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The Director’s Chair Issue #131 – June 16, 2012 (Shedding the Stigma)

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THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR
Free Monthly Ezine for Independent Filmmakers

June 16, 2012                Scene 13 – Take 6
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Published once a month.

Publisher: Peter D. Marshall
Email: mailto:pdm@actioncutprint.com
Website: http://actioncutprint.com
Blog: http://filmdirectingtips.com

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Dear {!firstname},

You are receiving “The Director’s Chair” because you (or
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Contents
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1. Introduction
2. Bonuses for Subscribing to The Director’s Chair
3. “Essentials of Film Directing” 2 Day Workshop
4. FEATURE ARTICLE: Shedding the Stigma
5. Subscriber Shameless Self-Promotion
6. Filmmaking Stuff Book
7. Filmmaking Links of Interest
8. Product Promotion and Film Workshops
9. Subscribe and Unsubscribe Information
10. Copyright Information

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1. Introduction
=======================================================

Welcome to Issue #131 of The Director’s Chair June 17, 2012

1. Feature Article – The feature article this month is called:
“Shedding the Stigma” by two former Vancouver Film School
students of mine, Lindsey Mann and Samantha Jewell. “There is
always a certain stigma around the label of “student film” or
“student producer,” so we knew from the start that we would
have to bridge a gap in the current industry outlook. (Read
full article below.)

2. Please send any comments, suggestions, questions or advice
to: mailto:pdm@actioncutprint.com

=======================================================
2. Two Bonuses For Subscribing To The Director’s Chair
=======================================================

Thank you very much for subscribing to this ezine.

BONUS #1 – Here is the link to download Day One (30 pages) of
“The Art and Craft of the Director Audio Seminar.”
http://actioncutprint.com/files/12-AOTD-ASD1.pdf

BONUS #2 – Here is the link to download the first 27 pages of
the “Script Breakdown and Film Scheduling Online Course.”
http://actioncutprint.com/sbfs/SBFS-Course12free.pdf

=======================================================
3. “Essentials of Film Directing” 2 Day Workshop
=======================================================

I will be teaching a 2 day film directing workshop (Essentials
of Film Directing) in Toronto, Canada on June 23 and 24, 2012.
This event is sponsored by Raindance Canada.

You can find out more about this workshop at:
http://filmdirectingtips.com/archives/7336

As of June 15, 34 filmmakers (from Canada, USA and Singapore)
have registered for this 2 day intensive workshop.

=======================================================
4. Feature Article: Shedding the Stigma
=======================================================

Two former Vancouver Film School students of mine discuss
their winning ways with their short film, The Little Mermaid.
=========================================

“Shedding the Stigma” by Lindsey Mann and Samantha Jewell.

There is always a certain stigma around the label of “student
film” or “student producer,” so we knew from the start that we
would have to bridge a gap in the current industry outlook.

We began preproduction on our short film, The Little Mermaid,
in March 2011 – a mere 2 months into our school year and we
hit the ground running, being considered as working industry
professionals, and working like them too.

This film began as a part of the larger series, Compendium,
which is a term project within the Entertainment Business
Management Program at the Vancouver Film School.

The first step, choosing the script, was just as daunting as
watching the finished product premiere on the historic
Graumann’s Chinese Theatre screen at the 2011 Los Angeles
Screamfest Film Festival, 8 months later.

So how does one make that leap? Especially under the stigma
discussed earlier? Dedication, hard work, love for the film
and your team, as well as the many other clichés that surround
successful projects.

Producing this film on a $1500.00 budget, with one day for
production, managing a crew of 60 people, (who were on their
4th and last long day of filming within the series) was a
monumental and exciting task. However, what now may be more
rewarding, is being able to distribute the final product, the
film that so many dedicated their talent and time towards,
into festivals and awards ceremonies.

Constructing the festival plan was a whole other realm for us
as producers, and as we are now discovering, is as well for
many others in this industry.

Through the fantastic website, http://withoutabox.com, we were
able to build a smart, detailed and promising plan geared
specifically towards the marketing strategy and promotion of
our film.

Browsing hundreds of festivals, making sure we knew every
detail of our film as well as the deadlines, requirements and
promotional materials needed for each individual festival, not
to mention submitting detailed proposals & press releases to
VFS’s marketing team, all translated into hours upon weeks of
unwavering, dedicated effort – which we were sure would have a
massive payoff.

