The 5 Laws For Hollywood Success

Hollywood Success

Making a living in the movie biz is challenging. And frankly, garnering Hollywood success gets a lot more challenging when you screw people over. And while what I'm about to share is totally fictional, I can tell you that these types of things happen more than you know: Dear Jason, I'm very sorry. I know you've been calling about the money we owe you for your totally … [Read more...]

How To Network In Hollywood (Or anywhere, really)

how to network in Hollywood

The other night, I was at some party. I didn't know a lot of people, but this is nothing new. Learning how to network in Hollywood, or anywhere really is one of  the most important skills you can refine. Besides, meeting new people is fun. It leads to new ideas and new opportunties. But every so often, you will meet a jerk or two . That is exactly what happened when I … [Read more...]

Secrets of Successful Indie Filmmakers: Don’t Give Up

indie filmmakers

One thing that's true for all indie filmmakers is this: Sometimes life sucks. Movie deals fall apart. Investors bail out. People don't come through and they let you down. And sometimes what you thought was a sure-thing becomes a no-thing... While nobody wants to experience pain and heartache, it is equally important to know that these challenges are part of the journey. … [Read more...]

Three Ways To Cut Your Movie Budget (And Increase Production Value)

Film Finance

Coming up with an accurate film budget can be a sobering experience. You either find out that you need to raise more money or cut your budget entirely. And if you're anything like most independent filmmakers, both options suck. But don't worry. I'm here to help you. In a few paragraphs I am going to offer you some ways to cut your movie budget while actually increasing … [Read more...]

How To Build Rapport With Movie Investors (And Other Hollywood Heavy Hitters)

Goose_Fair_Roundabout

If you want to to raise money to make your movie, you need to first build rapport.  This one lesson alone can accelerate your filmmaking success faster than most anything else you can do. This is especially important when you meet with prospective movie investors and Hollywood heavy hitters. The reason is simple. People do business with people they like and trust. … [Read more...]