You have a brilliant idea for a film, but you don’t have the funds to bring your vision to life. Most filmgoers don’t know what goes on behind the scenes and all the work it takes to even get the film off the ground.

For independent filmmakers, it’s even more challenging if you don’t have intellectual property with a following or wealthy friends/family to help. Raising money is key, and there are only a few ways to do that:

Pre-Sales Agreements

A pre-sale agreement is a contract made with distributors before the film is produced. These agreements are based on the projected strength of the film. Distributors assess the film’s talent, its script and the marketing strategy. 

Once a filmmaker has entered into a pre-sales agreement, a loan can be taken out and the agreement can be used as collateral, or a payment can be received at a discount from the distributors.

The filmmaker must repay the loan before profiting and personally guarantee the loan in the event the film is not completed.

This type of financing can be complex and challenging to navigate without the help of a lawyer.

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Fans of the beloved series Game of Thrones want to be transported to the fictional and fantastical realm of Westeros. It’s possible to travel to the incredible destinations from that world, or at least the closest options that you can get. 

In case you aren’t aware, Game of Thrones is an award-winning television series that has been shocking millions of viewers for almost a decade. The epic fantasy was adapted from the best-selling book series A Song of Ice and Fire written by George RR Martin — he has sold more than seventy million copies across the world, and there are still two additions he has yet to finish. The majority of the drama takes place on a continent called Westeros, which is divided into various lands loyal to different rulers and houses. It’s easy to imagine that these imposing stone castles and palaces beside shimmering blankets of water are all the products of Hollywood magic. The creators actually shoot in real locations instead of superimposing digital settings on a green screen.

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We see him as one of the coaches of NBC’s “The Voice.” However, his role in that TV show isn’t the one that made him famous and well-known, it is his music. From a simple countryside lifestyle, to a contemporary radio fare, Blake Shelton had it all. His songs might have different styles but they have one thing in common, a great vocal prowess. 

With more than 20 No. 1 hits, making a top 5 list of Blake Shelton’s greatest hits is quite difficult. However, the following songs sure helped him to be where he is right now. 

“Lonely Tonight” 

From Blake Shelton’s eighth studio album, “Bringing Back The Sunshine,” this song is featuring Pistol Annies’ Ashley Monroe. The song talks about a “bittersweet one night stand.” Some people describe this traditional country song as a “dark love song” while others think its “relatable and heartbreaking.” However, whatever people think about the song doesn’t make it any less great. In fact, “Lonely Tonight” got a Grammy Award nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance back in 2014, adding more fame to Blake Shelton.

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Most American moviegoers tune in every year for the most-watched event in movies, the Academy Awards. If someone’s a music buff, chances are they turn the TV set to the Grammys every year to see the biggest chart-toppers of the season. And for the Broadway nerds among us, the big event happens at the beginning of June with the American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards. While the Tonys may be less popular than the other mainstream award shows, they recently celebrated their 72nd year of celebrating the finest live actors and actress in America. The broadcast involves not only speeches and cheesy jokes from the hosts but also fantastic live performances. Radio City Music Hall fills with the best Broadway has to offer in a celebration of the theatre community.


The history of the Tony Awards is an interesting one that starts with some fierce suffragettes. They are named after Antoinette Perry who worked as an actress, director, and producer. Shortly after she passed away, the American Theatre Wing hosted a great party to celebrate the amazing work in the theatre that year. What started out as gatherings of around 1,000 individuals at annual galas eventually grew into the large event we know today. The first televised event was in 1967 and it lasted an hour. Today CBS devotes 3 hours to the broadcast, and it is shown around the globe. 

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