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The Director's Chair Issue #78 – Aug. 13, 2007 (Art as Business or Hobby?)

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August 13, 2007                  Scene 8 – Take 6

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1. Introduction
2. COMMENT – What Are Your Dreams?
3. Results of Internet Marketing for Filmmakers Poll
4. NEW – The Director’s Chair: Filmmakers Discussion Forum
5. Film Directing Tips and Resources Blog
6. Director Demo Reel
7. Subscriber Shameless Self-Promotion
8. Subscriber Links of Interest
9. FEATURE ARTICLE – Art as Business or Hobby?
10. Want to Write an Article for The Director’s Chair?
11. Filmmaking Websites, Events and Festivals
12. The Art and Craft of the Director Audio Seminar
13. Filmmaking Workshops
14. Back Issues of The Director’s Chair
15. Subscribe & Unsubscribe Information
16. Copyright Information


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Welcome to Issue #78 of The Director’s Chair (August 13/07)


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NOTE: If your country is not represented here, please let me
know and I will add it to this ever growing list.

2) FEATURE ARTICLE – This month’s Feature Article is called
‘Art as Business or Hobby – It’s Your Choice’ by Miata Edoga.
“Many people dream of artistic success. Whether you are an
actor, painter, musician, sculptor or singer, you want to
make your living (and more) doing what you love. But many
people run their artistic careers like hobbies, and then
wonder when they don’t get the results they desire.” (see
below to read article…)

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of certain filmmaking workshops or film products that I feel
are beneficial to filmmakers like yourself. Of course, you
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Peter D. Marshall

2. COMMENT – What Are Your Dreams?

On July 30/07, two great filmmakers passed away: Ingmar
Bergman at 89 and Michelangelo Antonioni at 94. They both
created cinematic masterpieces we will have with us forever.

On August 6/07, my partner’s girlfriend passed away from
cancer. Joan was 50. She was not famous but she had friends,
family and a husband who loved her. Many of them were at her
bedside when she passed on.

Did she accomplish all her dreams? Probably not. But she
loved – and she was loved back. She had family and friends
who were with her at the end. That was her masterpiece.

And what about you? What are your dreams?

If the response to the Paul Potts video last month was any
indication, then it’s time for you take action – now! The
clock is ticking for everyone. Make your time count.

What are you waiting for?

P.S. You can get the Paul Potts Video Results file here:

3. Results of Internet Marketing for Filmmakers Poll

Filmmakers – How use Internet Marketing to Find Work, Market
Your Services and Promote Your Films Using Web 2.0 Social
Networking Sites!

I’m designing a Squidoo lens about Internet Marketing for
Filmmakers and I needed to know what filmmakers like
yourself want to know about marketing and promotion.

Last week, I sent out a poll to all subscribers asking for
your help. As of Friday, August 10/07, here are the results
of the Internet Marketing for Filmmakers Poll that many of
you participated in:

Q1) Why do you want to know about Internet Marketing?

41.3% want to promote myself and find work
31.5% want to market my films and videos
19.6% want to advertise my film business/company
5.4% want to make money on the Internet
2.2% want to sell my film related products

Q2) Do you have your own website or blog?

51.4% have your own Website?
28.4% have a Website and a Blog?
20.3% have your own Blog?

Q3) Which social networking website do you like the best?

34.9% chose Other
36.1% chose MySpace
22.9% chose Facebook
6% chose Flickr

Q4) Have you ever posted a Video or Demo Reel on YouTube?

64.7% said No
23.5% said Yes
11.8% have posted a video on another Website

If you still want to participate in the poll, please visit:

4. NEW – The Director’s Chair Filmmakers Discussion Forum

Subscriber response to our first Filmmakers Discussion
Forum has been overwhelming. I soon realized that the
structure of that forum would become quickly unmanageable as
we added more and more questions.

So…I created a “new and improved” filmmakers discussion
forum for subscribers of The Director’s Chair. This forum
has a completely new look and lots more to offer you.

Since this forum is for subscribers of “The Director’s
Chair” only, you will have to register in order to post
questions, give answers or add links. All you can do without
registering is read the posts.

I have taken all the posts from the old discussion forum and
grouped them together under the category – Film Production
Questions (Questions and Answers from Old Discussion Board)

Please visit this new forum now, sign up and take a look
around. http://www.actioncutprint.com/smf/index.php

5. BLOG – Film Directing Tips and Resources Blog

My Film Directing Tips Blog is up and running now as well.
Take a look around, post some filmmaking tips or add some
resources. And please, make some comments on the posts –
your feedback is important to me because they will help me
decide on what content I can add to this blog.

6. DEMO REEL – Directing Demo Reel – Peter D. Marshall


Last month I finally found the time to post my Directing
Demo Reel on YouTube. This 6 minute Demo Reel uses clips
from episodes I directed of the TV Series “John Woo’s Once a

Have a look at the clip and please post a comment in the
“Comment on this Video” section below the video on YouTube.
Your comment will help to rate my video on YouTube.


