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
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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,5 Comments
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
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
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, 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,8 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
PITCH LOW-BUDGET MOVIES
OK. You have this great idea. You even have the script and a budget. Plus, you heard a studio executive say that “Studio Low-budget is $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 $1-2, $2-3 or even $3-5 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