by Dov S-S Simens on June 23, 2017
FEATURE FILM SUCCESS ODDS:
Filmmaking success is not based on revenues and profits. It is, when a first-timer, based 100% on “Did you get financing”.
Think profits, revenues, names, international co-productions, pre-sales, tax credits, cable deals, etc. for your second film but for your your first just focus on (a) get real and (b) financing.
And, by real is meant, accepting that neither you, your mom or dad are marketable names,2 Comments
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by Dov S-S Simens on June 19, 2017
TWO RULES FOR ANYONE WITH A TV IDEA.
Rule 1 is that “No one owns an idea.”
If all you have is an idea (aka: a thought), you’re sure it’s bloody great, but are not mega-famous or mega-wealthy, then sadly it is best to just forget about it.
(“No one owns an idea. Write it. Register it. Copyright it. Now you own something.”)
by Dov S-S Simens on June 17, 2017
INDEPENDENT (LOW-BUDGET) FILMMAKING: The Budget, Script, Shoot, Crew & 1 Hot Tip
(1) BUDGET: $200,000-$300,000 or $300,000-$500,000
(“For $200-300K you produce a quality 3-week shoot, signing with likely only 1 guild.”)
Want to make a “Million Dollar Feature”.
However (Shh! Secret coming), you do not need $1,000,000 to make a “Million Dollar Feature” for you can do so with only $200,000-$300,000 (Shh!1 Comment
by Dov S-S Simens on June 12, 2017
MICRO-BUDGET FILMMAKING: The Budget, Script, Shoot, Crew & 1 Hot Tip
(1) THE BUDGET: $50,000 to $100,000
(“With $50-100K and proper prep, anyone can execute a quality 2-week shoot.”)
The previous post I outlined No-Budget Filmmaking (1-Week Shoot) when all you have is $5,000-$20,000.
Now, assuming you have $50,000 to $100,000, the topic is no longer “No-Budget Filmmaking” but “Micro-Budget Filmmaking”.
“No-Budget Filmmaking”3 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on June 10, 2017
NO-BUDGET FILMMAKING: The Budget, The Script, The Shoot, The Crew & 1 Hot Tip.
(1) THE BUDGET: $10,000-$50,000
(“”El Mariachi”, “Clerks”, “Saw”, “Tangerine” were successful No-Budget Movies that launched careers.”)
For your first independent feature film (independent as in “you are independent of the studio system”) you will have a budget of $10,000-$50,000.
ANSWER: Because once you stop talking like low-budget is only $1-2,No Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on May 31, 2017
Studio Executives, with respect to financing indy films or why they won’t, always state “It is very difficult to define what Independent Filmmaking is.”
Huh? No it isn’t!
For over 30 years I’ve heard execs, attorneys, agents, and dealmakers, speak on panels about Independent Financing and state time-and-time-again… “It is very hard to define Independent Filmmaking.”
Even development and programming execs at Amazon,2 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on May 28, 2017
YOUR 1st FEATURE FILM
Hello first-time Producers, Screenwriters & Directors.
(“To launch your film career, if your parents are not mega-wealthy or -famous, making a low-budget feature is a very valid method and depending on the budget 1/2 to 1/10th the cost of going to NYU or USC for 4-years.”)
Here’s the point: When starting a movie career everyone, even 4-year ($200,000-$300,000) USC & NYU graduates,3 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on May 22, 2017
HOLLYWOOD LIES: “THE MOVIE BUDGET IS”
NO-BULL: The key to knowing a film’s budget is not in listening to panelists at festivals or reading trade articles in newspapers like Variety or Hollywood Reporter…
The secret lies in first knowing “How long was the shoot”. And once you know how long the shoot was you secondly can back into the amount of money (aka: budget) that was actually spent to make-the-film rather than listening to or reading the inflated number they’re using to market-the-film.1 Comment
by Dov S-S Simens on May 11, 2017
MOVIE MONEY: RUNAWAY PRODUCTIONS
In 1997 Canada, specifically the city of Toronto (which doubles for USA cities), opted to compete for Hollywood shoots (aka: money) by offering 25% rebates/refunds to all productions that were about to-be-shot in cities like New York, or Boston, or Philadelphia, or Baltimore or any East Coast USA city but decided to shoot in Toronto, take the 25% rebate, bring 2 American actors, shoot 99% of the scenes in Toronto, call it an American movie,6 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on May 7, 2017
HOLLYWOOD MOVIE AGENTS
No-Bull Film Talk: Yes you need an agent. Yes you need a movie agent.
Yes you need a movie agent that knows how to sell scripts, hire writers, attach bankable actors, create movie packages, take meetings with deal-makers and power-brokers and help with financing via pre-selling, etc.
(Be sure that he/she is licensed and has a bookkeeping department to monitor your earnings.)