NOTE: Please send me your shameless self-promotions!

Each month, I give two subscribers an opportunity to promote
themselves, their company or their productions in this
section. If you are interested, send your “shameless
self-promotion” to: mailto:pdm@actioncutprint.com.

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

1) Sandra Kawar

Sandra is a Producer, Director and Writer from Jordan and
her next project is “City Of Lost Spirits,” a $100million
movie, based on the legends of the ancient and mysterious
city of Petra.

“City of the Lost Spirits” is an action-adventure that is
expected to resemble Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost
Ark and will expose the myths and legends of Petra over a
history of 3,000 years. http://www.unizarre.com/news.htm

2) Larry Whatcott

Larry has an award-winning short (Sci-Fi Channel) called
“TELEPATH” a supernatural love story. You can check it out
here: http://www.telepaththemovie.com/

3) “The Long Way Home: A Bigfoot Story”

We are a couple of guys from South Carolina who just
finished their first movie titled “The Long Way Home: A
Bigfoot Story.” Our writer and director is a serious John
Waters fanatic, and the movie radiates with his influence.
Not to mention that the film speaks volumes to the cult

Glenn Brackin



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length and formatting.

9. FEATURE ARTICLE – Art as Business or Hobby

“Art as Business or Hobby – It’s Your Choice”
By Miata Edoga

Many people dream of artistic success. Whether you are an
actor, painter, musician, sculptor or singer, you want to
make your living (and more) doing what you love. But many
people run their artistic careers like hobbies, and then
wonder when they don’t get the results they desire…

You are an artist.  You may be an actor, a painter, or a
writer, but you are an artist.  And of course, you are
running a business.  Or is it a hobby?  The biggest question
of all is – do you know the difference?  Think about what
makes a business a business.  Think of how a big company
runs things.  They have a business bank account and business
credit cards, they keep records of all business expenses,
they keep records of all sales, they pay all their expenses
from their business bank account, and they know when they
have made money (a profit) and how much.  And you would
certainly never see the CEO going out and buying printer
supplies from his or her personal bank account.

You need to ask yourself, do you run your business like
this.  If the answer is no, then you are not running a
business.  If the answer is no, then what you are doing is
merely engaging in a hobby, and it may be an expensive one.
You might be saying, “But I’m no accountant, I’m an actor.”
True.  However, as painful as it may be, you can learn to
keep proper track of your business finances and keep them
separate from your personal finances.

At Abundance Bound, Inc, one of the first things we discuss
with our clients is their financial starting point, because
you need to know from where you are starting in order to
know how to get to where you want to go. Having an accurate
“snapshot” of your finances as they are is essential as you
begin the wealth-building process, and it also allows you to
truly see how much, where, and on what your money is going.

NOTE: If you would like assistance with this, email
mailto:info@abundancebound.com and put “Chart of Expenses”
in the subject line. We will send you an Excel chart that
allows you to track your monthly income and provides an
extremely detailed list of possible expenses to help you
remember all of the different ways you are currently
spending your money. There are also free tele-seminars that
will help make sense of this process. See AbundanceBound –
Financial Education and Planning for Actors and Artists for
details at: http://www.abundancebound.com

The absolute most important thing to do for your business is
to separate all your personal income and expenses from your
business income and expenses.  As we mentioned above, you
would not see the CEO of a Home Depot go out and buy
printing supplies from his or her personal account, and you
should not do this either.  This means you need to have a
business bank account.  If you do not, then all your income
and expenses are mixed together and it is far harder to keep
track of everything.  You can easily start a DBA (Doing
Business As) which will allow you to qualify for a business
account (for more information visit http://www.legalzoom.com).

So, you have a personal account and a business account.  Now
you place your personal earnings (your day job such as
waiting tables, tutoring, etc …) in your personal account
and you put your business earnings (acting jobs, work sold
to a publisher or at an art exhibition, etc …) in your
business bank account.  Likewise, you would pay for all of
your personal expenses (rent, groceries, clothes, vacations,
etc …) out of your personal account and you would pay for
all of your business expenses (acting or art classes, head
shots, mileage to/from auditions, etc …) from your business

This is very straightforward.  The thing is it is simple,
but not necessarily easy.  First, it depends on how
organized a person you are and it depends on your desire to
do these things.  The point is they can, and must, be done
if you are to run your artistic business truly as a
business.  Right now, you may want to say, “STOP! I don’t
make enough money from my business to pay for all of my
business expenses.”  If this is the case, simply make a loan
from your personal account to your business account, and
make sure you record that loan.  When the business becomes
profitable, it can then repay the loan.  Be sure that it

You should also have a separate business credit card (even
if the card is in your personal name).  You should only be
charging personal items to your personal credit card (and
hopefully you are paying off the balance every month) and
business expenses should only be charged to the card that
you have designated as your business credit card.  This way,
if you are carrying a balance on your business credit card,
then the interest will be tax deductible.  This is not
possible if there is even one personal expense on the card.

