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Confessions of a Film Investor: The Missing Book for Independent Filmmakers by Albert Sandoval is as rare a find in the world of filmmaking as the proverbial unicorn in the garden. In a practical, no-nonsense, conversational style, Sandoval teaches and testifies that being a creative person does not mean that we have to be bad at business. His candid tone and laser-beam focus are unmistakable: “I will give it to you straight—no fluff, no bullshit—and you do with it what you want (p. 39). In the “time-is-money” world of film financing, the old adage “you only get one chance to make a first impression” is elevated from adage to mantra, and Sandoval gives a plethora of insider tips on how to make the most of every opportunity and every moment, whether they be carefully planned or completely unforeseen.
Topics range from hiring first-rate talent on a budget to gaining access to prime investors to perfecting your ‘elevator speech.’ Any reader with even a passing interest in film production will immediately recognize Sandoval’s content-rich primer as an indispensable resource. Sandoval’s experience and wisdom are of the choice variety that can only be acquired in the real world over the course of a lifetime – experience and wisdom that are rare to find and even rarer to find in someone willing to share so unselfishly. Confessions of a Film Investor is more than a field guide to success; it is a crash course in creative reality – a cautionary tale inexplicably and refreshingly chock-full of unbridled optimism. What a gift! Superb in every aspect. Whether you want to become a film investor, learn more about the art and business of filmmaking, or just want to enrich your independent cinema viewing experience, Confessions of a Film Investor by Albert Sandoval is a riveting, must-read masterpiece.