How To Start (and keep) A Career In Film

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If you’re looking for a career in film, you’re not alone. Each year, thousands of ambitious Hollywood hopefuls arrive in Los Angeles, eager to climb the entertainment ladder. Unlike you, most of these people come unprepared to face the competitive landscape. Many never take time to create a plan. And many Hollywood hopefuls simply don’t […]

What To Do When Your Filmmaking Sucks

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This filmmaking article is challenging to write. The reason for this is simple. It is tough to admit that a movie you made (that you once thought was brilliant) totally sucks. Cringing at the sight of your old work is a good sign. The emotion means that you’re growing as an artist. But I don’t […]

The Biggest Filmmaking Mistake

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The biggest filmmaking mistake I ever made was waiting for someone to give me permission to make my movie. It’s true. After college, I spent a whole lot of time sending out resumes to production companies. I thought the only way I could be taken seriously as a filmmaker was to work for a major […]

Changes In The Movie Industry

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Yesterday I had breakfast with a studio executive from one of the Majors here in Los Angeles. Much of what we talked about revolved around changes in the movie industry and how many of the studio folks are slow to implement new ideas. With an estimated 30,000 to 50,000 independent movies flooding the market each year, the movie industry is experiencing what happens to any industry when cheap labor, inexpensive production…

3 Reasons You Will Fail In Filmmaking

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Every week I share my filmmaking thoughts in a newsletter broadcast to over 5000 filmmakers. The newsletter offers tips and tactics on how to get your movie made, seen and sold without waiting around and asking permission. Most of the responses I receive are positive. However, without fail, I get emails from people who give me reasons why they cannot make a movie. These responses, while heartfelt and in many cases believable are starting to smell like a bunch of self-pitty BS…

Why Do Filmmakers Need A List?

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Like it or not, many social networking sites run the risk of going out of vogue. So from day one, you will want to migrate your fans off the social networking sites and get them into your own email, mailing list…

Free Marketing Advice For Filmmakers

I HIGHLY recommend that you use a reputable 3rd party email marketing company to manage your audience list. While there are some great companies out there, over the past three years, I have utilized a service called Aweber. This is a reputable email marketing company…

Filmmaking Stuff Is On Face Book

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Your friendships with other filmmakers dictate the scope and scale of your movies. And while not everyone you meet in the movie industry is going to become your best friend, it’s always great to know who to call, to help you make things happen.

Traditional Filmmaking Is Dead: Rise of The Backyard Indie

While nobody wants to make movies for pocket change, many filmmakers still believe we can somehow continually produce unprofitable (movie) products and expect the money and the subsequent jobs to keep rolling in. And unlike years past, filmmakers can no longer approach investors with the cliche pitch: “Filmmaking is a risky investment – if we are lucky, we might win Sundance and get a deal.” Now, with transparent distribution options availabe to all filmmakers, that line of give-me-money reasoning is reckless, no longer applicable, and in my opinion, unethical.