How to Start a Movie Studio

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Starting a movie studio can be as easy as going online and ordering business cards. Make a movie studio legitimate by making movies with filmmaking tips from a director and filmmaker in this free video on making movies.

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Hi, I'm Jared Drake, and I'm going to tell you how to start a movie studio. All right, to start a movie studio is very easy. Go online, order business cards, and under title say you're a CEO of a movie studio, and there you go. You started the movie studio. Literally ninety-five percent of LA is full of people who have done just that only that. Now, how do you actually go about having a successful movie studio, one that operates? Well you have to make movies. For this purpose the definition of a movie studio I'm using is a company that makes movies and either sells movies or distributes movies. So you have to make films, meaning you have to acquire scripts, you have to buy them from writers who have submitted them to you, or you have to develop the material yourself. Once you have that you need to produce the material, so you need to find the financing, you need to budget it, you need to attach a director, and it needs to be executed. Maybe you bring in a separate producer - maybe you don't know how to produce, so you go out and you hire some hot shot executive that just left a company to come in and be your lead president of production or something. They come in and they execute everything and make it happen and you just sit back. What that takes is it takes money, so if you want to be the owner of your own movie studio, you got to find the financing. Typically my best advice is go work in Wall Street, go work in real estate, go do something other than be in the film industry, and go make a ton of dough, then come back once you have the money and you'll be able to call the shots.

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