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 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 Make Your Movie Rise Above The Noise

Rise Above The Garbage

Working in film distribution, I can tell you that everything is changing. Production is getting cheaper and easy access to the marketplace is the norm. This is an exciting time to be a filmmaker. Paradoxically, because more and more movies are getting made each year, this is also one of the most challenging times for making money as a filmmaker. We are experiencing a market … [Read more...]

The 5 Immutable Laws of Successful Filmmaking

Successful Filmmaking

As an independent filmmaker, the prospect of putting together a project and creating something awesome out of an idea really gets us going. Serious indie filmmakers stop at noting until the movie is actually in the can - or these days - in your hard drive. Still if you've been working to make movies for any length of time, you know there are days when you hit obstacles, … [Read more...]

5 Ways To Succeed As a Modern Filmmaker

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The other day it occurred to me that I've been living in Los Angeles for nearly a decade. Over the years I have learned a thing or two about Hollywood. I have also realized there are distinct differences between filmmakers who make a movie and the would-be filmmakers who do not. Since most people in LA are involved in some aspect of the movie industry, most conversations … [Read more...]