Now, what about those expenses that cross the line –
sometimes they are personal and sometimes they are business.
These are things such as mileage on your car or household
expenses if you work from home.  For these expenses you must
keep very clear records of when and how much of your
expenses are personal vs. business.  Keep a small book in
your car to record business mileage.  Make sure you keep all
your household bills (mortgage/rent, phone, hydro, etc …)
filed away so that you can use them to determine what
portion you can write off as a business expense.

There are three reasons why it is important to treat your
business like a business and follow the suggestions above.
These are:

1.    If your business is not run as such, you will never be
successful.  And if you do not treat your business as a
business, you will never make a business income.

2.    If you do not keep appropriate records, records that
clearly indicate you are running a business, then, if you
are audited, the IRS may classify your business as a hobby.
This could mean loss of tax deductions, and you may even
have to pay penalties. Worse, the IRS could go back through
previous years returns, and apply the same filter to your
deductions (we had a student who, before he started with us,
had this happen to happen to him. Needless to say, that was
not a happy day for him!).  This is not what you need when
you are trying to make your business profitable.

3.    You will be able to track the progress of your
business easily.  You will be able to look back a year from
now and say, “Wow! My income went up by that much?”  Or,
“Yes! I finally turned a profit this year!”

You can do this.  Have faith in yourself and your business.
It will grow and you will be successful.  Just remember to
keep the personal separate from the business and keep clear
records of the two.  Then you can watch your business grow
and never look back.

Miata Edoga studied acting at Williams College, MA, and at
the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Five years ago
she realized that the only way to guarantee the career she
wanted was to do it herself, and so started educating
herself about finances. This led, two years ago, to the
formation of Abundance Bound, Inc http://www.abundancebound.com,
a company who’s mission is to develop a community of actors
able to pursue their financial goals free from the crushing
weight of financial stress.

10. Want to Write an Article for The Director’s Chair?

If you would like to contribute articles, tips, links of
interest, industry news, interviews, special event dates or
other resources to The Director’s Chair, please email me at:

11. Filmmaking Websites, Events and Festivals

1) Filmaka.com – New Online Competition

Filmaka.com is a new online competition, judged by award
winning filmmakers including Werner Herzog, Neil LaBute,
Paul Schrader and Wim Wenders, and founded by leading
independent producers and financiers. Filmmakers have a new
chance to enter each month, and submissions are accepted in
10 different languages.

After the success of its first eight contests, Filmaka has
launched its Ninth contest ‘The Voyeur’. Submissions are
accepted till 31st August 2007.

This month’s  topic is “The Voyeur” and all 1-3 minute films
must be uploaded by midnight PST, 31st August, 2007. The
annual grand prize is a feature film contract. Please visit
www.filmaka.com to see past contest submissions, and for
complete rules, terms and conditions. http://www.filmaka.com

2) Indie Short Film Competition

The Indie Short Film Competition is an annual international
short film and video competition for independent filmmakers

Their mission is to create opportunities for independent
filmmakers by bringing support and recognition to the
excellence in the art of filmmaking, paving the way for the
next generation of independent filmmakers.

Winning short films and videos are selected by a panel of
top industry judges such as independent producers,
production companies, distributors, agents, etc.

3) User Generated Revolution in Show Business?

“A new revolution is taking shape in the movie industry that
challenges traditional filmmaking to the core. Spurred by a
newfound passion amongst movie lovers to create their own
content, thousands are coming together to form communities
that will create movies via collaboration over the web.
There’s no stopping this wave, as community film budgets get
bigger and bigger; an ostensible threat to filmmakers, who
are already struggling to get their share at the box office.”

4) Free Online Film Courses

These online modules and guides are free for you to use.
They were originally designed for BBC staff and in
publishing them here we have not made many editorial changes
to them. http://www.bbctraining.com/onlineCourses.asp

5) Corporate filmmaking: Low budget films in less time

IF making a film in Gujarati is a risky proposition — as
very few movies actually recover the money spent on them — a
bunch of local Gujarati filmmakers are coming out with
movies that assure them money-back guarantee.

6) Database of great film directors

12. The Art and Craft of the Director Audio Seminar

Filmmaking is a universal language, and no matter where we
live in the world, we all have our own stories to tell.

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

“The Art and Craft of the Director Audio Seminar” is a
comprehensive, 10-day program of discovering what it takes
to be a successful, working film and television director.

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.

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.

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.

13. FILMMAKING WORKSHOPS – Peter D. Marshall

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.


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