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Dov Simens Film School DVD

At a Glance

  • Filmmaking Instructional DVD
  • Condenses four years of film school into 16 essential 1-hour lessons
  • Past students including Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan rave about the course

Got a weekend to spare? From idea to final print, two days is all it takes to find out how to shoot, produce, direct, finance, market and distribute your film, whether your budget is $5,000 or $5,000,000.

Inspiration! Why waste 4 years at a film school?  I took Dov’s 2-Day Film School and launched my career as a writer who controls his scripts.” - Quentin Tarantino

Amazing! Dov is without parallel.  It’s a joy to watch a Man like Dov Simems because he’s so good at it.  There’s no baby-talk in his crash course methods… the crowd of eager people savor every word…” - The Los Angeles Times

Now with Updated Material Including:

  • Crowd Funding
    • How to Raise $50,000-$5,000,000
    • Kickstarter and Indiegogo
    • Donation & Equity
  • 3D Filmmaking
    • How to shoot 3D
    • 3D Production Tricks
  • Government Financing 
    • How to use Government Programs
    • 25%-50% budget
    • Rebates, refunds, grants, and credits
  • Product Placement
  • Guild & Union Rules
    • New Low-Budget Agreements
    • WGA, DGA, SAG
  • Digital Filmmaking 
    • Savings, Secrets, and Tricks
    • Best Cameras and Formats
  • Budgets and Budgeting
    • Mega-Budgets to Micro-Budgets
    • The $200 Million Studio Feature
    • The $20,000 Indie Feature
  • On-Demand Revenues
    • The New Internet Revenues 
    • Apple, iTunes, Hulu, Netflix
  • Box Office Trends
    • Growth of Franchising 
    • Global Studio vs Local Independent 

Update also includes over 200 screenplays/teleplays including Oscar winners, Pixar films, Christopher Nolan features, and pilots for Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Big Bang Theory and MORE (full list below)

Dov S-S Simens' 2-Day Film School DVD condenses four years of film school theory and education into 16 essential one-hour lessons with 4 thick, corresponding Filmmaker Workbooks, loaded with names, addresses and contacts. It's a no-holds barred, rapid-fire course designed for anyone from first-time filmmakers to industry professionals seeking a fresh perspective on the realities of the business.

As past students Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan and Guy Ritchie have attested, Dov Simens puts you on the fast track to filmmaking success. You’ll learn how to prepare a feature film package that you, the first timer, can make.

The Dov S-S Simens' 2-Day Film School DVD syllabus includes:

Freshman Year: Produce, Budget & Schedule

  • The Hollywood System
  • Hiring talent and casting
  • What is low budget
  • Purchasing hot scripts
  • Budgeting and scheduling
  • Guilds and unions
  • 16mm vs. 35mm v. digital
  • Filmmaking A to Z
  • The key elements
  • Contracts and agreements
  • Hiring crew
  • The 1-, 2- and 3 week shoot
  • Cameras, lights & sound
  • Screenwriting A to Z

Sophomore Year: Direct, Shoot & Edit

  • Hiring a production crew
  • Budgeting trick
  • Directing the actors
  • Directing A to Z
  • Getting 25-35 shots per day
  • ADR, foley & M&E
  • Finishing your film
  • Renting the equipment
  • Scheduling
  • Directing the crew
  • Directing post-production
  • Music, score & lab
  • The answer print
  • Digital Filmmaking A to Z

Junior Year: Publicity, Festivals & Awards

  • The festival circuit
  • Marketing do's and don'ts
  • Attracting a distributor
  • Deal memo points
  • Foreign sales
  • PPV & VOD windows
  • Hiring a publicist
  • Creating a buzz
  • Sundance & Cannes
  • Which agent to hire
  • Net vs. gross deals
  • Video & cable deals
  • Maximizing revenues
  • Studio Dealmaking A to Z

Senior Year: Distribute, Finance & Profit

  • Raising production money
  • Forming a production co.
  • Securing investors
  • SBA $750,000 guarantee
  • Negative pick-up deals
  • Packaging agents
  • Securing bank loans
  • Guaranteeing profits
  • What to offer
  • Play-or-pay deals
  • International co-productions
  • The 50-50 net deal
  • Completion bonds
  • Independent Financing A to Z

You could waste four years in film school, or you could spend a weekend learning everything you need to know to make your own film. So what are you waiting for? Pick up The Dov S-S Simens' 2-Day Film School DVD and get ready to start calling the shots!

