And on the topic of how to go about answering a potential investor’s concerns…
The following is by no means exhaustive (and not all of it may be necessary for your particular business plan), but here’s the meat and potatoes that most filmmakers use to convey their pitch: Outline: A brief summary of the screenplay—ideally just your logline—and some key figures regarding financial requirements.
It’s an easy-to-use 23 page template that can be used alone, or in conjunction with their Film Proposals and Financing Manual and Film Projections Templates.
Just to be clear, this template is for feature films, but it can easily be modified for ANY film or documentary project.
A highly important part of the business plan which you may want to work on with the rest of the team, this will be the foundation of an accurate budget projection.
Production Budget: The shooting schedule total, plus the overall production expenditure of the movie.
Donations are GIFTS and do not have to be paid back.
When seeking donor funding, you will need a documentary proposal that includes a treatment, crew bios, a budget, distribution plan and your overall goals and vision for the project.
Bullet points regarding your previous work (or any notable team members) may be of benefit but only if they really are selling points, otherwise, brevity is preferred.
Shooting Schedule: A detailed plan outlining every expected cost behind each scene of the screenplay, including any props needed, cost of travel to locations, and compensation to crew members.