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 Wright A Screenplay Into A Movie After You Write

Prior to producing my own movies, I worked for a producer in NYC. And I want to take a moment and apologize for never responding to your query letters. I have no excuse for it, other than I was busy paying my dues. At that time, most of my 12 to 14 hour days were spent fetching coffee, running errands and writing coverage on the priority material that came from agents. So … [Read more...]

Learn Filmmaking Without The Fluff

When I was first starting my filmmaking career, I thought long and hard about the prospect of film school. At the time, I figured a degree from one of the top film schools would increase my odds of garnering success. Now, after having worked in the game for awhile, I can honestly tell you that very few people, if any, have asked me where I went to film school. Here are 5 … [Read more...]

Lazy People in Hollywood

I've been working on a new project - and it's surprising to me how some people are incredibly nice, hard working, responsible and smart. Yet, I'm equally surprised by the amount of people who are lazy and not-so-responsible. The other night a friend of a friend of a friend kept telling me how upset he was that someone stole his movie idea. The story had something to do with … [Read more...]

Tips for Film and Video Freelance Work

Image via Wikipedia When I was starting out, I had to beg for every film and video job I could find. My first jobs consisted of fetching coffee and doing some non-union grip and gaffer work. These days I have a pretty good network of friends who can help me find film and video jobs when necessary. Some of you have asked for tips how to meet friends and get jobs. So I'll … [Read more...]