Scripts Included with Update:

  • 2000 Oscar Winner - ALMOST FAMOUS
  • 2001 Oscar Winner - GOSFORD PARK
  • 2002 Oscar Winner - TALK TO HER
  • 2003 Oscar Winner - LOST IN TRANSLATION
  • 2004 Oscar Winner - ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
  • 2005 Oscar Winner - CRASH
  • 2006 Oscar Winner - LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
  • 2007 Oscar Winner - JUNO
  • 2008 Oscar Winner - MILK
  • 2009 Oscar Winner - THE HURT LOCKER
  • 2010 Oscar Winner - THE KING'S SPEECH
  • 2010 Oscar Winner - THE SOCIAL NETWORK (Adapted Screenplay Category)
  • A Scanner Darkly (unproduced)
  • Adaptation (Revised Draft - 2000)
  • Adaptation (Second Draft - 1999)
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind
  • Human Nature
  • Rambling Pants (unproduced)
  • Synecdoche
  • Bridesmaids
  • Ides of March - Production Notes
  • Ides of March (aka Farragut North) by Clooney & Heslov 2010-04-06
  • Margin Call
  • Midnight in Paris - 2012 Best Original Screenplay Winner
  • Moneyball (2nd Draft)
  • Moneyball (Shooting Script - 6.22.09 - Soderbergh)
  • The Artist
  • The Descendants - 2012 Best Adapted Screenplay Winner
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Batman Begins
  • Dark Knight (The Contour Structure Report)
  • Dark Knight
  • Following
  • Inception
  • Insomnia
  • Keys To The Street (unproduced)
  • Memento (Analysis)
  • Memento
  • The Prestige
  • A Serious Man
  • Barton Fink
  • Big Lebowski, The
  • Blood Simple
  • Burn After Reading
  • Fargo
  • Hudsucker Proxy, The
  • Intolerable Cruelty
  • Man Who Wasn't There, The
  • Miller's Crossing
  • No Country For Old Men
  • Raising Arizona
  • True Grit
  • An Education
  • Atonement
  • Babel - Production Info
  • Babel
  • Barney's Version
  • Frost-Nixon
  • Gran Torino
  • In The Loop
  • Precious
  • Queen, The
  • Secretariat
  • The American
  • The Departed (Final)
  • The Fighter
  • The Messenger
  • The Reader
  • Below (2002)
  • Black Swan (2010)
  • Fountain, The (2006)
  • Pi (1998)
  • Requiem For A Dream (2000)
  • Wrestler, The (2008)
  • Blade 2
  • Hellboy 2 - The Golden Army
  • Hellboy
  • Left Hand of Darkness (unproduced)
  • Mimic
  • Pans Labrynth
  • A Christmas Story
  • Anchorman
  • Big
  • Breakfast Club, The
  • Groundhog Day
  • Idiocracy (aka 3001)
  • Legally Blonde (Shooting Script)
  • Midnight Run
  • Office Space
  • The 40 Year Old Virgin
  • The Hangover
  • The Producers (March 1967)
  • Wedding Crashers
  • Signs
  • The Happening
  • The Sixth Sense
  • Unbreakable
  • American Beauty
  • Schindler's List
  • Shakespeare In Love
  • Sideways
  • Up In The Air
  • Finding Nemo
  • Monsters Inc
  • Ratatouille
  • The Incredibles
  • Toy Story 2
  • Toy Story 3
  • Toy Story
  • UP
  • Wall-E
  • Close Encounters of The Third Kind - Pt 1
  • Close Encounters of The Third Kind - Pt 2
  • E.T. (Shooting Script)
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • 30 Rock - Pilot - Written by Tina Fey
