WANT TO SELL YOUR SCRIPT? (If Yes, Managers Many Times are Better than Agents. The Top 10 (Part 1: #1-10)

MANAGERS, AGENTS or ATTORNEYS?

Attn Writers & Actors with Ideas/Treatments:

Yes, you want an agent, a Literary Agent, however, as you know, it is very difficult to get one especially when he/she hides behind the mantra of “We don’t accept unsolicited manuscripts” or to even get past their secretary (Oops, no one in Hollywood is a secretary…it’s something like “Associate VP of Development”) proclaiming “Who is your referral

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DO YOU WANT TO DIRECT? (If Yes. This post is a Must! Take 3 Minutes. Learn the Basics)

WANT TO DIRECT? Then Get a Master & 2-Pops

Directing is actually quite simple once you learn the “Master & 2-Pops” concept.

So read on and in 3-minutes, maybe 5, you’ll grasp the formula, taught by Roger Corman to first-timers, now Directors, like Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, James Cameron. Francis Ford Coppola, Jonathan Demme & John Sayles…

So continue for 3-5 minutes and once you’ve read TRUTHs 5 & 6 (see below) you will clearly know the directing formula.

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HOLLYWOOD AGENTS (How to Get One? The “BIG 6” Movie Agencies… #1 Is the Biggest)

THE HOLLYWOOD AGENTS: THE BIG 6

Yes you need an agent…an agent that gets phone calls returned, that believes in you and specializes in the specific craft or industry that you or your projects are in such as… Talent, Literary, Packaging, Movie, TV, Non-Scripted, Music, Culinary, Sport, Speaker, Comics, Lecture, Commercial Agent

But first, let me cut-to-the-chase and give you a list of the leading agencies in Hollywood that are nicknamed the “Big 6”

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FILM FESTIVAL NO-BULL FACTS (Circuit. Distributors. Buyers. Top 18 Festivals)

3,000 FILM FESTIVALS.

30-40 years ago I bet you couldn’t name 10 Film Festivals in the entire world.

Go ahead… try.

Yeah, Cannes existed, Sundance just started, I’m sure there was something at Lincoln Center in New York, something in Los Angeles, likely London, Chicago (?), Hong Kong (?), Toronto (?), Sydney (?) …

Running out of cities with festivals…aren’t you?

Admit it…In the ’70s & ’80s it’s hard to name just ten festivals in the world that programmed independent films.

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SECRETS TO GREAT LOW-BUDGET FILM CREW (5 Videos & 5 Articles)

THE $10,000 MOVIE CREW: 4-5 Crew Keys

Yes, he/she is knowledgeable, energetic and loaded with a great education that is based on Hollywood Mega-Budget (Studio Features) &

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THE FILM DIRECTOR BASICS (10 Directing Articles on the Director’s Craft… I like #8 best)

MOVIE DIRECTING: THE NUTS & BOLTS?

You’re a first-timer and want to be a director. You have so many great film ideas but are totally stumped with how to be accepted by this Hollywood maze and be allowed to direct.

You’ve done the first-step. You’ve written the scripts. They’re done with Final Draft 10.0 and regsieterd with the WGA. You are sure will launch your career but must make sure your idea-story-scripts are not dumbed-down or bastardized and the only way to ensure that,

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INDEPENDENT FILM FINANCING (10 Low-Budget Funding Articles. I like #7)

PITCH-PITCH-PITCH LOW-BUDGET

OK. You have this great idea. You even have the script and a budget. Plus, you heard a studio executive say that “Low-budget at studios is now $15-20 Million.”

“Damn…Low-Budget $15-20 Mill” you ponder and your mind goes directly to “$15-20 Million. Sheeeyit. If I say I can make a movie for only $3-5, $2-3 or even $1-2 Million they should throw the money at me…it ain’t $15-20 Mill!”

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PLAY HOLLYWOODOPOLY (Sundance & Cannes Festival Deals)

FILM FESTIVAL SECRETS

For a filmmaker, with an independent film, the purpose of a Film Festival, other than social validation, is to demonstrate to distributors (assuming their Acquisition Executives are in attendance) that your film is (A) Marketable, (B) Sells Out screenings, (C) Makes Money & (D) has “Buzz”….

Why?

So you make-a-deal with a distributor that gets you some cash to (E) pay back your investors and (F) launches your career.

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HOLLYWOOD’S TOP SCREENPLAY BUYERS: THE SECRET EXPOSED (BONUS: 15 Actor-Producers with $100-150 Million Studio Deals)

SELL YOUR SCRIPT… BUT TO WHO BUYS!

NO-BULL: Want to Produce a Movie? Want to Sell your Script? Want to Finance your Idea/Treatment?

Then, stop calling Movie Studios. Stop pitching nobodies at cocktail parties. Stop thinking you’re getting an agent-who-believes-in-you. Stop hustling Bankers and Venture Capitalists. Stop buying $25 tickets for 10-minute pitches at pitchathons to secretaries. Stop spending hard earned money fantasizing Crowd Funding.

Stop. Stop. Stop.

Pitch and Sell your script to the only people that buy.

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NO-BULL SCREENWRITING (5 Good & 8 Bad Signs… BONUS: The Script Formula)

Five Characteristics of a Good Scene, and Eight Signs of a Bad One

There are probably many more features that could be listed to describe scenes that “work” or “don’t work,” but here are some essentials as written by “Sreenwriters University” at the site (www.WritersStore.com) which is the best resource for Screenwriters as well as Writers, Poets, Journalists and Lyricists.

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(“Always remember, “Nothing is Written… It’s Re-Written.”)

FIRST: 5 GOOD SCENE TRAITS

  1. The scene connects to the main character’s problem/goal for that story.

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