If I thought that by finishing my film, I was done – I was sorely mistaken. My work has just begun. What would have been the point of putting my heart and soul into a film for the past year and a half, if no one sees it? That means there’s a lot more work on my part, getting it out there – distributing it, marketing it and promoting it. All that takes time, money and expertise.
I’ve been reading Jon Resiss’ book “Think Outside the Box Office” – “The Ultimate Guide to Film Distribution and Marketing for the Digital Era”. It’s become my bible. For starters, it lays out what a filmmaker needs to do to get their film out there, create an audience and make money.
In terms of publicity, every film needs a good press kit, which should include:
• One Sheet – with tag line
• Synopses – long and short
• Cast and Crew Bios
• Director’s statement or interview
• Production stills and video interviews for the electronic press kit.
• Production stories – something interesting about the making of the film.
• Technical specs
When I first heard the term “one sheet”, I wasn’t quite sure what that was. It’s pretty much what it says it is – a one-sheet piece of paper describing your film, but it it’s concise with provocative visuals and a catchy “tag line”, designed to peak interest, whether it is with the press or the movie going public.
A “one sheet” can also be what most of us call movie posters. They are essentially the same thing – a one sheet with imagery and text to capture someone’s attention. Some movie one sheets are works of art in their own right and become collectibles. Think of some of the best ones that you have seen over the years.
Sounds like it should be fun – coming up with a “one sheet” for the movie, but even though I have a lot of great content for a “one sheet”, I don’t have the skills needed to create a composite for a movie poster. There are people who just design movie posters – that’s their niche.
I’ve learned a lot in the process of making a film. The most important thing, I’ve learned is to make relationships and collaborate with others who can bring their expertise to the project. It’s not only a rewarding process, but it raises the bar on the final outcome.