Roy W. Dean Grant Spring 2017 Finalists Named

Roy W. Dean Grant Spring 2017 Finalists21 films that are unique and make a contribution to society were named as Roy W. Dean Grant Spring 2017 finalists.  The grant is offered by From The Heart Productions, the non-profit dedicated to helping filmmakers get funding.  The winner will receive $30,000 in a combination of cash and donated services from film industry professionals and companies which support independent filmmakers. 

“We are very fortunate to have so many filmmakers exploring stories and ideas that look to change how we view our world.” said Carole Dean, President of From the Heart Productions. “These finalists highlight the passion and dedication of the hundreds of applications we received.”

A record number of 345 films were submitted to this year’s Roy W. Dean Grant for Spring from across the US and around the world.  Entries were received from France, Mexico, Australia, Japan, Canada, and the United Kingdom.  The projects included features, short films, documentary, and web series. 

View overview of project summaries and filmmakers for the Roy W. Dean Grant Spring 2017 Finalists which include:

American Justice on Trial: People v. Newton (Documentary)      

Belly of the Beast (Documentary)

Bruce the Challenge (Feature)

Flight of the Dodo (Short)

Grace (Documentary)

Imagemakers (Documentary)

L (Feature)

Louder Than Thunder (Documentary)

Restoring Balance: Autism Recovery (Documentary)

Rising Up to Climate Change: Storytelling with Saris (Documentary)

Stoke (Feature)

Stranger At Home (Documentary)          

Stunt Life (Documentary)

The Creative High (Documentary)

The Last Amendment (Documentary)

The Real Thing (Short)

The Roar of a Lion Cub (Documentary)

What If (Short)

Yellow is Forbidden (Documentary)

Yoshi: Wake Up With Me (Documentary)

Now in its 25th year, the Roy W. Dean Grant seeks films that are unique and make a contribution to society that need help getting started or completed.   Out of this group of 21 Roy W. Dean Grant Spring 2017 finalists, a smaller group of 4 to 6 finalists will be selected by our judges.  From that group will come the winner of the Roy W. Dean Grant.  Winner is expected to be announced in late September.

This year’s grant winner will receive $3,500 in cash provided by From the Heart Productions and donations of film services and products from film industry professionals and companies.  Some of which include a 1TB G-Drive from G-Technology, a 30% discount in equipment rental from AbelCine Tech, Inc. NYC, 40% deduction on color, editing, and production services from ProMedia, and much more from heartfelt donors those who care about helping independent filmmakers. 

About the Roy W. Dean Grant

Founded in 1992, there are 3 Roy W. Dean Grant every year.   There is a Spring, Summer and Fall Grant.  The Fall Grant is now accepting entries and closes September 30th.  Films submitted to the grant can be short films, documentaries or features from early stages of pre-production to those needing help in post. 

The grant is integral in helping talented artists with great stories get their films produced.  Recent past winners of the grant include the award winning “Heist: Who Stole the American Dream”, “The Brainwashing of My Dad”, and Emmy winner “Mia: A Dancer’s Journey” which just won an Emmy award.  

About From The Heart Productions

The 501(c)3 non-profit was founded by Carole Dean when she saw how many filmmakers with important, new, and often controversial stories were having trouble getting financing for their films.    From The Heart offers fiscal sponsorship for films which allows donors to get a tax deduction for their donations.  Their Intentional Filmmaking Classes which teaches filmmakers the tactics on how to get funded is now open for enrollment.  Classes start September 30th

The Science of Getting Rich (Part 8) – Receiving Riches

In my series of videos on The Science of Getting Rich, Wallace D. Wattles’ pioneering work on using the power of your mind, I’ve covered his steps to creating your success.    Now, in Part 8, it comes together as we learn about receiving riches.

Thinking Stuff

Wallace says there is a thinking stuff from which all things are made. 

In its original state, it permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe.  A thought in this substance produces the thing that is imaged by the thought.  Wallace says we can form things in our thoughts. 

Then, by impressing our thought upon what he calls the formless substance, we can cause the thing we think about to be created. 

Passing From Competitive to Creative Mind

In order to create, we must pass from the competitive to the creative mind.  Otherwise,Science of Getting Rich (Part 8) Receiving Riches we cannot be in harmony with the formless intelligence which is always creative and never competitive in spirit.

