Hi - I'm a former local news journalist and producer and have been producing mostly corporate content for the past several years. I live in Rochester, MN - and I'm working on a documentary about a basketball player who nearly died, but survived miraculously. I've got a big question related to how to approach working with a funder who may want a separate "version" of the documentary I'm working on - for their own promotional purposes. Here's the question in case someone has some thoughts from here - and if anyone has a recommendation for where I should post this if you could let me know, that would be great. I see there are lots of topics that have been "archived" and it looks like maybe those are dead forums that we can't add to? Sorry for my clue-lessness.
Here's my question:
Hello. I’m in post-production on a documentary and am trying to find a funder to pay $24K to fund the post-production of it. I’ve got about $8K invested in money into the doc – and a lot more than that in time/sweat equity.
This is the first doc I’ve sought funding for, and I think I may soon get funding to finish it, – likely from an organization that will require a finished piece (or pieces) culled from the doc material – that THEY could use - meaning – I think the organization will want their “own version” of the documentary in exchange for the $24K.
I’d like to produce it – and am open to creating multiple pieces if that’s what it takes – one for the organization to use as a promotional tool for themselves – and one that I produce in an effort to sell.
Here’s my question – as a doc filmmaker – would you not want to create two pieces – one for the funder, and then one that I’m in full control of – because then you’ve got two versions of the story out there – and that makes your documentary inherently less valuable?
For other doc filmmakers out there – do you advise against doing this – and finding ONLY funders who will sponsor your production and don’t expect anything but their name on the documentary in return for their sponsorship?