7 FILM FESTIVAL DEALS…. (I like #7. Possibly #2)

FILM FESTIVALS and DEAL MAKING

For a filmmaker, with an independent film, the purpose of a Film Festival, other than social validation, is to demonstrate to distributors (assuming their Acquisition Executives are in attendance) that your film is (A) Marketable, (B) Sells Out screenings, (C) Makes Money,  (D) most important, has “Buzz”…. so you may get some cash (E) to pay back your investors and (F) launch your career.

Straight. Honest. To-the-Point.

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 (Enjoy the premiere but make sure the Acquisition Executives are in attendance)

(A) MARKETABLE: You’re accepted to Sundance,

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DIRECTING FILM SCHOOL (Learn At Home… Streaming Format)

WANT TO BE SPIELBERG? START WITH CORMAN!

Anyone can direct… Yes, that includes you… Once you know the Directing basics.

Making a Movie is like building a building. After the Blueprint (aka: script) build the floor & walls… how you design the floor & walls is what’s called “style” or “art” and I can’t teach “art” or “style” but pour the foundation, get the floor and then put up the walls.

Now, let’s talk film making and directing.

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HOLLYWOOD LIES

HOLLYWOOD FR*CKIN’ LIES (Remember Hollywood is a Marketing Industry)

Let’s talk budgets. Movie Budgets and how they so clearly demonstrate that “Hollywood Lies”.

PS: Hollywood doesn’t lie… It markets… It markets by telling budgets… Now welcome to Hollywood.

The Million Dollar Feature Film? The $2-3 Million Feature? The $20 Million Budget? The $50 Million Studio Feature? The $200 Million Mega-Budget Franchise? Budget amounts are all over the place and first-timers need to know “what does it really cost” [Click to Continue…]

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HOLLYWOOD MONEY: MOVIE BUCKS & POWER AGENTS (How to Get One)

HOLLYWOOD MOVIE AGENTS

No-Bull! Yes you need an 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.

And the secret to securing a true Hollywood agent is to retain a powerful Hollywood attorney and literally buy your way into the system.

However, to succeed,

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LEARN DIRECTING A-Z: The Traditional 4-Year (Costs $250,000… Duh?) or The Alternative 2-Day (Costs $129…Wow!) Method

WANT TO DIRECT?
Then Select One of These Dates (April 4-5, August 8-9 or December 5-6, 2020)

Directing is easy when you know the basic nuts-and-bolts.

Get a script. Keep It Simple. 90-pages. Real Time. Pick a location. Cast actors. Get a Camera. Hit On-Button. Say “Action”. Wait 90-minutes. Say “Cut”. You got a movie… Why make it difficult?

Yes, there is more… much more… but let’s start with the basics…

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THE 1-WEEK MOVIE: Budget $20,000-$50,000 (Learn the Tricks)

THE $20,000-$50,000 FEATURE FILM:

Producing and directing a feature film today is so affordable I always ask myself “Why aren’t more doing it?”

Why?

50, 40, 30 even 20 years ago the only format available to make a film was to buy, shoot and expose film stock, 35mm or 16mm, from Kodak/Fuji/Agva and rent a Panavision or Arriflex camera package with the minimum cost for film stock and lab alone was $50-100K for a low-budget film.

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THE DIRECTOR: THE 3 SECRET SHOTS (1st Master 2nd Mediums)

WANT TO DIRECT?
GOT 2-MINUTES?
LEARN THE SHOT SECRETS

Want to Direct? Then learn the Directing basics.

Making a Movie is like building a building. After the Blueprint (aka: script) build the floor & walls… how you design the floor & walls is what’s called “style” or “art” and I can’t teach “art” or “style” but pour the foundation, get the floor, then put up the walls and you’re building.

Now,

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PRODUCE, WRITE & DIRECT A MOVIE: The Independent (1-week) Feature Film

THE 1-WEEK MOVIE: The Budget ($20-30K), Script (90-pages), Shoot (7-Days), Crew (5-7 Keys) & 1 Hot Tip.

If you can come up with $20,000-30,000 (which you can…pvt placement, offer 50%, 10 units, 5% each @ $2-3K each…) then make a movie… but please (I beg you) don’t make a short… no one buys shorts (Duh).

Make a feature film but get realistic.

By realistic I mean, when Hollywood (6 studios) states that the average low-budget movie budget is $15-20M,

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3,276 MOVIE AGENTS. THE BIG 6 (The Key is 5% Packaging not 10% Talent. My Agency is #2)

POWERFUL MOVIE AGENTS:

WME-CAA   ICM-JBerg

(William Morris Endeavor, Creative Artists Agency & International Creative Management are mega-packaging agencies)

What is a Packaging Agent and how is it different from a Talent Agent or a Literary Agent?

Simple. Packaging Agents get 5% commission.

Talent & Literary Agents get 10-15% commission.

So why would anyone want to be a Packaging Agent?

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SELL YOUR FILM: 7 FILM FESTIVAL DEALS (I Like #2 and #7): Which one would you take?

FILM FESTIVALS and DEAL MAKING

For a filmmaker, with an independent film, the purpose of a Film Festival, other than social validation, is to demonstrate to distributors (assuming their Acquisition Executives are in attendance) that your film is (A) Marketable, (B) Sells Out screenings, (C) Makes Money,  (D) most important, has “Buzz”…. so you may get some cash (E) to pay back your investors and (F) launch your career.

Straight. Honest. To-the-Point.

FESTIVAL-Glamor-2

 (Enjoy the premiere but make sure the Acquisition Executives are in attendance)

(A) MARKETABLE: You’re accepted to Sundance,

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