Blue Potato -- Things to Think About Before Production

By Kavita Pullapilly 
 
As most producers know, the battle is won in pre-production.  If you can't succeed in pre-production, you're better off not going into production.  There are lists upon lists of everything that needs to fall into place to seamlessly deliver all the logistics, people and resources that will result in the creative vision of your film.

However, for the directors and producers of BLUE POTATO, they didn't just stop there.  During pre-production, award-winning filmmakers Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly along with producer Kavita Pullapilly knew that they had to think about the business behind the film and how it would perform in the marketplace.  With this in mind, they sought to develop a financial strategy for their film that would greatly increase its appeal to investors and distributors.

"First, you have to understand the value of your film.  Second is knowing what your best case, most likely and worst case scenarios will be.  When you value your film, you have to look at it like any other product in the marketplace.  That's hard for a lot of filmmakers to hear, or to even look at their film objectively, but its critical to its success.  Let's boil it down to the basics.  When you build a home to sell, you wouldn't build a $5million dollar home in a neighborhood in which every other house is selling for $200k," said co-producer Kavita Pullapilly.

For more important insights on "Things to Think About Before Production," see the full blog at the BLUE POTATO website:

 
Kavita Pullapilly serves as the chief operating officer for the award-winning film production company, Sunny Side Up Films, Inc. and oversees the finance, marketing and distribution divisions.  She is currently co-producing Sunny Side Up Films' second feature film, Blue Potato as well as co-producing a national multi-platform project for PBS called Lifecasters.

Blue Potato - Breaking Down the Barriers of Film Marketing

By Kavita Pullapilly

You've heard about Fortune 500 companies signing product placement and marketing deals with big studio movies. But it's next to impossible to actually get a significant marketing deal on an independent film. Filmmakers Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly's feature film, Blue Potato,  signed a deal with Terra Chips that will become a game changer for how independent films work with companies to support a distributor's marketing efforts and increase audience engagement and visibility for the film. This high value deal will not only enhance a distributor's advertising campaign for the film but open up new lines of marketing exposure that have not been done at the independent level.
 
In this candid interview with Jared Simon from Terra Chips and the Blue Potato filmmakers, they explain how this relationship began, how they formulated a plan to work together, and their approach to supporting the release of Blue Potato.
 
Kavita Pullapilly serves as the chief operating officer for the award-winning film production company, Sunny Side Up Films, Inc. and oversees the finance, marketing and distribution divisions.  She is currently co-producing Sunny Side Up Films' second feature film, Blue Potato as well as co-producing a national multi-platform project for PBS called Lifecasters.

Can The Harvard Business School Find The Solution To The Indie Film Dilemma?

By  Kavita Pullapilly

Going into their next feature film, BLUE POTATO, award-winning filmmakers (and past contributors to this blog with a great series of posts "The DIY Chronicles") Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly wanted to answer a question that all independent filmmakers want to know:  How can independent filmmakers and studios collaborate in a more profitable and cost-effective way to get quality films into the marketplace?

Working with a team from the Harvard Business School, Gaudet and Pullapilly created a strategy to minimize risk, increase audience reach and maximize profit potential for potential distributors for BLUE POTATO. Read about how they developed key strategies for marketing and distribution that makes their film attractive to studio buyers. And find out how they evaluated their film so that they could reduce their financial risk while still accomplishing their goals in production.

"You have to find out what your movie is capable of going out there and making and then make your film for less than that. Set your budget at that level and be firm about it. The HBS team really helped us identify the cut off point for what we could spend on the film and why it was so important to know that value. If you know that number, no matter what happens in production, you are forced to come up with creative ideas to stay at that number. And by doing that, you know you are not spending more than what your house is worth, when it comes time to sell it," said writer, producer, director Aron Gaudet.

http://bluepotatomovie.com/featured/harvard-business-school-2/

 

 Kavita Pullapilly serves as the chief operating officer for the award-winning film production company, Sunny Side Up Films, Inc. and oversees the finance, marketing and distribution divisions.  She is currently co-producing Sunny Side Up Films' second feature film, Blue Potato as well as co-producing a national multi-platform project for PBS called Lifecasters.