Knowing that The Little Mermaid was a beautiful, but horror
genre film, we were able to source and contact many horror
festivals and blogs to begin the “buzz” for the film as well
as begin collecting awards.

Showing how diligent, committed and wholeheartedly involved
with the project we were as we turned from students to Alumni
and the IP (Intellectual Property) was to be passed into VFS’s
control, we were able to remain the champions and executives
of our film to see it through to as many festival and award
shows as possible.

As the first and only producers to pull this off with a
production coming from within the school, we were finally
shedding the assumed stigma and creating a calling card as
working industry professionals.

As we are ending our festival rounds with The Little Mermaid,
we have accumulated 5 Best Short wins and nominations and 8
other accolades including Leo Award nominations (and a win), a
Golden Sheaf Award and entrance into an Oscar qualifying
festival.

Looking forward, we hope to be recognized at the remaining
festivals we have left in our festival circuit as well as to
continue to work in the industry as emerging and enthusiastic
producers of original content.

Our mentor and incredible director, Nicholas Humphries gave us
some of the best advice that we took to heart for this project:
“If you don’t get your product out into the world, it may as
well not exist.”

And for our cast and crew who did all they could for us to
have an amazing film, we chose to do all we could to repay
them and have it recognized.

The Little Mermaid Trailer: http://youtu.be/jCM9s7MtonI

Behind the Scenes: http://youtu.be/Xz2a892rQ0Y

Samantha Jewell is currently living in Vancouver and focusing
on her passion for creative producing & filmmaking. Her career
goals are to continue developing IP’s and working on
independent projects, with hopes of introducing them into the
mainstream & recruiting large fan bases. She is also
interested/dabbles in the casting and talent management sector
of the industry.

Lindsey Mann is also located in Vancouver, developing and
honing the art of producing independent projects. She is a
recent student of Vancouver Film School and plans on taking
full advantage of all films, IP’s and works that she can help
on within that environment to gain experience in all realms of
producing and creating a visual story. Lindsey’s career goal
is to develop IP’s that can translate to a much a bigger
universe than just film, i.e graphic novels, ARG’s and
underground followings (to name a few).

Vancouver Film School
Entertainment Business Management Program
http://www.vfs.edu/programs/entertainment-business
========

NOTE: If you want to find out more about how Lindsey and
Samantha got their short film into so many festivals, they
would be happy to chat with you at:

Samantha Jewell
mailto:jewell.samantha@gmail.com

Lindsey Mann
mailto:lindzmann@gmail.com

=======================================================
5. Subscriber Shameless Self-Promotion (Free Advertising)
=======================================================

The Director’s Chair gives you an incredible opportunity to
get Free Advertising for your services and your films.

Each month, I give two subscribers an opportunity to promote
themselves, their company or their productions in this
section.

So if you want over 5500 filmmakers around the world to know
about you and your films, please send me your “shameless
self-promotion” to: mailto:pdm@actioncutprint.com.

Please limit your promotion to 300 words. I reserve the right
to edit the promotion for length, spelling and formatting.

—————

(1) Maxim Media International, the largest world-wide
distributor of independent horror and shock films, recently
acquired sci-fi action/thriller film “Time Again” for
worldwide distribution. “Time Again,” the directorial debut of
Ray Karwel, takes the audience on a wild sci-fi adventure into
the notorious criminal underworld as a young waitress must
travel back in time repeatedly to change the course of events
that led to the death of her sister.

“Time Again” was edited by renowned Hollywood film editor John
Rosenberg and stars veteran actress Gigi Perreau (Journey to
the Center of Time, The Brady Bunch). It also features in
starring roles Scott F. Evans (Big Bag of $, Alien Abduction),
John T. Woods (Mega Snake, Zombie Strippers, House, NCIS, and
24), Angela Rachelle (The Kiss), and Tara Smoker.
http://emaximmedia.com/action-film-library/time-again/

Ray Karwel
Writer/Director of “Time Again”
http://www.nastystrangers.com/

=======================================================
6. Filmmaking Stuff: How to Make, Market and Sell your Movie
Without the Middle-Man by Jason Brubaker
=======================================================

My friend, Jason Brubaker, has published his first book
called Filmmaking Stuff: How to Make, Market and Sell your
Movie Without the Middle-Man. http://amzn.to/IudU3h

As a filmmaker, one of the biggest problems YOU have is
finding a way to get your movie made, seen and sold without
waiting for some Hollywood yahoo to give you permission. And
as you probably know, there are a lot of people who want to
make movies. But very few people will actually take action.

