'Dredd' & 'Lone Survivor' Producer Adi Shankar Explains How & Why Movies Are Funded

Adi Shankar, who, in addition to the movies above, has also produced a number of bootleg fan films (including the recent Power/Rangers), explains how and why movies are funded outside of the studio system (and why getting a sequel to Dredd will be tough):

In a nutshell, he breaks it down with a simple equation: D + I + S, which stands for Domestic Value, International Value, and Subsidy/Government Rebate. Essentially, if the cost of the film is greater than the sum of this equation, than it's unlikely that anybody is going to put up the money for it, and if it's lesser than, there's at least a chance. This is the boring stuff when it comes to filmmaking, but it's also some of the most important, because movies require money to be made, especially at higher levels when you're dealing with bigger Hollywood actors. 

If you're wondering why there are so many bad movies out there, this is part of the reason. 

For more videos, check out Adi's YouTube page    

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Very useful. Thanks.

March 8, 2015 at 5:41PM

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This dude is fucking awesome

March 8, 2015 at 5:47PM, Edited March 8, 5:47PM

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Max Ciesynski
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There's still plenty of movies with no value either and they still get made. I sen plenty of movies made tat have no big actor, no known filmmaker and a horrible script/story and yet they somehow find a way to saturate the industry. It can be quite discouraging for us indie guys, but I just worry about making something special and letting the money be a byproduct. It's really important to be confident and have more then just talent, it really helps to know some rich people who believe in you as well, lol.

March 9, 2015 at 12:38PM

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Brad Watts
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Real talk! Good stuff

March 12, 2015 at 9:27AM

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Kyle Lamar
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Lol that was legit. Love the way he talks.

March 25, 2015 at 1:20PM

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Joseph Quillen
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