Film Incentives and Watching State Finances

Incentive are a key component of Film and TV Financing packages these days.  These vital elements come in many varieties:  States like California (okay), Georgia (the best).   Countries like Canada – More »

South Africa Welcomes 19th Century Bruce Lee Project

Bruce Lee was consumed with a passion project about the Chinese Tongs (basically the mafia) in 19th Century San Francisco.  The Tong Wars were vicious and gave us the term ‘hatchet man’. More »

WGA and AMPTP Make Deal and Avert Strike

Up to the actual May 2nd deadline to call a strike, the WGA and AMPTP made a deal on numerous points to avoid a potentially disastrous strike to Hollywood’s film and media More »

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 »


Category Archives: Always Learning

Question: Write Treatments as Producer or Writer?

I think that one’s particular Point-Of-View – Producer or Writer – determines how you would write up a Treatment.  Furthermore, a Producer may need a Treatment for creative purposes only.  Let me

Vimeo – Cancels SVOD Plans

Vimeo is a creative community platform primarily – though it does have payment options in its PRO version.   They were planning to become an SVOD channel with original programming, but abruptly

#VIDCON – Instagram Tips and Strategies sponsored a significant extended session which discussed Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and Snapchat.  I am not really a Snapchat user.  But I do use Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.   CRITICAL UNDERSTANDING:  Each

#VIDCON – 10 Videos Essentials for the Funnel

The “Funnel” is a sales technique for getting customers from Interest to Purchase.  Customers can be anybody and any interest – getting them to your musical channel, your purchase page, your service

#VIDCON – LiveBlogging: “How to Appeal to Millenials”

Seminar:  ”How to Appeal to Millenials” 11:00 AM Various Speakers Young people are very diverse – only 20% who go to college go to four year degrees.   It’s challenging to market

#VIDCON-LiveBlogging – Seminar: “Right Content, Right Platform”

Thursday #VIDCON2017 Seminar:  ”The Right Content for the Right Platform”   Thursday 10 am June 22 Jon Burk – Director of Digital Strategy and Marketing – (Strategist) Ryan Bell – Director of

#VIDCON2017 – Opening Night

  #VIDCON2017 opened up at the Anaheim Convention center for a four day run.  An exciting four days at the premiere Online Video convention.  I was on my way to the Hilton

Film Incentives and Watching State Finances

Incentive are a key component of Film and TV Financing packages these days.  These vital elements come in many varieties:  States like California (okay), Georgia (the best).   Countries like Canada –

VIDCON – Upcoming conference with Live Blogging

I will be attending the VIDCON 2017 conference in Anaheim and live blogging the event.   June 21st through June 25th. You can follow me here on my website. What is VIDCON?

The Fate of the Movie Business ….Pirate Films in a Mall

Granted, it’s in a Mall in Ethiopia – but probably made in China! Check out the Story here.      

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

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

Literary Agents: Full Uncensored Interview

Full one hour interview with Jodi Reamer (Writers House), Kim Witherspoon (Inkwell Management), Robert Gottlieb (Trident Media), Sloan Harris (ICM), Eric Simonoff (WME), Christy Fletcher (Fletcher & Company).

It’s All About Story And Nothing Else – UCLA Professor Richard Walter [FULL INTERVIEW]

BUY THE BOOK – ESSENTIALS OF SCREENWRITING: The Art, Craft, and Business Of Film and Television Writing MORE VIDEOS WITH RICHARD WALTER 00:00 – Should Students Be On A First Name Basis

The Writer Speaks: William Goldman

William Goldman talks about screenwriting and his own past.  

Screenwriting Plot Structure Masterclass – Michael Hauge [FULL INTERVIEW]

To immediately get your free copy of Michael Hauge’s 6-Stage Structure Chart, just go to BUY MICHAEL HAUGE’S BOOK – WRITING SCREENPLAYS THAT SELL, NEW TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY EDITION: The Complete Guide To

Trailer: World War II Hollywood Directors “Five Came Back”

The series “Five Came Back” is about John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens.  These five prominent Hollywood filmmakers went out in World War II to document this horrific