you wrote a script… are you therefore the person to direct it ?

Do you really think that just because you can write a script means you can direct a movie ??? Sorry.. but you're dead wrong. A good director can see the entire story in their head, and know where to cut, rework, modify, and simply dump material and story to get a solid commercial film made on budget and on time based on a brilliant script. They need to know how everything works...
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Planning on Funding your first time feature film…

Getting your Film funded.... There are lots of ways to get funding: 1. Spend your own money. 2. Spend your friends and families money. 3. go out to crowd funding and piss off your friends and family by constantly begging for money. 4. Borrow the money from a bank. 5. max out your credit cards (very stupid idea and yes I have first hand knowledge of a friend who went bankrupt...
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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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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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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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