ATTN. FILMMAKERS: WANT 100% ARTISTIC CONTROL? (Then Use the Golden Rule)

HOLLYWOOD’S GOLDEN RULE

Want control? Want creative control?

Want 100% creative control of your baby and ensure that what you wrote is what is produced and directed the way you visualize then there is only one-way… and that is to go the independent route not the studio route.

PRODUCER-4-Spielberg (Even Spielberg lacked 100% control on his first studio financed movie)

So as not to be seduced by the studio system always remember the “Golden Rule”

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NO-BUDGET VISUAL EFFECTS MOVIE…CHEAP! (28 VFX Programs & 8 Discount Sites)

800-2,000 VISUAL EFFECTS & MOVIE BUDGETS

VFX (Visual Effects) or SFX (Special Effects). How do you do them? What do they cost? Why are they so expensive?

halloween1 (Even Low-Budget horror genre movies have 500-700 VFX)

These are common questions asked by first-timers with micro-budget money who desire to show Hollywood that he/she can compete with the studios, with his/her first feature film, with nothing but talent.

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$5,000 FEATURE FILM (14 Great Secrets to No-Budget Movies)

14 NO-BUDGET FILMMAKING TRICKS

Anyone can write, produce or direct a feature film, especially with budgets of $5,000 to $1,000,000, once they get realistic and approach their first project maturely.

Below are 14 Filmmaking Secrets or Tricks, not taught at USC, UCLA or NYU, to maximize production value for your first feature film.

(ONE) SCREENPLAY: KISS (Keep-It-Simple-Stupid), 90-pages, 1-location, character driven, dialogue story.

(TWO) SHOOT: 1-Weekend, 2-Day Shoot, 90-minutes,

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SILICON BEACH – THE NEW HOLLYWOOD… (Got a Digital Idea? Top 25 Power Brokers…)

HOLLYWOOD & NEW MEDIA

Movies are at least 90-minutes running time. They actually call them “90-minute narratives”.

And I’ve always stated that to break into Hollywood it is a horrible idea to start with a 3-20 minute short, as espoused by 2-4 Year $50K-$250K Film Programs, to demonstrate talent… for the bottom-line being that Hollywood is about business and no one buys shorts and all you prove to an industry (aka: Hollywood) by making a short is you know how to go broke…

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VIRTUAL REALITY FILMMAKING (VR Agents & VR Screenwriting…The Secrets)

VIRTUAL REALITY FILMMAKING

Yes, VR (Virtual Reality) Filmmaking is here. It is not a gimmick. It is here forever.

VR-3 (VR is fascinating but remember “must wear headsets”… Thus, loose the social aspects of the cinema experience)

VR is perfect for the gaming industry. It is also perfect for the tourist/travel/nature industry…. “Do you want to go to Egypt and experience the pyramids” or “Do you want to climb Everest”

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HOLLYWOOD LIES. Huh? Oh-OK…IT’S MARKETING (The 4 Big Movie Lies… #3 Is The Best)

HOLLYWOOD LIES

Oh-OK. Yes Hollywood lies. They lie big time but they don’t call it lying….They call it marketing.

Why do they call it marketing? Because they want to go to heaven and you can’t get into heaven if you lie…so let’s market.

HollywoodBullShit-3 (The Weinsteins, here’s Harvey, are definitely two of the best marketing executives in Hollywood…ever)

Marketing 101: Just like the Clintons call their bank account a Foundation (great marketing) and like Trump really wants to be president…

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GUARANTEED FILM SUCCESS (The 7 Step Process…But Start At-The-Bottom)

7-STEPS to FILM SUCCESS

(1) Read this Blog

Oscars-6 (Follow these 7 Steps and practice your acceptance speech)

(2) Pick a Budget (see below) that is hopefully #1 to #6… Go #7 to #12 in budget selection and you are not realistic

(3) Get the Script… Keep-It-Simple-Stupid (90-pages, 1-Location, No Stunts, No VFX, No EXT-NIGHT)

(4) Hustle some money (see below, #1 to #6)

(5) Make the Film and make it with Talent (Talent can’t be taught)

(6) Be a Good Person (Who have you helped today?)

(7) Trust God…

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WHO IS THE TRUE DIRECTOR? (Hire a DP Who Is a DP… Huh?)

CINEMATOGRAPHERS ARE DIRECTORS

For a first-time filmmaker (aka: aspiring director), with a script and a little bit of cash (Micro- or No-Budget), unquestionably the most important person you hire will always be the Cinematographer.

Deal Site - Camera (Cinematographers are now called Director-of-Photography)

But please hire a Cinematographer who is a DP. Not someone who merely bought 2 cameras and has a business card stating “DP”.

DP? Yes,

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$20 MILLION MOVIE NAMES… LIKE DEPP, DAMON, CLOONEY, DiCAPRIO, even B COOPER or Ms LAWRENCE: PART I (How to Contact A-List Actors)

HOT ACTORS:  “How to Find a Bankable Actor”

You got the script. You’re sure its great and you’ve been told “You need a name“. And, you actually have the name of an actor in mind. Now how to you get to him or her and have them talk to you? And, according to Shakespeare, Hollywood’s first hyphenates (Writer-Producer-Director), “There’s the rub”.

MovieMoney-2 (Ever hear of Pay-to-Play? A-List Movie Names are busy.

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MOVIE MONEY: PART 11: BOX OFFICE GROSS IS NOT PROFIT ($100 Million Gross or $14 Million Loser)

GROSS IS NOT PROFIT

Come Monday when tv/cable channels and morning newspapers report news and state THE TOP GROSSING FILM or THE BOX OFFICE WINNER THIS WEEK IS (with all that is going on in the world I always chuckle as to why “Box Office Gross” is considered Monday morning news)….

….and report how many Millions of Dollars this film (“PIZZAMAN: 6” or “ZOMBIE SLIME MASSACRE: THE MUSICAL” or “KAMA SUTRA: VIRTUAL REALITY”) made at the box office…they are not talking about your movie’s profits and what you or a distributor should report to the IRS as profits…

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