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ATTN. FILMMAKERS: WANT 100% ARTISTIC CONTROL? (Then Use the Golden Rule) by Dov S-S Simens on September 30, 2016 HOLLYWOOD’S GOLDEN RULE Want control? Want creative control? Want 100% creative control of your baby and ensure that what you wrote is what is produced and directed the way you visualize then there is only one-way… and that is to go the independent route not the studio route.  (Even Spielberg lacked 100% control on his first studio financed movie) So as not to be seduced by the studio system always remember the “Golden Rule” which is “He Who Has the Gold, Makes the Rules“. And, ...
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Anyone can write, produce or direct a feature film, especially with budgets of $5,000 to $1,000,000, once they get realistic and approach their first project maturely. Below are 14 Filmmaking Secrets or Tricks, not taught at USC, UCLA or NYU, to maximize production value for your first feature film. (ONE) SCREENPLAY: KISS (Keep-It-Simple-Stupid), 90-pages, 1-location, character driven, dialogue story. (TWO) SHOOT: 1-Weekend, 2-Day Shoot, 90-minutes, real time (“Rope”, “12 Angry Men”, “Birdman”, “Tangerine”) (THREE) LOCATION/SET: 1-house, 1-bar, 1-elevator, 1-courtroom, 1-classroom (think you get the point) (FOUR) GUILDS & UNIO...
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SCREENWRITER’S GAMEPLAN Write a Studio Feature Script (110-140 pages)… Write an Independent Feature Screenplay (90-100 pages)… Write a TV Drama (45-55 pages)… Write a TV Sitcom (25-30 pages)… Where does a screenwriter start? Remember; If productive, it takes 2-3 years or 5,000 hours to master a skill. So let’s start writing. Thus, Write. Write. Write. And, when bored or disillusioned Write some more. Basically, Ya gotta write 4 scripts… and remember “Nothing is written… It’s re-written.” Keep reading and I promise by the end of this post you, the writer, will know how to focus your creativity and what to write… You will have a gamepla...
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WRITTEN BY: ROBERT PETERPAUL (@robpeterpaul) Unless you’ve been camouflaging yourself in an underground bunker for the past seven years (I’m looking at you Kimmy Schmidt), Breaking Bad has definitely been high on your radar. Growing into somewhat of a cultural phenomenon, it’s only natural that the series eventually produced offspring. What’s not always likely though, is that a “spin-off” show will find its own groove to success. However, AMC’s Better Call Saul seems to be defying the odds. Julie Ann Emery plays Betsy Kettleman on what’s deemed the Breaking Bad prequel. Prior to landing Betsy, she was a “huge” fan of&nbs...
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Much like the commitment required to truly be a performer, running Gotham City is no easy undertaking. However, Zabryna Guevara manages to complete both tasks with ease. Actors seeking jobs on TV, Film and Theatre can find inspiration in her cannon of work. Currently starring on Gotham as Captain Sarah Essen, Zabryna’s career has dabbled in all mediums. Her diverse resume includes roles in movies like The Guilt Trip and The Rebound, guest appearances on Law & Order and The Sopranos (among many others), and nearly a dozen Off-Broadway shows. Her roots truly lie in the latter, as she hopes to one day be o...
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WRITTEN BY: ROBERT PETERPAUL Performers seeking authentic advice should search no further than the honest guidance of Heather Matarazzo. The New York raised actress has remained in the spotlight ever since her lead role in the coming of age film, Welcome to the Dollhouse. This breakout 90's hit propelled Matarazzo into a successful career thats spanned over twenty years so far.  For instance, she's had notable roles in The Princess Diaries films, Hostel Part II, and many other projects, but she's certainly not finished yet.   Heather has been called "outspoken", "unattractive", and "unfuckable" (whatever that means), but when...
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By Ilana Rapp“Victoria Cartagena made such an impact during the interview that I was totally thrown off guard.” - ILANA Let's talk about Victoria Cartagena, aka Vicki, who plays Detective Renee Montoya on FOX's Gotham. When an actor takes a huge chunk out of their time to perfect an interview, that also gives one a sense of how serious they take their job. As with any other job, acting is not just about acting – it's also about how you conduct yourself, what you do to promote yourself and how to handle rejection and success. The original topic of this article was about something totally different, but it quickly changed to what it is now when I intervie...
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A refreshing light beams through a production when Allison Janney is involved. The Ohio native has created a remarkable career touting performances on Broadway, memorable television appearances (i.e. The West Wing) and noteworthy roles in over 50 films. With her vulnerable display of emotion and distinguished knack for comedy, it's no shocker that Allison has racked up countless accolades including a Drama Desk Award and six Primetime Emmys. The high praise didn't come over night, as she worked tirelessly to attain her success. "Years ago, one casting agent told me that the only roles I could play were lesbians and aliens" Janney has said (People). Ho...
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 Amanda Schull is mainly recognized for her recurring and noteworthy television stints on shows like One Tree Hill, Pretty Little Liars and Suits. She's also credited as the sweet Jody Sawyer in the 2000 film Center Stage, which showcases her stunning dance abilities. Most recently, the Hawaiian born performer has landed a starring role on the brand new Syfy series 12 Monkeys. She took a break from filming to chat with NYCastings about her role in the action packed series, the importance of having an acting coach and working with Clint Eastwood. RP: When did you first know you wanted to be an actr...
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The winners of the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are noted with an asterisk (*WINNER): Theatrical Motion Pictures Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture"Birdman" - (*WINNER)"Boyhood""The Grand Budapest Hotel""The Imitation Game""The Theory of Everything" Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading RoleSteve Carell - "Foxcatcher"Benedict Cumberbatch - "The Imitation Game"Jake Gyllenhaal - "Nightcrawler"Michael Keaton - "Birdman"Eddie Redmayne - "The Theory of Everything" - (*WINNER) Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading RoleJennifer Aniston - "Cake"Felicity Jones - "The Theory of Everything"Julianne Moore...
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Show business is full of colorful terminology. Here is a short list of Showbiz terms that an actor might want to be familiar with! A-LIST – Usually refers to top-tier actors/actresses who are paid upwards of $20 million per feature film; can also refer to producers, directors and writers who can be guaranteed to have a film made and releasedACTION! – The command from the director for the scene to begin. It also means that the camera is rolling. ACTORS REEL – Video footage of on-camera productions the actor has been cast in. Can be footage from Films, TV Shows & Commercials. A.D. – T...
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