We may come into full harmony with the formless substance by entertaining a lively and sincere gratitude for the blessings it bestows upon us.  Gratitude unifies the mind of man with the intelligence of substance, so that man’s thoughts are received by the formless.  We can remain upon the creative plane only by uniting ourselves with the formless intelligence through a deep and continuous feeling of gratitude.

We must form a clear and definite mental image of the things we wish to have, to do, or to become; and we must hold this mental image in our thought, while being deeply grateful to the supreme that all his desires are granted to him. 

Receiving Riches

The man who wishes to get rich must spend his leisure hours in contemplating his vision. Too much stress is laid on the importance of frequent contemplation of the mental image, coupled with the unwavering faith and devout gratitude.  This is the process by which the impression is given to the formless substance and the creative forces set in motion.

All that is included in this mental image will surely be brought to the person who follows the instructions given and whose faith does not waver.

In order to receive,you must be active.  You must keep in mind the purpose to get rich through the realization of your mental image.  Every day you must do all that can be done that day.  Take care to do each act in a successful manner.  You must give to every person a use value in excess of the cash value you receive so that each transaction makes for more life to all that you touch.

The men and women who practice these instructions will certainly get rich; and the riches they receive will be in exact proportion to the definiteness of their vision, the fixity of their purpose, the steadiness of their faith and the depth of their gratitude.  This concludes Wallace’s brilliant book.

I sincerely thank you for watching these videos.  I believed that Wallace’s wisdom when applied can benefit all of us.  Knowing that you have the power to create your future is a key to a successful and prosperous life.  Please take this information to heart and use it. 

Carole Dean is president and founder of From the Heart Productions; a 501(c)3 non-profit that offers fiscal sponsorship for independent filmmakers. She hosts the weekly podcastThe Art of Film Fundinginterviewing those involved in all aspects of indie film productionShe is also the author of The Art of Film Funding, 2nd Edition: Alternative Financing Concepts.  See IMDB for producing credits.

The Science of Getting Rich (Part 7) – Acting in The Certain Way

Wallace D. Wattle, author of the Science of Getting Rich, believed that by Acting in the Certain Way, our thoughts are the impelling force which causes the creative power to act.  Wallace was a pioneer in realizing and writing about the power of your mind. 

In part 7 of my video series on his groundbreaking work, I cover how by Acting in the Certain Way it will bring riches to you.  But, he says, you must not rely upon thought alone; paying no attention to personal action.  The failure to meet thought with personal action is the downfall of many people.

Acting in the Certain Way

What is a Certain Way?   Rebecca Fine of the Science of Getting Rich Network describes it as “basically knowing that you are creating your own experience with your thoughts and the actions that grow out of those thoughts.”

So, we must not only think, but we must act on our goals too.  By thought he believes, you can cause the gold in the hearts of the mountains to be impelled toward you.  But it will not mine itself, refine itself, or coin itself into double eagles and come rolling along the roads seeking its way into your pocket. 

Wallace says that your thought makes all things animate and inanimate work to bring you want you want; but your personal activity must be such that you can rightly receive what you want when it reaches you.

The scientific use of thought consists in forming a clear and distinct mental image of what you want; in holding fast to the purpose to get what you want; and in realizing with grateful faith that you do get what you want.

Impress Your Thinking on to the Formless Substance

That Formless Substance, explains Wallace, has the same desire for more life that youScience of Getting Rich (Part 4) Thinking in a Certain Way have; upon receiving your vision, sets all the creative forces at work in and through their regular channels of action but directed towards you.

Therefore, you must act in a Certain Way so that you can appropriate what is yours when it comes to you.  You can meet the things you have in your picture and put them in their proper places as they arrive.

This is the crucial point in the Science of Getting Rich where thought and personal action must be combined.  Now you must provide for the reception of the thing you want when it comes.

By thought, the thing you want is brought to you; by action you receive it.  Put your mind into present action. Think in the now and begin to make ready for the reception of what you want. And your action, whatever it is must be in your present business and must be upon the persons and things in your present environment.

Use Vision and Faith to Set Creative Force in Motion

Hold with faith and purpose the vision of yourself in the better environment.  But, act upon your present environment with all your heart and with all your strength and with all your mind and act now.

