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Give Me the Money and I'll Shoot!: Finance Your Factual TV/Film Project (Professional Media Practice) (Methuen Drama) [Paperback]

Nicola Lees
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24 May 2012 Methuen Drama
The must-have guide to traditional, emerging and creative TV funding models that are being developed and exploited by social media-savvy documentary filmmakers. Each chapter covers a different form of funding and combines advice from industry insiders - producers, buyers, specialist media agencies and corporate funding bodies - and entertaining case studies that illustrate the benefits and pitfalls of each method. With practical tips, case studies and advice it reveals what grantors, brands and NGOs are looking for in a pitch (they all have different needs and expectations), and the cultural differences that can trip up the unwary producer. Funding examples range from blue-chip TV documentaries, such as Planet Earth, which was co-funded by the BBC, Discovery NHK and CBC to The TV Book Club (More 4), which is funded by Specsavers opticians; to Lemonade Movie, which harnessed the power of Twitter to source free equipment and post-production resources. Readers will discover: the difference between co-productions, pre-sales and acquisitions; how to develop and pitch advertiser funded programming; the new rules on product placement; where to hunt for foundation and grant funding and how to fill in those fiendish application forms; the power of crowd-funding and how to harness the internet; how to sniff out grants and funds held in non-film focused organisations such as the Wellcome Trust; why corporations are keen to fund your documentary and how to get them to part with their money without giving up your editorial control.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black; 1 edition (24 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408132966
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408132968
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 13.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nicola Lees has developed documentaries, docudramas, multiplatform and reality programmes for network and cable channels, including the BBC and Discovery, Travel Channel, National Geographic and TLC in the USA. Nicola consults for international clients and is editor of dedicated to factual development. She is author of Greenlit: Developing Factual/Reality TV Ideas from Concept to Pitch.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An essential, yet easy-to-read guide 24 May 2012
I was a fan of 'GreenLit', Nicola Lees' first book, so I admit I was eager to get my copy of "Give Me the Money and I'll Shoot!". Whenever I sat down in front of a blank screen to write a treatment, a pitch, or even just an influential email, 'GreenLit' was like a friendly companion at my desk. An easy-to-read guide with some of the best advice in the business.

"Give Me the Money and I'll Shoot!" has the same qualities I loved in "GreenLit": whatever page you turn to, you learn something useful, and there's evidence the author has talked to the relevant people in the industry. She's obviously asked them the right questions, and distilled the useful answers. For someone like me, who feels 'too busy' to commit to reading a whole book on funding before I start the process, this is GREAT, because you can dip into sections where and when you need guidance. Today, it's crowd funding: BANG, there's 15 pages about it.. It's written in a conversational style that keeps you going, and always backed up with a quote from an important source, or a hard fact that assures you you're in safe hands. And web links at the end of every chapter! I think it's a gift to the modern day filmmaker, from someone who has the experience to guide you through difficult territory. A must-have, 5 star book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Funding Guide for Factual Filmmakers 17 May 2013
I had high expectations for `Give Me the Money and I'll Shoot' after reading Nicola's first book, `Greenlit', and wasn't disappointed.

It's written in the same direct but reader-friendly style, keeping what could become dry information interesting by using relevant case studies and insightful quotes from industry experts but without any `fluff'. Clearly Nicola understands the time-pressures filmmakers are under and so only includes what is absolutely necessary and useful.

The range and level of contributors interviewed for the book is again very impressive, from award-winning filmmakers to broadcast commissioners, crowd-funding experts to festival programmers. These are all people who are working in the industry today (as Nicola is) and who therefore provide up-to-date knowledge and recommendations.

The book is broken down into 3 clear sections (1. The Idea, 2. The Funding, and 3. The Reality), with those then broken down into distinct chapters (eg. Part 2 is broken down by funding source), making it very easy to dip in and out of relevant sections depending on what project you have and what stage it's at.

I read the whole thing in about a week and find myself referring back to it often. Whether you're just starting out and want to get a general overview of the funding landscape or you're an experienced producer looking for insights from the industry's top decision-makers, this book is a must-read.
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