Michael’s Martini

Three Must Read Articles On Film’s Future

Three Articles give a lot of direction to the State of the Film Industry and here are a few quick summaries. Article 1 – Cord Cutting First up, an article on the massive ‘cord cutting’ that is surging through America.  These cable packages are expensive and restrictive.  You pay for 8 channels you have no…

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Toronto and Beyond

The recently concluded Toronto Film Festival is amongst the world’s major film festivals worth attending in terms of prestige, prominence and film sales.    Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has become an essential stops in the march toward Awards Season with many films using the festival as their major release. With easy flights from Hollywood…

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Article: IndieWire – 10 Common Reasons Scripts are Rejected

Indiewire is a great resource for writers.  Check out this article if you are a writer who always wants to learn more – and how to do things better. The 10 Most Common Reasons Why Scripts Are Rejected Author Corey Mandell teaches an online video class for screenwriters.  Here is one of the ten sections.…

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Fun Fact – A King At War With…Himself?

  Historical ‘ties’ show no mercy in this post where the bonds of a King extend into the most absurd arrangements.    A great source of writing is the study of history where characters come alive on the page – to the screen – from the world’s most notorious conflicts between people, states and the Tides…

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Michael’s Martini – Friday Headlines – “Guerilla”

“Guerilla” This is a TV show set in the UK.   The show is “a fictional exploration of a thought-provoking moment in history, which asks what might have happened if Black Power groups in the UK had turned to violence in their fight for equal rights”. As many countries, including the U.S. explore race relations, the…

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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 of the Furious” franchise. Of course, “Furious 8” raked in a half billion dollars in a weekend.   Still, money runs Hollywood.  Traditional…

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“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 so the executive thinks – and then believes Box Office magic will result. Delusional thinking in today’s studios is rampant.   The pop…

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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 and got back to a flat tire. No tire iron in the trunk. Guy was going to his car and I ask for…

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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 shifting so dramatically (pardon the pun) that the three-year negotiation periods of the major unions can no longer account for massive change in…

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“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.  Its craft, artistry, pacing, talent and more is legendary.   The film created a craving for sequels, established the Mob Mafia movie and built…

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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 be stimuli on technology, customer base (whether citizens dealing with bureaucrats in government or bureaucrats at the local Time Warner cable company).  An…

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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 seafarers like the Vikings.  The Vikings had unique skills and courage, navigating so far from their homelands to the Black Sea, the Mediterranean…

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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 a big surprise. Recently China has been curtailing capital outflows with currency controls and other methods, recently hitting China’s foreign investments sector. Even…

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