DIRECT YOUR 1st MOVIE (Learn the Basics. BONUS: 11 Superb Directing How-To Articles)

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.

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WANT TO DIRECT? (7 Traditional Trends vs 10 Alternative Truths)

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…

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GOT $3,000? PRODUCE A FEATURE FILM (Learn the Tricks)

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?”

Why?

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.

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SCREENWRITING: YOUR 1st JOB WRITING & SAMPLE SCRIPT

WRITING YOUR SAMPLE SCRIPT

Writing & Selling Screenplays is not difficult… once inside the industry.

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(TIP: Write a sample spec script of a present running series)

 

Securing a TV staff writing gig is not difficult… once inside the industry.

Pitching and Selling new ideas is not difficult… once inside the industry.

Now, how does one get… “inside the industry”?

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WANT AN AGENT? SURPRISINGLY EASY WITH A MANAGER (Top 10 Literary Managers Are…)

WANT AN AGENT? GET A MANAGER OR…

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”.

 It is as hard to even get past their secretary (Oops, no one in Hollywood is a secretary…it’s something like “Associate VP of Development”) who proclaims “Who is your referral

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WANT AN AGENT (Top 12 Power Agents for Millennials with Contact Info)

MILLENNIAL POWER AGENTS

Want an agent? Got an Idea. Got a Script. Need Financing?

Want Money from the new Power 5 Tech companies called “FAANG” (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google) who are replacing the 6 Major Studios for financing.

Of course you do.

Then the below list of Power Agents (Millennials who know FAANG), twelve in all 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 network/platforms,

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2018 PRODUCING & DIRECTING (The Odds for Independent Filmmakers)

WANT TO PRODUCE OR DIRECT? (Be Realistic)

Want to Produce or Direct a profitable Feature Film?

I’m sure the answer is “Yes”.

Then here are the odds-of-success with either a No-Budget, Micro-Budget, Ultra Low-Budget, Low-Budget, Medium-Budget or Mega-Budget Feature Film.

However, to succeed, you must be “realistic” and select a “realistic budget” that you can “realistically-finance” with a script that is “realistic-to-make” for money that you “realistically”

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WANT A LITERARY OR TALENT AGENT? (Read & Dial)

THE “BIG 6” HOLLYWOOD AGENCIES:

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, APA,

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SELL YOUR SCREENPLAY (Know Who Buys Scripts. How To Contact. Get an Offer. Get an Agent.)

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..

Stop.

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INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING: THE 7 MOVIE BUDGETS (Can You Name Them?)

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”

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