International Productions Finance Model & “Lion”

International Productions are at the forefront of the Film Finance Model because many countries offer a number of attributes which make for a positive finance model in today’s highly competitive film production More »

Media Math: Shooting in Eastern Europe is Much Cheaper

Poland Increases Production Plans by the Polish government to introduce a 25 percent cash rebate for domestic and international features, documentaries and high-end television dramas this year will bring Eastern Europe’s biggest More »

Media Math: To Finance Your Film, You Must Consider Real Numbers and Realities

Budgeting Real Finance Numbers Many financing arrangements require financing costs and steep banking arrangements. These elements are not taken into consideration. Let’s be clear: The topic of Film Finance is a very More »

Media Math: How Writers Should Think about Film Budgets Part 1

Broad Sense of the Film Budget and Producer’s Intention Film Production budgeting requires a lot of detail – but it starts with the broad strokes from the Producer. I need to know More »

Media Math: More Movies Shot in a Single Location

Hitch himself labelled Rope "an experiment that didn't work out", and though it's far from his most scintillating of tales, it's more of a technical achievement than a triumph of storytelling. After More »

 

Hollywood Can Only Survive with Chinese Money – at a Price!

China has been raging as the financial savior for Hollywood’s financing woes.  Studio films have become more expensive with budgets of $100 million quite common to $250 million for the recent “Fate

Visual Capitalist: The Netflix Generation

Los Angeles Feature Production Down. Web Based Up

“Ghost in the Shell” – Analysis on B.O. Crash

“Ghost in the Shell” strikes me as one of those films whereby an executive thinks he understands the market, grabs some IP and slaps in an actress who is hot – or

Vimeo Enters the Subscription Video Galaxy

In competition with Netflix and Amazon, Vimeo is pushing into services for Subscription Video. Vimeo is planning to launch a subscription video service that, according to interim CEO Joey Levin, will deliver

Remembering Don Rickles

I had borrowed a friend’s car to get to an interview. Mine was in the shop. The meeting was near Little Santa Monica and Wilshire. Parked in the structure, had the interview

WGA Strike Possible in a cash of Old and New Models

  A WGA Strike is a genuine possibility for the Industry, bringing back the difficulties of the 2008 strike.  Many issues were not resolved to the WGA’s satisfaction.  The Media Landscape is

My Comedy Director List

When thinking “Comedy”, you should have a list of directors and writers in your various genres.   Here is my list of directors whose work I watch, analyze and remember. Charlie Chaplin:

“The Godfather” – Classic Cinema 45 years Ago

“The Godfather” is one of the most iconic American movies of all time.  This great feature film was the catalyst – The Moment – for me to personally enter the film industry. 

Film Industry Shifting From Institutions to Entrepreneur Mentality

The Film Industry is morphing so drastically day-by-day.  I believe that the major institutions of society – corporations, state governments, etc.,  – are far less responsive to immediate market conditions.  Market conditions can

How Naval Power Embraces New Technology

I have long been interested in Navies of the world.  Naval exploration has been practiced as long as civilization itself from the ancient Chinese to Roman seafarers and to very great bold

Michael’s Martini – Sign up for Digital TV Europe

You should be informed as much as possible in today’s shifting media landscape.  Have a folder for various digital subscriptions including this one about Europe Sign up Here      

Michael’s Martini: China Currency Controls Stop $ to Paramount

China has been heralded over the last decade as a resource for financing, audience growth and untapped revenues.  In 2013, Chinese communist authorities added a ‘value-added’ tax to Hollywood studio revenues in

Michael’s Martini – Wikileaks Dump Surprises on Russia, iphone, Scope of CIA

WRITER’S CURIOUSITY The CIA has certainly been a writer’s engine for great thrillers in both film, TV and writing.  Just the Tom Clancy novels alone were amazing inspiration from the CIA.  And

International Productions Finance Model & “Lion”

International Productions are at the forefront of the Film Finance Model because many countries offer a number of attributes which make for a positive finance model in today’s highly competitive film production

Michael’s Martini – Writer’s Curiousity: 3D Printing a House in 24 Hours

Amazing technology to ‘print’ a house with a 3D printer in difficult conditions in Russian at -30 C.   With this technology in our future, what can the Writer’s Creativity come up with?

Brian Helgeland: Screenwriters Lecture

Writer Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River) explains what it feels like to win an Oscar an a Razzie on the same weekend, why he thinks writer's block is a myth, and

Scott Frank: Screenwriters Lecture

In this lecture, Scott Frank illustrates the importance of opening scenes, the challenges his craft encompasses and how, ultimately, "it's all about the words". For more on screenwriting, head over to

DP/30: The Social Network, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin

The Writer Speaks: Robert Towne

The writer of CHINATOWN discusses his life as a Hollywood screenwriter