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...
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,...
Film "Events"

Film “Events”

What is an “Event”? An “event” is the collision of inspirational or influential forces at work in a drama.  During a performance, there are two levels to the “event.”  One results from the director’s interpretative storytelling; the other results from the spontaneously alchemical narrative created by the actors on stage.  The event derives its force...
When Life Gives You Lemons on Your Set,  be Prepared to Make Lemonade

When Life Gives You Lemons on Your Set, be Prepared to Make Lemonade

It is a proven fact of life that anything that can go wrong, will. You cannot believe for one second that anything to do with movie productions will be any different. Regardless of who you are or what you are doing, no one is immune to the inevitable fact that things do not always go...
Tips and Tricks of Using Movement in Film Production

Tips and Tricks of Using Movement in Film Production

Movement within a scene in a film or play occurs whenever a person or animal physically moves from one place to another. This movement may be in the form of a walk, a mad dash, a run, a long sprint, or even crawling on the floor; but as long as the character travels even one...
Twelve Famous Science Fiction Directors And How They Got Their Starts

Twelve Famous Science Fiction Directors And How They Got Their Starts

Although science fiction films tend to be box office winners (more than half of the all-time domestic grossing films fit that genre), “sci-fi” is still considered by some experts to be a “lesser” genre. It’s “lesser” in the sense that it gives itself to exploitation and imaginative ideas that, while entertaining to watch, typically lacks...
Criticism: How Dissent Creates Innovative Teams and Brilliant Ideas

Criticism: How Dissent Creates Innovative Teams and Brilliant Ideas

It is not unfair to say that the majority of us do not respond well to criticism, even when it is constructive. Most people would agree that a successful group discussion is one that ends in agreement, but is that ever truly the case? There have been many studies carried out on whether criticism and...
Film Team Assembly in the Digital Age

Film Team Assembly in the Digital Age

The traditional filmmaking model required that each film employ an entire team of people to ensure that a film was seen, including production, distribution, and financing teams.  Now, when media has been democratized, more channels exist for filmmakers to get their films seen outside of the traditional model.  Even though it’s possible, it’s prohibitively difficult...