Tuesday, April 01, 2008
New Composer Letter
Thank you for sending me information about your music. Your work is excellent. I would be more than happy to discuss working with you on a movie but I want to first of all be very clear that we are a no-budget production company and have zero budget for music.
I just want to be clear that when I say zero budget what I mean is $0. ;-) There's no money for musicians, no money for recording, no money for licensing fees. None at all.
Typically what we do is license a composer's work non-exclusively, in perpetuity, throughout the universe, for a particular film, but the composer retains all rights to use and reuse his work, including soundtrack (in other words the Producer is specifically not allowed to release a soundtrack without re-negotiating with Composer), no work is considered "made for hire" but rather is fully owned by Composer, etc.
On the "upside" if the movie should make more than $75,000 (seventy-five thousand dollars) after the sales reps have taken their cut, we start divvying up the receipts with the composer(s) getting 1.5 percent.
We shoot our pictures for about $12,000 (twelve thousand dollars) total cash budget, which includes all deliverables. I have a mixing/editing/post-production suite which I share with a couple partners where we do most all of our post work. There will be a 5.1 mix for North American home video and possibly for non-English speaking markets if the distributors want 5.1.
So if you're interested (but believe me, I can understand if you just can't do $0 -- zero dollars) I'd be more than happy to discuss our projects with you. Even if you're interested only in doing a part of the picture, or using some pre-existing cues you already have, we would be happy to discuss with you.