Actor/Director Relationships

Actor/Director Relationships

The relationships between actors and directors can vary drastically. Some are friendly and free-flowing. Others are like a tyrant versus the oppressed. Some are like a lengthy marriage, where there are fights but ultimately the two come out of it loving each other. Still, think of directors as being the supervisors and actors being the...
Why Organize A Production Company?

Why Organize A Production Company?

Most corporations, media, and movie businesses depend on creativity and intellectual property to produce revenue because they always must generate a fresh product and reinvent themselves. The corporation solely possesses a record of previous achievements, associates, knowledge, standing, and “heat.” These corporations have a lot of promise, but few important resources, other than people.  This...
Identifying Investor Types

Identifying Investor Types

The various laws related to securities not only determine the exemption and registration of securities, but also whom you may approach and the manner in which you do it. In addition, the amount of information that you are required to disclose is established by the investor being accredited or non-credited. A person or institution that...
Thoughts And Emotion In Filmmaking

Thoughts And Emotion In Filmmaking

Why exaggerate something that is somewhat insignificant to you? -Alec Baldwin Constructing a creative reality relies on a thorough visualization process.  To create a world, either as a screenwriter or a director, that resonates with audiences, you must be willing to delve as deeply as possible into the process.  Examining your own ideas, thoughts, prejudices,...
The Mysterious Magic of Dialogue in Film

The Mysterious Magic of Dialogue in Film

Every movie lover enjoys quoting dialogue from their favorite films, because those lines have been cemented in our memories as snapshots of great moments. While doing script analysis on your project, it is important to approach the material from a specific point of view in order to ensure that your project conveys the same dialogue...
The Net Profit Illusion

The Net Profit Illusion

The term “equity” relates to an investment that represents the interest of an owner in a company; for example, units in a limited partnership, membership in a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or shares in a corporation.  It is a different aspect from that of a loan facility, in that you are obligated to refund the...
What Are My Options Financing A Film?

What Are My Options Financing A Film?

They say that money makes the world go ‘round; if not the world, it is certainly a key factor in making your film! Having this wonderful vision of how you will make your film and getting it done are two different dreams. The objective for you is to make them come together, and unless you...
Maximizing the Scene Through Lighting, Lenses and Shots

Maximizing the Scene Through Lighting, Lenses and Shots

Every director’s greatest wish is that his vision, which includes the look of the film, is actualized on the big screen.  But the fact is, filmmaking is a collaborative medium, and though a director has a lot of power, he must rely on other members of his crew to bring his vision to life.  Nowhere...
The Importance of Emotional Events in Film

The Importance of Emotional Events in Film

Scripts are full of tiny details that can be used to create a visual canvas for the scene. Every director has different feelings about these stage directions; some can make a strong argument for taking them with the proverbial grain of salt. While using stage directions as suggestions rather than mandates may divert from the...
Rules and Benefits of Product Placement in TV and Movie Production

Rules and Benefits of Product Placement in TV and Movie Production

In the latest action spectacle playing in a local movie theater, a square-jawed hero is more likely to pull out a latest shiny laptop or smartphone from Apple or Samsung and display it prominently for the audience to see, than he is to pull out an Uzi. This less than subtle sleight-of-hand is known in...
Relationships Between Writers and Development Executives

Relationships Between Writers and Development Executives

The Position of Writers and Development Executives in the Scripting Process Though writers are the ultimate source of original script material, development executives still have great influence over scripting and what ideas eventually end up in the final project.  Think of the position of development executives as if they were in the middle of a...
Differences Between States

Differences Between States

This area is tricky because most rights are governed by state laws which differ from state to state. For example, some states recognize a right of publicity; others don’t. To protect yourself, try obtaining the broadest set of rights from all people whose stories are depicted recognizably in the film. If you don’t, you expose...
Major Fim Deal Points and Terminology

Major Fim Deal Points and Terminology

There are going to be two parties in any deal—the producer and the grantor. Let’s take a look at each of them more extensively. Producer:  It is critical that the producer negotiate the life rights consent before any other steps are taken on film. If he or she waits until after film is produced or...
Life Story Rights

Life Story Rights

So, if this movie you are planning on shooting is based on someone’s life, you will want to obtain a life rights consent agreement. The term life story rights is a little bit misleading; what you will actually be acquiring is a collection of rights and releases from liability. Typically, it’ll have these following stipulations...
Knowing your Rights as a Film Producer

Knowing your Rights as a Film Producer

One of the most important things to know in any of life’s situations is your rights. You want to make sure you have everything in place before you begin that blockbuster you plan on creating. You need to be aware of which rights are available, which rights the owner reserves, and which rights have been...
Music Licensing and Movies

Music Licensing and Movies

There are three ways to find music for your film. First, you can find preexisting music recordings and license them for your film. Second, you can use a preexisting composition and record it for the film. Third, you can have music composed for the film. Most films use a combination of these three options. Each...
Reality TV - Shooting Testimonials and Interviews

Reality TV – Shooting Testimonials and Interviews

When Should I Use Interviews? Interviews and testimonials are a way to lend reality and authenticity to a subject or event.  People never get tired of watching other people or hearing stories and interviews provide the opportunity to give information while establishing credibility through the speaker. Interviews are staples for businesses.  They appeal in commercials,...
Securities Law and Investors

Securities Law and Investors

Looking at this from the view of an investor, the equity investment is an excellent opportunity with great potential, as investing a few thousand dollars in a low-budget film could produce a substantial profit margin. It is also a potential win situation from the viewpoint of a film producer, because if the film doesn’t sell...