Your vision and faith will set the creative force in motion to bring it toward you and your action will cause the forces in your environment to move you toward the place you want.  Remember, Wallace says there is a thinking stuff from which all things are made and which in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe.  A thought in this substance produces the thing that is imaged by the thought. 

In order to do this, you must move from the competitive to the creative mind.  You must have a clear mental picture of what you want.  Hold this picture in your thoughts with fixed purpose and unwavering faith. 

And you must act now and take efficient action which we will cover in the final part 8.

Carole Dean is president and founder of From the Heart Productions; a 501(c)3 non-profit that offers fiscal sponsorship for independent filmmakers. She hosts the weekly podcastThe Art of Film Fundinginterviewing those involved in all aspects of indie film productionShe is also the author of The Art of Film Funding, 2nd Edition: Alternative Financing Concepts.  See IMDB for producing credits.

The Science of Getting Rich (Part 6) – Further Use of the Will

by Carole Dean

 

Wallace D. Waddle’s incredible book, The Science of Getting Rich, details how you can manifest success.   Written in the early 20th century, Wallace was a pioneer in realizing and writing about the power of your mind. 

In Part 6 of my video series on The Science of Getting Rich, I analyze his belief on the further use of your will in attaining that success.  

Wallace says that you cannot retain a true and clear vision of wealth if you are constantly turning your attention to opposing pictures. 

Don’t Focus on Past Troubles

Do not tell of your past troubles of a financial nature, if you have had them, do not think of them at all.   Do not tell of the poverty of your parents or hardships of your early life.  This will check the movement of things in your direction.

Put poverty and all things that pertain to poverty completely behind you.  By following Wallace’s theory of the universe as being correct, you are resting all your hopes of happiness on its being correct.  Your faith will bring this to completion.

No matter how horrible things appear in other countries, do not spend your time thinking about them. Please, interest yourself in your future.  Wallace wants you to give your attention wholly to riches.  To become rich, he writes, is the noblest aim you can have in life, for it includes everything else. 

Attaining Physical Health

On the competitive plane, the struggle to get rich is a Godless scramble for power over Science of Getting Rich (Part 4) Thinking in a Certain Wayother men; but when we come into the creative mind, all this is changed.  All that is possible in the new way of greatness and soul unfoldment, of service and lofty endeavor comes by way of getting rich.

If you lack physical health, you will find that the attainment of it… is conditional on your getting rich.

Only those emancipated from financial worry, and who have the means to live a care-free existence and follow good health practices, can have and retain health.

Moral and Spiritual Greatness

Moral and spiritual greatness is possible only to those who are above the competitive battle for existence.  Only those who are becoming rich on the plane of creative thought are free from the degrading influences of competition.

You can aim at nothing so great or noble, I repeat as to become rich; and you must fix your attention upon your mental picture of riches, to the exclusion of all that may tend to dim or obscure the vision.

You must see your life moving forward toward fuller expression and more complete happiness.

Read The Science of Getting Rich each day and commit it to memory.  There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made.   In its original state it permeates, penetrates and fills the interspaces of the universe.  A thought in this substance producer the thing that is imaged by the thought. 

Form and hold your clear mental picture of what you want and hold this relentlessly in your vision.  Wallace says you must live and act in a Certain way and we cover this in part 7.

Carole Dean is president and founder of From the Heart Productions; a 501(c)3 non-profit that offers fiscal sponsorship for independent filmmakers. She hosts the weekly podcastThe Art of Film Fundinginterviewing those involved in all aspects of indie film productionShe is also the author of The Art of Film Funding, 2nd Edition: Alternative Financing Concepts.  See IMDB for producing credits.

The Science of Getting Rich (Part 4) – Thinking in a Certain Way

by Carole Dean

It’s not enough just to want something to manifest it.   You’ve got to try “thinking in a certain way” to attain it.  

Thinking in a certain way is how Wallace D. Wattles, author of The Science of Getting Rich, describes the need to have a clear image of your goal.  In my latest video based on his work, I explain how it can work for you.  

Wallace was a pioneer in realizing and writing about the power of your mind.  In his book, he explains and shows us how to use that power to better our lives, become successful, and to expand our creativity.

