How To Sell A Movie To Netflix Like A Boss
The world of indie filmmaking is abuzz with folks wanting to sell a movie to Netflix. And this is for good reason. With over 30 million subscribers, getting your movie into the platform would represent exposure and validation. As a result, many filmmakers continually leave messages at my office that sound like this:
I want to sell a movie to Netflix! I just want you to know that I don’t care about money. In fact, if I can’t sell a movie to Netflix, I’d be happy to put my movie on Netflix for free.
If you’re having similar thoughts, you may want to rethink a few things. While the opportunity for exposure feels enticing, accepting a silly deal doesn’t pay the bills or pay back your investors.
Weekend Writing Inspiration: 7 Creative Strategies to Survive ‘Distance Learning’ and Keep Writing this Fall
With many school districts here in the U.S. planning to open this fall with “full distance” or “hybrid” learning in short order, many writer-parents are anxiously wondering how to keep working their day jobs — let alone keep writing and preserve our well-being — on top of being full-time educators. (And even if you’re not in the U.S., let’s face it: writing and parenting always require creative planning to pull off, so hopefully, this is useful to you, too.)
As someone who has been working from home since 2002 (I’ve kept my business running through my two boys’ early childhoods; they’re now 6 and 12), I’ve come into this situation knowing firsthand how frustrating it can be to try to eke out time and space for work and writing in the midst of taking care of children. And managing distance learning only complicates the care.
Having said that, I also know it’s possible to continue to write, even when pressed for time, energy, and mental bandwidth.
Let me share with you a few things I’ve learned over the years.
First, a caveat: Even with educational changes as a common baseline, each of us is in a specific, unique-to-us situation. “Parenting” runs the gamut of life experience: single parenting, parenting with a partner; parenting with inflexible work schedules, parenting with flexible work schedules, having childcare support, not having childcare support; or parenting kids of different ages, needs or temperaments, etc. The permutations are endless.
As always, therefore, take from these ideas what best serves you, and ignore the rest.