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The Director's Chair Issue #72 – Dec. 28, 2006 (Film Making in Jordan)

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December 28, 2006                  Scene 7 – Take 11

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1. Introduction
2. The Art and Craft of the Director Audio Seminar
3. Subscriber Shameless Self-Promotion
4. Subscriber Links of Interest
5. Filmmaking Workshops
6. What Are Your Goals for 2007
7. Feature Article – Filmmaking in Jordan
8. Entertainment Law Tips – Music Rights in Films (Pt 1)
9. Back Issues of The Director’s Chair
10. Subscribe & Unsubscribe Information
11. Copyright Information


Welcome to Issue #72 of The Director’s Chair (December 28/06)

like to say hello to all my subscribers from around the
world: Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Bahamas,
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2) FEATURE ARTICLE – This month’s Feature Article is called
“Filmmaking and Directing in Jordan” by Sandra Kawar Samain.
Sandra gives us some insight on what is going on with
the film and Television industry in Jordan.
(see below to read entire article…)

3) WHAT ARE YOUR 2007 GOALS? – It’s that time of year again
when we start to think about what we want to accomplish for
the coming year. So I thought it would be a good idea if we
shared what our professional goals are for the year 2007.
(see below for more details)

to time I will contact you by email to inform you of certain
filmmaking workshops or film products that I feel are
beneficial to filmmakers like yourself. Of course, you are
under no obligation to purchase anything. I only offer this
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2. The Art and Craft of the Director Audio Seminar

Since you are a subscriber to “The Director’s Chair,” you
are the first to know about the release of “The Art and
Craft of the Director Audio Seminar” – a comprehensive,
10-day program of discovering what it takes to be a
successful, working film and television director.

I am very proud of this audio course and I guarantee that
anyone who listens to the entire 10 days will discover many
of the tools a working film director needs to survive today.

I am offering this course to subscribers of “The Director’s
Chair” first. That means this 10 part audio seminar will be
available to you at a very special “Subscribers Only”
discounted price – but just for 7 days!

On January 30, 2007, I will announce this audio course to
all other filmmakers for the regular price.

I talk a lot about PASSION and TRUTH in this 10 day course
because these are two of the essential ingredients to having
a successful directing career. Filmmaking is a universal
language, and no matter where we live in the world, we all
have our own stories to tell.

So if you have a story that has UNIVERSAL THEMES, and you
have the PASSION to tell this story, you CAN make a movie,
in your own language, and audiences around the world WILL
watch it.

All the information about the 10 Day “The Art and Craft of
the Director Audio Seminar,” including the content list,
audio files, support materials, free bonuses and how to
order, is available now. Just click on the link below.


Each month, I give two subscribers an opportunity to promote
themselves, their company or their productions in this
section. If you are interested, send an email to

Please limit your promotion to less than 200 words. I also
reserve the right to edit the promotion for length, spelling
and formatting.

1) Student of Film (Shirley Okwi) – I am a student of film
at Makerere University in Uganda and I write film scripts
for short films and also feature films. I have finished
writing my short film and I’m writing a feature film
now. The other thing about me is that I am a very good
actress and it’s just that I have not had the opportunity at
the international level. Another thing I wanted to let you
know is about the 3rd Amakula International Film Festival in
Kampala, Uganda. This is usually a 10 day celebration of
film that brings together film makers from Africa, Asia and
other parts of the world. mailto:freesheena27@yahoo.com

2) Blue Ocean Films (Rob Mitchell) – A Toronto based film
production company, recently transposed from Miami Beach. We
produce commercials, Indies and documentaries. Our most
recent endeavour is a documentary on the Santa Barbara wine
region featuring Fess Parker of Davy Crockett fame. Past
projects have included Hotels, tourism and the Miami Beach
Police Department. http://blueoceanfilms.com


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length and formatting.


I have worked in the Film and Television Industry for over
33 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 15 years.

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.


It’s that time of year again when we start to think about
what we want to accomplish for the coming year.

Well… I thought it would be a good idea if we shared what
our professional goals are for the year 2007.

Send me a list of what you are going to do, or what you want
to do in the next 12 months and I will share these goals
with everyone in the next issue of The Director’s Chair.

We have an opportunity with this ezine to share our
thoughts, our questions, our concerns and our hopes. Reading
what others are doing, or what they dream to do, gives us
all hope and inspiration.


What ARE you doing in 2007 (any projects booked)

What do you WANT to do in 2007 (hopes, possibilities, dreams)

Email me your 2007 goals at: mailto:pdm@actioncutprint.com

Here are my professional goals for 2007:

1) present at least two film directing workshops

2) write and sell my “Designing the Film Schedule” course

3) write and sell my “Art of the Film Director” course

4) help produce a friend’s movie in the fall

7. FEATURE ARTICLE – Filmmaking and Directing in Jordan

Written by: Sandra Kawar Samain
Director/Producer from Jordan

Introduction :

Hello all, let me take this opportunity to say Merry
Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you. May this year be
full of joy and blessings for all.

And I would like to take this opportunity to put Jordan in
the spotlight in filmmaking and directing.

Filmmaking & Directing in Jordan :

Now a days, we’re witnessing the birth of digital filmmaking
in Jordan.

