by Dov S-S Simens on February 6, 2019
HOLLYWOOD FR*CKIN’ LIES.
Let’s talk budgets. Movie Budgets to be specific… and how they so clearly demonstrate that “Hollywood Lies”.
The Million Dollar Feature Film? The $2-3M, $5-7M, $7-10M, $10-12M, $12-15M Feature? The $15-20 Million Budget? The $50-70 Million Studio Feature? The $200 Million Mega-Budget Franchise.
The budget. Why is everyone so obsessed with the budget.
Everybody wants to know “What’s the budget of your movie” and on the other side of the coin everyone wants to say “My budget is….No Comments
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by Dov S-S Simens on January 27, 2019
FEATURE FILM SUCCESS ODDS:
Filmmaking success is not based on revenues and profits. It is, with respect to a first-timer, based 100% “Did you actually get financing”, “Did you actually get it made” and “Did you get an Opening Title Credit”.
Again, stop thinking how much money can you make with your 1st feature film; for you, for success with your 1st feature film, it comes down to (A) did you get the financing,No Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on January 13, 2019
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 January 1, 2019
NO-BUDGET FILM MAKING: The Budget, Script, Shoot, Crew & 1 Hot Tip.
Got $10,000 to $30,000? Can you get $10,000 to $30,000? Then don’t make a short… make a movie.
Last month’s and last week’s posts were about producing a Low-Budget (3-Week Shoot) feature film for $200-300K and a Micro-Budget (2-Week Shoot) feature film for $50-$100K…
Now, being realistic and assuming you will only have $10-30K to make your first feature film and understanding Do’s &4 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on December 20, 2018
MICRO-BUDGET FILM MAKING (Budget, Money, Script, Shoot, Crew & 1 Hot Tip)
(1) THE BUDGET: $50,000 to $100,000
(“With $50-100K and proper prep, you can produce and direct 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”1 Comment
by Dov S-S Simens on December 15, 2018
INDEPENDENT (LOW-BUDGET) FILM MAKING: The Budget, Script, Shoot, Crew & 1 Hot Tip
(1) BUDGET: $200,000-$300,000 or $300,000-$500,000
(“For $200,000-300,000 you can produce a $1,000,000 movie and sign with 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”… all you need is $200,000-$300,000 (Shh!1 Comment
by Dov S-S Simens on November 23, 2018
MOVIE MONEY: RUNAWAY PRODUCTIONS
In 1997 Canada, specifically Toronto (doubles for USA cities), opted to attract Hollywood $10-20M shoots by offering 25% rebates/refunds to all productions that were to-be-shot in USA cities like New York, or Boston, or Philadelphia, or Baltimore but opted to shoot in Toronto, which looks like them, take the 25% rebate, which is $2.5-$5.0M, bring 2 American actors, shoot 98% of the scenes in Toronto, hire Canadians, rent Canadian equipment, eat Canadian food,2 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on November 19, 2018
MOVIE DIRECTING: THE BASICS
You want to be a director…I know you do.
Your film ideas are great but the closed-shop, called Hollywood, won’t allow you to do it… so you go “screw it”, drop your movie’s budget, cutout the Miscellaneous, Contingency, Permits, Insurance, Legal and any other line items that don’t go on-the-screen and re-write your script for the do-it-yourself independent world.
You’ve done the first-step. You have the great script.No Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on November 8, 2018
WANT TO DIRECT?
Don’t make it difficult…
Get a script, then a Shooter with a Digital (4K) Camera and cast your actors as you secure a Location and have the Shooter bring 5 of his/her crew friends.
Now, use a Wide-Angle Lens, hit the On-Button… Say “Talk” (OK: say “Action”)… Wait 90-minutes. Say “Shaddup” (OK: say “Cut”).
Voilla. You directed a movie…
Of course there is more…1 Comment
by Dov S-S Simens on November 8, 2018
THE $3,000 FEATURE FILM:
Producing and directing a feature film today is so affordable I always ask myself “Why aren’t more doing it?”
50, 40, 30 even 20 years ago the only format available to make a film was to buy, shoot and expose film stock, 35mm or 16mm, from Kodak, Fuji or Agva and rent a Panavision or Arriflex film camera package and the minimum cost for film stock and lab alone was $50-100K for a low-budget film.10 Comments