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The Director's Chair Issue #92 – Nov. 24, 2008 (Entrepreneur Movie Director/Producer)

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1. Introduction
2. Is Your Dream to Direct Movies?
3. BLOG – Film Directing Tips
4. Twitter
5. The Director’s Chair Filmmakers Discussion Forum
6. Links to Subscriber Videos
7. FEATURE ARTICLE – The Entrepreneur Director/Producer
8. Write an Article for The Director’s Chair
9. Subscriber Shameless Self-Promotion
10. Subscriber Links of Interest
11. Filmmaking News, Websites, Articles and Events
12. Filmmaking Workshops
13. Back Issues of The Director’s Chair
14. Subscribe & Unsubscribe Information
15. Copyright Information


Welcome to Issue #92 of The Director’s Chair (Nov. 24/08)


Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahamas,
Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Botswana, Brazil, Bhutan, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, China,
Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican
Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Finland,
France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland,
India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica,
Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon,
Liberia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico,
Monaco, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand,
Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal,
Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi
Arabia, Sierra Leone, Serbia and Montenegro, Singapore,
South Africa, Spain, Sri 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) SPECIAL FEATURE ARTICLE – the feature article this month
is called “The Entrepreneur Movie Director/Producer” by
Solomon Mac-Auley. “I have spent the last three years or so
researching, studying and trying to understand why we as
artistes don’t do well in business. I found out that as
artistes we think as artistes not as business people. I went
really deep into understanding entrepreneurship and I found
the answers.” (See below to read entire article.)

3) FACEBOOK – The Director’s Chair has it’s own page on
Facebook. If you haven’t signed up to Facebook yet, I
sincerely recommend you think about doing it. Facebook is a
fabulous place to meet people who share your passions and it
is one of the top Social Networking sites on the Internet.
Here’s the Facebook home page: http://www.facebook.com

Once you are signed up, type in “The Directors Chair” and
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join the discussion forums, post photos, videos and write on
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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
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2. Is Your Dream to Direct Movies?

Do You Want to Become a Successful, Working Film and
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This 162 page pdf eBook contains links to 26 audio files you
can download onto your computer, 23 downloadable PDF
reports, 28 links to videos you can watch and is supported
by over 500 separate website reference links.

I am very proud of this film directing course and I
guarantee that anyone who listens to the audio files and
reads all the support material 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,
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order, is available now. Just click on the link below.

3. BLOG – Film Directing Tips

Thanks to subscribers like yourself, my filmmaking blog,
FilmDirectingTips.com has been on the first page of Google
for several months using the keywords, “film directing.”

Don’t forget to take some time to look through the many blog
postings on the site and even post some filmmaking tips or
filmmaking resources of your own.

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.

Blog – http://filmdirectingtips.com
RSS – http://filmdirectingtips.com/wp-rss.php

Here are some of the latest blog entries I have made:

– The Film Director’s Shot List
– Creating a Back Story for Your Characters
– Script Breakdown & Film Scheduling Workshop
– How to Find Your Script Beats
– What to do Before Designing Your Shot List
– The Two Kinds of Movement Between Characters
– What is Blocking?
– How Newton’s First Law of Motion Apply’s to Filmmakers
– The Film Director in Pre-Production


Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging
service that allows users to send and read other users’
updates (otherwise known as tweets), which are text-based
posts of up to 140 characters in length.

Twitter is one of the best and quickest ways for friends,
family or people with common interests to stay in touch.

It’s also becoming one of the best ways to promote yourself
and your films on the Internet!

My partner, Trilby Jeeves, wrote an article called “What the
Tweet?!?? A Rookie’s Guide to Twitter” for The Art of the
Business blog that gives you some insight on how to use
Twitter from a creative person’s point of view. You can
check out her article at: http://snipurl.com/6tege

If you have a Twitter account, let’s follow each other. You
can follow me at http://twitter.com/bcfilmmaker. You can
also follow Trilby at http://twitter.com/tjbuffoonery

5. The Director’s Chair Filmmakers Discussion Forum

The Director’s Chair Filmmakers Discussion Forum.