Thinking in A  Certain Way – Desire is Not Enough

Remember the man in the Gratitude video # 3 who formed the mental image of his house in order to manifest it and you will have a fair idea of this initial step towards getting rich.  In other words, its important to create a clear and definite mental picture of what you want; you cannot transmit an idea unless first you have it yourself.

You must have it before you can get it.  Many people fail to impress “thinking substance”Science of Getting Rich (Part 4) Thinking in a Certain Way because they themselves only have a vague concept of the things they want to do… to have.… or to become.

It is not enough that you should have a general desire for wealth, everybody has that.  When you try to impress your thoughts on Substance, remember that it must be done by a coherent statement; you must know what you want, and be definite.  You can never get rich, or start the creative power into action, by sending out unformed longings and vague desires.

Form a Clear Mental Picture

Go over your desires just as the man I have described went over his house; see just what you want and get a clear mental picture of it as you wish it to look when you get it.

You must have that clear mental picture continually in mind as the sailor has in mind the port toward which he is sailing the ship.  Spend as much of your leisure time as possible in contemplating your picture.  The clearer your picture and the more you dwell upon this picture the stronger your desire will be and the stronger your desire, the easier it will be to hold your mind fixed upon this picture of what you want.

Behind this clear vision must be the purpose to realize it.  See the things you want as if they were truly around you all the time.  See yourself using them.  Dwell on your mental picture so it is clear and then take the mental attitude of ownership with the faith that it is yours.  And remember gratitude and be thankful for what you are visualizing as if you already possessed it.

You do not make this impression by repeating a strings of word; you make it by holding the vision with unshakable PURPOSE to attain it with unrelenting faith.

Remember it is faith and purpose in the use of the imagination which make the difference between the scientist and the dreamer.  And having learned this fact, it is here that you must learn the proper use of the Will.  We will cover that in part 5.

Carole Dean is president and founder of From the Heart Productions; a 501(c)3 non-profit that offers fiscal sponsorship for independent filmmakers. She hosts the weekly podcastThe Art of Film Fundinginterviewing those involved in all aspects of indie film productionShe is also the author of The Art of Film Funding, 2nd Edition: Alternative Financing Concepts.  See IMDB for producing credits.

The Science of Getting Rich (Part 3) – Gratitude

by Carole Dean

As important as it is to celebrate getting financing for you indie film, it’s necessary to show gratitude to those that gave you the money.  

Showing or giving gratitude, is principal 3 in Wallace D. Wattles book The Science of Getting Rich.   Long before “The Secret”, Wallace’s book pioneered  how to use power of our minds to better our lives, become successful, and to expand our creativity.

In my third video in analyzing his work, I go into the rewards and benefits of gratitude in creating success.

Ask Largely

Wallace says do not be afraid to ask largely.  Do not look upon poverty as part of the plan.

Wallace shared the story of a poor man living in a rented house having only what he earned from day to day.   He decided to ask for a new rug for the floor of his best room and a coal stove to heat the house. 

Following Wallace’s instructions to use the power of his mind to form in his thoughts that which he wanted, he obtained these things in a few months.  Then it dawned upon him that he had not asked enough. 

He went through the house and planned on what he wanted and holding this picture in his mind and living in the Certain way he began moving toward what he wanted.  Now, he owns the house and is rebuilding it to his mental image.

Gratitude Will Lead Your Mind

You need to relate yourself to the Formless Intelligence in a harmonious way to bring Science of Getting Rich (Part 3) Gratitudeyou into perfect unity with God.  You must first believe that there is one Intelligence substance; second you believe this this substance gives you everything you desire and third you relate yourself to it by a feeling of deep and profound gratitude. 

Therefore, the soul that is always grateful lives in close touch with God. The mental attitude of gratitude draws the mind into closer touch with the source from which blessings come.

Principal 3 of Wattle’s The Science of Growing Rich is Gratitude and this will lead your mind along the ways by which things come. 

The Law of Gratitude

It will keep you in close harmony with creative thought and prevent you from falling into competitive thought.  There is a law of Gratitude and it is absolutely necessary that you should observe the law if you are to get the results you seek.  The law of gratitude is the natural principle that action and reaction are always equal.  The outreaching of your thankful praise will bring an instantaneous movement towards you.

