From Reel to Deal: Everything You Need to Create a Successful Independent Film
Dov S-S Simens learned the tough way in the school of hard knocks; he produced independent classics like Final Hour and FLEX, movies that actually made money. The founder of the renowned Hollywood Film Institute, Dov has taught thousands, from industry pros like Quentin Tarantino to Guy Ritchie and Baz Luhrmann, celebrities like Will Smith, Sinbad, and Michael Jackson, to first-timers like Mark Archer, who for $25,000 produced In the Company of Men, which grossed over $20 million. Traveling the globe, Dov gives a famous two-day film course that has inspired countless professionals and amateurs to make their own independent movies. A former Green Beret, he fearlessly tells us all -- every industry secret he knows!
So, how is this book any different from the other 942 book on the shelf? Simple, pick it up and you'll actually understand how to make your first film...and that's the truth. No theory, no rah-rah speeches, no cute stories, no ego, no name-dropping...just straight, easy-to-follow and wonderfully detailed directions. Simple, again: It's almost like painting by numbers. You supply the talent; Dov supplies the information. He'll guide you step-by-step from conceiving the idea to writing the script to finding some investors...from buying film stock to hiring actors, crew, and musicians...from shooting the film to paying the lab...from editing scenes to striking a print...from attending festivals to negotiating deals. No frills, no filler. Before you know it, it's done. Now let's buy a tux or designer gown for the Oscars!
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
- Date available: 07/01/2003
- Publication date: 07/01/2003
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Meet the Author: Dov S-S Simens
I never went to an expensive film school. I graduated from Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA, 1965, BA-Economics) and spent 3 years in the army (1st Lieutenant, Special Forces, '66 - '69). After Vietnam, I owned a successful bookstore in Carmel, California.