PMD-For-Hire is a full-service, full-time, 6-days/week film marketing and distribution shop.
I serve the needs of indie documentary and features clients (mostly docs, truth be told), working intimately with production crews on a strictly embedded basis as part of a minimum 3-month introductory commitment — or longer — to help get projects needed audience traction and off the ground.
The overall aim of the service is to help filmmakers brand their films accordingly. I harp on the need to develop sound traditional marketing, blogging, and social media evangelism techniques — among a dozen others — to painstakingly replicate in “micro-version” what mini-studios devote hundreds of thousands — millions, even — of dollars to achieve.
My techniques are custom-designed to inculcate solid habits from the get-go for filmmakers who are deathly serious about their long-term career prospects and who wish to harness the boundless power of the newly-democratized filmmaking milieu in true DIY/DIWO-style. Moreover, the point of the exercise is to get filmmakers generating a steady cash flow from their work so they can continue to shoot films.
The techniques I employ are varied, yet standardized because they work.
While every project’s ultimate marketing and distribution goals are indeed different, demanding a bespoke approach each time out after a critical evaluation of a project’s current marketing assets and personnel, the methodologies I leverage are similar depending upon which stage of the production process I’m parachuted in.
- Several approaches I’ve applied for clients in the past include:
- organizing themed live events from “soup to nuts” as a way to promote a project and sell product at the event.
- conceiving of and assembling the pieces for a comedy documentary’s entire behind-the-scenes DVD Special Features section.
- managing a team of half a dozen editing and marketing interns as part of a film’s post-production rapid rollout.
- representing a client at a marquee L.A.-area film festival as part of that picture’s world premiere, taking potential distribution meetings in the process.
- providing coverage on a spec script with suggestions for possible location improvements with the aim of potentially capturing better co-branding prospects in the future.
My rates are monthly, comprised of a flat fee, first and last’s months paid in advance (one month is always on deposit), and I no longer accept month-to-month contracts as past experience has shown not much of impact can be achieved in just 30 days. Clients wishing to sign me for 30-day periods are throwing away perfectly good marketing budget, and I tell them so. I also tell clients I can’t help projects which don’t move me personally. So if I’m not “method acting” certain aspects of the production role, there’s no PMD in the business who can help you.
PMD-For-Hire is proudly Toronto-based and to my knowledge I’m one of the few Canadians who does this for a living. Given how public funding bodies like Telefilm Canada have now committed to releasing grant money only to those co-produced projects with a clear audience engagement or transmedia strategy in place, the need for PMDs on indie production crews has never been more imperative.
Since I only work the projects where I think I can be of assistance, genres like soft snuff, horror, or certain types of foreign dramas are out of my league. Furthermore, I collaborate with only a limited number of projects each quarter, so once that quota is filled I don’t take on new clients until the current period is over.
For custom requests or to find out when the next opening is, email@example.com, or dial 416-827-4196. I answer my phone almost always. Thank you.
And of course, client references available upon request.