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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Finding Distribution 1 : Website and Trailer

When trying to get your movie distributed, there's much more you need than just the movie itself.
Over the next few weeks I'll be discussing and giving examples of specific tools that are used for getting interest from production companies, distributors and film festivals.

One of the 1st things you need is a sales trailer. Different folk will give you different definitions of what exactly a sales trailer is. For me, a sales trailer is just what it sounds like; a trailer to sell your movie. It should be no more than 2 minutes. One of the worst sins a sales trailer can commit is to be boring.

I usually cut mine between a 90 and 120 secs.

You want to give the general story and showcase you sellable elements. A sales trailer differs from a theatrical trailer in that with a sales trailer you don't worry too much about giving stuff away. In short you don't want to hold much back. But at the same time, you want to save some stuff, so that if they request and watch your screener, they don't say there's nothing good but what's in the trailer.

Website...
Monsters in the Woods
(by the by, our site is still under construction, so not everything I talk about is up there yet)

There's a ton of things that go into making a good website.

For me, when sending out a screener initially, I like to keep things simple. A trailer on the main page that plays automatically. Links to any other pages for the movie (twitter, facebook ect..) A simple synopsis of the movie and maybe some pics and press links (if you have press) and contact.

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