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

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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.

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

6. Links to Subscriber Videos

This is a new service for subscribers of The Director’s
Chair. If you have a video you want to share with other
subscribers, send me the link and a little info and I will
post them here.

1. No video links were submitted this month.

7. FEATURE ARTICLE – The Entrepreneur Director/Producer

“The Entrepreneur Movie Director/Producer”
by Solomon Mac-Auley

I have spent the last three years or so researching,
studying and trying to understand why we as artistes don’t do
well in business. I found out that as artistes we think as
artistes not as business people. I went really deep into
understanding entrepreneurship and I found the answers. Now
these answers will take some time for anyone to master but
they will definitely change the way you do business as a
filmmaker or as an artiste.

As a result of my findings I a started a TV programme called
“Man and Woman Unusual”. It is an entertaining half-hour
Program that explores the art and discipline of business
creativity, leadership and inspiration. The program
showcases the innovators and individuals that have “what it
takes” to succeed in today’s challenging business
environment. It illuminates how leaders, from traditional
corporate executives to young trend-setting entrepreneurs,
surmount the difficulties of our peculiar business
environment and manage to create fresh approaches to
business and make a success of it.

It is dedicated to inspire entrepreneur “wannabes”, people
of all ages, backgrounds and experiences, achieve the

The researching and the interviewing of several successful
business men and woman involve in putting the programme
together and transmitting in over 20 countries in Africa has
changed the way I see filmmaking business or any other
business for that matter. So here is just some of my
thoughts and I hope they are useful.


The strategy is simple but not so simple. First you have to
reinvent yourself and start thinking like an
entrepreneur/investor. This means thinking in terms of
figures. While an artiste sees money in terms of great
artistic ideas, an entrepreneur or an investor see great
ideas in terms of return on investment. (ROI)

Successful entrepreneurs come from all sorts of backgrounds
and experiences. Age, gender, marital status, and education
levels do not seem to be significant factors for success.
But successful entrepreneurs share certain skills. As you
look through the following list, determine the areas in
which you excel and identify the areas in which you need

1. What skills and experiences do you have that are key to
the success of the filmmaking business you want to own?
Successful entrepreneurs have skills to sell.

2. Are you responsible? Do you do what you say you will do
when you say you will do it? Can people count on you?
Entrepreneurs are responsible.

3. Do you have good social skills? Do you say what you mean?
Do you listen well? Entrepreneurs must be able to sell

4. Are your financial and personal situations stable?
Entrepreneurs need to be in good shape financially and
emotionally to be able to concentrate on their new business
without crisis in their personal lives.

5. Are you optimistic? Entrepreneurs think positively.

6. Do you have a strong motivation to achieve? Entrepreneurs
are doers.

7. Are you a hard worker? Do you work hard for others?
Entrepreneurs often work more than 40 hours per week.

8. Do you have problem-solving skills? Do you enjoy solving
problems? Entrepreneurs are problem solvers.

9. Are you independent? Entrepreneurs are leaders, not

10. Are you afraid of making decisions? Do you have a
take-charge attitude? Entrepreneurs make all of the
decisions for their businesses.

11. Do you accept responsibility? Entrepreneurs accept
responsibility for their own businesses.

Planning Your Film Business Is Critical. Many people float
aimlessly through life, taking it’s ups and downs as they
come, just getting by and living from day to day. If they
become successful, or even comfortable, it’s more by
accident than by plan. This approach rarely works for any
business talk less of a film business.

Proper planning allows you to try out your film business on
paper with no financial risk. Your plan is your road map: It
tells you where you should be at any given time, when you
are succeeding, when you need to make adjustments, even when
it’s time to get out. It’s impossible to know everything you
need to before going into any business. The sheer amount of
information is staggering. But you should figure out what
you need to know before starting the film business and then
plan to continue learning.

