INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: What Are You Bringing To The Table?
By Stacey Parks, workshop instructor of "Making Movies that Sell: A Holistic Approach to Getting Your Films Made and Seen Worldwide" at The New Now. Friday, April 15, 9am-12pm. Sign up today!
There was a really interesting discussion that transpired recently in the Film Specific Forums about the bottom line of being a Producer - you better be bringing one of the Big Three to the table at any given time, especially when you're first starting out: Money, Cast, or Distribution.
In my previous post Thinking Big some of the commenters complained of hitting a brick wall when trying to approach A-list talent without financing. If you have that attitude and can't stretch your thinking enough to get around the brick wall, then maybe Producing isn't for you. As Producers, we have to be able to make something from nothing sometimes - and that means starting with no resources and building them up one by one and leveraging each one to get to the next. So don't accept that excuse of having no money to get talent. That's baloney and you know it! If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. It's not easy, but if you want to succeed as a Producer you better drop the excuses and figure out how to get to talent even when you don't have the money yet.
Deadline Approaching: Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund
The Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund will provide annual production grants totaling $75,000 to be used in the creation of original, independent documentary films that illuminate pressing issues in the United States. Grants will be made to up to 5 projects that tell a compelling story and focus on one of Pare Lorentz's central concerns--the appropriate use of the natural environment, justice for all or the illumination of pressing social problems.
The fund supports full-length documentary films that reflect the spirit and nature of Pare Lorentz's work, exhibiting objective research, artful storytelling, strong visual style, high production values, artistic writing, outstanding music composition, as well as skillful direction, camerawork and editing. A program of the International Documentary Association, the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund is made possible by The New York Community Trust.
Application Deadline: all application materials, including work samples, must be received by 5:00 PM PST on Monday, April 25, 2011.
The full online application, guidelines and eligibility requirements are available on the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund application page.
Writers Boot Camp Free Mini-Camp
Join Writers Boot Camp founder Jeffrey Gordon for a FREE Special Mini-Camp, "Common First Draft Problems for Movies, TV Pilots and Web Series." Monday, April 11 from 7:30-9:30 pm in Santa Monica, CA. RSVP here.
You've poured hours and hours of ideas and sweat into your first draft... and no one likes it. It's confusing, it's incomplete, and it's not special. Even you don't like it.
Part of that is because it's a first draft. But part of that is because there are so many common first draft problems that writers without training and education make over and over again. But with Tools and an understanding of the full development process and the work ahead, you can shorten your re-writing and create an effective early draft.
Join Writers Boot Camp founder Jeffrey Gordon in a FREE Mini-Camp Monday April 11 dedicated to solving common first draft problems across all entertainment platforms. Jeff's insightful approach to conceptualizing and brainstorming an original approach to your film, TV or Web project, and filling it with uniquely entertaining moments help even experienced writers avoid these issues. While these Tools do not eliminate the need for even more Tools for empowered rewriting, they will give you a great head start for a more effective first draft.
PLEASE RSVP here
2525 Michigan Avenue, Bldg. i, Santa Monica, CA 90404
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What's a Mini-Camp?
A Mini-Camp is an informative, educational, free event revolving around the most challenging aspect of writing: full and entertaining conceptual development. The insight writers can gain just from a Mini-Camp can have a tangible impact on their craft.
In these candid, comprehensive discussions, Writers Boot Camp founder Jeffrey Gordon provides an introduction to potent tools designed to facilitate conceptual brainstorming. In just one session, you will learn some of the tools that have empowered an ever-growing list of Writers Boot Camp alumni to transition to careers as professional writers.
Now in our 22nd year, Writers Boot Camp alum have received won or been nominated for Academy Awards, Emmys, Golden Globes, Webbies and even the Tony award! Our writers have written screenplays that have brought in close to of a billion dollars in box office and have created or been staffed on close to 100 different TV shows. No matter what you've accomplished so far, we have the Tools that can help you take your writing to the next level.
NALIP Discount for Hollywood Networking Breakfast with Pres./CEO of Hallmark Channel
Sandra Lord invites you to the award winning Hollywood Networking Breakfast, with special guest speaker William J. Abbott. As President and Chief Executive Officer for Crown Media Holdings, Inc., owner and operator of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel, Bill Abbott oversees a team of seasoned executives who manage the day-to-day operations of all facets of the channels, including programming, marketing, ad sales, distribution, finance, legal and online initiatives.
Abbott and his team have positioned the channel well, where it is known for its high-quality family programming, continuous top 10 ratings leadership in C3 audience retention and length-of-tune among all ad-supported cable networks.
April 28 from 8:00-10:30am
Beverly Hills Country Club, 3084 Motor Avenue, LA
Ontime Deadline: 4/21/11
General Information/Policies: http://HollywoodNetworkingBreakfast.com
BREAKFAST: $40 (ONTIME)
(only $37 for NALIP members who are first-time attendees!). Mail your check or money-order, along with the completed Reservation Form, made payable to: Changing Images In America, P.O. Box 2688, Hollywood, CA 90078.