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
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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.)
by Dov S-S Simens on May 3, 2017
RAISING $200 MILLION
If “THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS” (aka: “Fast & Furious 8”), a big-budget Roger Corman guys-n-cars movie, can gross over $500,000,000 in a weekend and almost $2,000,000,000 in 3 weeks with no story according to Bob McKee and a BS budget of $250,000,000, just imagine what your idea (“Charlie Chan” karate-remake, “Felix The Cat” live action or “Genghis Khan meets Sherlock Holmes”, “War of The Planets”, “War of the Cosmos”, “War of the Unicorns”,1 Comment
by Dov S-S Simens on April 3, 2017
GOT A MOVIE IDEA! BE CAREFUL.
Movie ideas are a dime-a-dozen and your sure that yours is worth a million bucks…
And “Yes great movie ideas are rare.”
But beware, even if you have a great idea, an unbelievable variation of one of Shakespeare’s “20 Master Plots” or an amazing twist on Joseph Campbell’s “The Heros Journey” (superb storytelling books you can obtain at the WritersStore.com)… Always remember, “No one,4 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on March 28, 2017
WANT TO WRITE, PRODUCE & DIRECT?
Want to make a Movie? Want to profit? Want to play Hollywood but still live (Atlanta, London, Kathmandu, Buenos Aires, Dubai, etc.) in your hometown?
Thanks to digital technology, social media marketing and on-demand revenues. This is quite possible.
Filmmaking is easy… Life is difficult.
Actually I lied… Nothing is easy. Especially making profitable movies.
Why? Because it also takes talent,7 Comments
THE $10,000 FEATURE FILM (Make a Bloody Movie: No-Budget Producing, Writing & Directing Secrets & Tricks)
by Dov S-S Simens on March 26, 2017
GOT $10,000? THEN LETS MAKE A MOVIE.
Launch your career. Produce & Direct.
And, please don’t tell me you don’t have access to $10,000. If you don’t then do Uber & Starbucks for 60-hours/week. Live frugal and in 8 months you’ll have $10,000.
And please, please, please I beg you “Do not, I repeat, Do-Not-Make-A-Short”.
Why? Simple…Shorts, made by adults, only demonstrate that you know how to go broke.8 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on March 14, 2017
TOP 10 SCREENWRITER-FOR-HIRE SITES
Attn Writers: Coming to Hollywood? Want a Screenwriting job? Want to be paid to write. Freelance writing jobs are available. Find the one for you and start your career.
Below are the top 10 job sites for writers for Southern California.
But remember, it is not difficult finding where writing jobs in Hollywood are, what is difficult is having the writing skill and landing the job.
(Many of the writing jobs posted on the sites below,4 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on March 11, 2017
FEATURE FILM GRANTS
Film Grants, some people call them Movie Grants, foolishly thought of as free money (maintain 100% equity) for Movies, Documentaries, Web Series or other Digital Media platforms are nice to know about but on the most part, if trying to finance a $300,000 to $3,000,000 Low-Budget or Independent Feature Film, are not worth the time, paperwork and process it takes to simply apply… never the less obtain (just my opinion)…. but it does happen.1 Comment
by Dov S-S Simens on March 5, 2017
STEALING MOVIE IDEAS
OK. OK. You’ve read Hollywood is looking for the great idea…and Yes, you have it.
However, your idea is just a thought… it’s not a finished script, it’s not even a Treatment… it’s just a thought. But you ran into someone at Starbucks (Brentwood, NoHo or WeHo) told them your great idea with the person remarking “You know who would like that…?”
Fast forward two-weeks, and reading Variety you see an article about what a Studio is about to make and you go “OMG…2 Comments