill the deal, even with a solid project. He discusses the crucial importance of maintaining enthusiasm and passion during your pitch so that the investor feels your excitement and shares in your vision.Tom encourages you to master the art of pitching, as this can secure the funding your film deserves. Remember to check out the Filmmaking Stuff podcast for more tips, tactics, and inspiring stories in your filmmaking journey.

Wednesday May 08, 2024

In this empowering episode of the Filmmaking Stuff podcast, seasoned filmmaker Tom Malloy shares his experience over two decades ago when his script was held hostage by an unscrupulous producer. He details the deception, the broken promises, and the eventual tough decision that saw him take control of his script and destiny.
Tom opens up about his early days as a young actor and budding filmmaker, falling prey to a manipulative producer who was all promises but short on action. This producer quickly became the executor of his script's fate, wreathing himself around it like it was his own. He had control over casting, execution, and even production. But the saga ended in deceit, leaving Tom with precious lessons on contracts and undermining his creative vision.
The heart of the story is Tom's shift in mindset. In the face of disappointment, he found resilience, picking himself up and reorienting his focus towards achieving his dream. He shares the liberating moment when he reclaimed his intellectual property, released his grip on lost opportunities and walked away from false alliances.
Tom, now an emblem of DIY filmmaking in Hollywood, tells how he channeled his painful experiences into a horror film script titled "The Attic", which later featured big-name stars. His journey underscores the importance of staying true to oneself and understanding that all one needs to kickstart an ambitious project is a determined mindset and one's existing resources.The episode is an encouraging cheer to filmmakers dealing with setbacks and a testament to how setbacks can reposition one's trajectory upward.
This episode is a must-listen for filmmakers at any stage, especially those who've given control of their film to a producer. Also for those looking to get started, this episode provides a reservoir of motivation to overcome fears and self-doubt. It compellingly shows that no budget or famous cast is required to kickstart one's filmmaking journey.
So why not pull up a chair, listen in and get ignited for your next filmmaking adventure? Happy listening!

Wednesday May 01, 2024

In this episode of the Filmmaking Stuff podcast, host Tom Malloy explains the often misunderstood process of screenwriting. Dispelling the myth that a screenplay is ready after the first draft, Malloy tells new screenwriters that industry executives demand polished scripts reflecting professional standards. The first completion of your screenplay is just the rough 'garbage' draft. Now comes the hard work of rewriting and polishing it.
Malloy compares screenwriting to sculpturing. The first draft is just a big rock. Your task then is to shape this into a recognizable form in the rewrite, and then go back a third time to add defining details in the polishing phase. These make up the real first draft. An understanding of this process is paramount for all screenwriters, even the most celebrated and successful ones. They do not simply type 'The End' and then send off their work. They rewrite and polish.
Beware of the danger of sharing your 'garbage' draft with others. You only get one chance to impress; people are generally unwilling to dedicate extra time to reread your script. Your polished screenplay is what opens doors in Hollywood. So, make sure your first read counts.
For more tips on transforming your initial draft into a market-ready script, follow the Filmmaking Stuff podcast. And remember, the journey to creating a great screenplay requires grit, patience, and continuous honing of your craft. Give every read your best shot!
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Wednesday May 01, 2024

Join host Tom Malloy in this episode of the "Filmmaking Stuff" podcast for essential tips on how to get your film featured in top industry trade publications like Variety, Hollywood Reporter, and Deadline. Discover the power of press releases, the importance of timing, and how knowing the right people can make all the difference.
Whether you're an independent filmmaker or an industry veteran, learn how to boost your career by making sure the right people see your work.
Don't miss out on practical advice for getting your film the attention it deserves in the competitive world of cinema. Subscribe for more insights and take the steps to make your movie now!

Wednesday Apr 24, 2024

Tune into the latest episode of the "Filmmaking Stuff" podcast with host Tom Malloy as we dive into the tricky waters of following trends in the film industry.
Discover why trying to jump on the latest movie trend might not be the best strategy and how timing is everything. Learn from stories shared by industry veterans about the highs and lows of chasing the next big thing and why sometimes, creating your own unique path could lead to greater success.
Whether you're an aspiring filmmaker or a seasoned professional, this episode offers valuable insights on staying ahead in the fast-paced world of cinema. Don't forget to subscribe for more tips and stories to inspire your next film project.

