Preproduction
How to Produce a Film: Preparing for the Picture

How to Produce a Film: Preparing for the Picture

The Script The core development team, composed of the director, the producer and the development manager, will be responsible for bringing the story together. This is the first focus for any project. Before budgets can be set and small details planned out, the project must have at least a first draft of a shooting script....
Two Producer Types

Two Producer Types

Producers are the creators and manufacturers of motion pictures. Producers are closely related to both the audience and the distributors; audience members purchase their product and distributors put the producer in touch with their audience while creating a market for their product.  Independent producers tend to fall into two operating profiles: creative protectionist producers and...
Auditioning, Casting and Call-backs

Auditioning, Casting and Call-backs

Call-backs After you audition, it is likely that the director will move forward with those who met the following elements during their audition: They were relaxed. They revealed themselves to have discipline and depth. They were able to provide a unique sense of humour if the audition was for a comedy. They had thought processes...
Disney Set Sights on Gillespie to Helm Sports Drama

Disney Set Sights on Gillespie to Helm Sports Drama

Director Craig Gillespie is currently in negotiations to take the helm of Disney’s upcoming sports drama ‘Million Dollar Arm’ which already has Mad Men star John Hamm attached in the lead role. The picture, written by Tom McCarthy, is based on the true story of sports agent J.B. Bernstein who discovered pitchers Rinku Singh and...
Young Twilight Star Takes New Role

Young Twilight Star Takes New Role

Fresh from Twilight, young actress Mackenzie Foy is poised to star alongside Ellen Burstyn and Josh Lucas in indie drama picture ‘Wish You Well’. Foy plays Renesmee in both parts of ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’ and has also recently completed filming for New Line’s upcoming supernatural picture ‘The Conjuring’ as well as independent film...
Bale Signs On For Russell Project

Bale Signs On For Russell Project

Christian Bale will join Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner in the follow up to David O. Russell’s sequel to ‘The Silver Linings Playbook’. The film is as yet untitled and is currently being written by Russell alongside Eric Warren Singer, adapted from Singer’s original script. Russel has worked alongside ale before in The...
Agnes Brucker Wins Anna Nicole Role

Agnes Brucker Wins Anna Nicole Role

Hollywood has had a long time love affair with the infamous Anna Nicole Smith and it looks set to continue with the announcement that Agnes Brucker has been cast in the lead role in Lifetime’s ‘The Anna Nicole Smith Story’. The biopic, written by John Rice and Joe Batteer, tells the tragic story of small...
Tim Van Patten In Talks For Finest Hours

Tim Van Patten In Talks For Finest Hours

Best known for helming episodes of HBO hits ‘Boardwalk Empire’, ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The Sopranos’, Tim Van Patten is now reportedly in talks to take the lead as director of Disney’s ‘The Finest Hours’ which is a coast guard drama adapted from a bestselling book by Casey Sherman ad Michael Tougias. The drama focuses...
300 Sequel Now Officially Named

300 Sequel Now Officially Named

Warner Bros hve finally settled on an official name for the long awaited sequel to 300. Origianlly called Xerxes, then Battle of Artemisium, the film is now titled ‘300: Rise of An Empire’. The movies, which stars Eva Green and Sullivan Stapleton, is once more based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel. However, as it is...
Godzilla is Coming!

Godzilla is Coming!

Warner Bros dropped a bombshell on Comic-Con earlier in the year when they showed a totally unannounced trailer for a new Godzilla picture and not much has been heard since. However, the wheels are now firmly in motion and a release date of May 16, 2014 has been announced. Gareth Edwards will direct this latest...
Three Stars in Talks to Join Radcliffe in Screen Adaptation of Horns

Three Stars in Talks to Join Radcliffe in Screen Adaptation of Horns

  A trio of stars consisting of Juno Temple, Joe Anderson and Kelli Garner are currently in talks with Red Granite Pictures to join Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe in Alexandre Aja’s adaptation of supernatural novel ‘Horns’. The novel, originally penned by Joe Hill (son of legendary horror writer Stephen King) and adapted for screen...

From Page to Screen: Book-to-film adaptations

Book-to-film adaptations are all the rage in Hollywood right now: The Help, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Great Gatsby, to name just a few. But they can be risky films to make. No one likes to have their favorite characters tinkered with, so you absolutely must have the right writer on your...

Preproduction Audience Connection

People in the film industry want to know what drives distribution value. Preproduction is the perfect time to start thinking about distribution. Planning in advance will allow you to start doing things that will give your film a better chance of being distributed worldwide once it is made. This is also knows as “distribution in...

Such is Life – Books Die Slowly

Books die slowly, usually having short revivals with a new anniversary edition or when a movie or TV series is made based on the book. The book Such is Life, written by Joseph Furphy, was published in 1903. Now Andrew Furphy, the great-grandson of Joseph Furphy’s brother, is called to the artist’s life and decides...