The good news is this. You no longer need Hollywood. In fact,
the future of filmmaking is not Hollywood. It is the thousands
of independent filmmakers empowered by the digital revolution.

This filmmaking book shows YOU how to get the script, use
crowdfunding to raise the money, make the journey from
screenplay to screen, distribute your movie, and then build an
audience eager to see your next movie!

Please check out Jason’s book out at: http://amzn.to/IudU3h

=======================================================
7. Filmmaking Links of Interest
=======================================================

1) 6 Filmmaking Tips From Ridley Scott
http://su.pr/2VuIMg

2) 5 of the greatest single shots in movie history
http://su.pr/26aAKu

3) Using The Internet To Make Inspiring Films
http://su.pr/1rdA7g

4) Filmmakers in forefront of feminist movement
http://su.pr/1fvO1r

5) On Product Placement And Filmmaking
http://su.pr/1PnedX

=======================================================
8. Product Promotion And Film Workshops
=======================================================

From time to time, I will contact you to inform you of film
workshops, filmmaking products or Online courses that I feel
are beneficial to filmmakers like yourself. Of course, you are
under no obligation to purchase anything – I only offer this
information as a service to subscribers of this free ezine.

=======================================================
9. Subscribe and Unsubscribe Information
=======================================================

1. To Subscribe to this Ezine, send an email to
mailto:pdm@actioncutprint.com with SUB as the Subject

2. To Unsubscribe to this Ezine, reply to this email with
UNSUB in the Subject line

3. To Change Your Email Address, send an email with your old
and new email address to mailto:pdm@actioncutprint.com

4. To Read Back Issues of The Director’s Chair, visit:
http://actioncutprint.com/subscription

5. Share This Ezine: Remember to share this ezine by email.
Forward it to your friends and associates.
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THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR
Free Monthly Ezine for Independent Filmmakers

June 16, 2012                Scene 13 – Take 6
=======================================================
=======================================================

Published once a month.

Publisher: Peter D. Marshall
Email: mailto:pdm@actioncutprint.com
Website: http://actioncutprint.com
Blog: http://filmdirectingtips.com

=======================================================

Dear {!firstname},

You are receiving “The Director’s Chair” because you (or
someone using your email address) requested a subscription.

PRIVACY STATEMENT: This Subscriber List is a private mailing
list and will not be made available to other companies or
individuals. I value every Subscriber and respect your
privacy.

=======================================================
Contents
=======================================================

1. Introduction
2. Bonuses for Subscribing to The Director’s Chair
3. “Essentials of Film Directing” 2 Day Workshop
4. FEATURE ARTICLE: Shedding the Stigma
5. Subscriber Shameless Self-Promotion
6. Filmmaking Stuff Book
7. Filmmaking Links of Interest
8. Product Promotion and Film Workshops
9. Subscribe and Unsubscribe Information
10. Copyright Information

=======================================================
1. Introduction
=======================================================

Welcome to Issue #131 of The Director’s Chair June 17, 2012

1. Feature Article – The feature article this month is called:
“Shedding the Stigma” by two former Vancouver Film School
students of mine, Lindsey Mann and Samantha Jewell. “There is
always a certain stigma around the label of “student film” or
“student producer,” so we knew from the start that we would
have to bridge a gap in the current industry outlook. (Read
full article below.)

2. Please send any comments, suggestions, questions or advice
to: mailto:pdm@actioncutprint.com

=======================================================
2. Two Bonuses For Subscribing To The Director’s Chair
=======================================================

Thank you very much for subscribing to this ezine.

BONUS #1 – Here is the link to download Day One (30 pages) of
“The Art and Craft of the Director Audio Seminar.”
http://actioncutprint.com/files/12-AOTD-ASD1.pdf

BONUS #2 – Here is the link to download the first 27 pages of
the “Script Breakdown and Film Scheduling Online Course.”
http://actioncutprint.com/sbfs/SBFS-Course12free.pdf

=======================================================
3. “Essentials of Film Directing” 2 Day Workshop
=======================================================

I will be teaching a 2 day film directing workshop (Essentials
of Film Directing) in Toronto, Canada on June 23 and 24, 2012.
This event is sponsored by Raindance Canada.

You can find out more about this workshop at:
http://filmdirectingtips.com/archives/7336

As of June 15, 34 filmmakers (from Canada, USA and Singapore)
have registered for this 2 day intensive workshop.

