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By Film Threat Staff | December 9, 2002

Yes, filmmaking is an art form, but there’s the ugly business side as well. Without a business sense, the artist may find him or herself screwed over or sued for something dumb. We don’t want that now, do we?
The Independent Film Producer’s Survival Guide: A Business and Legal Sourcebook may prove as a handy book for those of you needing to learn more about the business and legal side of filmmaking. I say “may” because I myself have not read the book, but it’s written by Harris Tulchin, Gunnar Erickson and Mark Halloran, three guys with over 60 years of combined experience in entertainment law, so they should know what they’re talking about.
According to Cassian Elwes from the William Morris Agency, “If you are in the independent film business, you must read this book.” Short and straight to the point, but there you have it.
From early development, to financing and hiring, production, post-production, promotion, marketing, and worldwide distribution, these experts provide answers to the questions indie producers never have to ask again.
The book also provides an inclusive set of legal forms used in many independent movie productions as well as information about the world of digital moviemaking, licensing and distribution of programming in the digital media.
Robert Dowling, editor-in-chief and publisher of the Hollywood Reporter states, “The guide can not only help filmmakers survive, but by using the authors’ techniques and suggestions, the prospects of success are clearly enhanced.”
For more information, visit the The Independent Film Producer’s Survival Guide: A Business and Legal Sourcebook website.

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