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The Director's Chair Issue #80 – Oct. 26, 2007 (Hollywood and the Case of Africa)

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

October 26, 2007                  Scene 8 – Take 8
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Published once a month.

Publisher: Peter D. Marshall
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Web Site: http://www.actioncutprint.com

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CONTENTS
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1. Introduction
2. Internet Marketing for Filmmakers
3. The Director’s Chair Filmmakers Discussion Forum
4. Subscriber Shameless Self-Promotion
5. Subscriber Links of Interest
6. The Art and Craft of the Director Audio Seminar
7. FEATURE ARTICLE – Hollywood and the Case of Africa
8. Write an Article for The Director’s Chair
9. Filmmaking News, Websites and Events
10. Filmmaking Workshops
11. Back Issues of The Director’s Chair
12. Subscribe & Unsubscribe Information
13. Copyright Information

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1. INTRODUCTION
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Welcome to Issue #80 of The Director’s Chair (Oct. 26/07)

1) FILMMAKERS IN OVER 100 COUNTRIES READ THIS EZINE:

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Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania,
Thailand, Trinidad and Tabago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda,
United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States,
Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbabwe

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
“Hollywood Block Busters and the Case of Africa” by Harriet
Okwi. “Africa as we Africans know is a place we call home.
The gentleness of the land, the beautiful animals, adorable
birds and remarkable culture of our tribes are just some of
the things one would appreciate about mother Africa.” (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.

4) BLOG – Film Directing Tips and Resources Blog
Take a look at my Film Directing Blog and 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 the content I will add
to this blog. http://filmdirectingtips.com/

5) SHARE THIS EZINE – Share this Ezine by email and forward
it to your friends and associates.

6) SUGGESTIONS & COMMENTS – Send any comments, suggestions,
questions or advice to: mailto:comments@actioncutprint.com

7) REPRINT THIS EZINE – This Ezine may be reprinted with
permission. Email me at: mailto:pdm@actioncutprint.com

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Enjoy.

Peter D. Marshall

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2. Internet Marketing for Filmmakers
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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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3. 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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4. SUBSCRIBER SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION
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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) Larry Whatcott – I produced, directed and wrote my first
short, “Telepath” and it was a finalist in a contest
sponsored by the Sci-Fi channel & the Sundance channel. It
was an ultra, ultra-low budget project only 10 minutes long.
My leading lady, Janice Kakish, has gotten a career from it.
She has appeared on HBO’s “Entourage”, Bravo’s “Real
Housewives of the OC” and a Chrysler commercial.

You can watch “Telepath” online at Yahoo.com, YouTube.com
and ifilm.com. Please visit my website:
http://www.telepaththemovie.com

I am a member of Film Independent, LA and associated with
the Shriekfest Film Festival in LA. I have won or placed
extremely high in a multitude of screenwriting contests. I’m
actively looking for my next project, feature, short, music
video or ???? As a director I don’t follow visual trends. I
put on the screen what best serves the story. Oh, and
lastly, my name is Larry Whatcott. I live in southern
California and you can reach me at:
mailto:ldwscrnwrtr@cox.net

2) Vassilis G – I am an indie filmmaker located in Athens,
Greece and so far I’ve made 4 short films, having one more
in post production. I’m in the process of working for my
first feature, so I would like to have any possible help
from other filmmakers around the board about the whole
thing. mailto:blackamour2004@yahoo.com

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5. SUBSCRIBER LINKS OF INTEREST
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“Subscriber Links of Interest” is where you can further
promote yourself, your company or your productions by having
your information displayed on a special links page at:
http://www.actioncutprint.com/tdc-subscriberlinks.html

If you are a subscriber to this ezine and you want me to put
your self-promotion on this page, just send an email to:
mailto:links@actioncutprint.com

Again, I also reserve the right to edit the promotion for
length and formatting.

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6. 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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7. FEATURE ARTICLE – Hollywood and the Case of Africa
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“Hollywood block busters and the case of Africa”
by Harriet Okwi

Africa as we Africans know is a place we call home. The
gentleness of the land, the beautiful animals, adorable
birds and remarkable culture of our tribes are just some of
the things one would appreciate about mother Africa.