=======================================================
4. Feature Article: Shedding the Stigma
=======================================================

Two former Vancouver Film School students of mine discuss
their winning ways with their short film, The Little Mermaid.
=========================================

“Shedding the Stigma” by Lindsey Mann and Samantha Jewell.

There is always a certain stigma around the label of “student
film” or “student producer,” so we knew from the start that we
would have to bridge a gap in the current industry outlook.

We began preproduction on our short film, The Little Mermaid,
in March 2011 – a mere 2 months into our school year and we
hit the ground running, being considered as working industry
professionals, and working like them too.

This film began as a part of the larger series, Compendium,
which is a term project within the Entertainment Business
Management Program at the Vancouver Film School.

The first step, choosing the script, was just as daunting as
watching the finished product premiere on the historic
Graumann’s Chinese Theatre screen at the 2011 Los Angeles
Screamfest Film Festival, 8 months later.

So how does one make that leap? Especially under the stigma
discussed earlier? Dedication, hard work, love for the film
and your team, as well as the many other clichés that surround
successful projects.

Producing this film on a $1500.00 budget, with one day for
production, managing a crew of 60 people, (who were on their
4th and last long day of filming within the series) was a
monumental and exciting task. However, what now may be more
rewarding, is being able to distribute the final product, the
film that so many dedicated their talent and time towards,
into festivals and awards ceremonies.

Constructing the festival plan was a whole other realm for us
as producers, and as we are now discovering, is as well for
many others in this industry.

Through the fantastic website, http://withoutabox.com, we were
able to build a smart, detailed and promising plan geared
specifically towards the marketing strategy and promotion of
our film.

Browsing hundreds of festivals, making sure we knew every
detail of our film as well as the deadlines, requirements and
promotional materials needed for each individual festival, not
to mention submitting detailed proposals & press releases to
VFS’s marketing team, all translated into hours upon weeks of
unwavering, dedicated effort – which we were sure would have a
massive payoff.

Knowing that The Little Mermaid was a beautiful, but horror
genre film, we were able to source and contact many horror
festivals and blogs to begin the “buzz” for the film as well
as begin collecting awards.

Showing how diligent, committed and wholeheartedly involved
with the project we were as we turned from students to Alumni
and the IP (Intellectual Property) was to be passed into VFS’s
control, we were able to remain the champions and executives
of our film to see it through to as many festival and award
shows as possible.

As the first and only producers to pull this off with a
production coming from within the school, we were finally
shedding the assumed stigma and creating a calling card as
working industry professionals.

As we are ending our festival rounds with The Little Mermaid,
we have accumulated 5 Best Short wins and nominations and 8
other accolades including Leo Award nominations (and a win), a
Golden Sheaf Award and entrance into an Oscar qualifying
festival.

Looking forward, we hope to be recognized at the remaining
festivals we have left in our festival circuit as well as to
continue to work in the industry as emerging and enthusiastic
producers of original content.

Our mentor and incredible director, Nicholas Humphries gave us
some of the best advice that we took to heart for this project:
“If you don’t get your product out into the world, it may as
well not exist.”

And for our cast and crew who did all they could for us to
have an amazing film, we chose to do all we could to repay
them and have it recognized.

The Little Mermaid Trailer: http://youtu.be/jCM9s7MtonI

Behind the Scenes: http://youtu.be/Xz2a892rQ0Y

Samantha Jewell is currently living in Vancouver and focusing
on her passion for creative producing & filmmaking. Her career
goals are to continue developing IP’s and working on
independent projects, with hopes of introducing them into the
mainstream & recruiting large fan bases. She is also
interested/dabbles in the casting and talent management sector
of the industry.

Lindsey Mann is also located in Vancouver, developing and
honing the art of producing independent projects. She is a
recent student of Vancouver Film School and plans on taking
full advantage of all films, IP’s and works that she can help
on within that environment to gain experience in all realms of
producing and creating a visual story. Lindsey’s career goal
is to develop IP’s that can translate to a much a bigger
universe than just film, i.e graphic novels, ARG’s and
underground followings (to name a few).

Vancouver Film School
Entertainment Business Management Program
http://www.vfs.edu/programs/entertainment-business
========

NOTE: If you want to find out more about how Lindsey and
Samantha got their short film into so many festivals, they
would be happy to chat with you at:

Samantha Jewell
mailto:jewell.samantha@gmail.com

Lindsey Mann
mailto:lindzmann@gmail.com

=======================================================
5. Subscriber Shameless Self-Promotion (Free Advertising)
=======================================================

The Director’s Chair gives you an incredible opportunity to
get Free Advertising for your services and your films.

