DIRECTING MOVIES: The 4-Year Theory vs 2-Day Method

SO YOU WANT TO DIRECT.

Get a script. Pick a location. Cast your actors. Get a Camera. Hit the On-Button. Tell the actors to talk. Wait 90-minutes. Say “Cut”. You got a movie… Why make it difficult?

Deal Site - Slate (Cameras are cheap. Actors are everywhere. Who doesn’t have a script. So, if you want to direct…then direct.)

You want to direct and of course there is more to it but first…

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SCREENWRITING SECRET ON HOW TO GET AN AGENT… (BONUS: 5 Boutique Script Agencies)

SCREENWRITING SECRET: Key to Script Writing… is Script Writing

You’re a Screenwriter (so you say) and have an amazing idea for a great movie. Maybe you even have the perfect pitch and have written & registered a perfect treatment as told to do in that seminar titled “How to Sell Ideas” or “How to Get a Literary Agent” or “Hollywood Loves Ideas”, etc., given at an expensive ($150,000-$250,000) 4-year theory laden film school.

Now what?

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WANT TO DIRECT? HIRE A CINEMATOGRAPHER! (BIG SECRET: Your Cinematographer is the True Director)

WANT TO DIRECT? Hire A Cinematographer.

On a film set directors, especially new ones, focus 95% on actors and are totally lost and confused about what to do with the camera, the lights, the shots and coverage.

No matter how many years of film school they had, they’re still insecure and confused about where to place the camera; what lens to use; what filters to get; where to place lights; how to move a dolly;

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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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