by Dov S-S Simens on April 3, 2017
GOT A MOVIE IDEA! BE CAREFUL.
Movie ideas are a dime-a-dozen and your sure that yours is worth a million bucks…
And “Yes great movie ideas are rare.”
But beware, even if you have a great idea, an unbelievable variation of one of Shakespeare’s “20 Master Plots” or an amazing twist on Joseph Campbell’s “The Heros Journey” (superb storytelling books you can obtain at the WritersStore.com)… Always remember, “No one,4 Comments
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by Dov S-S Simens on March 28, 2017
WANT TO WRITE, PRODUCE & DIRECT?
Want to make a Movie? Want to profit? Want to play Hollywood but still live (Atlanta, London, Kathmandu, Buenos Aires, Dubai, etc.) in your hometown?
Thanks to digital technology, social media marketing and on-demand revenues. This is quite possible.
Filmmaking is easy… Life is difficult.
Actually I lied… Nothing is easy. Especially making profitable movies.
Why? Because it also takes talent,7 Comments
THE $10,000 FEATURE FILM (Make a Bloody Movie: No-Budget Producing, Writing & Directing Secrets & Tricks)
by Dov S-S Simens on March 26, 2017
GOT $10,000? THEN MAKE A MOVIE.
Launch your career. Produce & Direct.
And, please don’t tell me you don’t have access to $10,000. If you don’t then do Uber & Starbucks for 60-hours/week. Live frugal and in 8 months you’ll have $10,000.
And please, please, please I beg you “Do not, I repeat, Do-Not-Make-A-Short”.
Why? Simple…Shorts, made by adults, only demonstrate that you know how to go broke.
Can you name me a single short last year,8 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on March 14, 2017
TOP 10 SCREENWRITER-FOR-HIRE SITES
Attn Writers: Coming to Hollywood? Want a Screenwriting job? Want to be paid to write. Freelance writing jobs are available. Find the one for you and start your career.
Below are the top 10 job sites for writers for Southern California.
But remember, it is not difficult finding where writing jobs in Hollywood are, what is difficult is having the writing skill and landing the job.
(Many of the writing jobs posted on the sites below,5 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on March 11, 2017
FEATURE FILM GRANTS
Film Grants, some people call them Movie Grants, foolishly thought of as free money (maintain 100% equity) for Movies, Documentaries, Web Series or other Digital Media platforms are nice to know about but on the most part, if trying to finance a $300,000 to $3,000,000 Low-Budget or Independent Feature Film, are not worth the time, paperwork and process it takes to simply apply… never the less obtain (just my opinion)…. but it does happen.1 Comment
by Dov S-S Simens on March 5, 2017
STEALING MOVIE IDEAS
OK. OK. You’ve read Hollywood is looking for the great idea…and Yes, you have it.
However, your idea is just a thought… it’s not a finished script, it’s not even a Treatment… it’s just a thought. But you ran into someone at Starbucks (Brentwood, NoHo or WeHo) told them your great idea with the person remarking “You know who would like that…?”
Fast forward two-weeks, and reading Variety you see an article about what a Studio is about to make and you go “OMG…2 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on February 28, 2017
THE $1,000,000 PER EPISODE ACTOR
Start at $933/day or $3,239/week.
The Screen Actors Guild (aka: “SAG”) rate for first-time actors on a new tv series is $933/Day or $3,239/Week. And, remember these are the minimums… and I think you recall those 6 darlings from “FRIENDS” who got $1,000,000/Episode.
OK… So how does this $1,000,000 per Episode happen?
Well, first year, if you are not the star, which you are not…4 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on February 24, 2017
SO YOU WANT TO DIRECT.
Get a script. Pick a location. Cast your actors. Get a Camera. Hit the On-Button. Tell the actors to talk. Wait 90-minutes. Say “Cut”. You got a movie… Why make it difficult?
(Cameras are cheap. Actors are everywhere. Who doesn’t have a script. So, if you want to direct…then direct.)
You want to direct and of course there is more to it but first…5 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on February 19, 2017
SCREENWRITING SECRET: Key to Script Writing… is Script Writing
You’re a Screenwriter (so you say) and have an amazing idea for a great movie. Maybe you even have the perfect pitch and have written & registered a perfect treatment as told to do in that seminar titled “How to Sell Ideas” or “How to Get a Literary Agent” or “Hollywood Loves Ideas”, etc., given at an expensive ($150,000-$250,000) 4-year theory laden film school.
Now what?No Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on February 17, 2017
WANT TO DIRECT? Hire A Cinematographer.
On a film set directors, especially new ones, focus 95% on actors and are totally lost and confused about what to do with the camera, the lights, the shots and coverage.
No matter how many years of film school they had, they’re still insecure and confused about where to place the camera; what lens to use; what filters to get; where to place lights; how to move a dolly;1 Comment