Your Best Bet Is to create a strong Business Plan. Remember
that filmmaking is a business and most investors, unless
they are looking to fund the arts, are looking to generate a
profit from their investment. Investing in a film is an
extremely risky endeavour, so presenting the project in a
professional format will be the first step in generating
great interest.

If you have spent any time researching self-employment, you
probably have encountered the concept of a business plan.
And if you are like most people, the more you read about
business plans, the more confused you became. There are
several different outlines to choose from, all with
different sections. Some outlines use questions, some use
big business words. And the main thing many people draw from
these “helps” is that a business plan is very complicated.
But it doesn’t have to be. A business plan can be a simple,
effective tool for planning, financing, and growing your
filmmaking business.

Before we discuss what a filmmaking business plan should
look like, take a look at why a business plan is critical to
your success:

1. A business plan can give you the confidence to start your
business, or it can help you realize that your movie idea is
not a good one. Before you make the final decision, you need
to think through the answers to many questions about your
movie product, your customers, your pricing, your marketing,
and your potential cash flow. Your business plan gives you a
process for answering those questions in an organized and
logical way.

2. After you start your business, you can refer back to your
business plan to keep you focused on the next task. A
business plan is never finished. It changes as circumstances
in your business change. You can use it as a guide to build
and manage a successful business.

3. A business plan is a filmmaker’s best tool for raising
money. Most financial institutions will insist on a business
plan to evaluate your idea. Your business plan gives the
investor information about you and your idea and allows him
or her to evaluate your business’s credit worthiness.

4. A business plan can be a marketing tool. As you write your
business plan, you will have a clearer picture of your
business. This will help you explain what kind of movie you
should make, who your audiences will be, and what your goals
are for the business.

A Filmmaking Business Plan should include but not limited to:

1. The story. What is the film about?

2. How well have films in a similar genre done? If an
investor is looking at your business model refer to past
success stories and demonstrate how you will achieve similar

3. What is the experience of the cast and crew?

4. Who is the audience? Your target market. All productions
must target a certain audience.

5. Try secure distribution deals first. Contact distributors
to see how they will approach the sales of your film. Or
draw up marketing plan to distribute yourself.

6. The director’s past credits.

7. How much will it cost? How will the investor’s money be

8. What will the investor stand to profit from the film.

9. Draw up a list of people you can present your business
plan to. Ex: family members, friends, co-workers,
professional business groups, private investors etc

10. Now don’t just stop at the business plan level, create
a website that includes all the story information and the
people involved in the production. If the cinematographer
for the project has a good demo reel, put that reel on the
website as an example of the quality of cinematographer.
Also include actors bios and experience.

11. Instead of just finding one investor to finance your
film project, try getting more than one person to invest a
small amount. Offer double the money back if the movie makes
a profit, or other incentives to invest. The terms are
always negotiable.

12. Form a company. When managing investor’s money, it will
benefit you to form a company which will keep the movie’s
financing, legalities and liability separate from you.

I will stop here for now to await any questions so far.

NOTE: If you have any comments on this article, please
contact Soloman at mailto:solomonmac@live.co.uk

A Director with an unquenchable passion for moviemaking. A
strong believer of digital technology with vast knowledge in
Hollywood’s techniques, style, software, and technical know
how. Producer/Director/Actor/Presenter, with over 12 years
working experience on stage, Film, Television and Radio.
First trained as an actor by the late renowned Professor Ola
Rotimi, before training as a director. This quality has
enabled him to work with all types of actors; green horns,
amateurs, experienced and professionals. He got his
directing training from the same late Prof Ola Rotimi and
Dr. Joni Jones an African American Actor/Director from the
University of Texas, USA. He also is, the CEO/Managing
Director, QNX LTD, a Media content providing Company.

