Considering NAME talent for your movie project ?

Need "NAME" talent... Real BOX OFFICE Draw talent? First, make sure you have a track record that can be verified. Second, make sure you have funding in place that can be verified. Third. Make sure you are ready with a packet to send out and you have the answers ready to the agents questions. Film info, Role, planned shooting dates, number of days required, project budget, scrip...
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SELF DISTRIBUTION “FOUR WALL” for INDIE FILMS – BASICS

Self Distribution basics…. And these are only basics. Self distribution, or called in the film industry "four walling", is a good way to go if you have time and enough money to push your product. The good news a bout four walling is that you get to keep the profits, all of them. The bad news is it takes a huge amount of time and not a small amount of money to successfully "f...
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So you want to Produce a feature film… Do you have the skill set?

Do you really know the skill set? FIRST and FOREMOST: You need to be a Project Manager. A Project Manager is someone who is responsible for planning, execution, completing, and delivering a Project… on BUDGET and on TIME. It’s ALL your fault and ALL your responsibility. Along with this you need to be good at Financial Planning and Financial management. You need to be able to w...
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SOME THOUGHTS ON Low Budge Film Creation:

SOME THOUGHTS ON Low Budge Film Creation: ASSUMING you are doing a low/no budget project to make some money - (THE FOLLOWING IS NOT IN ANY ORDER - just a stream of thoughts for you ) do a solid and in depth script break down, story board every friggin shot, make sure you have EVERYTHING budgeted and don't be one of those film makers that think.. " oh.. it won't cost that much w...
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HOW DO I RAISE MONEY TO MAKE A MOVIE:

HOW DO I RAISE MONEY TO MAKE A MOVIE: more stream of conscious while I wait for a render: it's simply.... spend your own money. Here's the deal... There is no way, absolutely no way, outside an act of God or winning the lottery, that someone is going to simply give you money to make a movie... UNLESS: 1. You have a proven track record , 2. you are marketable/bankable, 3. You ha...
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Budgeting for your first endeavor into film writing for and roughing out your BUDGET for a low/no budget project.

Budgeting for your first endeavor into film writing for and roughing out your BUDGET for a low/no budget project. Step 1: what can you afford to spend. got a number in mind? A number you can really pull together? good. lets assume you are a first time film maker ( you wouldn't be reading this if you know how to budget )... There is a lot to putting a REAL budget together, bu...
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Want to “pre-sell” your movie idea ?

Want to "pre-sell" your movie idea ? You need the right marketing materials. Pre-sales is, based on the script and cast, selling the right to distribute a film in different territories before the film is completed. If you do not have NAME marquee quality names in your film ( names that are actual box office draws ) Then you need to sell on the story. In order to sell the story ...
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Writing a Screenplay to shoot?

Writing a Screenplay to shoot? Start with how much you have to shoot it and write the screenplay to fit the budget. If you are simply writing a screenplay to sell... well best of luck. Back to writing one to shoot... FIRST: create the TITLE. It should be simple, short and catchy and offer info about the story. SECOND: write a LOGLINE. Sum up the story in one sentence and make i...
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If you write a screenplay, or even a basic story… REGISTER IT WITH THE WGA and Copyright it.

If you write a screenplay, or even a basic story... REGISTER IT WITH THE WGA. As your project progresses you can always update the registration. When you finish it before delivery Copyright it with the LIbrary of Congress. But, in the meantime get it registered with the WGA. You can do it at WGA West on line for $25. If you ever get into a credit grab situation you'll be thankf...
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Do you let your actors go “off script” ? Absolutely.

Do you let your actors go "off script" ? Absolutely. I certainly do, some of the best stuff happens off script... I am very picky about getting rehearsal time, and read throughs, and talking through the character but, I believe my actors are trained professionals and I believe in them. So I would be an idiot not to let then have a chance to play in character on set. I alway wan...
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