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
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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”4 Comments
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
by Dov S-S Simens on September 6, 2017
OK. You have this great idea. You even have the script and a budget. Plus, you heard a studio executive say that “Low-budget at studios is now $15-20 Million.”
“Damn…Low-Budget $15-20 Mill” you ponder and your mind goes directly to “$15-20 Million. Sheeeyit. If I say I can make a movie for only $3-5, $2-3 or even $1-2 Million they should throw the money at me…it ain’t $15-20 Mill!”No Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on August 17, 2017
FILM FESTIVAL SECRETS
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) has “Buzz”….
So you make-a-deal with a distributor that gets you some cash to (E) pay back your investors and (F) launches your career.2 Comments
HOLLYWOOD’S TOP SCREENPLAY BUYERS: THE SECRET EXPOSED (BONUS: 15 Actor-Producers with $100-150 Million Studio Deals)
by Dov S-S Simens on August 11, 2017
SELL YOUR SCRIPT… BUT TO WHO BUYS!
NO-BULL: Want to Produce a Movie? Want to Sell your Script? Want to Finance your Idea/Treatment?
Then, stop calling Movie Studios. Stop pitching nobodies at cocktail parties. Stop thinking you’re getting 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.
Stop. Stop. Stop.
Pitch and Sell your script to the only people that buy.3 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on July 23, 2017
Five Characteristics of a Good Scene, and Eight Signs of a Bad One
There are probably many more features that could be listed to describe scenes that “work” or “don’t work,” but here are some essentials as written by “Sreenwriters University” at the site (www.WritersStore.com) which is the best resource for Screenwriters as well as Writers, Poets, Journalists and Lyricists.
(“Always remember, “Nothing is Written… It’s Re-Written.”)
FIRST: 5 GOOD SCENE TRAITS
- The scene connects to the main character’s problem/goal for that story.
by Dov S-S Simens on July 12, 2017
THE 7 MOVIE BUDGETS FOR INDEPENDENTS
Want to Produce or Direct even Write or Act in a Feature Film? If “Yes” then you absolutely must realize, upon preparing a budget, what is a realistic and what is an unrealistic for independents.
First, let’s look at the 7 basic Independent Movie Budgets.
1st: NO-BUDGET Budget ($10,000-$40,000); a 1-week or a 4 weekend (4 months) shoot, with a 5-7 person Non-Union crew, shot in real time with 2 iPhones,5 Comments