His quest for excellence and knowledge of what makes
Hollywood tick, and a desire to see the Nigerian movie
industry improve, has motivated Mac-Auley into deep research
and study of Movie/TV Production Techniques that will
satisfy that goal. He’s found out that, what the Hollywood
veterans are in no hurry to tell digital Moviemakers is
that, if you care passionately for the craft of Moviemaking,
if you know what they know and you shoot how they do, your
digital movie project could be pretty enough to make them
sweat. For Mac-Auley, innovation, constant improvement and
update on technology, is key for any director who knows what
he or she is doing.

A member of the National Association Of Theatre Arts
Practitioners (NANTAP), Association Of Movie Producers (AMP)
and Independent Television and Radio Programme Producers
Association of Nigeria (ITARPPAN)


8. Do You 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:


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) Russell Taylor – The Dice Man Blog is a new concept in
filmmaking, we are challenging the subscribers to get
involved in the thought process behind the film inspired by
Luke Rhinehart’s The Dice Man.  The blog will literally help
write, cast and direct the movie! And it’s totally free!

Each we week ask a series of questions and then the reader,
will vote and discuss.  The results help to shape the final
movie and every contributor will receive a credit on the

Logline: Eight students searching for ‘THE’ alternative
experience find more than they hoped for at the hands of the
die. http://gagdirectors.blogspot.com

About Me: Director and writer of eight digital short films.

What I Want: Collaborators to get involved with the process.
We are the first digital feature film to write, cast, fund
and direct our movie using a blog were the subscribers get
to decide how the film is made. It’s a very low budget
feature made in the style of Cloverfield (first person
camera POV) but without the CGI monsters.  A Horror/Thriller
that should appeal to the universal teen movie market and
we’re looking for contributors, subscribers and some money
men. http://gagdirectors.blogspot.com

2) Marc Hustvedt – Tubefilter News http://news.tubefilter.tv
is the leading source for coverage of the world of episodic
web television. We feature news, reviews and interviews with
top web creators and the shows they create. Ranging from
studio projects to low budget/no budget indie web series, we
filter out what’s worth watching in the sea of web video out

We’ve also launched the first ever schedule of web
television, showing week by week what’s new and what coming
out. http://www.tubefilter.tv/schedule

We’re always looking for new web series projects to share
with our readers, so please let us know what you like at


“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:

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:

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

11. Filmmaking News, Websites, Articles and Events

1) Dear Peter, Please do you know of any one or group who
may donate a HD Video Camera to an indigent children’s film
group free of charge as a gift of encouragement. Someone’s
life will be changed with this donation. Please reply
urgently. God Bless you. NWOKEDI nwa NWOKEDI

2) Entertainment Jobs – Find your dream job today! Search
thousands of inside jobs in the entertainment and media
industries. Post your resume for free and get in front of
3000+ entertainment industry leaders.

3) I work at Holler Digital, a digital marketing agency and
we’re working on the new series of Skins for Channel 4. I
wanted to get in touch as we have some news about a new
competition for a production (set) designer that I thought
might be of interest to you for your own site/blog.

Skins 3 is coming soon, and the Skins creators are looking
for some bright young things to help them with a very
special project.

They’ll be creating an online mini episode of Skins that
will feature some of the series 3 cast. There are four very
important behind the scenes roles that still need to be

The roles are production (set) designer, director, writer
and costume designer. No experience is necessary as the
Skins creators will be mentoring the winners and providing
support. Not only that; they get to join the set of series 3
for paid work experience!

Entrants must be between 18 and 23yrs old and UK based.

Emma Carter
Head of Marketing

4) Center for Communication is coming to LA! Don’t miss
these two FREE panel discussions with top representatives
from the film and music industries: “Movie Magic: Inside
Visual Effects” and “Movie Music: Composing for Film with
Harry Gregson-Williams” http://www.cencom.org

Sophie Kaplan
Program Associate
Center for Communication

12. FILMMAKING WORKSHOPS – Peter D. Marshall

I have worked in the Film and Television Industry for over
35 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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