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Despising The Free Lunch- How to Get Paid Like a Pro

Getting paid for being a filmmaker is an art form and rarely taken to heart, so artists starve for their craft. This image of the "starving artist" must not and should not be perpetuated. Most people believe that the work of a writer, a producer, a filmmaker is based on passion alone, and as a result it is assumed that all artists are meant to work for free, or to get paid later, because their passion for the craft will make them accept work under any condition, including the freebies or…

The Power of Fact-Checking (Making the Right Choices for Your Career & Project)

When businesses are born, especially those birthed in a creative environment filled with film, television, and artists, it all starts with a dream. And on the journey to realize those dreams, it is almost inevitable that you will meet and talk to many people. From these people, you will hear one of these things:The truth.The half-truth.Bullshit. As the saying goes, “Money talks, bullshit walks.” But it goes even further than this. Developing strong fact-checking skill…

How to find the Highway out of Development Hell

In our ever so wonderful and creative La La Land, there is a crowded little neighborhood called Development Hell. The real estate that sits there can potentially be worth millions, but the building phase is excruciating long. So long, actually, that the developers and architects behind it often give up altogether or turn it over and sell it back for scraps. This is the sad place where creativity and passion are replaced by stagnancy and frustration. If you've ever optioned a project,…

4 Ways to Fail as a Producer (And 4 Ways to Succeed!)

“Power is a place as well as a verb. It is inside the information tent.” -Lynda Obst The quote above is from Hello, He Lied, a must-read book on producing.The book is written by a trailblazer who did it all and saw it all, Lynda Obst. Being a female producer in Hollywood isn't easy. When I decided to expand my horizons and became a film producer, I felt I was ahead of the game because I knew what it took to finance a movie as worldwide sales agent and distributors’ rep…

How do I Sell My Movie? [An Objective Look at Distribution]

So you made a movie. You even have an offer from a sales agent to sell it worldwide. You are excited. Your film is selling in Cannes! It’s selling at the American Film Market! It’s screening at Berlinale! You're having viewing parties with friends and family, showing off the brochure or the listing of your movie in the Trades. You dream about the new movie you will make or the house you'll buy with the profits from the first one, and you're sure there will be so many dollars …

Think Like an Ad Man [Using Creative Agency Techniques to Build Project Identity]

One of my favourite TV series is Mad Men. When Don Draper walks into a room with his ideas and visual pitches for a potential client, he does it impeccably, and with as few images and slogans as possible to sell the product. His theory has proof in the pudding: “You are the product. You feeling something, that’s what sells.” Which is precisely why we all are glued to our television screens during Super Bowl to watch the commercials that make us tear up or incite some …

How Body Language & Buzz Words Can Drastically Improve Your Pitch

So you got yourself a face to face meeting with a decision maker. This is epic. Could be a game changer, you think. This is your “one shot, one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment” like in the the Eminem song. It's your personal anthem that plays on rotation on Spotify as you sit in the lobby of the office of the producer you most want to meet who could make your script or book into a movie. Or the sales agent or distributor that finance your projec…

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