In the past, filmmaking needed heavy cameras, expensive film
stock and huge budgets for crew, editing, production and

But for aspiring filmmakers, changes in video and technology
are making it possible to experiment with making movies
without having Hollywood budgets.

Recently, the media industry in Jordan has adapted to the
technology in high standard ways.

Filmmaking has always been a marginal activity at best. The
video production industry started to develop, but never
really broke out of the local and Arab markets for drama
series and some documentaries.

Riding the wave of the technological revolution that is
transforming filmmaking in the world might open an
opportunity for aspiring Jordanian filmmakers and Directors
to experiment and create films that could attract a local
and eventually an International following. The Internet is
also changing the rules of film distribution and promotion,
enabling filmmakers to reach potential buyers more easily.

The television standard here in Jordan is PAL.

Considering the high standards that are growing up in
Jordan, many films have taken place here because of its
fabulous history and marvelous locations.

Here in Jordan we have many locations that get world wide
filmmakers to shoot their movies in Jordan. The geographical
places in Jordan are variable such as: Sea, Desert, Green
Areas, Historical Places..etc, and that helps a lot to
consider Jordan as a place to shoot their movies.

In Jordan we have many creative people that are waiting for
the chance to come to blow their creativity on these
projects (films). By the way, I’m one of them. I’m waiting
for this chance to come, and I have a chance to become a
director for a cinema movie.

As a director and producer, I usually research through the
Internet…etc, to keep following up the technology in this
field that I love (Directing & Filmmaking). It really helps
a lot and you keep learning and learning….

In my thoughts, there is no one on this planet who knows
everything, especially in our field. Some tools, equipment,
and tricks change from time to time so we have to keep
updating our knowledge and information from time to time,
because a man dies in a time he’s still learning things.
Take it as advise from me.

There are many ways to keep updating your knowledge,
especially in filmmaking and directing, such as:

– On-line references
– Film reference books
– Biographical books
– Articles about director
– Collection of film criticism
– Watching latest movies
– Workshops and seminars…etc.

We all know that the director is a story teller, but he/she
tells the story in a different way. Each director has
his/her own style, to translate from letters and alphabets,
into visual scenes.

Each director must have his/her own techniques, some
directors follow the tricks, some of them concentrate on
nice locations (nice shots)…etc.

In my opinion, the director must develop his/her techniques
to reflect his/her creation.

The director has to train his/her mind, to let his/her mind
blow its creativity and live the project, to understand it,
and to reflect it to the audience.

Always work on a concept, without a concept, the result will
be nonsense.

I don’t want to make this article longer for you, so if you
want any information or inquiries, please don’t hesitate to
contact me anytime at:


I’ll be more than happy to share my experience with you.

Kindest regards,
Sandra Kawar Samain
Producer-Director/ Jordan


“Music Rights in Film (Part 1): Using Pre-recorded Music in
Films” by Jindra Rajwans, Business & Entertainment Lawyer

NOTE:  The information contained in this article is of a
general nature and not intended to be legal advice.  Consult
a lawyer for advice for any specific situation.

Music Rights in Film (Part 1): Using Pre-recorded Music in

Filmmakers and producers who wish to use pre-recorded music
in their films must first secure the appropriate rights from
the copyright owner of the music.  The first important point
that needs to be understood by a producer is that two
separate copyrights exist in the music.  One copyright
exists in the written musical composition itself, which
usually is a combination of both lyrics and music or melody.
The other copyright exists in the sound recording that
embodies the written musical composition.  The second
important consideration for the producer is that generally,
different parties may own these two existing copyrights.

Typically, a music publisher will own the copyright in the
written musical composition, and a record label (now CD
label) will own the copyright in the sound recording that
embodies the written musical composition.  Music publishers
(which are often affiliates of the label that own the sound
recording of the music) will hold the copyright in the
written sound composition for the purposes of administrating
the performance rights of the songwriter(s). Accordingly,
licenses will have to be secured from both the copyright
owner of the sound recording and the copyright owner of the

Three kinds of licenses need to be secured to use the music
as part of a motion picture that is going to be exhibited
either in theatres, on television, or to the public using
other exhibition vehicles such as the Internet.  One license
that is required from the copyright owner of the musical
composition is called a “synchronization license” whereby
the copyright owner(s) grants a license to the producer to
use the musical composition with the visual images or motion
picture. The reason why the license is called a
synchronization license is because the producer is coupling
or adding the music with visual images, or in other words,
the music is being used in “timed relation” or “synched”
with the visual images.

Another license that must be secured from the owner of the
sound recording that embodies the musical composition is a
“master use license”.  In the master use license, the
copyright owner of the sound recording is in essence
granting the producer the right to use and to reproduce, in
whole or in part, the recording of the song in the film.

The last kind of license that needs to be secured is a
“performance license” because when the music is being played
in theatres or on the television while part of a film, it is
now being publicly performed.  Although, a performance
rights license is usually obtained from organizations known
as performance rights organizations (PROs), such as SOCAN in
Canada or ASCAP and BMI in the United States, a prudent
producer should still verify that all necessary performance
rights have been secured.

Jindra Rajwans is a business and entertainment lawyer in
Toronto, Canada. The entertainment area of his practice
focuses on providing legal services to writers, directors,
producers, actors, musicians or other professionals, and
companies in the entertainment industry.


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