by Dov S-S Simens on August 21, 2016
CINEMATOGRAPHERS ARE DIRECTORS
For a first-time filmmaker (aka: aspiring director), with a script and a little bit of cash (Micro- or No-Budget), unquestionably the most important person you hire will always be the Cinematographer.
But please hire a Cinematographer who is a DP. Not someone who merely bought 2 cameras and has a business card stating “DP”.
DP? Yes,3 Comments
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$20 MILLION MOVIE NAMES… LIKE DEPP, DAMON, CLOONEY, DiCAPRIO, even B COOPER or Ms LAWRENCE: PART I (How to Contact A-List Actors)
by Dov S-S Simens on August 14, 2016
HOT ACTORS: “How to Find a Bankable Actor”
You got the script. You’re sure its great and you’ve been told “You need a name“. And, you actually have the name of an actor in mind. Now how to you get to him or her and have them talk to you? And, according to Shakespeare, Hollywood’s first hyphenates (Writer-Producer-Director), “There’s the rub”.
(Ever hear of Pay-to-Play? A-List Movie Names are busy.5 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on August 10, 2016
GROSS IS NOT PROFIT
Come Monday when tv/cable channels and morning newspapers report news and state THE TOP GROSSING FILM or THE BOX OFFICE WINNER THIS WEEK IS (with all that is going on in the world I always chuckle as to why “Box Office Gross” is considered Monday morning news)….
….and report how many Millions of Dollars this film (“PIZZAMAN: 6” or “ZOMBIE SLIME MASSACRE: THE MUSICAL” or “KAMA SUTRA: VIRTUAL REALITY”) made at the box office…they are not talking about your movie’s profits and what you or a distributor should report to the IRS as profits…3 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on August 6, 2016
SAVE $300,000… DON’T GO TO A 4-YEAR FILM SCHOOL
Now here’s why: The worst film schools in the world, without a question of a doubt, are probably NYU, USC & UCLA.
Simple…. Cost, Money, Moola, Dollars… They, especially NYU, with all expenses, cost over $300,000 and consume 4-years of your life.1 Comment
by Dov S-S Simens on August 2, 2016
CANNES, SUNDANCE & TORONTO: FILM MARKETS and FILM FESTIVALS
There are Film Festivals and there are Film Markets.
Festivals & Markets have absolutely nothing in common.
Film Festivals are about “Fluff & Awards”, with an undiscussed hope that you, with your film, will get either (A) Discovered or (B) a Distributor.
Film Markets are blatantly about Business-Business-Business…. Money, Pre-Selling, Financing, Profiting & More Money.
30-35 years ago I don’t think you could name more than 10 Film Festivals in the entire world….1 Comment
by Dov S-S Simens on July 28, 2016
SCREENPLAYS: THERE ARE ONLY TWO TYPES OF SCRIPTS:
Your script is the key to opening the doors of the Movie Industry.
And, as a first-timer only GREAT will do… Always remember, “Hollywood can get away with mediocrity but first-timers, like you, can not (Yes, life is not fair) for good is not good enough and only GREAT will do”.3 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on July 25, 2016
CUT-TO-CHASE: PRODUCERS ALWAYS GET F*CKED.
You must control content. Distributors & Networks control content.
Hollywood (Warners, Paramount, 20th, Universal, Sony, Disney, etc.) has 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,4 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on July 22, 2016
The 5 Types of Movie Producers.
So you want to produce?
You have this great idea, but you don’t want to direct, and you’re not the writer so you guess you’re the producer.
Okay, but which type are you? And do you even know the differences?
There are 5 types of Producers represented by 5 OTCs (Opening Title Credits) which are usually single title cards.5 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on July 8, 2016
THE $127,295 SCRIPT SALE
SCREENWRITING (No-Bull): Hollywood, according to it’s writer’s union (wga.org) minimum rules, pays approx. $100,000 (see below) or a little more for a Treatment and 2 Drafts (1st Draft & Final Draft) to hire a writer to write a script based off an idea they have or a book or real life story they optioned.
QUESTION: So what do you think they’ll offer you when you come to them with the finished script that,9 Comments