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..
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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
AGENTS, AGENTS & MORE AGENTS (Unsolicited Manuscripts. Get an Agent. 25 Hollywood Literary Agencies)
by Dov S-S Simens on April 1, 2018
UNSOLICITED MANUSCRIPTS & 25 HOLLYWOOD LITERARY AGENCIES
Have a script? Need an agent? Allow me to help and if you’re a graduate of my “2-Day Film School” you will ignore the commonly opined phrase “We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts” and know exactly what to do.
First the agents.
Below, other than the powerful Big 6 Agencies (WME, ICM, CAA, APA, UTA & Paradigm), is a list of 25 Medium Sized and Boutique Agencies who are (A) licensed,2 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on March 22, 2018
THE HOLLYWOOD AGENTS: THE BIG 6
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,2 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on March 11, 2018
10 Hollywood Literary Management Companies
(Below is a superb article written and copyrighted (August 8, 2015) by “Industrial Scripts” whose website (https://screenplayscripts.com/) is a wonderful script writer’s resource.)
Figuring out how to get a bona fide literary management company to represent you is complicated, especially if you’re new(ish) to the entertainment industry. Unlike most things, Googling “literary managers” won’t instantly answer your questions. It’s a confusing marketplace, due,1 Comment
by Dov S-S Simens on March 11, 2018
THE DIRECTING SECRET
“Want to direct?” It’s really not that tough…. Just take it one-step-at-a-time similar to building a house.
With a house you have the blueprint. With a film you have the script.
Now, after you have the blueprint then first get your Foundation. Then get your walls. Then get a roof. Then plumb & wire. Then put in the windows and doors. Building houses ain’t rocket science…2 Comments