by Dov S-S Simens on November 17, 2017
SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIPS, TV MENTORING PROGRAMS & SCRIPT CONTESTS…Which is Better?
Script Fellowships or TV Mentoring Programs, if truly a paying fellowship (see below), are better than 94% of the Screenwriting Contests.
However, of the 100-150 Screenwriting Contests about 6%, less than 10, are superb that if you win 1st, 2nd or 3rd place, it is almost guaranteed that you will (A) get your script read by the industry, (B) receive purchase agreements (option offers) and (C) be solicited by numerous literary agents for representation and on-going pitch meetings.No Comments
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by Dov S-S Simens on November 3, 2017
HOLLYWOOD GLASS CEILING: 1st PBS IS DOABLE
Yes, with respect to women, Hollywood is a Glass Ceiling and the way to break through is to approach it not as an Art Form, not as a Cultural Entity, not as a Social Entitlement but for what it is… a business … after all, it’s called “Show Business”.
However, PBS (Public Broadcasting System), which is not Hollywood but a government funded program, supported via under writings,4 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on October 29, 2017
PRODUCE A FEATURE FILM: 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, you have little-to-no experience and probably don’t know how to rent a camera/lens/dolly package,1 Comment
by Dov S-S Simens on October 26, 2017
Variety Lists Top 12 Millennial Agents
Want an agent?
Want Money from Apple, Facebook, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon or Microsoft to shoot?
Of course you do.
Then the below list of New Power Agents, twelve in all, compiled by Hollywood’s leading trade newspaper, Variety, 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 networks and platforms,1 Comment
WANT TO SELL YOUR SCRIPT? (If Yes, Managers Many Times are Better than Agents. The Top 10 (Part 1: #1-10)
by Dov S-S Simens on October 18, 2017
MANAGERS, AGENTS or ATTORNEYS?
Attn Writers & Actors with Ideas/Treatments:
Yes, you want an agent, a Literary Agent, however, as you know, it is very difficult to get one especially when he/she hides behind the mantra of “We don’t accept unsolicited manuscripts” or to even get past their secretary (Oops, no one in Hollywood is a secretary…it’s something like “Associate VP of Development”) proclaiming “Who is your referral”No Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on October 9, 2017
WANT TO DIRECT? Then Get a Master & 2-Pops
Directing is actually quite simple once you learn the “Master & 2-Pops” concept.
So read on and in 3-minutes, maybe 5, you’ll grasp the formula, taught by Roger Corman to first-timers, now Directors, like Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, James Cameron. Francis Ford Coppola, Jonathan Demme & John Sayles…
So continue for 3-5 minutes and once you’ve read TRUTHs 5 & 6 (see below) you will clearly know the directing formula.No Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on September 17, 2017
THE HOLLYWOOD AGENTS: THE BIG 6
Yes you need an agent…an agent that gets phone calls returned, that believes in you and specializes in the specific craft or industry that you or your projects are in such as… Talent, Literary, Packaging, Movie, TV, Non-Scripted, Music, Culinary, Sport, Speaker, Comics, Lecture, Commercial Agent
But first, let me cut-to-the-chase and give you a list of the leading agencies in Hollywood that are nicknamed the “Big 6”1 Comment
by Dov S-S Simens on September 16, 2017
3,000 FILM FESTIVALS.
30-40 years ago I bet you couldn’t name 10 Film Festivals in the entire world.
Go ahead… try.
Yeah, Cannes existed, Sundance just started, I’m sure there was something at Lincoln Center in New York, something in Los Angeles, likely London, Chicago (?), Hong Kong (?), Toronto (?), Sydney (?) …
Running out of cities with festivals…aren’t you?
Admit it…In the ’70s & ’80s it’s hard to name just ten festivals in the world that programmed independent films.No Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on September 12, 2017
by Dov S-S Simens on September 10, 2017
MOVIE DIRECTING: THE NUTS & BOLTS?
You’re a first-timer and want to be a director. You have so many great film ideas but are totally stumped with how to be accepted by this Hollywood maze and be allowed to direct.
You’ve done the first-step. You’ve written the scripts. They’re done with Final Draft 10.0 and regsieterd with the WGA. You are sure will launch your career but must make sure your idea-story-scripts are not dumbed-down or bastardized and the only way to ensure that,3 Comments