THE $1,000,000 TV IDEA (Got an Idea? Learn to Sell & Produce Great Television)

TWO RULES FOR ANYONE WITH A TV IDEA.

Rule 1 is that “No one owns an idea.”

If all you have is an idea (aka: a thought), you’re sure it’s bloody great, but are not mega-famous or mega-wealthy, then sadly it is best to just forget about it.

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(“No one owns an idea. Write it. Register it. Copyright it. Now you own something.”)

Why?

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THE 3-WEEK FEATURE FILM (Low-Budget $1,000,000 Movie)

INDEPENDENT (LOW-BUDGET) FILMMAKING: The Budget, Script, Shoot, Crew & 1 Hot Tip

(1) BUDGET: $200,000-$300,000 or $300,000-$500,000

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(“For $200-300K you produce a quality 3-week shoot, signing with likely only 1 guild.”)

Want to make a “Million Dollar Feature”.

However (Shh! Secret coming), you do not need $1,000,000 to make a “Million Dollar Feature” for you can do so with only $200,000-$300,000 (Shh!

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THE 2-WEEK FEATURE FILM (Micro-Budget $100,000 Movie)

MICRO-BUDGET FILMMAKING: The Budget, Script, Shoot, Crew & 1 Hot Tip

(1) THE BUDGET: $50,000 to $100,000

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(“With $50-100K and proper prep, anyone can execute a quality 2-week shoot.”)

The previous post I outlined No-Budget Filmmaking (1-Week Shoot) when all you have is $5,000-$20,000.

Now, assuming you have $50,000 to $100,000, the topic is no longer “No-Budget Filmmaking” but “Micro-Budget Filmmaking”.

“No-Budget Filmmaking”

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THE 1-WEEK FEATURE FILM (No-Budget $10,000 Movie)

NO-BUDGET FILMMAKING: The Budget, Script, Shoot, Crew & 1 Hot Tip.

(1) THE BUDGET: $10,000-$50,000

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(“”El Mariachi”, “Clerks”, “Saw”, “Tangerine” were successful No-Budget Movies that launched careers.”)

For your first independent feature film (independent as in “you are independent of the studio system”) you will have a budget of $10,000-$50,000.

QUESTION: Why?

ANSWER: Because once you stop talking like low-budget is only $1-2,

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THE 1-WEEK MOVIE (No-Budget $5-$50K Filmmaking is Fun)

INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING

Studio Executives, with respect to financing indy films or why they won’t, always state “It is very difficult to define what Independent Filmmaking is.”

Huh? No it isn’t!

For over 30 years I’ve heard execs, attorneys, agents, and dealmakers, speak on panels about Independent Financing and state time-and-time-again… “It is very hard to define Independent Filmmaking.”

Even development and programming execs at Amazon,

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YOUR 1st FEATURE FILM BUDGET IS… (No-B, Micro-B or Low-B?)

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Hello first-time Producers, Screenwriters & Directors.

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(“To launch your film career, if your parents are not mega-wealthy or -famous, making a low-budget feature is a very valid method and depending on the budget 1/2 to 1/10th the cost of going to NYU or USC for 4-years.”)

Here’s the point: When starting a movie career everyone, even 4-year ($200,000-$300,000) USC & NYU graduates,

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3 OSCAR WINNERS: 18-40 DAY SHOOTS (Learn the 7-13 Day Shoot Secrets)

HOLLYWOOD LIES: “THE MOVIE BUDGET IS”

NO-BULL: The key to knowing a film’s budget is not in listening to panelists at festivals or reading trade articles in newspapers like Variety or Hollywood Reporter…

The secret lies in first knowing “How long was the shoot”. And once you know how long the shoot was you secondly can back into the amount of money (aka: budget) that was actually spent to make-the-film rather than listening to or reading the inflated number they’re using to market-the-film.

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$3,000,000,000 (Yes Billion) MOVIE MONEY! Apply. Get Some. (6 States, 2 Provinces & China)

MOVIE MONEY: RUNAWAY PRODUCTIONS

In 1997 Canada, specifically the city of Toronto (which doubles for USA cities), opted to compete for Hollywood shoots (aka: money) by offering 25% rebates/refunds to all productions that were about to-be-shot in cities like New York, or Boston, or Philadelphia, or Baltimore or any East Coast USA city but decided to shoot in Toronto, take the 25% rebate, bring 2 American actors, shoot 99% of the scenes in Toronto, call it an American movie,

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POWER HOLLYWOOD ATTORNEYS (The Secret to Movie Money & Hollywood Agents. The Top 25 Power Attorneys)

HOLLYWOOD MOVIE AGENTS

No-Bull! Yes you need an agent.

Yes you need a movie agent that knows how to sell scripts, hire writers, attach bankable actors, create movie packages, take meetings with deal-makers and power-brokers and help with financing via pre-selling, etc.

And the secret to securing a true Hollywood agent is to retain a powerful Hollywood attorney and literally buy your way into the system.

However, to succeed,

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FINANCE A MOVIE FRANCHISE (Want $200,000,000? Movie Money)

RAISING $200 MILLION

If  “THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS” (aka: “Fast & Furious 8”), a big-budget Roger Corman guys-n-cars movie, can gross over $500,000,000 in a weekend and almost $2,000,000,000 in 3 weeks with no story according to Bob McKee and a BS budget of $250,000,000, just imagine what your idea (“Charlie Chan” karate-remake, “Felix The Cat” live action or “Genghis Khan meets Sherlock Holmes”, “War of The Planets”, “War of the Cosmos”, “War of the Unicorns”,

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