by Dov S-S Simens on August 2, 2016
CANNES, SUNDANCE & TORONTO: FILM MARKETS and FILM FESTIVALS
There are Film Festivals and there are Film Markets.
Festivals & Markets have absolutely nothing in common.
Film Festivals are about “Fluff & Awards”, with an undiscussed hope that you, with your film, will get either (A) Discovered or (B) a Distributor.
Film Markets are blatantly about Business-Business-Business…. Money, Pre-Selling, Financing, Profiting & More Money.
30-35 years ago I don’t think you could name more than 10 Film Festivals in the entire world….1 Comment
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by Dov S-S Simens on July 28, 2016
SCREENPLAYS: THERE ARE ONLY TWO TYPES OF SCRIPTS:
Your script is the key to opening the doors of the Movie Industry.
And, as a first-timer only GREAT will do… Always remember, “Hollywood can get away with mediocrity but first-timers, like you, can not (Yes, life is not fair) for good is not good enough and only GREAT will do”.3 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on July 25, 2016
CUT-TO-CHASE: PRODUCERS ALWAYS GET F*CKED.
You must control content. Distributors & Networks control content.
Hollywood (Warners, Paramount, 20th, Universal, Sony, Disney, etc.) has a simple saying that you, the independent filmmaker(s), have never heard… but they say it all the time & it is the truth.
So what is the saying?
I hope you’re an adult,4 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on July 22, 2016
The 5 Types of Movie Producers.
So you want to produce?
You have this great idea, but you don’t want to direct, and you’re not the writer so you guess you’re the producer.
Okay, but which type are you? And do you even know the differences?
There are 5 types of Producers represented by 5 OTCs (Opening Title Credits) which are usually single title cards.5 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on July 8, 2016
THE $127,295 SCRIPT SALE
SCREENWRITING (No-Bull): Hollywood, according to it’s writer’s union (wga.org) minimum rules, pays approx. $100,000 (see below) or a little more for a Treatment and 2 Drafts (1st Draft & Final Draft) to hire a writer to write a script based off an idea they have or a book or real life story they optioned.
QUESTION: So what do you think they’ll offer you when you come to them with the finished script that,9 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on July 4, 2016
CAN YOU READ MY SCRIPT?
“Dov, can you read my script?”
“Dov, everyone loves my script”
“Dov, I’ve gotten great feedback…now what?”
Sometimes, I even get, “Dov my script has gotten some really good mixed reviews”… “Huh? Good mixed reviews? That’s an oxymoron. What do I do?”
Permit me to Cut-to-the-chase.
ONLY 2 TYPES OF SCRIPTS.
ONE: It’s either “it’s Great &8 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on July 1, 2016
SELL YOUR IDEA: Movie, Sitcoms & Reality
Ideas do sell. Not often but they do sell.
“Yo Dov, I need an agent. Do you know one?” is probably the most common question I’m asked.
And yes, I know hundreds (below is a list of Talent Agents, Literary Agents, Music Agents, Production Agents, Packaging Agents, etc.) from just one Agency but first you need to know the true job of an agent.2 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on June 28, 2016
Want to Produce? Want to Write? Want to Direct? Want to star in a Feature Film?
Of course you do… Plus, are you tired of waiting to be discovered and is it frustrating seeing each of your ideas being made, being made by others…2 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on June 20, 2016
38 STEPS OF FILMMAKING (Who Gets Paid What & What Things Cost)
38 Bank Checks Make-a-Movie. Can you name them?
When budgeting, whether for a Feature Film, TV Episode or Documentary there will be on average 38 Line Items in the Top Sheet (One Page Summarized Budget) of a budget proposal.
I call these 38 Line Items the “38 Steps of Filmmaking”.
Can you instantly name the 38 Line Items,7 Comments
by Dov S-S Simens on June 16, 2016
THE ULTRA-LOW-BUDGET FEATURE FILM.
$100,000-$200,000? (Low-Budget or Ultra-Low-Budget Filmmaking)
Here’s the assumption: You have $100K-$200K cash sitting in a bank account (don’t know how you got it & don’t care) yelling “spend me, spend me”… And $100K-$200K is more than enough money to Produce a quality Low-Budget, actually Ultra-Low-Budget, Feature Film for you can now afford to plan, budget, schedule and execute a 1-2 week shoot with professional crew.3 Comments