Tuesday, May 23, 2017

1. WHY INVEST IN MOTION PICTURES

In the completed Business Plan for ANNALIESE Pictures, LLC, under Appendix D, are three short articles that will be of interest to potential motion picture investors, whether they be "accredited" or "non-accredited" in the S.E.C.'s eyes. The three are posted on this blog and are linked here:
  1. WHY INVEST IN MOTION PICTURES (below in this post)
  2. WHAT INVESTORS CAN DO TO MINIMIZE RISK.
  3. WHAT COMPANIES CAN DO TO ENABLE SUCCESS
WHY DO PEOPLE INVEST IN MOTION PICTURES?

I've been involved in the motion picture industry now for more than 40 years. I've invested a lot of money and most of my working hours. The whole process has never failed to enthrall me. Is it the movie stars I occasionally meet and work with? No. But rather the hundreds of other super creative people that surround the stars and make the movies work. And each one of those individuals possesses a passion and craft that gives reason for investing in the projects they create.

Typically, people invest in movies because:
  1. They love being part of a creative team that bring meaningful stories to life.
  2. Everything in motion picture production is an entrepreneurial start-up, which offers a challenging mix of creativity, innovation, marketing, human resources, and money.
  3. Saying yes to a high-risk investment is hard, but there’s the possibility of a high reward.
  4. Unlike most entrepreneurial efforts, with motion picture production there is no long-term overhead. The human resource and brick and mortar expenses last only a few months. You bring a highly creative team together to make something out of nothing and then everyone leaves. But what is built and left behind can generate earnings for years through multiple revenue channels around the world.
  5. Movies represent the epitome of the creative arts; they involve the very best of every type of artistic endeavor, and often generate innovation in the process.
  6. Creating motion pictures is the ultimate test of teamwork, especially because it requires the collaboration of highly diverse creative minds from every discipline in the work force. 
  7. Movies are the ultimate story tool that affects values and culture. If you want to change the world moves are a good place to start.
  8. No other investment opportunity allows a person to be a player in a highly creative enterprise.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

2. WHAT INVESTORS CAN DO TO MINIMIZE RISK

In the completed Business Plan for ANNALIESE Pictures, LLC, under Appendix D, are three short articles that will be of interest to potential motion picture investors, whether they be "accredited" or "non-accredited" in the S.E.C.'s eyes. The three are posted on this blog and are linked here:
  1. WHY INVEST IN MOTION PICTURES
  2. WHAT INVESTORS CAN DO TO MINIMIZE RISK  (below in this post)
  3. WHAT COMPANIES CAN DO TO ENABLE SUCCESS.
There is no such thing as an entirely safe investment in motion picture ventures. Motion picture investments are risky and the entire principal can be lost.  However, there are ways to minimize the risk, increase the value of the risk taken, and greatly increase the probability of a motion picture’s success. Creating a safe and satisfying environment for motion picture investments must be fostered by the investor, and the company.

To minimize risk as an investor, you should:

  1. Invest only the amount of money you can lose without negative impact to your life style.
  2. Pool your smaller contributions with a group of friends to meet investment thresholds required by the company.
  3. Contribute funds only to projects that promote the values important to you.
  4. Perform due diligence on the company and the individuals leading the company. Only invest in people you trust, yet do not extend that trust to believing that the people running the company are going to make you rich. 
  5. While you may be a “passive” investor in a technical sense, you should be active socially in promoting the movie project. The more active you are, them more others will find out about the movie, and the more likely the project will be a success. 
  6. Get involved with projects that will give you satisfaction and enjoyment in seeing the project’s progress and completion.
  7. Understand and choose the best way to get involved with the movie’s production. There are three principal ways that involve money, and several that do not. With money, you can be involved by exchanging cash for equity, providing personal or gap loans, or by contributing to the project’s Crowd Funding effort. You can also be involved without money by contributing in-kind equipment or services that are substitutes for cash, and by socially promoting the movie.

