by Dov S-S Simens on January 23, 2018
HOW HOLLYWOOD WORKS: WANT $100,000,000?
Want to Produce a Movie… Need $100 Million?
Then grasp a simple Hollywood concept.
Which is? “It’s called Show Business”…
It is not called “Show Art”.
(“Fox Studios has a payroll of 2,000 employees and investors who demand dividends… Filmmaking is a buisiness.”)
And, if you want $100 million to make a movie,4 Comments
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by Dov S-S Simens on January 19, 2018
THE BEST “FREE” SCREENWRITING PROGRAMS
If all you desire is a properly typed first draft then the below screenwriting programs, at no cost, are superb.
(1st) WRITER DUET: An excellent free software formatting program that allows real-time for collaborative writing.
(2nd) CELTX: Most commonly used screenwriting program. Has a paid and free version.
(“If you use a Free Screenwriting App make sure it (A) re-paginates and (B) helps with dialogue nuances.”)
by Dov S-S Simens on January 5, 2018
2018: PRODUCE OR DIRECT A FEATURE FILM
Want to launch your career by Producing or Directing a profitable Feature Film in 2018?
I’m sure the answer is “Yes”.
Then here is how to start with either a No-Budget, a Micro-Budget, an Ultra Low-Budget, a Low-Budget, a Medium-Budget or a Mega-Budget Feature Film with covering the financing spectrum from as low as $10,000 to as high as $100,000,000 movies… along with the odds-of-success for each.6 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on November 28, 2017
WANT TO SELL YOUR SCRIPT? “Grab the Reader”
In 1980, when I first came to Hollywood, and took four, almost useless, night school courses on Screenwriting, Financing, Dealmaking & Line Producing at UCLA, made a couple of alleged contacts, who’s father’s were heavyweights in the industry; and wrote a couple of scripts, practiced my pitch while, 3 months past and I became very tight for money; and out of necessity stumbled into “reading-for-a-living”.2 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on November 26, 2017
SECRET TO HOLLYWOOD AGENTS
The secret to getting a Hollywood Agent is… there is no secret and, no matter how many books you read (google “Samuel French” for books at https://www.samuelfrench.com/bookshops), and they are all good, they’ll tell you about head shots, acting classes, the union, your support team, your monologue, who’s casting, how to get sides, cattle calls & auditioning if an actor and…
(“Jeremy Piven,6 Comments
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
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
HOLLYWOOD’S 12 NEW POWER AGENTS! (Want an Agent? Here are a Dozen Millennial Power Brokers with Phone Numbers)
by Dov S-S Simens on October 26, 2017
TOP 12 MILLENIAL POWER AGENTS
Want an agent? Got an Idea. Got a Script. Need Financing?
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 difficult to get one especially when they hide 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” but (now here’s the blog’s point) having a Manager or Attorney as the referral,1 Comment