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How to Start an Independent Film Production Company

The following is a list of the most important steps in starting your own independent film production company. It includes some basic information about how to start and run a business, as well as tips on what you should consider when choosing which type of business structure will work best for you. This article also provides links to other articles that may be helpful if you are interested in learning more about running your own business or creating films.

What Is Your Business Structure?

  1. Sole Proprietor
  2. Single Member LLC
  3. LLC (S-corporation)

Proprietorship: You are the sole owner of your business and you have complete control over its operations, including hiring employees.

  1. Partnership: Two or more people own an interest in a partnership that operates for profit. The partners may share profits and losses.

What Does a Production Company Do?

A production company is the business entity that produces television shows, movies and other media. It’s also called an entertainment company or film studio because it makes films for theatrical release as well as TV series. A production company can be owned by one person or several people. The owner of a production company must have at least $50 million in annual revenue to qualify for tax breaks under Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code.


The film was shot in the summer of 2004. It is a remake of the French comedy La Grande Vadrouille directed by Claude Lelouch and starring Jean Reno, Nathalie Baye and Michel Serrault. The original version had been released on DVD as part of the “La Collection” box set from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

This new English-language version stars Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Will Arnett, Rosario Dawson, James

1. Should you choose a niche?

Yes, it is important to have a specific target audience. You can’t just make any movie and expect people will watch it. It has to be something that they want to see or are interested in. If your film doesn’t fit into this category then there’s no point making the film at all!

What do I need to know about my subject before starting production?

The first thing you should consider is your budget. How much money are you willing and able to spend on the project? If it’s a low-budget film, then you may have to make some compromises in terms of quality or story development. However, if you can afford more than $10k for one day of shooting, there will be no reason not to shoot with high end equipment.

You should research as much as possible on what you’re going to shoot.

What do you love?

I love to make people laugh. I think that the most important thing in life, is making other people happy and laughing with them. That makes me feel good inside. It doesn’t matter if it’s a big audience or just one person; as long as they’re enjoying themselves, then I’m doing my job right.

How did your career start?

My first professional gig was at age 14 when I started working for an advertising agency called The Agency Group.

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What are you good at?

I’m a writer. I write books, and I also do some acting in movies. And then there is the music side of things as well. So it’s all kind of mixed up together. But my main thing is writing. That’s what I love to do most.

How did your career start?

It started when I was about 12 years old.


The company was founded in 2005 by a group of filmmakers and producers who had worked together on the feature film The Last Kiss. They decided to form their own production company, which they named “Cinema Verite”.

Their first project was an independent documentary about the death penalty called Death Row: A Year On Texas’ Most Notorious Prison. It won several awards at festivals around the world including Best Documentary Feature at Hot Docs 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. 


The following individuals are eligible to apply for the position of Producer:

  1. Individuals who have been employed by a television station or production company in any capacity, including but not limited to news director/producer, producer, assistant producer and camera operator;
  2. Individuals with experience as an on-camera talent at least one year prior to application date;

Why we started an Independent Film Production Company

The following is a list of the most common questions asked by people who are thinking about starting their own film production company. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us at or call 415-450-0056. We’re here for you!

What Is A Producer?

A producer is someone who helps make movies and short videos happen.

by John G. Huggins, Ph.D., President of the American Society for Media Education and author of “The Art & Science Of Filmmaking” 

What are the key roles in a production company?

The producer is responsible for all aspects of producing and managing the project. The Producer will be involved with casting, location scouting, budgeting, scheduling, script development, pre-production planning, post-production management, marketing and distribution.

A good producer should have an eye for detail and can work well under pressure. They must also possess strong communication skills as they need to liaise closely with directors, actors, crew members, agents, managers, distributors etc.

Negotiate contracts and agreements for the production of a film or television series

Manage all aspects of finance including budgeting, accounting, invoicing, payment processing, cash management, bank reconciliation, tax reporting, insurance claims, legal fees, royalties, licensing, distribution rights, advertising, marketing, promotion, publicity, casting, wardrobe, set design, props, equipment rentals, catering, transportation, location scouting, construction, post-production services, editing, sound mixing, music recording, voice over work.

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