Wednesday Apr 10, 2024

Welcome to another exciting episode of Filmmaking Stuff podcast. In this episode, we are delving into the world of creating brilliant micro-budget films. Our host, Tom Malloy, shares insights on how can you make your movie stand out, even with a limited budget. Citing examples from successful low-budget films like 'Blair Witch Project' and 'Paranormal Activity', Malloy discusses the importance of bringing a unique perspective to your movie.
He emphasizes the opportunity to experiment and innovate when working with a micro-budget, highlighting a recently made film 'Skinnamarink' as an example of uniqueness in storytelling. Consequently, this uniqueness can happen when filmmakers take familiar concepts and tweak them a little, creating something entirely special and distinct.
Moreover, Malloy asserts that filmmaking should never compromise on quality, regardless of budget constraints. Relating his personal experiences on co-financing three micro-budget movies, he encourages the dedication to improve the script and tell a good story from the ground up.
In addition to this, he introduces his video series 'The Backyard Blockbuster Blueprint', which provides tips on making a low-budget film look like it costs much more than it actually does. He addresses common misconceptions regarding micro-budget films, reaffirming their potential to be full-fledged feature films, rather than just minimalist productions.
He concludes the podcast episode with a call-to-action to all filmmakers: focus on creating movies you're proud of, irrespective of the budget size. That, according to him, is the true formula for making a micro-budget film that truly shines.
📌 Check Out the "Backyard Blockbuster Blueprint" Series:

Can You Profit from Short Films?

Wednesday Apr 03, 2024

Wednesday Apr 03, 2024

In this episode of the Filmmaking Stuff podcast, host Tom Malloy discusses the potential market and the inherent value of producing short films. Tom explains that the value of short films isn't necessarily about profit. Instead, short films present an opportunity to gain experience and create a 'calling card' as a filmmaker.
Aspiring directors should approach their short films like a test run or a teaser of their intended feature films. The genre should reflect that of the intended feature film, allowing audiences to gauge the director's aptitude in a specific area. However, Tom warns against investing heavily in these mediums, suggesting that such funds could be better invested in a feature film.
Moreover, Tom shares key marketing strategies for short films, like leveraging film festivals and using popular platforms like YouTube. He also highlights the benefits of presenting a consistent genre throughout, thus helping potential investors visualize the intended feature film. Despite limited income avenues, the true profit of short films lies in kickstarting and enriching one's filmmaking career.
He concludes that filmmakers should graduate from short films and aims at producing feature films, where more sustainable profit lies. A short film, therefore, serves as a stepping stone towards that goal, and its fundraising should resonate with this objective. Tune into this episode of the Filmmaking Stuff podcast to gain insightful filmmaking knowledge and strategies from seasoned professional, Tom Malloy.
Key Highlights:
The Real Purpose of Short Films: Gain insights into why making short films should focus on creative expression and career advancement rather than profit.
Budgeting Wisely: Learn why investing $50,000 to $150,000 in a short film might not be the best approach and discover alternative strategies.
Genre Consistency: Understand the importance of aligning your short film's genre with your future projects to build a cohesive portfolio.
Leveraging Short Films: Find out how short films can serve as a director's calling card, increase your chances of entering major film festivals, and attract potential investors and producers for your next project.
📌 Check Out the "Backyard Blockbuster Blueprint" Series:

Crafting Your Personal Film

Wednesday Mar 20, 2024

Wednesday Mar 20, 2024

Every filmmaker has a unique story to tell. If you're wondering how to bring your vision to the screen, this episode is for you.
We'll guide you through the process, from initial concept to final cut, ensuring you have the tools and knowledge to create a film that truly resonates.

Wednesday Mar 13, 2024

So you want to make money in movies?
It's not just about the glitz and glamour. In this episode, we dive into the nitty-gritty of turning your passion for film into a profitable venture. 

Wednesday Mar 06, 2024

Do NOT send out your screenplay with grammatical mistakes!  It signals to the reader that you’re an amateur and you haven’t put the effort into your writing. 

Wednesday Feb 28, 2024

Dive deep into the heart of cinema with "Behind the Screens: Unveiling EFM 2024," your essential podcast episode for exclusive insights and highlights from the European Film Market in Berlin. This episode brings you closer to the pulse of the film industry, providing a comprehensive recap of the most prestigious marketplace for movie rights, production, and distribution. We transport listeners directly to the bustling halls of the Berlinale, offering a front-row seat to the latest trends, groundbreaking deals, and emerging talents shaping the future of film.

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