The Director’s Chair Issue #103 – Dec. 15, 2009 (Best way to advance your film career)
THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR
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December 15, 2009 Scene 10 – Take 10
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2. Two Bonuses for Subscribing to The Director’s Chair
3. Christmas Specials – Online Filmmaking Courses
4. “Think Outside the Box Office” by John Reiss
5. New Look to my Website – ActionCutPrint.com
6. FEATURE ARTICLE – Best way to advance your film career
7. Write an Article for The Director’s Chair
8. Is there a Definition to Making a Movie?
9. Pitchmarket 2010 Vancouver, BC
10. Subscriber Shameless Self-Promotion
11. Subscriber Links of Interest
12. BLOG – Film Directing Tips
13. Are You on Twitter?
14. Filmmaking Workshops
15. Back Issues of The Director’s Chair
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Welcome to the last issue of 2009: ISSUE #103 of The
Director’s Chair (December 15, 2009)
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2) FEATURE ARTICLE – the feature article this month is called
“Discover the “best” way to advance your film career” by Ian
Agard. “Would you like to know the single most important thing
you can do to advance your movie career? Set clear, specific
written goals. Goal setting is something very few people do
and is absolutely essential for achieving anything
extraordinary throughout your profession, whether working in
movies or not.” (Read entire article below.)
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3. CHRISTMAS SPECIALS – ONLINE FILMMAKING COURSES
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6. FEATURE ARTICLE “The “best” way to advance your film career”
“Discover the “best” way to advance your film career” by Ian
Would you like to know the single most important thing you can
do to advance your movie career?
Set clear, specific written goals.
Goal setting is something very few people do and is absolutely
essential for achieving anything extraordinary throughout your
profession, whether working in movies or not.
From my own experience I have always had dreams and desires
(in my head) of things I wanted to accomplishment in my career
but the problem was that they remained just in my head. With
my dreams and desires just floating around in my head it
became quite easy to be sidetracked, forget or simply give up
on achieving anything worthwhile.
My struggle and frustration from my lack of progress in my
movie career had me searching for answers.
Was success in the movie industry really based on luck? Maybe
I was not lucky? Maybe making movies was not my calling?
However, everything changed for the better for me once I read
a book by Brian Tracy called “Goals: How to get everything you
want faster than you ever thought possible.” http://www.amazon.com/Goals-Everything-Want-Faster-Thought-Possible/dp/1576752356
I strongly recommend that if you are not currently in the
habit on setting goals for yourself and your career to read
Basically, the book details how we as human beings are fully
responsible for creating the type of life or career we want
and the single best way to guarantee our success is through
setting goals. Here are the benefits of setting clear goals
for your career:
You will have more CLARITY: You have to know where you want to
go to get there. Setting goals requires you to develop
clarity. This is the first and most important step to creating
a career that you love and want.
You will develop a stronger FOCUS: Whatever you focus on your
get more of: if you have clear goals and focus on them, you
will get more of what you DO want (your goals) and less of
what you don’t want.
When you get clear about where you want to go, you set up
steps and actions to get there. This increases your efficiency
because you are working on what is really important. When you
work on what is important, you will accomplish more than you
You will get what you really want in life, rather than
settling for whatever comes you way.
2. INCREASED SELF-CONFIDENCE
As you set and reach your goals, you become more confident in
your ability to do what you say and get what you want in life.
Success breeds more successes. And the number 1 benefit of
setting goals is:
There are numerous studies that prove that less than 3% of
people walking on the face of this earth have written goals,
and according to research, these people accomplish 80% more
than those who do not. That is an astounding difference, is it
Your goal could be as simple:
I will finish writing the first draft of my screenplay by July
I will direct my second feature film by October 10th, 2009.
I know for a fact that since I started setting career goals
for myself starting back in 2008 that I have achieved more in
my film career within the past 12 months then I have in the
previous four years combined without having any writing goals.
What about you? Are you happy with the progress or stage your
career is in? Do you want more or feel you have the talent,
drive or ambition to accomplish more?
“Man is a goal seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he
is reaching out and striving for his goals” – Aristotle
To Your Success.
Ian Agard – Writer, Director and Producer of the new movie
“Bend and Break” http://www.bendandbreakmovie.com/
To get info about my ebook “Stop Waiting and Make Your Movie”
7. Do You Want to Write an Article for The Director’s Chair?
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8. IS THERE A DEFINITION OF MAKING A MOVIE?
Is there an actual definition of “making a movie?”
Here’s the one I like the best: “Making a movie (or
documentary) is the art of visually telling a compelling story
with believable characters.”
Let’s break that statement down further:
“Making a (good) movie is…”
– the ART of
– VISUALLY telling a
– COMPELLING STORY with
– BELIEVABLE CHARACTERS
What’s your definition of making a movie?
NOTE: Email me your definition and I will post the answers in
the January issue of this ezine. firstname.lastname@example.org
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March 6th PitchMarket Forum:
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March 7th PitchMarket:
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3. our new Pitch Cafe where you can chat with story editors,
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Please limit your promotion to less than 200 words. I also
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12. BLOG – FILM DIRECTING TIPS
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Here are some of the latest blog entries I have made:
– Is there an actual definition of “making a movie?”
– Filmmakers: Take Back What Has Always Been Yours
– First Network, Then Cable, Now There’s ‘Social TV’
– Filmmaking Marketing-Publicity, What’s the Difference?
– Have big, expensive movie stars lost their appeal?
13. ARE YOU ON TWITTER?
Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging
service that allows users to send and read other users’
updates (otherwise known as tweets), which are text-based
posts of up to 140 characters in length.
Twitter is one of the best and quickest ways for friends,
family or people with common interests to stay in touch.
It’s also becoming one of the best ways to promote yourself
and your films on the Internet!
If you have a Twitter account, let’s follow each other. You
can follow me at http://twitter.com/bcfilmmaker.
I also suggest you follow my partner Trilby Jeeves at
14. FILMMAKING WORKSHOPS – Peter D. Marshall
I have worked in the Film and Television Industry for over
35 years – as a Film Director, Television Producer, First
Assistant Director and Series Creative Consultant. I’ve been
asked many times to share my Film and TV production
knowledge with others. As a result, I developed several
workshops that I have successfully presented over the past
To find out more about these workshops, just click on the
link below. If you are interested in any of these four
workshops for yourself or your organization, please contact
me to discuss how we can bring these workshops to you.
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