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 »


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

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

Saving Private Ryan’s Omaha Beach – Art of The Scene

It’s widely hailed as the most realistic representation of war ever put on screen, and one of the most challenging battle scenes in an epic war film. This week, on Art of