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Directing the Documentary, 6th Edition by Michael Rabiger

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CHAPTER 37

STARTING UP ON YOUR OWN

 

 

Everyone hungry to make films wants to know the “secret of how you got the money” for a particular project, but each process is different. It is particular to the project, to you the producer, and to the organization to which you are applying. Getting funds is key to making documentaries for a living.

STARTING A BUSINESS

If you begin to make films of your own, you will have to decide whether to incorporate or apply for fiscal sponsorship. By making film for money, you are for legal purposes “sole proprietor” of a business. This is straightforward enough from a tax and bookkeeping point of view, but has its risks. Should you face a legal claim, a court will make no separation between your business liabilities ...

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