by Dov S-S Simens on December 24, 2016
PRODUCE A FEATURE FILM: What are 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.
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ATTN WOMEN: HOLLYWOOD GLASS CEILING (Break the Damn Ceiling… 7 Female Power Agents & 5 Phone Numbers)
by Dov S-S Simens on December 16, 2016
HOLLYWOOD WOMEN AGENTS: The Magnificent Seven
Want an agent? You’re a female. You’ve heard that Hollywood, like other industries, has a Glass Ceiling. You have a great idea. You have a script. You are amazing talent… You’re ready to break in and all that is needed for you is representation.
(Break the glass ceiling. Women, why not get a woman agent… and yes they do have power.)
No problem.1 Comment
by Dov S-S Simens on December 5, 2016
HOLLYWOOD MANAGERS: BEST WAY TO GET AN AGENT
Here’s a Hollywood Secret. Get a Personal Manager.
Why? Pick one: You have a script and need a literary agent or…
You’re an actor and need a talent agent or…
You’re a filmmaker and need a packaging agent or…
You’re a director, with an award winning short, and need a tv agent or…
You’re a producer, with a project,5 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on November 28, 2016
HOLLYWOOD POWER AGENCIES
There are 7 mega powerful Hollywood agencies, with 50-200 agents each for Writers, Directors, Filmmakers, Actors, Singers, Comics and Speakers, that more than likely will not either take your phone call or accept your unsolicited manuscript.
(1) Agency for Performing Artists (APA) at 310-888-4200.
(Make sure your script is typed in the correct format…. Use either Final Draft, Celtx, MovieMagic or Scrivener screenwriting software.)
(2) Creative Artists Agency (CAA) at 424-888-2000
(3) The Gersh Agency (TGA) at 310-274-6611
(4) International Creative Management (ICM) at 310-550-4000.1 Comment
by Dov S-S Simens on November 24, 2016
HOLLYWOOD FORMULAS (Part 1: Screenwriting)
Life, whether you desire to write, produce or direct has simple rules for fulfillment and happiness (i.e. Be nice…Act with love…Work hard…Trust God) that are absolutes.
Anyone, yes anyone can write, produce or direct but the key is “and be happy”… then apply these 3 Formulas, or roadmaps, be patient…. and “Happiness is “guaranteed”.”
(OK, nothing is ever guaranteed…but it is likely)
(Happiness is more than a 3-minute pitch to Spielberg,3 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on November 16, 2016
HOLLYWOOD POWER AGENTS
Last week’s No-Bull Film Post was a list of the 7 Power Agencies for Actors, Singers, Comics, with over 300 Talent Agents.
Those 7 Agencies are:
(1) APA: (Agency for Performing Artists @ 310-888-4200)
(2) CAA: (Creative Artists Agency @ 424-888-2000)
(Creative Artists Agency and William Morris Endeavor are two of the largest Hollywood agencies with over 1,000 agents combined… surely, with a property and correct filmmaking knowledge you can get one.)
(3) TGA: (The Gersh Agency @ 310-274-6611)
(4) PARADIGM: (Paradigm Agency @ 310-288-8000)
(5) UTA: (United Talent Agency @ 310-273-6700)
(6) WME: (William Morris Endeavor @ 310-285-9000)
Further I gave you some inside info for just about everyone when calling for you will start with an opening line like…1 Comment
by Dov S-S Simens on November 1, 2016
HOLLYWOOD IS LOOKING FOR TALENT
(“Hollywood is not looking for talent… But it is looking for grosses, revenues, profits, distributions, dividends and marketable names”)
If you truly believe Hollywood is looking for talent then below are the addresses for the six Major Studios (aka: Distributors) who each employ 1,000-2,000 and are in constant development, production and distribution of new ideas and projects and perform this simple exercise.No Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on October 26, 2016
HOLLYWOOD SCREENPLAYS: 2 Types of Scripts (A Great Script or A Good Script)
Screenwriting reality…. Permit me to cut-to-the-chase writers.
Want to sell your script?
Let me make it simple… Then there are only 2 types of screenplays.
(You script is either great and it is bought or it sucks… don’t take any Hollywood B-Sh*t)
The first is… it is Bought-Purchased-Optioned-Financed…which obviously is what you want.1 Comment
by Dov S-S Simens on October 21, 2016
HOLLYWOOD FR*CKIN’ LIES.
Let’s talk budgets. Movie Budgets and how they so clearly demonstrate that “Hollywood Lies”.
The Million Dollar Feature Film? The $2-3 Million Feature? The $20 Million Budget? The $50 Million Studio Feature? The $200 Million Mega-Budget Franchise?
I don’t get it…Why is everyone in Hollywood always struck with “verbal diarrhea” and desirous of talking budgets?
Everybody wants to know “What’s the budget of your movie”6 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on October 10, 2016
PRODUCING A MOVIE IS NOT DIFFICULT.
Huh? Yes, yes, yes… I know that headline is controversial especially since you’ve had this amazing idea (even have the script) festering inside you for the last 3-5 years and can not get anyone, whether in-or-out of Hollywood, to believe in you.
Stop. Don’t get frustrated, merely understand that there are only 2 methods or approaches to financing your great idea or script and getting it made.2 Comments