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
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HOLLYWOOD’S TOP SCREENPLAY BUYERS: THE SECRET EXPOSED (BONUS: 15 Actor-Producers with $100-150 Million Studio Deals)
by Dov S-S Simens on August 11, 2017
SELL YOUR SCRIPT… BUT TO WHO BUYS!
NO-BULL: Want to Produce a Movie? Want to Sell your Script? Want to Finance your Idea/Treatment?
Then, stop calling Movie Studios. Stop pitching nobodies at cocktail parties. Stop thinking you’re getting 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.
Stop. Stop. Stop.
Pitch and Sell your script to the only people that buy.5 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on July 23, 2017
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 July 12, 2017
THE 7 MOVIE BUDGETS FOR INDEPENDENTS
Want to Produce or Direct even Write or Act in a Feature Film? If “Yes” then you absolutely must realize, upon preparing a budget, what is a realistic and what is an unrealistic for independents.
First, let’s look at the 7 basic Independent Movie Budgets.
1st: NO-BUDGET Budget ($10,000-$40,000); a 1-week or a 4 weekend (4 months) shoot, with a 5-7 person Non-Union crew, shot in real time with 2 iPhones,5 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on July 3, 2017
WANT TO DIRECT?
Don’t make it difficult… Get a script. Get a Camera. Use a Wide-Angle Lens. Cast Actors. Hit the On-Button. Say “Talk” (OK: say “Action”). Wait 90-minutes. Say “Shaddup” (OK: say “Cut”).
Voilla. You got a movie… Why make it difficult?
(“Who doesn’t have a script? Cameras are cheap. Actors are everywhere. So, if you want to direct…then direct.)
Yes, of course there is more and there are two film school methods (Traditional and Alternative) to master the craft of directing…Pick one.2 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on June 27, 2017
WHAT IS AN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER?
There are 5 Producer classifications.
(1) PRODUCER: This is the dreamer, the visionary, the person who wakes up one day and says “I got an idea.” After he gets the script he looks for an Executive Producer to get the money.
(2) EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: This is the person, an attorney, a famous name, an IP rights owner, or a proven showrunner, who knows where money is and how to get it.3 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on June 23, 2017
FEATURE FILM SUCCESS ODDS:
Filmmaking success is not based on revenues and profits. It is, when a first-timer, based 100% on “Did you get financing”.
Think profits, revenues, names, international co-productions, pre-sales, tax credits, cable deals, etc. for your second film but for your your first just focus on (a) get real and (b) financing.
And, by real is meant, accepting that neither you, your mom or dad are marketable names,2 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on June 19, 2017
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.
(“No one owns an idea. Write it. Register it. Copyright it. Now you own something.”)
by Dov S-S Simens on June 17, 2017
INDEPENDENT (LOW-BUDGET) FILMMAKING: The Budget, Script, Shoot, Crew & 1 Hot Tip
(1) BUDGET: $200,000-$300,000 or $300,000-$500,000
(“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!2 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on June 12, 2017
MICRO-BUDGET FILMMAKING: The Budget, Script, Shoot, Crew & 1 Hot Tip
(1) THE BUDGET: $50,000 to $100,000
(“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”3 Comments