The moment you permit your mind to dwell with dissatisfaction upon things as they are, you begin to lose.   Your fixed attention upon the ordinary, the poor and the mean and your mind takes the form of these things and attract them to you.  We are thinking substance and thinking substance always takes the form of that which it thinks about!

The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best and tends to become the best.  Also, faith is born of gratitude.  The grateful mind continually expects good things and expectation becomes faith.  Please be grateful for every good thing that comes to you and give thanks continuously.  Your rewards will be many.  You life’s energy will increase and your respect for your fellow man will be enhanced. 

We will continue with Principal 4 in the next episode of Wallace D. Waddles the Science of Getting Rich.

Carole Dean is president and founder of From the Heart Productions; a 501(c)3 non-profit that offers fiscal sponsorship for independent filmmakers. She hosts the weekly podcastThe Art of Film Fundinginterviewing those involved in all aspects of indie film productionShe is also the author of The Art of Film Funding, 2nd Edition: Alternative Financing Concepts.  See IMDB for producing credits.

The Science of Getting Rich (Part 2) – Think and Grow Rich

by Carole Dean

Getting funding for your indie film is not going to happen unless you do two things.

You’ve got to believe it can happen and believe you can make it happen. 

It all starts with manifesting your success.  In my previous blog, I introduced Wallace D Wattles and his book The Science of Getting Rich.  Written in the early 1900’s, Wallace was a pioneer in discovering and writing about the using the power of the mind in changing your life, creating your success, empowering your creativity.

In my new video, The Science of Getting Rich Part 2,  I go into how Wattles explains how everything you see on earth is made from one original formless substance.  This substance is a powerful energy that we’ve yet to harness. 

First Two Principals of The Science of Getting Rich

Wattles says Man can form things in his thoughts and, by impressing his thought upon what he calls the formless original substance of energy which forms the universe, he can cause the thing he thinks about to be created. 

For you to do this you need to acquire the ability to think the certain way; this is the first step toward getting rich. 

Wallace says the second principal is “To think according to appearance is easy; to think truth regardless of appearances is laborious and requires the expenditure of more power than any other work we are called upon to perform.”

Nothing Harder Than Sustained Thought

There is no labor from which most people shrink as they do from that of sustained Science of Getting Rich Part 2thought; it is the hardest work in the world.  This is especially true when truth is contrary to appearances. 

Every appearance in the visible world tends to produce a corresponding form in the mind which observes it.  This can only be prevented by holding the thought of the TRUTH. (meaning that everything is perfect)

For example, to look upon the appearance of disease will produce the form of disease in your own mind, and ultimately in your body, unless you hold the thought of the truth, which is that there is no disease it is only an appearance and the reality is health.  To do this requires power.   He who acquires this power becomes a MASTER MIND.  They can conquer fate; he can have what he wants.

Every Thought Becomes a Form

We must grasp the truth that every thought held in this substance becomes a form.

The universe desires that you have everything you want.  Your purpose must be in alignment with nature.  Therefore, you want to get rich in order that you may eat, drink and play a good part in helping the world to find truth.  You can help others by making the most of yourself than in any other way.

Most of all, this “original substance” will make things for you but it will not take things away from someone else and give them to you.  You are here to create, you are not here to compete for what is already created. Get rid of the thought of competition.  Become a creator to get what you want.  Supply is not limited.  Please believe this.  It frees you to create.

Keep Your Mind on Your Vision

Know that the money you need will come. Always look at the limitless riches in formless substance and KNOW that they are coming to you.  Never worry.  Keep your mind on your vision.  You can create form from the formless structure around you.

Example, if you want a new machine, hold the mental image of it with the most positive certainty that it is being made or on its way to you.  After forming the thought, have the most absolute faith that it is coming.   This thinking substance has created all the machines already made and will cause the creation of one for you when you set it in motion by desire and invincible faith.

What and how to you ask for things?  We will cover that in part 3 of Wallace D. Wattles brilliant book the Science of Getting Rich.

Carole Dean is president and founder of From the Heart Productions; a 501(c)3 non-profit that offers fiscal sponsorship for independent filmmakers. She hosts the weekly podcastThe Art of Film Fundinginterviewing those involved in all aspects of indie film productionShe is also the author of The Art of Film Funding, 2nd Edition: Alternative Financing Concepts.  See IMDB for producing credits.

