The Director's Chair Issue #79 – Sept. 24, 2007 (What To Do Until The Money Arrives)

by Peter D Marshall

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THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR
Free Monthly Ezine for Film and Television Directors

September 24, 2007                  Scene 8 – Take 7
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Published once a month.

Publisher: Peter D. Marshall
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CONTENTS
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1. Introduction
2. The Director’s Chair Filmmakers Discussion Forum
3. Internet Marketing for Filmmakers
4. Film Directing Tips and Resources Blog
5. The Art and Craft of the Director Audio Seminar
6. Subscriber Shameless Self-Promotion
7. Subscriber Links of Interest
8. FEATURE ARTICLE – What To Do Until The Money Arrives
9. Write an Article for The Director’s Chair
10. World War I Archival Footage
11. Filmmaking News, Websites and Events
13. Filmmaking Workshops
14. Back Issues of The Director’s Chair
15. Subscribe & Unsubscribe Information
16. Copyright Information

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1. INTRODUCTION
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Welcome to Issue #79 of The Director’s Chair (Sept. 24/07)

1) FILMMAKERS IN OVER 100 COUNTRIES READ THIS EZINE:

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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
“Filmmaking – What To Do Until The Money Arrives” by Angela
Taylor. If you are not busy making your movie, you should
get busy making your movie. “How can I start,” you whine,
“when I don’t have any financing?” (see below to read
article…)

3) FILMMAKING WORKSHOPS AND PRODUCT PROMOTION –
From time 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 information as a service to subscribers of this free
ezine.

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Enjoy.

Peter D. Marshall

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2. The Director’s Chair Filmmakers Discussion Forum
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The Director’s Chair Filmmakers Discussion Forum.
http://www.actioncutprint.com/smf/index.php

Ask film directing questions, submit your website for
review, post film and television directing links, share film
making tips and special events or just keep in touch with
other filmmakers from “The Director’s Chair.”

This forum is for subscribers of “The Director’s Chair”
only, so 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.

NOTE: 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

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3. Internet Marketing for Filmmakers
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I need your help!

I’m designing a website for filmmakers on how to use
Internet Marketing techniques for promotion… BUT I need to
know what filmmakers like yourself want to know about using
the Internet (and especially social networking sites such as
Facebook, MySpace, Squidoo, YouTube etc.) for marketing and
promoting yourself or your films.

By participating in a quick survey of four questions, you
will help me decide on the content for my Internet Marketing
for Filmmakers website.

To help me out, could you please visit my Squidoo webpage at
http://www.squidoo.com/internetmarketingforfilmmakers and
participate in a quick poll of four questions.

1. Why do you want to know about Internet Marketing?
2. Do you have your own website or blog?
3. Which social networking website do you like the best?
4. Have you ever posted a Video or Demo Reel on YouTube?

Also, can I add you to my Internet Marketing mailing list?

This will enable me to contact only those subscribers who
are interested in using the internet (particularly Social
Networking Sites) for marketing and promotion.

If you want to find out more on how to use Internet
Marketing for promoting yourself or your films, click below
to get on my mailing list and to receive a free ebook called
“The Multi-Layered Mindset of Web 2.0 Marketing” describing
the evolution of Web 2.0. Click Here: mailto:imfm@aweber.com

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4. BLOG – Film Directing Tips and Resources Blog
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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.
http://filmdirectingtips.com/

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5. The Art and Craft of the Director Audio Seminar
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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
it.

“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.
http://www.actioncutprint.com/audioseminar-aotd1.html

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6. SUBSCRIBER SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION
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NOTE: Please send me your shameless self-promotions! I only
received one this month.

