Are You A Rebel Without a Crew?

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Working in film distribution, one of my previous jobs involved pitching a catalog of movies to the El Rey Network. Talking with those guys was surreal in a sense, because I totally remember reading and being inspired by (the founder of El Rey) Robert Rodriguez's book Rebel Without a Crew. Rebel Without a Crew tells the story of how Robert Rodriguez was able to fund and make … [Read more...]

How To Make Your Own Film

how to make your own film

If you're looking for tactics on how to make your own film, you're in luck. I have been helping filmmakers make, market and sell movies for close to a decade - And in all that time, I found there is a serious distinction between filmmakers to who take action and filmmakers who do not. If you want some tactics on how to make your own film, aside from the technical stuff, the … [Read more...]

How To Produce Hit Television Shows Like Charlie Day

Charlie Day

As a filmmaker, getting a project off the ground is often easier said than done. From day one, you are faced with a seemingly never ending barrage of challenges like how to get money, how to actually finish what you start, and importantly, how to sell your project… Faced with this level of uncertainty, it’s not surprising why many would-be filmmakers and producers give up … [Read more...]

How To Network In Hollywood (Or anywhere, really)

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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...]

Cynicism Won’t Make Movies

Cynicism Won't Make Movies

Getting your movie made can be frustrating. I know the feeling. Over the course of a year, I get involved in hundreds of conversations with people with the hopes of making a deal. Most of the deals fall apart. And even though this is part of the game, every time I experience a setback, I spend a few days moping. Then I find my next project and repeat the … [Read more...]