by Dov S-S Simens on March 1, 2016
PAGE-1: GRAB THE READER
They say about Hollywood, “Those whores only read 10 pages”.
Hey, “Easy. Easy. I was one of those whores”.
Permit me to explain why: Everyone believes that a “Reader” (aka: Those Whores) can tell if your script stinks within 10 pages… is a bloody-bloody-lie…
Answer: I used to be a “Reader” and did “Coverage” (2-page Book/Script Evaluations) during my first 3 years in Hollywood,27 Comments
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by Dov S-S Simens on February 26, 2016
OSCAR WEEK Party. Pitch. Panel. Pitch. Partner. Pitch. Produce. Pitch. Perform. Pitch
Oscar week is when 30% of the Film, Television and now, On-Demand, deals are initiated for the entire year.
Join in. But always remember it’s called “Show Business”…. Business. Business. Business.
So, even though the Academy (AMPAS, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences) events have started, allow me to give you a day-by-day rundown of where to go,1 Comment
by Dov S-S Simens on February 22, 2016
25 FILMMAKER PODCASTS (All Free)…. Read, Click, Listen, Learn
25 Free Filmmaking Podcasts from experienced film pros, with solid filmmaker – writer – director – producer information, are a super inexpensive way to learn how to succeed in Hollywood as an Independent Filmmaker.
The list (Top 25 Movie Podcasts) was first aggregated by JASON BUFF, who’s Podcast, “INDIE FILM ACADEMY”, is listed as #4 and you should definitely listen to.3 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on February 21, 2016
SCHEDULE & DAYS…..BUDGET & MONEY (The Indy Secret)
You have finished your Screenplay. It is great. You are in Pre-Production and scheduling & budgeting, but need to know how many weeks to shoot, in order to prepare your budget properly… where will you get the answer?
The most common question(s) that pop up from first-timers is usually “How Long Is the Shoot?” or “How much time do I need to do it right?” or “How long is a Hollywood Shoot?”…4 Comments
GOT AN IDEA…NEED AN AGENT? (Here are 50 Agents for Writers, Comics, Actors, Directors & Reality Ideas… Call.)
by Dov S-S Simens on February 19, 2016
SELL YOUR IDEA: Movie, Sitcoms & Reality
“Yo Dov, I need an agent. Do you know one?” is probably the most common question I’m asked.
And yes, I know hundreds (below is a list of Talent Agents, Literary Agents, Music Agents, Production Agents, Packaging Agents, etc.) from just one Agency but first you need to know the true job of an agent.
Let’s get real: Agents are not here to (A) sell your script or (B) get you a job;7 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on February 15, 2016
NYU & USC FILM SCHOOL ADVICE
“As a Filmmaker…start small” “Make a Short…Enter Film Festivals”… “Get an Agent…Make Deals”
On the surface this sounds correct. However, it is H-O-R-R-I-B-L-E advice.
Again, Film Shorts… You were told to start small… start with a short… learn the film craft… Practice and develop your directing talent… Be discovered… Get an Agent and a 3 picture deal…
Sounds like the correct advice to be given.3 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on February 14, 2016
FILM FESTIVAL CIRCUIT. HUH?
“Go to the Festival Circuit”. “Go to the Festival Route.”…. “What the heck are these people talking about?”
Either of these phrases come from the mouths of professional producers, directors and studio executives that know not how to teach filmmaking.
Plus, “Festival Circuit” or “Festival Route” are, even sadder, misleading phrases mouthed by film instructors at those absurdly over-priced 4-year (NYU,3 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on February 10, 2016
PRODUCERS GET F*CKED.
Hollywood (Warners, Paramount, 20th, Universal, Sony, Disney, etc.) have a simple saying that you, the independent filmmaker(s), have never heard… but they say it all the time & it is the truth.
So what is the saying? I hope you’re an adult, mature and ready for honesty.
Okay, you are!
The saying is… “Producers get F*cked. Distributors do the F*cking”. That is not all of the saying.5 Comments
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS & NBC NETWORK ARE HIRING…. Discover 376 Movie/TV Jobs (Paying Positions) & Internships
by Dov S-S Simens on February 6, 2016
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS IS HIRING.
$5 Billion Dollars is the global Box Office last year of all Chinese Movies combined and for just one American Studio, Universal, with just 3 Feature Films (“Minions”, “Fast & Furious” & “Jurassic World”), they out grossed greater all Chinese Distributors.
Wow. Hollywood truly is quite amazing and Universal Studios is massive and… they are hiring.
Repeat: Universal Studios is massive &9 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on February 4, 2016
SUNDANCE 2016: STREAMS, SALES & DEALS
For 3 decades filmmakers have trekked to Park City, schlepping their 35mm 8,100′ vision in hopes of a securing a single screening while preying for an ensuing humongous Theatrical Deal with tons of press, accolades and praise.
Sundance commenced in 1985 and premiered with “The Falcon & The Snowman”, Sayles’s “Brother From Another Planet” & Jaffe’s “Killing Fields” with maybe 1,000 entrees. By ’89 it had grown to 3,000 submissions,No Comments