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Nov 27 / Truly Free Film

Want To Spend Thanksgiving Together?

Sort of…

Now, for the first time ever, anywhere….  sort of… the full length interview Filmcourage did with me.  Got 30 minutes? I don’t know mind if you even play it in the background!

If you need a [...]


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Nov 26 / Truly Free Film

3 Takeaways For Producers From AFM 2014

In addition to the learning that the Presale Market is Alive and Well at AFM and observing 4 industry trends from AFM 2014, I gained some practical knowledge that all producers should know.  While there’s plenty more you will need to know to attend your first AFM, here are some things that really popped out this year.

1.  While more filmmakers are exhibiting at the show, Sales Agents are [...]


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Nov 25 / Truly Free Film

Envy For The Music Biz

"for my enemies will devour themselves"

“for my enemies will devour themselves”

Maybe the grass is always greener, but lately that other side of the entertainment industry has been looking all sparkly and bright to me.  

Okay, pushing the boulder up the hill is such an exhausting task, your mind can’t help but wander and consider maybe there are some upsides to letting it all crash and burn and then starting over.  What happened when the music business flamed out? They didn’t die. Have they risen from the ashes, stronger and wiser, with new tools in their belt, a commitment to get it right this time? [...]


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Nov 25 / Truly Free Film

A First Time Writer/Director’s Trial by Fire, Part #4: Unhealthy Obsessive Persistence

Welcome to the game that everyone trying to make a movie wish they would never have to play but do: Unhealthy Obsessive Persistence and Unlikely Approval! (Applause) What do we have for our contestant behind Door #1… wait, Door #1 is locked? Then what’s behind Door #2? A brick wall you say? What about Door #3? It just revolves back to point A. Congratulations! You don’t win! (Audience moans) Adding insult to injury, I have to pay for my own craft service.

At times, working to get a project noticed appears to dip into pointlessness, [...]


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Nov 24 / Truly Free Film

No Accidents in R: Struggle of the Homegrown Cinema, part II

Staying relevant. It is a fear actors, directors, content creators, and to be honest, most human beings grapple with constantly. The more than half-century year-old Sunset Boulevard exemplified this fear in the delusional Gloria Swanson. And while I’m sure this obsession is a random extraneous facet of the greatly evolved human consciousness, it may be spin-off on our desire to survive.


This wasn’t part of Birdman. This was Emma Stone actually telling MK the truth.

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Nov 20 / Truly Free Film

It Broke My Heart But The Mission Remained Intact

You’ve given me the support I needed to go forth and try to get this done. Granted, I had enough support from the beginning to actually believe there was a chance I could not just make movies, but make good movies. That is a real gift, an advantage few have. Courage, faith — those things were there, but so was doubt and fear. Love and hate. The wolves in battle.

What if it didn’t work? And then when that was true, when it did stop working, or at least start to stop working for most, what made me think I could help build something better?

What gives us the strength to make big decisions? To change our path? To take on new burdens? [...]


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Nov 19 / Truly Free Film

4 industry trends Revealed at AFM 2014

Despite the growing trend towards self-distribution, AFM is still a hugely important event in the industry, and something to which we should all pay attention.  I spoke with AFM’s Managing Director Jonathan Wolf on Wednesday about his opinions about the show and the general state of the industry.  Here’s what you need to know as a producer

1. Asia’s importance as a territory is growing.

This should come as a surprise to precisely no one; at least no one who has been paying attention to industry trends.  However by the numbers, buyers from Asia represented 30.7% of total buyers, and 28.3% of total buyer companies attending AFM.  [...]


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Nov 27 / These Are Those Things

Thanks To William Burroughs And Gus Van Sant

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Nov 25 / Issues and Actions

Add Five Female Characters To Your Script

Less than 30% of all speaking characters in the 100 top-grossing films are female. “If filmmakers just added five female speaking characters to their current slate of projects (without taking away or changing any of the male characters) and repeated the process for four years, we would be at parity.”

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Nov 21 / My Films

My Greatest Films That No One Has Ever Seen

whathappendposter

Recently Jon Brooks at KQED wrote up a very nice piece on Tom Noonan’s WHAT HAPPENED WAS (1994). That film won multiple awards at Sundance but barely go seen.  Unfortunately it does not sleep alone in my bed of barely seen almost-masterpieces.  As strong as my track record may be, it still holds some flops, misfires, and damn bad luck […]


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Nov 20 / Issues and Actions & The Next Good Idea

Sometimes We Forget To Do The Obvious

If the best solution is the easiest solution, what takes us so long to do it?  The film industry complains about piracy.  But what do we do about it?  If you want to find a movie available illegally, all you have to do is search for it.  But what if you don’t want to have the artists or their supporters […]


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Oct 23 / My Films

Come To My First LA Bookstore Reading EVER!

Yup.  I will tell some great tales, read a few passages, answer a lot of questions, and distribute some free gifts.  All this and more this Friday evening.  At Book Soup. 7p.  8818 Sunset Blvd.  See you there!

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Oct 23 / Issues and Actions

We ARE Building A Better Film Ecosystem

I have great HOPE for what is happening right now in the film business.  I recently wrote about it for The Hollywood Reporter. Check it out here.

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Oct 15 / These Are Those Things

Signs…

One of the many signs I encountered on my morning path today: pic.twitter.com/X7v11HRwn9

— Ted Hope (@TedHope) October 15, 2014

 

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Oct 4 / These Are Those Things

I Am Glad Buster Keaton Lived In Our World And He Shared Himself With Us

It’s Buster’s birthday.  Celebrate it with this:

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Sep 29 / Let's Make Better Films

I Am Taking Credit Where Little Is Due

So what if it is not my Oscar?

Bet you didn’t know I was responsible for this summer’s biggest box office hit. Yup. Guardians Of The Galaxy: I am responsible for that.

And if you were in Zurich for their film festival, you might have gotten some excellent advice on how to make award winning films.  It may have seemed like Nicholas Chartier was giving the speech, but […]


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