INDEPENDENT vs HOLLYWOOD (The Budget & Schedule Secret… Shhh)

SCHEDULE & DAYS…..BUDGET & MONEY (The Indy Secret)

You have finished your Screenplay. It is great. You are in Pre-Production and scheduling & budgeting, but need to know how many weeks to shoot, in order to prepare your budget properly… where will you get the answer?

The most common question(s) that pop up from first-timers is usually “How Long Is the Shoot?” or “How much time do I need to do it right?” or “How long is a Hollywood Shoot?”…

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GOT AN IDEA…NEED AN AGENT? (Here are 50 Agents for Writers, Comics, Actors, Directors & Reality Ideas… Call.)

SELL YOUR IDEA: Movie, Sitcoms & Reality

“Yo Dov, I need an agent. Do you know one?” is probably the most common question I’m asked.

And yes, I know hundreds (below is a list of Talent Agents, Literary Agents, Music Agents, Production Agents, Packaging Agents, etc.) from just one Agency but first you need to know the true job of an agent.

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Let’s get real: Agents are not here to (A) sell your script or (B) get you a job;

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OSCAR AWARD SECRET (Make-a-Short. Get it Oscar Qualified… Shhh)

NYU & USC FILM SCHOOL ADVICE 

“As a Filmmaker…start small”  “Make a Short…Enter Film Festivals”…  “Get an Agent…Make Deals”

On the surface this sounds correct. However, it is H-O-R-R-I-B-L-E advice.

Again, Film Shorts… You were told to start small… start with a short… learn the film craft… Practice and develop your directing talent… Be discovered…  Get an Agent and a 3 picture deal…

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Sounds like the correct advice to be given.

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FILM FESTIVAL CIRCUIT… HUH? (3 Secrets. 1st is Who? 2nd is Cost? 3rd is?)

FILM FESTIVAL CIRCUIT. HUH?

“Go to the Festival Circuit”. “Go to the Festival Route.”…. “What the heck are these people talking about?”

Either of these phrases come from the mouths of professional producers, directors and studio executives that know not how to teach filmmaking.

Plus, “Festival Circuit” or “Festival Route” are, even sadder, misleading phrases mouthed by film instructors at those absurdly over-priced 4-year (NYU,

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A GREAT DISTRIBUTION TRICK (Rent-A-Distributor)

PRODUCERS GET F*CKED. 

Hollywood (Warners, Paramount, 20th, Universal, Sony, Disney, etc.) have 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, mature and ready for honesty.

Okay, you are!

The saying is… “Producers get F*cked. Distributors do the F*cking”. That is not all of the saying.

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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS & NBC NETWORK ARE HIRING…. Discover 376 Movie/TV Jobs (Paying Positions) & Internships

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS IS HIRING.

$5 Billion Dollars is the global Box Office last year of all Chinese Movies combined and for just one American Studio, Universal, with just 3 Feature Films (“Minions”, “Fast & Furious” & “Jurassic World”), they out grossed greater all Chinese Distributors.

Wow. Hollywood truly is quite amazing and Universal Studios is massive and… they are hiring.

UNIVERSAL-1     UNIVERSAL-1     UNIVERSAL-1

Repeat: Universal Studios is massive &

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SUNDANCE SALES & TRENDS (2 Biggest Buyers are…)

SUNDANCE 2016: STREAMS, SALES & DEALS

For 3 decades filmmakers have trekked to Park City, schlepping their 35mm 8,100′ vision in hopes of a securing a single screening while preying for an ensuing humongous Theatrical Deal with tons of press, accolades and praise.

Sundance commenced in 1985 and premiered with “The Falcon & The Snowman”, Sayles’s “Brother From Another Planet” & Jaffe’s “Killing Fields” with maybe 1,000 entrees. By ’89 it had grown to 3,000 submissions,

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ATTN: WRITERS & PRODUCERS: 5 Networks & Oprah that Program for Women. (#4 is your best bet)

CABLE-FOR-WOMEN IS WHERE OPPORTUNITIES ARE

Women are great Producers. Women are great Writers. Women are great networkers. Women are great listeners… and women can be great Directors once they’ve proven it. And their is no Glass Ceiling if you go to who programs and buys for women.

Let’s assume: You’re a woman. You have a great idea for a TV series or a TV OTO (One Time Only) movie or show that you either want to Produce,

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THE $10,000 MOVIE CREW: All You Need Are 5 People (Can you name them?)

REALISTIC FILM MAKING

Need a Film Crew? Of course you do. The issue quickly becomes… now how do you, with so little money ($10,000?), get the best crew possible? And please, I beg you to not hire a kid, for a key position, out of a theory laden 4-year film school for at least 5-6 years after he/she graduated.

Yes, he/she is knowledgeable, energetic and loaded with a great education but it is based on Hollywood,

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WANT TO DIRECT? Try Cable or Netflix.

WANT TO DIRECT?   “Movies NO… TV/Cable/NetFlix YES”    

There are Fewer-and-Fewer Movie Directing jobs. As Hollywood turns more and more to big-budget visual stories that are only seeking Franchise Concepts, the result being fewer and fewer opportunities to Direct a Studio Feature Film.

Fifteen years ago the “Big 6” (Warners, Paramount, Sony, Disney, etc.) was knocking out 25-35 movies each/year.

Last year, 2015, each of the major distributors (aka: Studios) were only making and releasing 12-15 movie/each.

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