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The Insider's Guide to Independent Film Distribution Paperback – 6 Jul 2007


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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press (6 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 024080922X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240809229
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 18 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 609,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Well written, concise and (most importantly) honest! A must-have for indie filmmakers."--Kate Pearson, SVP, Programming, The Documentary Channel

"Finally, a contemporary and practical book about film distribution that explores this often mysterious and misunderstood part of the industry. As an academic text the approach is both classroom and reader friendly, providing information not easily found elsewhere."--Sharon Badal Faculty, New York University Tisch School of the Arts Kanbar Institute of Film and Television

"The book is well worth a read especially for those filmmakers who take the business of filmmaking seriously." - Karen van Schalkwyk, SCREEN AFRICA

"[A] great book for those who are serious about wanting to get their film distributed. Ms. Parks is clearly experienced in her field and provides the reader with information that is both practical and realistic; the book is easy-to-follow and enjoyable to read. [A] book that you will be able to use for many future projects."--MicroFilmmaker Magazine

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Stacey Parks is the author of the "Inside Guide To Independent Film Distribution” (Focal Press), a comprehensive educational program for filmmakers and producers dedicated to film distribution and the marketplace. Stacey has worked in independent film for over 10 years, and is currently a sales executive at the BBC Worldwide in Los Angeles. She was previously a foreign sales agent for many years. You can join her film distribution community on the web at www.FilmSpecific.com.
Stacey Parks is the author of the "Inside Guide To Independent Film Distribution” (Focal Press), a comprehensive educational program for filmmakers and producers dedicated to film distribution and the marketplace. Stacey has worked in independent film for over 10 years, and is currently a sales executive at the BBC Worldwide in Los Angeles. She was previously a foreign sales agent for many years. You can join her film distribution community on the web at www.FilmSpecific.com.

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Film distribution changes fast. This is the first edition of this book, and as such is pretty out-of-date, with tips about going to your local video store to check out the latest DVD releases.

There is an updated version at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Insiders-Guide-Independent-Film-Distribution-ebook/dp/B00ABKGNSM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1398686628&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Insider%27s+Guide+to+Independent+Film+Distribution - you probably want this one.
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This was a very well written book with copious examples of how film budgets, funding and the distribution business works in the movie business. I am a screenplay writer/producer and learnt a great deal of knowledge from this book about selling and distributing movies. An excellent read. Fergie's Proteges
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Good Indy Distribution Book For Beginners 13 Jun 2007
By Mike D - Published on Amazon.com
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If you've never had a movie distributed then this is a good starter book. It doesn't contain all that you'll need, but it will definitely get you thinking in the right direction. It's got a lot of info for a decent price.

However, if you've already had a flick distributed and are looking to get a better deal on your second flick, this probably isn't the book for you, as much of this is novice-only.

So for
Fledgeling filmmakers: 4 stars
Experienced: 2 stars

Also recommended: From Reel To Deal, the Dov S. S. Simens book, that has(besides some excellent filmmaking tips) plenty to say about getting distribution for your flick.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Best book on distribution 19 Aug 2007
By Andy Michaelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am an independent producer and i just sold my first film. I have read about 4 books on distribution, and this one was by far the most complete and logical. The `real life' case studies provided for me a world of inspiration. Without being bulky, the book focuses on what is essential and every piece of information has a real life application. So if you only have the time for one book on the subject, I think this should be the one.
Numerous contacts and "who is who" are also provided in the book.

Mitch Anderson
Producer - "TheWorldWithoutUS.com"
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Parks book is actually very useful 13 Aug 2007
By P. Russell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm a story analyst for several studios and production companies here in Los Angeles, as well as a teacher at UCLA's Extension School of Entertainment. I also have a thriving consultant business for screenwriters and development executives in the entertainment business. Park's book is the only one I've ever read that actually describes the world of independent movies today -- not three years ago, or ten. This writer actually does what she writes about. This is a very very valuable thing in a business where many of the books are written by folks who's last experience getting a film made was 10 or 15 years ago. If you want to be smart in making your movie, you'll look at what gets bought and what doesn't. This book's the biggest help for that around. Sometimes the news is depressing -- but this writer offers solutions, not just problems. I was quite happy I bought this book. There isn't one in its class, on this subject, on the market.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Launching Pad 11 July 2007
By Juana Olga Barrios - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The shelves are teeming with books on how to write your movie, how to make your movie, how to sell your movie, etc, so much of it subjective and predicated on wishful thinking in the end. With this book, Ms Parks has given fledgling filmmakers a pragmatic, insightful, easy to assimilate map on how to get our films out there! This is an excellent compass with all of the essentials clearly laid out to make the distribution of independent films a dream come true!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Distribution Demystified 22 July 2007
By Jack Gold - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Stacey Parks has worked in the distribution side of the industry for many years, and is still involved. The wealth of her experience does show in the detail of this book. It looks at distribution from all angles, citing many imformative case studies from individual filmmakers who have been there, done that, and experts alike. One essential inclusion is what a filmmaker can expect to make financially in sales to world territories, with percentages you can expect from deals. To a filmmaker the distribution process can seem darkly inpenetrable, this book throws an immense amount of light on the subject, demystifying the entire process. Without doubt this is the best book on the subject out there.
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