Director of Indie Sci Fi Feature Film, COSMOS.
Hi Joe - we received a decent MG (can't legally disclose) and we received our first royalty statement recently. To answer your question, yes we are making money from the film.
Cheers Rajesh! Much appreciated :)
Hey Attila - thanks so much for the kind words and the support. Would love to hear what you make of the movie if you get the chance to watch it (also, let's connect on social media or something, please do reach out on one of the links above - would love that).
You're absolutely right, regarding the time commitment. Our official spend does not include the time and lack of earnings over the period we made this movie. Arguably it is still cost effective though as we'll take all the producers gross (obviously paying the 4 others involved as well), but it requires an enormous upfront investment of time. But we don't really condone this as a way of running a filmmaking business, there are faster, easier ways to produce films. But if you want to get your foot on the feature directing ladder and want to stand above a sea of short films, it's hard to get a break or the trust from investors/producers if you've not got a feature film to your name. That's why we made Cosmos the way we did, we were happy to put the effort and time in because for us the end goal was not money but exposure and track record for future films.
In hindsight I would recommend raising at least a bit of money, crowd funding, to help speed up some of the elements (sound and vfx being two examples). That being said, as soon as you start paying one person for their expertise it becomes hard, quite rightly, to tell others working on the project that they won't get paid. You're not under any obligation to share that kind of info with your team, but we'd struggle morally.
(And you're the BMPCC rocks. Where are you based in the UK?)
Hi Gerbert - hopefully this'll pop up in your notifications, it won't let me reply directly to you for some reason. Thanks so much for your kind words about the trailer! And we're thrilled it made your day. You're indeed right about the BMPCC original - that little camera is a workhorse and served us well. Totally overlooked in our opinion.
We didn't know the film would be distributed until we'd finished it and began shipping it around. We believed that distributors would be far more likely to bite with a finished film that with one half complete, so yeah there was a degree of uncertainty. But I think you just have to stick to your guns and believe that there's an audience for your film and there's a distributor out there who'll want to make money off it.
It sounds like you're in the thick of it with your own project - it's certainly easy to doubt yourself but if it's a story you're passionate about telling then you won't be content unless you've told it. Provided it's not putting you or your family in a tight spot financially, keep going and don't let go of that original flame that made you start the project. I'll be the first in line to watch it!
Would be cool to connect via social media, we're trying to build a community of likeminded filmmakers so please do reach out to us using the links in the article. That'd be awesome. All the best and thanks again Z
Hi Jeremy - no problem and thank you for reading it! Glad you found it useful. We're actually already in talks with NFS regarding an article specifically about distribution - we've learnt a lot and are keen to share it with the filmmaking community. Feel free to reach out to us on our social media links in the article if you want to talk through private messages etc. Would be cool to connect. All the best Z
Thank you so much Liam - it seems we certainly share similar values. I think you've hit the nail on the head. I don't know if it's filmmakers wanted something to hide behind or if it's the industry trying to get more money out of filmmakers, or both, but as soon as we realise the gear we have in our hands is plenty to tell a compelling story, the better. I'm not just one of those people who says that and doesn't believe it, I honestly think someone out there could make an Oscar winning film on an iPhone. You're spot on. Would be great to connect on social media, drop us a message through the social media links in the article - we're keen to build a community of like-minded creatives x