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.