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.
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1) Daleep Sud

I am working as a writer director for television
productions. I have thirty years experience in the media
field, working in various forms of media. I specialize in
making films on tribals, rural arts and crafts. I have made
over 70 films on different tribes of India. Besides that I
have also delved in fiction, quiz shows, events and video
magazine programs. I have recently started teaching mass
communication in New Delhi. My interest are to interact with
other film-makers from the world and share my experiences,
develop new avenues, create a platform from where we could
make a universal platform for developing software. Other
interest include scripting which is research based in
English and Hindi. mailto:daleepsud@yahoo.com

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7. SUBSCRIBER LINKS OF INTEREST
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8. FEATURE ARTICLE – What To Do Until The Money Arrives
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“Filmmaking – What To Do Until The Money Arrives” by Angela
Taylor

If you are not busy making your movie, you should get busy
making your movie. “How can I start,” you whine, “when I
don’t have any financing?” I know it seems you can’t roll
film or tape until you have some money, but your lack of
funding isn’t permanent, is it? You will have money at some
future time, won’t you? You must have faith that things will
get better, or they won’t. So that’s a good place to start.

Generate a little faith, and step out on it. Actively
visualize how your film will look, and sound, and how it
will be financially successful. Visualization is key here.
It literally costs nothing, but makes the real movie
possible.

I recommend the book, “Creative Visualization” by Shakti
Gawain. http://snurl.com/gr88 Ignore any negative people in
your life, and drive yourself on faith that your movie will
get done.

Visualizing your movie may seem like a waste of time, but is
one of the best uses of your time. Visualizing your movie is
working on it. A present lack of money should never keep you
from working on your independent feature.

Besides visualization, there are many things you can do
until the money arrives. Work on your script. Read it, then
read it again, and rewrite it. Punch up the dialogue, fix
the scenes, weed out weak characters, get to the point of
each scene. Your script is never perfect, it needs work.
Working on it a terrific use of your time before financing
arrives.

Have parties, where you and your friends read it aloud, just
like doing a radio play. Take note of audience response, and
revise accordingly. After each revision, read it again, and
again. When funding comes through, you will know your script
inside and out and upside down. You’ll know the scene
numbers, without looking at the script.

Once your script is polished, start planning. Now you need
to be as artistic as possible. Read your script again, with
your Director hat on. Imagine what the players look and
sound like. Make notes in the margins of your script, and
figure out how you’re going to do it. For now, don’t even
think about the money.

Once you’re sure how the movie will go together, start
breaking the script down. Make lists of all the cast and
crew and props and costumes and locations that you will
need. Assemble your ideal team, on paper. Figure out how
many special effects shots there are. Then make up your
preliminary schedule.

Think through the shots and get a real understanding of how
long setups and shots will take. Just because a shot only
takes two sentences in the script, doesn’t mean it will only
take twenty minutes to shoot.

Obviously, after you’ve broken down the script, and know
what you’ll need to buy, then you make up your budget, last
of all. Really think about each line item and do some
research to determine realistic costs for crew and
equipment. Call labs and rental houses and get rate sheets.
The good news is a practical budget and schedule and artwork
will help you get financing. When you show Investor
Prospects you’ve really put some thought into how the money
will be spent, they’re much more likely to see it your way,
and give you the money.

You might read “Secrets Of Raising Money For Your Movie,” by
Sam Longoria, to learn how to gather and approach investor
prospects. http://secretsofraisingmoneyforyourmovie.com

You should be using your TBF (time before financing) to
network. When you call those labs and rental houses, get to
know the people who work there. Ask for names, and write
them down. They’ll be good resources when the time comes, to
get things at a discount. Not only can they help you on
rates, but they’ll know crew wanting to break into features,
who will also work at lower rates.

Join a filmmaking group. A good one is IndieTalk,
http://indietalk.com It’s online, and you can reach it from
anywhere. Networking with other positive filmmakers gets you
moral support, and you can learn from the mistakes of
others. Be selective, don’t hang with people unless they
have a “can do” attitude. If you let them, individuals and
whole groups can waste your time! If all they want to do is
argue or debate, move along.