  • 666 Park Avenue - Pilot
  • Alphas - Pilot
  • American Horror Story - Pilot
  • Arrested Development - Pilot
  • Beauty & The Beast - Pilot
  • Big Bang Theory, The - Pilot
  • Body of Proof - Pilot
  • Bones - Pilot
  • Borgias, The - Pilot
  • Boss - Pilot
  • Breaking Bad - Pilot
  • Breaking In - Pilot
  • Breakout Kings - Pilot
  • Burn Notice - Pilot
  • C Word, The - Pilot
  • Californication - Pilot
  • Community - Pilot
  • Dallas (2012) - Pilot
  • Depressed Roomies - Unproduced Pilot - Written by Charlie Kaufman
  • Desperate Housewives - Pilot
  • Dexter - Pilot
  • East Bound and Down - Pilot
  • Elementary - Pilot
  • Episodes - Pilot
  • Event, The - Pilot
  • Falling Skies - Pilot
  • Frasier - The Good Son - Pilot (1993)
  • Fringe - Pilot (JJ Abrams)
  • Game of Thrones - Pilot
  • Glades, The - Pilot
  • Glee - Pilot
  • Go On - Pilot
  • Good Wife, The - Pilot
  • Grey's Anatomy - Pilot
  • Grimm - Pilot
  • Harry's Law - Pilot - Written by David E Kelley
  • Hawaii Five-O - Pilot (2011)
  • Heroes - Pilot
  • Homeland - Pilot
  • Hot In Cleveland - Pilot
  • Hour, The - Pilot - Award-Winning BBC Series
  • House - Pilot
  • How I Met Your Mother - Pilot
  • Killing, The - Pilot
  • Lost - Pilot
  • Mad Men - Pilot
  • Middle, The - Pilot
  • Mike and Molly - Pilot
  • Modern Family - Pilot
  • Monk - Pilot
  • NCIS - Los Angeles - Pilot
  • Newsroom, The - Pilot - Written by Aaron Sorkin
  • Nip-Tuck - Pilot
  • Once Upon A Time - Pilot
  • Ordered To Pilot - The Quickening - Written by Jennifer Salt
  • Pan Am - Pilot
  • Parenthood - Pilot
  • Person of Interest - Pilot
  • Pilot Not Picked Up - Atlanta - Written by Paul Reiser
  • Pilot Not Picked Up - Rockford Files (2010) - Written by David Shore
  • Playboy Club, The - Pilot
  • Pretty Little Liars - Pilot
  • Revenge - Pilot
  • River, The - Pilot
  • Shit My Dad Says - Pilot
  • Sons of Anarchy - Pilot
  • Suburgatory - Pilot
  • Terra Nova - Pilot
  • True Blood - Pilot
  • Two And A Half Men - Pilot - Written by Chuck Lorre
  • Two Broke Girls - Pilot
  • Ugly Betty - Pilot
  • United State of Tara, The - Pilot
  • Vampire Diaries - Pilot
  • Vegas (2012) - Pilot
  • Walking Dead, The - Pilot
  • Warehouse 13 - Pilot
  • Weeds - Pilot
  • West Wing, The - Pilot - Written by Aaron Sorkin
  • Whitney - Pilot

Product Details

  • Date available: 01/01/2010
  • Return policy: This item is not eligible for return.

Return Policy

Your satisfaction is our top priority. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please return the item(s) for an exchange or refund within 30 days from the purchase date, unless otherwise noted on the product page.

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The following items are not returnable: Hollywood Creative Directories, DVDs (opened), and Gift Certificates.

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.

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 ...

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