All you need to do to be a director is pick up a camera and shoot. This stuck with me from Titanic director, James Cameron. The issue with creating a film is not from the lack of ideas. It's usually attributed to funding. Most filmmakers face the challenge of getting investors to sign over checks in order to go from just a thought to the big screen.
In the process of producing a work with a writer and director from Harlem, I came across some cool and useful information pertaining to pitching a film to investors. It really comes down to Producers, Rethinking Investors and Confidence.
A young director working on a documentary once told me "producers are really just people who get $h*T done." They are the people who do the research, get the meetings, and close the deal. Gaining information is key when seeking investors. Find someone who believes in your project as if its their own and willing to do what needs to be done. There are no technical requirements needed.
Often times we look to Hollywood or others within the industry to fund our projects. But when you think of it, an investor is anyone who will put up the cash needed to shoot and possibly distribute your film. So a dentist, doctor, lawyer, and your wealthy uncle can be an investor. The essential part in finding individuals to invest is the connection they have to the story you are creating. Some will invest just to stay they are executive producers of a film. It is pretty cool to be part of making a movie. You may also want to consider crowd funding. Spike Lee and others in the industry have gained big through outlets like Kick Starter; Lee raised $1,418,910 for the Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint.
Hey you never know.
To get the idea from the page and from the page in front of investors you must have confidence. When pitching, creating, filming and everything else you have to believe enough in your vision to make someone else believe in it.
If you can dream it its worth creating.
Check out Slated.com for more on Film Financing and Dealmaking.