Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Film Directing Notes 05



“MADE A SHORT…NOW WHAT?”…. (“Get an Oscar”)


If you’re a grown-up…”Please, Please, Please DO NOT MAKE A SHORT”. No one buys shorts. So as an adult, demonstrating your movie business skills b y making a short is s-t-u-p-i-d, for you have just spent all your money making something that you CAN NOT SELL. Now, I ask you “Does that sound intelligent”

But, no matter how much I beseech, you probably won’t adhere and are either going to make a short or have already made one. Then if this (aka: shorts) is your passion and you want to make money, then the only way to get true recognition for it is to get the Oscar for “Best Short”…. Or at least an “Oscar Nomination”.

To get your short qualified for Oscar Nomination (check, www. Oscars. Org, for details) you must first get it into one of the Film Festivals, along with a stipulation that you must be a “Student” (I’m not sure of how they qualify or quantify the word student) that the AMPAA (Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences). Now, here’s your list:
(A) Google
(B) Get Dates & Submission Details
(C) Figure out the word “Student”
(D) Submit. Submit. Submit.
(E) Hire a Publicist
(F) Turn it over to God

QUALIFYING OSCAR FILM FESTIVALS ARE:
1) AFI Fest
2) ACADEMIA DE LAS ARTES & CIENCIAS (Spain)
3) ACADEMIA DES ARTS ET DU CINEMA (France)
4) ACADEMY CANADIAN CINEMA & TV (Canada)
5) ACADEMY MOTION PICTURE ARTS & SCIENCES (USA)
6) ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL (USA)
7) ASPEN SHORT FEST (USA)
8) ATHENS INTL FEST (GREECE)
9) ATLANTA FILM FEST (USA)
10) AUSTIN FILM FEST (USA)
11) BERLIN INTL FILM FEST (GERMANY)
12) BERMUDA INTL FILM FEST (Carribean)
13) BILBAO DOCUMENTARY FILM FEST (Spain)
14) CANNES FESTIVAL (France)
15) CARTAGENA FILM FEST (Colombia)
16) CHICAGO CHILDRENS FEST (USA)
17) CHICAGO INTL FESTIVAL (USA)
18) CINEMA INTL ANIMATION (Portugal)
19) CINEQUEST FEST (USA)
20) CLEVELAND INTL FEST (USA)
21) ENCOUNTERS FILM FEST (England)
22) FESTIVAL CINE DE BUESCA (Spain)
23) FLORIDA FILM FEST (USA)
24) FOYLE FILM FEST (Ireland)
25) HAMPTONS INTL FEST (USA)

Now, let’s get into a couple of these Festivals. Remember, “They are not Free”. There’s Flight, Hotel, Per Diem, Posters, Ads, Publicity…. Win a couple of awards. Make sure it qualifies for Oscar Nomination. Now, have it nominated. Now, get it selected by the MPAA. Now, go to LA…. Now, W-I-N. Does this sound easy.
 

Make a Feature Film



Make a Feature Film… Do Not, I repeat, DO NOT, make a Short to demonstrate your talent if you are an adult. If you are a kid (10-16) then go ahead make shorts. They’re cute. If you’re an adult…Make a Feature Film.

BACK TO HOT TIP: Now, let’s talk No-Budget, Micro-Budget & Low-Budget.

>>>LOW-BUDGET ($200,000-$300,000)<<<
90-110 Page Script
2-3 Locations
Sign with SAG (Screen Actors Guild)
2 Electronic (4K) Cinema Cameras
3-Week Shoot
18 Shooting Days
Shooting Schedule 5-6 Pages/Day
Master Shot, 2 Mediums, 4-5 Close-ups
2.5-3.0 Month Post Schedule
One Filmbay.com Pickup

>>>MICRO-BUDGET ($50,000-$100,000)<<<
90-100 Page Script
2 Locations
Probably Non-SAG Shoot
2 Red One Cameras
2-Week Shoot
13 Shooting Days
Shooting Schedule 7-8 Pages/Day
Master Shot, 1 Medium Shot & 1-2 Close-ups
2.0-2.5 Month Post Schedule
One 1-Day Pickup

>>>NO-BUDGET ($10,000-$20,000)<<<
90-Page Script
1 Location
Non-SAG shoot, likely using SAG actors
1 Red One Camera or 2 Black Magics
1-Week Shoot
7-9 Shooting Days
Shooting Schedule 10-12 Pages/Day
90% Master Shot(s)
1.5-2.0 Month Post Schedule
No Pickups

“Blair Witch Project”, “Paranormal Activity”, “PI”, “CLERKS”, “El Mariachi”, “CRANK”… now you know how they did it.

(1) A KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) Script
(2) 1 Location or 1 Set
(3) A 1-, 2- or 3-Week Shoot
(4) Electronic (Digital) Cameras
(5) Minimal Non-Union Cast/Crew
(6) 1-3 month Post


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Low-Budget, No-Budget, Micro-Budget, Ultra-Low-Budget; enough, enough. What the heck is everyone talking about, in dollars of course, when these phrases are thrown out.

Let’s talk numbers…dollars.

Hollywood (aka: Movie Studios), in their world of mega-budget movies, call Low-Budget $15,000,000-$20,000,000. And you hear them say on panels that the average Low-Budget feature Film today is $18,000,000+.

OK. To the “Big 6” (Warners, Sony, Paramount, 20th, etc) Low-Budget is (here’s another phrase) “Low 8-Figures”.

I love when they say “Mid 7-Figures”; “High 6-Figures”.

For Pete’s sake (by-the-by, who is Pete?) why don’t they just say the bloody number.

Hollywood Guilds & Unions each have individual agreements, that they call Low-Budget Agreements, with each having a different amount for Low-Budget.

Writer’s Guild used to call Low-Budget anything under $5,000,000.

Director’s Guild used to call Low-Budget anything under $1,500,000.

Screen Actor’s Guild calls Low-Budget anything under $1,000,000: then they have something that says anything under $500,000, then they have something that says anything under $200,000.

Yo actors, make your mind up.

Now let’s cut-to-the-chase. Stop this Bull Rhetoric and get to the bottom-line for you.

WHAT DO YOU… YOU KNOW YOU, the person complaining about I can’t make rent, the person who can’t seem to afford to keep your gas tank on full, the person who didn’t even pledge $20 to Filmbay.comon it’s IndieGoGo campaign because you said “Money is tight right now”.

So, if “money is tight right now” and you didn’t even pledge $29 bucks to Filmbay.comthen DON’T YOU DARE CALL LOW-BUDGET, $18 Million, $5 Million, $1 Million, $500K, or even $200K.

Remember, you didn’t pledge $29 bucks.

Take your bank account. No Bull. Look at that number. Now, that number is High-Budget, for you and to be real cut that number in half and…that, for you, is Low-Budget.

You want to call it Micro-Budget, No-Budget or Ultra-Low-Budget… I don’t care but now you are into reality and can plan a feature film…. A 90-page script, in real time, with a weekend shoot, and a HDSLR camera that is synchronized properly.

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