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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.

In 1980, I sold the store, took the cash and went to Hollywood with an idea and a dream. I chased the deal, called agents, met studio heads, pitched development execs, hustled bankable stars and foreign buyers. I optioned books, true life stories and wrote scripts. Finally, I put my money where my mouth is, wrote bank checks and made a 90-minute 35mm feature film that won festival awards.

I learned to make movies from beginning to end... not from film school theory but from street reality. Over the next five years I held jobs as a Production Manager and Line Producer, and perfected my filmmaking skills by writing those bank checks time and time again as I made movie after movie for other companies.

In 1986, I presented a class at UCLA on "How to Get High Quality with Low-Budgets". The fee was $325, there were 256 students for a $86,125 gross, and I was paid $125 per day. Duh! USC then asked me to give a course on their campus. It was successful and I was paid $2,500. Then two years later NYU offered me $5,000 plus flight and per diem for the course - I was now a professional film instructor.

In 1989, a student said, “Your act is together, why not take it on the road?" Thus was born my acclaimed 2-Day Film School™. The course is great. I present it 25 times per year and have an instantaneous success rate of 3%. That is 3 out of 100 students who attend my weekend course make a feature film within 6 months. To put 3% in perspective, not a single graduate of the expensive 4 year film schools have produced or directed a feature film within 6 months of graduation... thus making my 3% success rate  outrageously high.

During the past 15 years, I have taught how to produce, write and direct with amazing success (graduates to date have grossed over $8 Billion) and have perfected my craft. I am proud of my teaching ability. I do not present myself as a great producer or the great director, for I am not! And the great producers and directors in Hollywood -  the Spielbergs and the Coppollas - you will discover are not great teachers.

But what I am, is exactly what you want: A great film instructor who is proud to give you the most amount of filmmaking information and education for the least amount of money in the shortest period of time.

Products by Dov S-S Simens

Face-to-Face: The Two Masters by Dov S-S Simens, Syd Field
2-Day Film School for Writers by Dov S-S Simens