Pitch in! Help out on other filmmakers’ shoots, to get a
better idea of how a set runs, and how long setups and shots
take. This helps scheduling your own film. By lending a hand
to other filmmakers, you also make deposits at the favor
bank. You will need to visit the favor bank repeatedly as
you make your film, so it’s best to have an account there.
If you help on their projects, it will be hard for your new
filmmaker friends to deny you assistance, when you call.

Put your face before the industry. Filmmaking associations
have events where industry professionals speak. Go to these.
Be bold, and push through the minions and introduce
yourself. Go to film festivals and be sure to attend the
mixers and panels. Go to film markets, and sit in the lobby
and talk to everyone.

When your financing comes through, and you have a green
light to start pre-production on your film, you will already
have done most of the work, just about everything but
casting. Your schedule and budget will be done, you will
have leads on crew and equipment, and your script will be in
top form.

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About The Author Angela Taylor is a Hollywood producer, and
a seven-time Telly Award winner. She teaches Independent
Producing at http://hollywoodseminars.com © 2005 Angela
Taylor, All Rights Reserved.
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9. Want to Write an Article for The Director’s Chair?
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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:
mailto:pdm@actioncutprint.com

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10. World War I Archival Footage
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Are you doing a documentary about World War 1? Do you need
World War I stock footage for your movie?

Phil Stewart just completed a book called “BATTLEFILM: U.S.
Army Signal Corps Motion Pictures of the Great War.”

This reference book gives concise information about the
surviving motion pictures that were taken during WWI, over
90 years ago.  BATTLEFILM details 467 film titles that cover
America’s part in this conflict.  Each of the 957 reels of
action is described using data gathered from actual U.S.
Army records.

This book is the ONLY one in publication today that details
readily available WWI films.  BATTLEFILM is a superb source
of information for stock-footage for that Great War
documentary.

BATTLEFILM – http://www.pwstewart.com/BATTLEFILM.html

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11. Filmmaking News, Websites and Events
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1) Senses of Cinema – An online journal devoted to the
serious and eclectic discussion of cinema
http://www.sensesofcinema.com/contents/directors/index.html

2) Blade Runner Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner The cast
and crew talk about the “Final Cut” of Ridley Scott’s Blade
Runner. http://www.movieweb.com/video/V07G47oxyHJLVW

3) YouTube becoming vehicle for breaking into ad work – Two
Massachusetts 20-somethings are using a $100 YouTube Inc.
video as a launching pad into the potentially lucrative
world of film directing.
http://boston.bizjournals.com/boston/stories/2007/08/20/story4.html?b=1187582400%5E1508332

4) Tony Vs Paul – one of the most popular films on YouTube.

5) PwC’s global media outlook: $2 trillion in 2011 – The
global entertainment and media industry will expand at a
6.4% compound annual growth rate over five years to hit $2
trillion in 2011, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers
report released in June, 2007.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/business/news/e3iaa6d3762913611c74c99c4807f52f36a

6) Film Production Info – FILMPRODUCTION.INFO is a service
whose main objective is to provide easy communication
between the organizers of media enterprises such as film,
theater or TV production and any other parties involved in
entertainment production. It consists of 6 databases:
ACTORS, CREW, COMPANIES, INSTITUTIONS, LOCATIONS and
TALENTS. http://www.filmproduction.info

7) Blows to the heart – A prolific director of domestic
dramas, Mikio Naruse is hardly known in the west. Yet he
ranks alongside Kurosawa and Ozu as a Japanese master,
writes David Thomson.
http://books.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,,2120369,00.html

8) Free Sound Effects and Loops for Movies – If you want
free sound effects and loops for your movies you may want to
check out, SoundSnap.com. Sound effects and loops are
categorized for easy searching. After searching, you can
preview a sound file and then choose to download it as mp3,
wav, or aiff file, if available. http://www.soundsnap.com/

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12. FILMMAKING WORKSHOPS – Peter D. Marshall
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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.
http://www.actioncutprint.com/workshops.html

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