The Business of Film, Las Cruces New Mexico Study Group

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226 S Alameda Blvd

Las Cruces, NM 88005

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Why join the course?

Making a film is a creative exploit, but just like any other business, the aim is also to make money.

The Business of Film has been created by The Open University, in association with Pinewood Studios – the leading provider of studio services to the global screen-based industries. The studios are where Star Wars: Episode VII – the Force Awakens and the 24th James Bond film Spectre were recently filmed.

Using the value chain concept and important independent film case studies, the course provides a practical and in-depth exploration of the key business decisions.

Why do films fail? Why are intellectual property and copyright important? Why do films get public funding? What is the relationship between marketing, box office returns and overall film success?

As well as providing step-by-step guidance on the main processes, this course will also discuss these fascinating questions.

Join us to gain an understanding of the questions you should be asking and the relationships you need to build to ensure the smooth running of your production.

What will you achieve?

  • Demonstrate and understand the contribution of film to the economy and how this business model is changing in the digital era.
  • Apply and understand the processes in selecting and selling a film idea within the changing concept of ownership in a digital world.
  • Apply and understanding the impact emerging versus traditional platforms has on the distribution and marketing of film.
  • Demonstrate and understanding how films are financed and the opportunities emerging investment platforms has on film finance.
  • Assess and understand the function and components of film making.
  • Identify and understanding the impact of future trends and change on the film industry and its stakeholders

This EventBrite event is for a local study group in Las Cruces, New Mexico. All participants must adhere to a professional code of conduct and behavior. No smoking is allowed in the building and no food or drinks (except bottled water) is allowed in the Training Room. The seating is limited to six in oder to increase success of each participant. A reservation is required to attend this event. The dress code is business casual, no shorts and t-shirts please.

Explore the intriguing world of film production and find out about the complexities of development, distribution and finance. This course is aimed at those who already have a basic understanding of film production. Please bring a pen and notebook. This study group is for people 18 and older.

At the end of seven weeks each participant will have a better understanding of the film industry. The study group will also cover material not included with the free on-line course. The study group attendees will nail down a logline, draft a business plan for their own project, press releases, risk mitigation plans, understand available resources, distribution strategies, marketing plans, finance strategies and deliverable schedules for New Mexico Independent Filmmakers. The people who can benefit most from participating in this study group are people who want to get a film project or TV series financed, produced and distributed.

"We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies." Walt Disney

The location is subject to change but the study group will be held in Las Cruces, NM.

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Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

18 and older only.

What can I bring into the event?

Pen, notebook and a water bottle.

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