Creative Production Soundboard
REAL Indie film is not funded by “genre” arms of studio giants. It’s cheap, dirty, and hard work. If you get creative, you just may be able to afford it without selling your soul. There are several schools of thought and methodology to choose from. From the incredibly strict and technical Dogme 95, to the loose-and-free actor experiments of Cassavetes - and tons of smaller movements in between. I can help you match a method to your project and teach you how to scale your budget down.
Dreamers dream. Real artists ship.
Production and Consulting
Multiple point-of-view reading of your play or screenplay and three-color hand-written notes on a hard copy. Red for emotional response, Blue for suggestions, and Green for typos, low level notes, and technical changes. Includes a writeup of what messages the current draft sends and why.
A fresh look at your characters and what your current draft communicates about them. Includes two consultations and on-script notes in purple.
Subtext and Subplot Read-through
Like a combination table read and writing workshop, we weigh the subtext of each line of your prose to make sure you are communicating the emotions you want - in the right order and at the right time for your tale. Ferret out loose ends, plot holes, or falseness of character that can be fixed with simple word tweaks, line eliminations, and scene arrangement rather than massive rewrites.
I provide both "right brain" and "left brain" services - and coach filmmakers through the rough patches of making a theatrical feature.
I teach how to delegate responsibility, how to run a production, and how to avoid the rookie mistakes that contribute to the greater than 95% failure rate of most movies.
From how to CYA in case of an unexpected success - to doing the same in case of a catostrophic failure, I can help make sure the paperwork is in order so everyone is treated fairly, inlcuding your investors and to minimize the risk of lawsuits, mutinies, and mid-production renegotiations.
Contact me for a free consultation.
P.S. Kudos to you if you noticed that the left brain is under the right brain services, and vice versa.
Production Management Consulting
How to find your cast, your crew, and your sanity before and during production, or “Dealing with Murphy’s Law and Hanlon’s Razor when all you want to do is scream.”
When your friends see you with a script in hand, they all scurry off in different directions. I’m no actor, but you don’t need Laurence Olivier. You just need someone to run lines with.
Production Technical Advisor
Don’t know your DVCAM from your DigiBeta? Can’t tell an XLR cable from an extension cord? Need to know the difference between a TIFF and a JPG? Curious as to how many iPhones it takes to shoot a feature film ...in one week? Let’s talk.
From Budget-and-Schedule to a working plan on how to make your film. We discuss company structure, contracts, permits, terms, licensing, casting, and more. The old saying goes “Whatever you don’t have finished at the end of pre-production will come and bite you in the ass. It’s just a mater of when and how badly.” Keep that list small.
Breakdown Training and Walk-Through
From screenplay to a working, scalable budget-and-schedule made from real numbers, not just pulled from thin air like so many others recommend. I will work with you through every step of pre-production and will continuously monitor your updates and modifications to help you make a budget/schedule that really works.
Being blocked doesn’t affect just writers. I’ve helped photographers, painters, hair stylists, cooks, first time novelists, actors, musicians, copywriters, make-up artists, and filmmakers.
You’ve consulted friends, family, psychiatrists, and clergy.
They help, in their own way, but they don't really understand.