However in the western world, when one talks of Africa, the
four things that run to their mind are war, poverty,
HIV/AIDS and malaria. Hollywood in my opinion is one of the
major perpetuators of this image.

Nearly all Hollywood movies in which Africa is made mention
of depict our continent as a war-torn God forsaken one.
Every movie that sells real big augments the western
perception of Africa.

So we are clear, there is a wide variety of examples
starting with the recent block busters of “Blood Diamond”
and “The Last King of Scotland.” Don’t forget “Hotel
Rwanda,” “Lord of War” and “Tears of the Sun.” All these
films were hit movies and they all show Africans
slaughtering themselves.

They also hint on how the continent is infested with
HIV/AIDS. In “Blood Diamond,” two prostitutes plead with
Leonardo Di Caprio telling him they don’t have HIV/AIDS and
in “Lord of War” Nicolas cage resists the two Naomi
Campbell-like girls for the same reason.

The last king of Scotland was of course shot on my very own
Uganda and we were all so excited about it. The LRA conflict
has already been hinted on in Casino Royale and we expect a
Hollywood exclusive on this one.

It doesn’t matter if these film makers are trying to
discourage the trading of blood diamonds or the trading of
illegal arms. A true artist can for sure tell their story in
a million other ways with out necessarily stereotyping the
African continent and making us feel bad about ourselves.

I am very much aware that these things for sure happen in
Africa but it is just a few felons and sometimes these are
conflicts that we are trying to forget. Rwandans for
instance are trying to forget the past, reconcile and look
forward to the future. We for sure feel terrible about the
blood shed but showing it every now and then is like combing
fresh wounds.

Besides every time these films are made we sell a certain
picture of our continent to the outside world.

“Phat Galz” tried to say something good about Africa but
it’s not surprising that it didn’t measure up to the
standards of “Blood Diamond.”

There is however a certain type of film that African young
people should be exposed to. African cinema (not the flared
up Nigerian movies) is a distinct kind of film that awakens
our consciousness as Africans. Prominent film makers in this
genre have been Sembene Ousmane, Souleymane Cisse among
others who carefully point out our setbacks and provide
solutions. . African cinema preoccupies itself with the
beauty of Africa, African politics, Africa’s relationship
with the western world, racism, women empowerment among
other things.

Of course Cineplex won’t compromise its standards by showing
this kind of film. Worse still our video libraries are
exclusively Hollywood and Nigerian. It’s probably only the
British council that has some of African cinema films in
store. African cinema works are also shown at no charge
during the Amakula-Kampala film festival. But Ugandans
prefer to pay and watch Hollywood’s latest.

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Harriet Shirley Okwi is a 23 year old filmmaker from Uganda.
mailto:harrietokwi27@yahoo.co.uk
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8. 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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9. Filmmaking News, Websites and Events
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1) Because of Mama: Directing the Short Film

We’re not here to provide you a manual for directing your
film. Directing a film presents so many challenges – many of
them impossible to anticipate, and most of them falling
outside of the scope of this Web site.

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~shortflm/directing/directing.html

2) How To Analyze a Movie

A film, whether it is a blockbuster Hollywood production or
a small independent effort, has a number of elements that
come together in order to guide the audience through the arc
of the story. The actors may be the most visible elements on
the screen, but a number of other craftsmen had to perform a
lot of other functions in order to get that finished film in
front of an audience.

http://www.howtodothings.com/hobbies/how-to-analyze-a-movie

3) Directing & Talent Tips

Jim Powell, a national voice-over and on-camera narrator,
has written many articles and newsletters concerning working
with and developing talent including narrators and actors.
He has lectured at InfoCOMM and the International Television
Association’s International Conference. He has also lectured
to many television related local association chapters.

http://www.jimpowell.com/DirectingTips.htm

4) Writers Copyright Association

Worldwide copyright registration and script marketplace

http://www.wcauk.com/?gclid=CNXhi-SEr40CFR1PhgodfRp1tQ

5) Things I’ve Learned as a Moviemaker by Wim Wenders

http://www.moviemaker.com/articles/item/things_ive_learned_as_a_moviemaker_2517/

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10. 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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