The Science of Getting Rich – Using the Power of Your Mind to Create Success

By Carole Dean

For indie filmmakers seeking film funding, the fantastic book The Science of Getting Rich contains advice on a fantastic tool that is often overlooked and underused.  

The power of your mind to manifest success.  

Before the film “The Secret” or before the book “Think and Grow Rich”, there was author Wallace D. Wattles. 

He was a serious man who wrote the Science of Getting Rich and other important books about using the power of your mind.  He realized its power in the early 1900’s. 

In my newest video blog, and in subsequent videos to follow, I will share the amazing information gleaned from his book with you. 

His groundbreaking discoveries can be used today to enrich your life, bring you success, and if you are a filmmaker, it will help you realize your full creative potential.

Science of Getting Rich

Wallace D. Wattles says that to fully make use of your creative powers you need to be rich.   With money…… you can use your creativity for your art and your family. The object of all life is development and to be developed you need money.  He thinks every man and woman should have money to unfold their soul and develop talent.

Wallace contends our right to life means our right to have free and unrestricted use of all things necessary to our fullest unfoldment of our right to be rich. 

Everyone should have that which can contribute to the power, elegance and richness of life.  It is perfectly right that you should desire to be rich so you should give your best attention to these teachings. 

How to Make The Science of Getting Rich Work for You

Science of Getting RichCertain laws, Wallace determined, govern the process of acquiring riches and, when they are learned and obeyed, you will get rich.  No matter how poor you may be, if you begin to do things in the Certain Way, you will begin to get rich and you will begin to have capital.

He wants us to understand that everything you see on earth is made from one original substance which he also calls the formless substance.  The original substance is a powerful energy that we’ve yet to truly harness or master.  Wallace says there is no limit to the supply of this “original substance.”  The universe is made from it, the spaces in and between the forms of the visible universe are permeated with it, and the universe is filled with the original substance. 

We know today that quantum physics says this is true.  It says that if we are sitting 3 feet apart the energy between us is enough to boil all the oceans on earth. 

So, Wallace was right.  And he believed the resources of the Original substance are at the command of every man or woman who will act and think in a certain way.

Proving the Science of Getting Rich

Wallace says you need to use his ideas as if they were proven because they are. He believes you can prove their truth by acting on a set of principles that he has outlined.

The first principle in the science of getting rich is to understand that thought is the only power which can produce tangible riches from the Original or Formless Substance.  A thought of form, your imagination for example, produces the physical form.  We live in a thought world which is part of a thought universe.

No thought of form can be impressed on original substance without causing the creation of the physical form. 

We are a thinking center and we can originate thought.  All the physical forms we fashion with our hands must first exist in our thought; we cannot shape a thing until we have thought that thing. 

Thought in thinking substance, produces shapes.  We can communicate our thought to original thinking substance and we can cause the creation or formation of the thing we think about.

We can form things in our thought, and by impressing our thought upon formless substance, can cause the thing we thinks about to be created.

To do this, you need to acquire the ability to think the certain way; this is the first step toward getting rich.   We will cover this first step in part 2.

Carole Dean is president and founder of From the Heart Productions; a 501(c)3 non-profit that offers fiscal sponsorship for independent filmmakers. She hosts the weekly podcastThe Art of Film Fundinginterviewing those involved in all aspects of indie film productionShe is also the author of The Art of Film Funding, 2nd Edition: Alternative Financing Concepts.  See IMDB for producing credits.

Who is Your Audience?

by Carole Dean

Who is your audience for your film? It’s a common question that we ask of independent filmmakers submitting their documentary, feature, or short film to the Roy W. Dean Film Grant. 

We find that 80% of our applications cannot correctly answer this important question. 

Who is your audience? Don’t say “everyone”!

What Do You Say When Asked to Describe Your Audience?

Some who submit to the grant say “my audience is ‘everyone’” (which I encourage you not to do).  Grant judges will drop your proposal like a hot potato!

Some say “men and women from 18 to 48.”  That’s too broad.  We want to know everything possible about this audience.  If you had a description for your typical audience member like a “soccer mom in Indiana”, we would love it.

Why should you get so up-close-and-personal and know who is your audience and know as much as you can about them?  Your money for your film is now in their hands.  You will need to get dollars from them for research, for production, and again for post.   Plus, they will pay to download your film and probably help you put people in seats for theatrical on demand.

