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.

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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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MOVIE IDEAS… (How to Protect & Write ideas and, if needed, Sue and Win.)

STEALING MOVIE IDEAS

OK. OK. You’ve read Hollywood is looking for the great idea…and Yes, you have it.

However, your idea is just a thought… it’s not a finished script, it’s not even a Treatment… it’s just a thought. But you ran into someone at Starbucks (Brentwood, NoHo or WeHo) told them your great idea with the person remarking “You know who would like that…?”

Fast forward two-weeks, and reading Variety you see an article about what a Studio is about to make and you go “OMG…

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WHY SO MANY PRODUCERS? … THE 5 TYPES (I was #5. Which One are You?)

What’s a Producer? The 5 Types.

The average studio feature film now has 15-20 producers in various forms attached. Just look at the opening title credits and count. And the questions you ask are simple.

First: Why?

Second: What the heck do each of ’em do?

Permit me to answer in my simple, no-bull, common sense manner. But let’s start from the beginning.

So you want to produce?

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4 SCREENWRITING SECRETS (I love #3)….. (1st) The Treatment, (2nd) The 3 Acts, (3rd) ACT II and (4th) The Sale

GOT A MOVIE IDEA… BE CAREFUL!

Ideas, and especially movie ideas, are a dime-a-dozen… and I know that you’re absolutely sure that yours is great and worth at least a million bucks when compared to what ideas Hollywood uses to make movies…

And “Yes great movie ideas are rare.”

But beware, even if you have a great idea, a variation of one of Shakespeare’s “20 Master Plots” or an amazing twist on Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero’s Journey”

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THE 3 GOLDEN FORMULAS: WRITING, PRODUCING & FILM MAKING (3 Hollywood Game Plans)

THE 3 HOLLYWOOD FORMULAS:

(1) SCREENWRITING FORMULA: “Ain’t Written…It’s Re-Written”

(2) FILM MAKING FORMULA: “First Make-Film…Then Make-Deal”

(3) PRODUCING FORMULA: “Budget Xs 50% Xs 10% = Shoot”

(“Hollywood is a business & when a First-Timer remember “He who has the Gold makes the rules””) 

Hollywood, like life, has very simple rules for happiness (Be nice; Act with love; Trust God; Work hard.

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MOVIE JOBS & WRITING GIGS (Hollywood Is Hiring): Over 1000 Jobs, Writing Scholarships, Fellowships & Contests

HOLLYWOOD IS HIRING

POINT OF INTEREST: This post is solely to make you aware of resources available for obtaining your first movie job or screenwriting assignment… but the phrase is “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t…..”

The point being “you have to pick up the phone or click and e-mail” and “you have to have the talent” and all that I, and this article, can do is give you some direction in launching your film making and or screenwriting career.

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WANT TO DIRECT? (Got 4 Minutes? Learn the Directing Basics)

WANT TO BE SPIELBERG? GET THE BASICS. START WITH CORMAN!

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 and then put up the walls.

Now, let’s talk film making and directing.

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THE $136,413 SCRIPT SALE (13 Great Writing Secrets… #1, 7 & 11 Are My Favorites)

THE $136,413 SCRIPT SALE

Hollywood (aka: Production company that is a signator to the WGA), according to the writer’s union minimum rules, gets paid approx. $100,000 ($72,662 to $136,413), for a Treatment and two Drafts (1st & Final),to write a script, based off an original idea they have.

Writing-6“You’re first script sale you’ll be offered WGA minimum plus 10% for your agent”

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

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PRODUCTION BOARDS (The Key to Filmmaking Success (Learn How… 11 Simple Steps)

2 REASONS A PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER FAILS AS A FILMMAKER

First is falling in love with a Poor-Fair Script and the Second lies in not preparing a Production Board (aka: Shooting Schedule) to be organized for your shoot.

Huh? What do I mean (as if it ain’t obvious).

First is Screenwriting. If “It Ain’t On the Page, It Ain’t On the Stage”. If you have written a screenplay without a proper “Beat Sheet”

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