WHO IS THE TRUE DIRECTOR? (Hire a DP Who Is a DP… Huh?)

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.

Deal Site - Camera (Cinematographers are now called Director-of-Photography)

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,

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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)

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”.

MovieMoney-2 (Ever hear of Pay-to-Play? A-List Movie Names are busy.

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MOVIE MONEY: PART 11: BOX OFFICE GROSS IS NOT PROFIT ($100 Million Gross or $14 Million Loser)

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…

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SCR*W FILM SCHOOL…SAVE $300,000 (Produce & Direct A Feature Film… Step #4 is Fun )

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.

IDEA-1 (Got an idea? Want to make a movie? Then a 4-year Film School is not the best route)

WHY?

Simple…. Cost, Money, Moola, Dollars… They, especially NYU, with all expenses, cost over $300,000 and consume 4-years of your life.

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CANNES or SUNDANCE. FESTIVAL or MARKET (Awards or $300 Million…Pick One)

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….

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GOT GUTS? RATE YOUR SCREENPLAY (Does your Script S*ck… Take the Test)

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”.

Writing-5-jpg (Your script is either Great or it S*cks…

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SCREW FESTIVALS. RENT-A-DISTRIBUTOR (To Guarantee Profits. Pay for P&A)

CUT-TO-CHASE: PRODUCERS ALWAYS GET F*CKED. 

You must control content. Distributors & Networks control content.

HollywoodBullShit-3  (Harvey Weinstein is a great Producer for he controls his 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,

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MULTIPLE PRODUCERS: EVERY MOVIE HAS 5 (Which one are you? Hopefully not #4.)

The 5 Types of Movie Producers.

So you want to produce?

PRODUCER-7-Rudin-Coens (Scott Rudin secures Oscar for movie he produced for Coen Brothers)

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.

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13 SCREENWRITING SECRETS (#1, 7 & 8 Are Imperative)

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.

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QUESTION: So what do you think they’ll offer you when you come to them with the finished script that,

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