PRODUCE A MOVIE (Filmmaker Success… What are the Odds? Budgets 6 & 7 are Your Best Bets)

PRODUCE A FEATURE FILM: What are the Odds?

Anyone, yes anyone, can produce, write or direct a feature film if they lose their naivety (It’s called “Show Business”… It is not called “Show Art”) and become realistic.

And, by realistic is meant, accepting that you, as a first-timer, are not a marketable name and neither your mom or dad are marketable names nor are they billionaires with disposable cash.

Further,

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ATTN WOMEN: HOLLYWOOD GLASS CEILING (Break the Damn Ceiling… 7 Female Power Agents & 5 Phone Numbers)

HOLLYWOOD WOMEN AGENTS: The Magnificent Seven

Want an agent? You’re a female. You’ve heard that Hollywood, like other industries, has a Glass Ceiling. You have a great idea. You have a script. You are amazing talent… You’re ready to break in and all that is needed for you is representation.

hollywood-women-4  (Break the glass ceiling. Women, why not get a woman agent… and yes they do have power.)

No problem.

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HOLLYWOOD SECRET: PERSONAL MANAGERS (Want an Agent? Get a Manager. BONUS: 4 Great Managers

HOLLYWOOD MANAGERS: BEST WAY TO GET AN AGENT

Here’s a Hollywood Secret. Get a Personal Manager.

Why? Pick one: You have a script and need a literary agent or…

You’re an actor and need a talent agent or…

You’re a filmmaker and need a packaging agent or…

You’re a director, with an award winning short, and need a tv agent or…

You’re a producer, with a project,

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HOLLYWOOD SMALL LICENSED AGENTS (25 Literary Talent Agents)

HOLLYWOOD POWER AGENCIES

There are 7 mega powerful Hollywood agencies, with 50-200 agents each for Writers, Directors, Filmmakers, Actors, Singers, Comics and Speakers, that more than likely will not either take your phone call or accept your unsolicited manuscript.

They are…

(1) Agency for Performing Artists (APA) at 310-888-4200.

AGENTS-2 (Make sure your script is typed in the correct format…. Use either Final Draft, Celtx, MovieMagic or Scrivener screenwriting software.)

(2) Creative Artists Agency (CAA) at 424-888-2000

(3) The Gersh Agency (TGA) at 310-274-6611

(4) International Creative Management (ICM) at 310-550-4000.

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HOLLYWOOD FORMULAS FOR SCREENWRITING, DIRECTING & PRODUCING (Part 1: The Screenwriting Roadmap)

 HOLLYWOOD FORMULAS (Part 1: Screenwriting)

First life.

Life, whether you desire to write, produce or direct has simple rules for fulfillment and happiness (i.e. Be nice…Act with love…Work hard…Trust God) that are absolutes.

Anyone, yes anyone can write, produce or direct but the key is “and be happy”… then apply these 3 Formulas, or roadmaps, be patient…. and “Happiness is “guaranteed”.”

(OK, nothing is ever guaranteed…but it is likely)

PRODUCER-4-Spielberg (Happiness is more than a 3-minute pitch to Spielberg,

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HOLLYWOOD BOUTIQUE AGENCIES (Sell Your Script; 7 Boutique Literary Agencies)

HOLLYWOOD POWER AGENTS

Last week’s No-Bull Film Post was a list of the 7 Power Agencies for Actors, Singers, Comics, with over 300 Talent Agents.

Those 7 Agencies are:

(1) APA: (Agency for Performing Artists @ 310-888-4200)

(2) CAA: (Creative Artists Agency @ 424-888-2000)

WME-CAA (Creative Artists Agency and William Morris Endeavor are two of the largest Hollywood agencies with over 1,000 agents combined… surely, with a property and correct filmmaking knowledge you can get one.)

(3) TGA: (The Gersh Agency @ 310-274-6611)

(4) PARADIGM: (Paradigm Agency @ 310-288-8000)

(5) UTA: (United Talent Agency @ 310-273-6700)

(6) WME: (William Morris Endeavor @ 310-285-9000)

Further I gave you some inside info for just about everyone when calling for you will start with an opening line like… 

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HOLLYWOOD LIES (Lie #3… “Hollywood is Looking for Talent”)

HOLLYWOOD IS LOOKING FOR TALENT

Yuk-Yuk-Yuk.

bull-shit-1 (“Hollywood is not looking for talent… But it is looking for grosses, revenues, profits, distributions, dividends and marketable names”)

If you truly believe Hollywood is looking for talent then below are the addresses for the six Major Studios (aka: Distributors) who each employ 1,000-2,000 and are in constant development, production and distribution of new ideas and projects and perform this simple exercise.

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HOLLYWOOD LIES (Lie #2: “Your Script Is Really Good”)

HOLLYWOOD SCREENPLAYS: 2 Types of Scripts (A Great Script or A Good Script)

Screenwriting reality…. Permit me to cut-to-the-chase writers.

Want to sell your script?

Let me make it simple… Then there are only 2 types of screenplays.

bull-shit-1(You script is either great and it is bought or it sucks… don’t take any Hollywood B-Sh*t)

The first is… it is Bought-Purchased-Optioned-Financed…which obviously is what you want.

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HOLLYWOOD LIES (Lie #1: “The Budget Is…”)

HOLLYWOOD FR*CKIN’ LIES. 

Let’s talk budgets. Movie Budgets and how they so clearly demonstrate that “Hollywood Lies”.

The Million Dollar Feature Film? The $2-3 Million Feature? The $20 Million Budget? The $50 Million Studio Feature? The $200 Million Mega-Budget Franchise?

I don’t get it…Why is everyone in Hollywood always struck with “verbal diarrhea” and desirous of talking budgets?

Everybody wants to know “What’s the budget of your movie”

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BE A PRODUCER. (2 Proven Approaches… Part 1 “Producer-Dealmaker”.)

PRODUCING A MOVIE IS NOT DIFFICULT.

Huh? Yes, yes, yes… I know that headline is controversial especially since you’ve had this amazing idea (even have the script) festering inside you for the last 3-5 years and can not get anyone, whether in-or-out of Hollywood, to believe in you.

Stop. Don’t get frustrated, merely understand that there are only 2 methods or approaches to financing your great idea or script and getting it made.

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