“They don’t call it show business for nothing.” I’ve heard it many times in many different tones from many people. It’s a pretty simple truth, but for the aspiring filmmaker; it can be hard to wrap your head around. If you are like me, you may not think of yourself as much of a businessperson. You may do better when working on your own projects. Chances are you just want to focus on your work, and if you believe in a project, it can be hard to think about the “business” end of the equation. However, business is what finances films. It’s how profits are made, and it’s the only way you are able to do your work at all. So how does it all work? The film industry is an institution of modern culture, and as such appears daunting to the budding independent filmmaker. Because it is an industry, there are lawyers, bean counters, and administrators. Entire systems exist within the film business with more complexity than perhaps any other art form. Music and literature play a huge role as well, and when you consider that most movies incorporate music and literature into their projects, you really begin to see how vast and complicated the whole thing is. For those who don’t know me, I’m a novice filmmaker and writer. I did not go to film school, nor have I ever studied broadcasting or media. Everything I am discovering and sharing are things I have learned in the past two years while working on small sets, including directing and writing CATMEDIA’s first feature-length movie. So from one newbie to all you others out there, let me break down the business of show business.