Ok, Carole, How Do I Find My Audience for My Upcoming Project 

Start by getting to know your present audience.  That is people in your database from different walks of life, who are not filmmakers, and who love the subject of your upcoming film.  Be sure it’s not family or close friends, you want information from people you don’t know.

Here are some questions to ask:

  • What social media platforms do you hang-out on?
  • Where do you engage with people online?
  • What kind of news do you pay attention to?
  • What kind of music do you listen to?
  • What blogs do you follow?
  • What organizations do you belong to?

Knowing what organizations they belong to gives you an idea of what organizations you can join and you can begin to chat about your film online to expand your data base of names.

  • How do you spend your free time?
  • When you watch movies, how do you watch them? Do you go to the theatre?  Do you watch movies only on your laptop or your mobile phone?

How they watch movies may mean you don’t need that expensive camera and you can reduce your budget.

With the answers to these questions, you begin to understand where you can reach other people for your new audience.

Now you know where they hang-out online, how to speak to them based on what news they read, and what blogs they pay attention to.  You have a sense of how they pay attention to things.  A headline from New York Times for instance is very different than a headline from BuzzFeed.  Now, you have a better understanding of how to communicate with your potential audience.

Use this information to know where and how to find your audience.

Carole Dean is president and founder of From the Heart Productions; a 501(c)3 non-profit that offers fiscal sponsorship for independent filmmakers. She hosts the weekly podcast, The Art of Film Funding, interviewing those involved in all aspects of indie film production. She is also the author of The Art of Film Funding, 2nd Edition: Alternative Financing Concepts.

Enhancing Your Manifestations

by Carole Dean

The key to getting your indie film funded is to master manifesting money and enhance your manifestations.  In my Intentional Filmmaking Class and blogs, I teach that your mind is your greatest asset for filmmaking.  

Faith funds films

Faith funds films.  Yes, it’s your faith in you and your film that brings you the money.  You are the key to funding, not anyone else, so know that to start with. 

Knowing how to manifest and to enhance your manifestations will maximize your film funding potential by clearing a path for its success will help you get your film made.   

3 Basics of Manifesting

You must have these covered before you can move on to enhance and magnify your manifesting.

# 1 You must have a clearly defined goal.  That is one sentence with a clear, concise description of what you want.

#2 You have a deadline for manifesting, tied to a holiday like July 4th or thanksgiving.

# 3 You know you can do it. 

Pay Attention to Your Thoughts

Now, that you’ve got the manifesting basics down, do you honestly think you can raise $200,000.000?  How do you feel when you say that out loud?  Do you feel sick in your stomach?  Or do you feel confident? 

I have to get you to the confident stage.  That comes from recognizing any blocks you have with money! Pay attention to your thoughts.  Once you see old stuff come up about money, recognize it and say “that’s resistance!” and let it go.

Watch for the mind chatter saying, “How will you ever do this?”  Or you say to family, “I can’t work on my script today, I have to get the car washed”….that’s resistance.

Believe in Yourself…And Have a Good Plan

It’s the plan that makes you feel you can do it. 

You want to be sure you have:

  1. Your pitch perfect.
  2. Your deck for a feature or your proposal for a documentary that is very well developed.
  3. Your script now is a “Killer script,” not just good; it’s a knock-them-dead-script.
  4. The budget must be flawless and believable and the lowest you can make the film for, not the kitchen sink budget.

R vs I

You need to remove any insanity from your package.  Tom Malloy calls it R vs. I.  Reality vs. Insanity.   It’s ok to manifest something you’ve dreamed about.  But, it’s not going to happen if it’s not based in the real world.

Example, this is your first film.  Your budget is $20 million and you want to direct it. 

That’s insanity.  Start with a low budget film.  Don’t expect to raise that much money on your first film and live, for now, with being an unknown director.  Reality would be a $100K budget and you direct it with a killer script.

Once you have these elements in place you are ready to ask for money.  

Carole Dean is president and founder of From the Heart Productions; a 501(c)3 non-profit that offers fiscal sponsorship for independent filmmakers. She hosts the weekly podcast, The Art of Film Funding, interviewing those involved in all aspects of indie film production. She is also the author of The Art of Film Funding, 2nd Edition: Alternative Financing Concepts.