See other articles in this series:
1. WHY INVEST IN MOTION PICTURES
3. WHAT COMPANIES CAN DO TO ENABLE SUCCESS
Stan Williams

Saturday, May 20, 2017

3. WHAT COMPANIES CAN DO TO ENABLE SUCCESS

In the completed Business Plan for ANNALIESE Pictures, LLC, under Appendix D, are three short articles that will be of interest to potential motion picture investors, whether they be "accredited" or "non-accredited" in the S.E.C.'s eyes. The three are posted on this blog and are linked here:
  1. WHY INVEST IN MOTION PICTURES
  2. WHAT THE INVESTOR CAN DO TO MINIMIZE RISK 
  3. WHAT COMPANIES CAN DO TO ENABLE SUCCESS (below in this post)
There is no such thing as an entirely safe investment in motion picture ventures. Motion picture investments are risky and the entire principal can be lost.  However, there are ways to minimize the risk, increase the value of the risk taken, and greatly increase the probability of a motion picture’s success. Creating a safe and satisfying environment for motion picture investments must be fostered by the investor, and the company.

Companies like ANNALIESE Pictures, LLC, can (and will) minimize the risk of motion picture investing (prior to green lighting the picture) by adhering to the following motion picture business principles.

  1. The company manager will work without pay until 120% of the investors cash is recouped. 
  2. The company manager will invest early development cash up to the project’s green-light. Some of these expenses may be reimbursable after green-light if the expense item is included in the budget.
  3. The company manager will use his own tangible assets (computer, transportation, petty cash, supplies, etc) until to the project’s green-light.
  4. The company will purchase the rights to a well-developed script that incorporates the secrets of successful motion pictures stories as elucidated by a true and consistently applied moral premise. 
  5. The company will attach “named” cast to appropriate principle roles in order to attract distribution and audiences but not overly burden the budget.
  6. The company will hire professional, experienced crew in all key departments. 
  7. The company team will produce the movie for a budget lower than its competition, thus minimizing the recoupment threshold.
  8. The company will purchase a completion bond to protect against cost overruns.
  9. The company team will attempt to attract foreign pre-sales prior to production, but this may not be possible until the movie is complete.
  10. The company will involve a producer who has a close association with experienced, professional crew, finishing facilities and distribution channels.
  11. The company will persistently seek a profitable distribution deal once the project is greenlit, but be patient for the best deal. 
  12. The company will escrow all investment contributions until greenlight is possible, and if greenlight is not possible within one year, all escrowed funds will be returned to investors.
  13. The company will follow all standard account practices and allow auditing of their books at the investor’s expense to ensure compliance with the Operating Agreement. 
  14. The company will comply with all SEC Regulation D 505 rules. 
  15. The manager and key staff will conduct their business and personal affairs with moral integrity to maintain the investors’ trust. 

See other articles in this series:
1. WHY INVEST IN MOTION PICTURES
2. WHAT INVESTORS CAN DO TO MINIMIZE RISK
Stan Williams

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Cool Square Business Cards for Annaliese!

I designed and ordered these cool 2.5" square business cards today from OvernightPrints.com (They are NOT overnight without a cost, however).  The purpose it to build up a following before the funding raising campaigns. As in so many things negative revenue foreshadows positive revenue.







Monday, May 1, 2017

WEBISODES BEING PREPARED

There are 9 webisodes script to help promote the movie before release. We had hoped to produce them prior to fund raising, but that may be logistically difficult.

1. MAN FEAR. Annaliese meets with her shrink, Dr. Fred and explains why she hates men...including the egotistical Dr. Fred.

2. YOU'RE NOT EVEN CATHOLIC!  Annaliese tries explains to Sarah why she should be a nun even through she's not religious and not Catholic.

3. THE THREE INTERVIEWS. Annaliese discovers what a "nun" is and "isn't" from three women who are, and are pretty Annaliese isn't.

4. THE BIRTHDAY SURPRISE: The last thing Annaliese wanted for her birthday.

5. CHOPPING BLOCK: Mother upstages Annaliese for a part in the movie.

We're open to other ideas.

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