Each month, I give two subscribers an opportunity to promote
themselves, their company or their productions in this
section.

So if you want over 5500 filmmakers around the world to know
about you and your films, please send me your “shameless
self-promotion” to: mailto:pdm@actioncutprint.com.

Please limit your promotion to 300 words. I reserve the right
to edit the promotion for length, spelling and formatting.

—————

(1) Maxim Media International, the largest world-wide
distributor of independent horror and shock films, recently
acquired sci-fi action/thriller film “Time Again” for
worldwide distribution. “Time Again,” the directorial debut of
Ray Karwel, takes the audience on a wild sci-fi adventure into
the notorious criminal underworld as a young waitress must
travel back in time repeatedly to change the course of events
that led to the death of her sister.

“Time Again” was edited by renowned Hollywood film editor John
Rosenberg and stars veteran actress Gigi Perreau (Journey to
the Center of Time, The Brady Bunch). It also features in
starring roles Scott F. Evans (Big Bag of $, Alien Abduction),
John T. Woods (Mega Snake, Zombie Strippers, House, NCIS, and
24), Angela Rachelle (The Kiss), and Tara Smoker.
http://emaximmedia.com/action-film-library/time-again/

Ray Karwel
Writer/Director of “Time Again”
http://www.nastystrangers.com/

=======================================================
6. Filmmaking Stuff: How to Make, Market and Sell your Movie
Without the Middle-Man by Jason Brubaker
=======================================================

My friend, Jason Brubaker, has published his first book
called Filmmaking Stuff: How to Make, Market and Sell your
Movie Without the Middle-Man. http://amzn.to/IudU3h

As a filmmaker, one of the biggest problems YOU have is
finding a way to get your movie made, seen and sold without
waiting for some Hollywood yahoo to give you permission. And
as you probably know, there are a lot of people who want to
make movies. But very few people will actually take action.

The good news is this. You no longer need Hollywood. In fact,
the future of filmmaking is not Hollywood. It is the thousands
of independent filmmakers empowered by the digital revolution.

This filmmaking book shows YOU how to get the script, use
crowdfunding to raise the money, make the journey from
screenplay to screen, distribute your movie, and then build an
audience eager to see your next movie!

Please check out Jason’s book out at: http://amzn.to/IudU3h

=======================================================
7. Filmmaking Links of Interest
=======================================================

1) 6 Filmmaking Tips From Ridley Scott
http://su.pr/2VuIMg

2) 5 of the greatest single shots in movie history
http://su.pr/26aAKu

3) Using The Internet To Make Inspiring Films
http://su.pr/1rdA7g

4) Filmmakers in forefront of feminist movement
http://su.pr/1fvO1r

5) On Product Placement And Filmmaking
http://su.pr/1PnedX

=======================================================
8. Product Promotion And Film Workshops
=======================================================

From time to time, I will contact you to inform you of film
workshops, filmmaking products or Online courses that I feel
are beneficial to filmmakers like yourself. Of course, you are
under no obligation to purchase anything – I only offer this
information as a service to subscribers of this free ezine.

=======================================================
9. Subscribe and Unsubscribe Information
=======================================================

1. To Subscribe to this Ezine, send an email to
mailto:pdm@actioncutprint.com with SUB as the Subject

2. To Unsubscribe to this Ezine, reply to this email with
UNSUB in the Subject line

3. To Change Your Email Address, send an email with your old
and new email address to mailto:pdm@actioncutprint.com

4. To Read Back Issues of The Director’s Chair, visit:
http://actioncutprint.com/subscription

5. Share This Ezine: Remember to share this ezine by email.
Forward it to your friends and associates.

6. Reprint This Ezine: This Ezine may be reprinted with
permission. Email me at: mailto:pdm@actioncutprint.com

=======================================================
10. Copyright Information
=======================================================

Copyright (c) 2000-2012
ActionCutPrint.com
Peter D. Marshall
All Rights Reserved

=======================================================
=======================================================

6. Reprint This Ezine: This Ezine may be reprinted with
permission. Email me at: mailto:pdm@actioncutprint.com

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10. Copyright Information
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Copyright (c) 2000-2012
ActionCutPrint.com
Peter D. Marshall
All Rights Reserved

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