PandaTip: This film proposal is written from the perspective of a person that has conceived a film and has written a script but requires a producer to fund the project – as is typical, the people who have the money and the people who have the creative vision are not one and the same. Regardless, it is the job of the person with the creative vision to put a good proposal together that will entice the potential producer to come onto the project. Just remember that the practical effect of this arrangement will be that the producer owns the film and the creator collects a fee (and potentially residual fees).
Film Proposal Template
ABOUT THE CREATOR:
PandaTip: Introduce yourself to your potential producer, explaining your background, your credentials and your experience. You may want to reference other films you have conceived in the past, especially if they made it to the final stages to show that you have the capacity to put a viable project together – something that would be very important for a potential producer considering a film proposal. Beyond those mechanical details, give your introduction a bit of flavor. People invest their money in people and in ideas. You can endear yourself to your reader quite a bit by talking about your personal life beyond your work.
[TITLE OF FILM]:
PandaTip: This is your chance within your film proposal to convey your vision to your reader. What is your movie about? Beyond plot lines spill every single bit of your vision onto the page. Like any other creative project, you want its financial backer to feel the passion you do for your project.
Based on projections, we expect the total budget for [TITLE OF FILM] to amount to [DOLLAR AMOUNT]. The following is a breakdown of the budget’s various components:
Use of Funds
PandaTip: You may also want to include a robust explanation of any items that would not be immediately obvious, or are particularly high. A film proposal is a request for an investment and it should be treated as such.
FILM CONTRACT TEMPLATE
This Film Contract (the “Contract”) states the terms and conditions that govern the contractual agreement between [COMPANY] having its principal place of business at [ADDRESS] (the “Creator”), and [PRODUCER] (the “Producer”) who agrees to be bound by this Contract.
WHEREAS, the Creator is engaged in the production of [TITLE OF FILM], a [DESCRIPTION] film (the “Film”); and
WHEREAS, the Producer desires to produce the Film according to the terms and conditions herein.
NOW, THEREFORE, In consideration of the mutual covenants and promises made by the parties hereto, the Creator and the Producer (individually, each a “Party” and collectively, the “Parties”) covenant and agree as follows:
ENGAGEMENT. The Creator hereby offers the Producer the position of “Executive Producer” of the Film and both Parties hereby agree to fulfill the duties as described on Schedule A attached hereto (the “Duties”).
PandaTip: The duties of the parties can vary from film to film so it is up to you to detail the duties on the schedule attached hereto. Really, don’t worry about legalese or anything of the sort. All you will need is bullet points clearly delineating expectations.
THE FILM. The Film consists of and encompasses the following: [DESCRIPTION OF WORK], all of for which the Creator holds motion picture and all ancillary right which the Creator acquired by way of [DESCRIPTION OF HOW RIGHTS ACQUIRED].
PandaTip: A film may be based off a book, a short story, a television show, or the like. Include the creator and year of publication of any work from which the film was derived and how you obtained the rights to produce your film.
OWNERSHIP. The Parties acknowledge and agree that the Producer will hold all intellectual property rights in the Film including, but not limited to, copyright and trademark rights. The Creator agrees not to claim any such ownership in the Film’s intellectual property at any time prior to or after the completion of the Film.
FEES. The total cost to be paid to the Creator by the Producer for the rights conveyed herein and the Creator’s performance of all Duties described shall be [WRITTEN DOLLAR AMOUNT] dollars ($[NUMERICAL DOLLAR AMOUNT]). The dates on which payments are due are listed on the payment schedule attached hereto as Schedule B.
TIMELINE. The Creator represents that the production of the Film should proceed largely in accordance with the timeline attached hereto as Exhibit C. Time is not of the essence for this Contract.
PandaTip: It is important to lay out a timeline of expectations so everyone is on the same page before starting production. However, it is important to explicitly state that time will not be of the essence (i.e., deadlines are not necessarily “hard” deadlines) in case there are some delays.
NO MODIFICATION UNLESS IN WRITING. No modification of this Contract shall be valid unless in writing and agreed upon by both Parties.
APPLICABLE LAW. This Contract and the interpretation of its terms shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of [STATE] and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal and state courts located in [COUNTY], [STATE].
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, each of the Parties has executed this Contract, both Parties by its duly authorized officer, as of the day and year set forth below.