Secrets of Breaking into the Film and TV Business: Tools and Tricks for Today's Directors, Writers, and Actors
A highly successful, award-winning independent producer shares his funny, practical, and innovative approach to breaking into film or television, whether you want to direct, act, write, or produce.
It doesn't take film school or expensive, high-tech equipment to make a brilliant--and marketable--movie today, says successful maverick producer Dean Silvers. For aspiring filmmakers, it's easier than ever to produce--and sell--their work. Secrets of Breaking into the Film and TV Business is packed with concrete, proven advice to help you follow in the footsteps of today's cinematic giants, many of whom broke out with runaway independent successes. Drawing from his own experience as a filmmaker, Silvers offers essential tips and a wealth of invaluable knowledge about every aspect of the moviemaking business, from Internet shorts to how to adapt, option, and collaborate on feature-length films (with shoestring budgets).
that “mini-narrative,” with his actors during rehearsal, and all would be fine. And it was. There are different theories of how to run rehearsals. Some filmmakers do not believe in formal rehearsals, believing that the best work comes out in improvisation and spontaneity (particularly in comedies). I am often asked if you can rehearse too much, draining your scenes and performances of their energy and potential for invention. The answer always comes back to this: Know yourself. Which process
out of your control, left forever on IMDbPro for the industry to see as a record of your film that was never finished. I am not saying you will always be able to manage or control every aspect of the press attention that may come to your film, but you have to try to minimize any pitfalls that may arise. Try not to draw too much spotlight early on, so you can make sure that promotional outlets will see your final product in the best possible light, and hope they respond to it accordingly. The
but your film’s life is just beginning. The good news is you are now about to enter an entirely new stage of the process—if you package and promote your film correctly, you’ll be just a heartbeat away from jump-starting your career. In much the same way you crafted a personal narrative to aid in financing and mounting your film, it is now more crucial than ever that you create a marketing narrative for your film. Begin with the work you’ve already done crafting your particular narrative,
part of your skill as a filmmaker. And guess what? When you go on to sell your next project, you will quickly find out that you already have all the tools, know-how, and experience to become the marketing expert for all your future creative work and ideas. You now have the package. It’s time to introduce yourself to the world. DISTRIBUTING AND MARKETING YOUR FILM Hey, Look at Me! Film festivals tend to bring out your highest expectations. You’ve worked hard on your movie, you’ve got
art-house cinema. But of course, in the days leading up to the festival, we had no idea this year would be any different than the last. What’s more, I had never sold a film before. An example of how things were changing at Sundance was David O. Russell and my decision to not show up for Spanking the Monkey’s initial screening. Each film chosen for the competition section is screened four times during the ten-day festival. We were told, which was true up until that time, that distributors did