S-S Simens, founder of the Hollywood Film Institute.
I never went to an expensive film school. I graduated from Muhlenberg
College (Allentown, PA, 1965, BA-Economics) and spent 3 years
in the army (1st Lieutenant, Special Forces, '66 - '69). After
Viet Nam, I owned a successful bookstore in Carmel, California.
In 1980, I sold the store, took the cash and went to Hollywood
with an idea and a dream. I chased the deal, called agents, met
studio heads, pitched development execs, hustled bankable stars
and foreign buyers. I optioned books, true life stories and wrote
scripts. Finally, I put my money where my mouth is, wrote bank
checks and made a 90-minute 35mm feature film that won festival
Dov , directing a 35 shot /
during the shooting of "Flex".
I learned to make movies from beginning
to end... not from film school theory but from street reality.
Over the next five years I held jobs as a Production Manager
and Line Producer, and perfected my filmmaking skills by writing
those bank checks time and time again as I made movie after
movie for other companies. In 1986, I presented a class at UCLA
on "How to Get High Quality with
Low-Budgets". The fee was $325, there were 256 students for
a $86,125 gross, and I was paid $125 per day. Duh! USC then asked
me to give a course on their campus. It was successful and I was
paid $2,500. Then two years later NYU offered me $5,000 plus flight
and per diem for the course - I was now a professional film instructor.
7 major Cable revenues are detailed in London.
acclaimed 38-steps of filmmaking are outlined in NY.
In 1989, a student said, "Your act is together, why not
take it on the road". Thus, was born the Hollywood Film Institute
and my acclaimed 2-Day Film School™. The course is great.
I present it 25 times per year and have an instantaneous success
rate of 3%. That is 3 out of 100 students who attend my weekend
course make a feature film within 6 months.
To put 3% in perspective, not a single graduate of the expensive
4 year film schools have produced or directed a feature film within
6 months of graduation... then my 3% success rate is outrageously
During the past 15 years, I have taught
how to produce, write or direct with amazing success (graduates
to date have grossed over $2 Billion) and have perfected my
craft. I am proud of my teaching ability. I do not present myself
as a great producer or the great director. For I am not! And
great producers or directors, the Spielbergs & the Coppollas,
you will discover are not great
Dov with 9 Hollywood graduates
who produced a feature within 6 months... and all women!
But what I am, is exactly what you want, "a great film instructor",
who is proud to give you the most amount of filmmaking information,
for the least amount of money, in the shortest period of time."
I have created this site for you, "someone
who does not want to spend $50,000 - $100,000 and take 2 - 4
years of theory, but wants the facts."
Why wait! Get into action! Take one of
my film school programs ("2-Day", "Video", "Audio" or "Streaming"),
and you will be able to launch your career...