I'm suffering from complete ignorance here and could really use some help...
For small indie features--say $200k - $2million, where do they get that kind of money from? How do you get to the point where you can raise that kind of a budget? What kind of people/entities funds that usually?
Because as far as I understand, that's still far too low of a budget for big studios to dabble or take interest in, yet every year film festivals are full of these indies that have $100K - $4mil budgets. How are these funded?
I'm wondering because I have a full length movie script that a lot of people who've read it really like and we're thinking about jumping on board with a production company who's gained some modest interest from studios with their past projects.
But how would one go about getting just $200K for an independent film? What to people do to make that happen?
Any help appreciated. There's some things that film school really should have prepared me for, but I guess that's where the real world has to take over.