by Dov S-S Simens on August 5, 2018
WANT AN AGENT? GET A MANAGER OR…
Attn Writers & Actors with Ideas/Treatments:
Yes, you want an agent, a Literary Agent, however, as you know, it is difficult to get one especially when they hide behind the mantra of “We don’t accept unsolicited manuscripts”.
It is as hard to even get past their secretary (Oops, no one in Hollywood is a secretary…it’s something like “Associate VP of Development”) who proclaims “Who is your referral”No Comments
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by Dov S-S Simens on July 31, 2018
MILLENNIAL POWER AGENTS
Want an agent? Got an Idea. Got a Script. Need Financing?
Want Money from the new Power 5 Tech companies called “FAANG” (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google) who are replacing the 6 Major Studios for financing.
Of course you do.
Then the below list of Power Agents (Millennials who know FAANG), twelve in all who are so young they have no idea how a rotary dial telephone works but can tap the Multi-Multi-Billions of production dollars by the above digital network/platforms,3 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on July 26, 2018
WANT TO PRODUCE OR DIRECT? (Be Realistic)
Want to Produce or Direct a profitable Feature Film?
I’m sure the answer is “Yes”.
Then here are the odds-of-success with either a No-Budget, Micro-Budget, Ultra Low-Budget, Low-Budget, Medium-Budget or Mega-Budget Feature Film.
However, to succeed, you must be “realistic” and select a “realistic budget” that you can “realistically-finance” with a script that is “realistic-to-make” for money that you “realistically”No Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on July 25, 2018
THE “BIG 6” HOLLYWOOD AGENCIES:
Yes you need an agent…an agent that gets phone calls returned, that believes in you, loves your ideas and specializes in the craft that you or your projects are in, such as… Talent, Literary, Packaging, Movie, TV, Non-Scripted, Music, Culinary, Sport, Speaker, Comics, Lectures, Commercials, VOs, Editing, Cinematography, Visual Effects, etc.
(The “Big 6” agencies, totaling over 1,500 agents, are WME, ICM, CAA, APA,No Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on July 22, 2018
SELL YOUR SCRIPT… BUT TO WHO?
Want to Produce a Movie, Sell your Script or Finance your Idea/Treatment?
Then, stop calling Movie Studios. Stop pitching bullsh*tters at cocktail parties. Stop thinking you’re about to get an agent-who-believes-in-you.
Stop hustling Bankers and Venture Capitalists. Stop buying $25 tickets for 10-minute pitches at pitchathons to secretaries.
Stop spending hard earned money fantasizing Crowd Funding with Kickstarter or IndieGoGo..
by Dov S-S Simens on July 19, 2018
THE 7 MOVIE BUDGETS
Want to Produce, Write or Direct a Feature Film that actually gets made?
If “Yes” then you must realize, once having the screenplay, that when preparing a budget, what is realistic and what is unrealistic… that is…for you… as a first-timer.
By unrealistic I mean you can believe you are doing proper method by hiring a Production Manager (PM) or an Assistant Director (AD) to prepare a budget the “right way”3 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on July 16, 2018
MOVIE MONEY: RUNAWAY PRODUCTIONS
In 1997 Canada, specifically Toronto (which doubles for USA cities), opted to compete for Hollywood Money by offering 25% rebates/refunds to any production that was to-be-shot in cities like New York, Chicago, or Boston, or Philadelphia, or Baltimore, etc.
And, if a production company instead of shooting in an East Coast USA city opts to (A) shoot in Toronto, (B) take the 25% rebate ($10M production is a $2,500,000 refund),4 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on July 8, 2018
YOUR SCREENPLAY: It is Either GREAT or It SUCKS
Your script is the key to opening the doors… And, let’s cut-to-the-chase.
For a first-timer you only have one shot, don’t waste it and your script better be GREAT… Nothing short of great will do.
Always remember, “Hollywood can get away with mediocrity but first-timers, someone like you, good is not good enough and only GREAT will do”.
(Your script is either Great or it Sucks…3 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on May 13, 2018
CANNES: MARKET OR FESTIVAL
First, a Festival is where you attend, with your finished film, to screen for buyers (aka: Acquisition Executives) for them to see that your film sells out (it is marketable), has a clearly defined demographics (who bought tickets) and that when the Rear Credits roll the audience doesn’t just politely applaud but stands, yells & screams “Bravo, Bravo, Bravo” (word of mouth).
If this occurs and you have achieved getting 12-15 Acquisition Executives into the screening who see that this “Bravo,No Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on April 20, 2018
FILM FESTIVAL CIRCUIT (What is the Festival Route?)
You are an independent filmmaker. You have made your Feature Film and, as an independent, you’ve made it with your own money, friends money or relatives money and now desire to get everyone, the investors, money back with a profit.
(“Sundance had 13,000 film submitted last year and accepted 104.”)
Now, what do you do?No Comments