by Dov S-S Simens on July 3, 2017
WANT TO DIRECT?
Don’t make it difficult… Get a script. Get a Camera. Use a Wide-Angle Lens. Cast Actors. Hit the On-Button. Say “Talk” (OK: say “Action”). Wait 90-minutes. Say “Shaddup” (OK: say “Cut”).
Voilla. You got a movie… Why make it difficult?
(“Who doesn’t have a script? Cameras are cheap. Actors are everywhere. So, if you want to direct…then direct.)
Yes, of course there is more and there are two film school methods (Traditional and Alternative) to master the craft of directing…Pick one.2 Comments
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by Dov S-S Simens on June 27, 2017
WHAT IS AN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER?
There are 5 Producer classifications.
(1) PRODUCER: This is the dreamer, the visionary, the person who wakes up one day and says “I got an idea.” After he gets the script he looks for an Executive Producer to get the money.
(2) EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: This is the person, an attorney, a famous name, an IP rights owner, or a proven showrunner, who knows where money is and how to get it.3 Comments
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
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