I am very excited about this Saturday.

May 23, 2012 by · Comments Off on I am very excited about this Saturday. 

Yes it is only a few  days now and we will have the creme of  the Australian Film Business at our Saturday A Lister's Seminar. So what am I looking forward to:

Eye of the Storm Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis

I am looking forward to hearing about  the making of  "The Eye of the Storm".  Greg Reid bought the rights to the book ten years ago and stuck with the project till he raised the $10 million budget to make the film. Directed by Fred Scheppsi and starring  Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis and Charlotte Rampling. The Film had one of the highest per screen averages of any Australian Film last year and did extremely well amongst it's niche audience. I am looking forward to hearing the details of how the film was financed and what it takes to be successful at financing  making a Period Australian Film

Red Dog Director Kriv Stenders ($23 million Box Office Australia)

I am also looking forward to hearing all about Red Dog and Kriv Stenders journey in making the film so successful. How did he get involved with Red Dog and what it is like as a director to have a $23 million gross for your film. That means every woman man and child on average in Australia  spent $1 on seeing the film in the cinemas in Australia. That has to measure up as a massive success and the biggest Australian Box Office success for a 100% Australian Film. I am also looking forward to hearing about  the success of the Tunnel. How did Enzo Tedashi make an internet viral success with "The Tunnel" and what they have recently done. The Tunnel is a low budget film produced on a micro budget of $35,000 on a crowdfunding site.  When the film was released, it quickly went viral wrapping up  1.15 million views around the world. The Producers also simultaneously sold the film as a hard copy on their site. The film had very strong public recognition and relied on Internet viral buzz as it’s main marketing tool. Learn about the brave new world of viral marketing at this very interesting session. I am also looking forward to the Saturday Night Party.  We will also have two short Film Premiers with the amazing Film by Matt Smith Repressed screening on Saturday Night. I will look forward to networking with the very best in the Australian FIlm Business. If you are interested in joining me on this Saturday 26th May, please have a look on. Its not too late to book and at $165 for all of Saturday and the after Party , you will be able to meet the very best in the film business. http://internationalfilmbase.com/a-lister-film-makers-show-you-their-craft-and-how-they-did-it            

The most important ingredient a film maker needs when making their film.

May 15, 2012 by · Comments Off on The most important ingredient a film maker needs when making their film. 

I have always wondered why sometimes the people you expect to go out and make their films, often fail to keep to their word and make their film. They seem to have the talent and they seem to have the desire to do it. They often have been well trained. Yet, they keep procrastinating and finding excuses to delay the film making. I know some people I have expected amazing things from, who are always shooting next year. Everytime you meet them they tell you about the current roadblock, that has caused them to delay till next year. Here are the  usual  Top 10 excuses 
  1. I decided to get married
  2. I decided to have a child.
  3. I got a promotion in my job.
  4. We are not ready yet
  5. The script is not quite right.
  6. I need a few more months to get the money.
  7. I know if we hold back till Summer we will get the hot light.
  8. The summer is too wet and I think we should hold till the El Nino effect lifts
  9. I just want to take time to have everything perfect. Maybe in six months.
  10. I want to raise $10 million and get a star.
I have heard them all and generally speaking it is procrastination. So how do you get around this problem?
Take the two Prong Approach: 
I always like to have a two prong approach myself. I believe that you should have your Go Now Film and your In Development Big Budget  Film. This will help you to get around the procrastination problem.
At International  Film Base, we like to do our One Week Film School 2- 3 times per year as they absolutely prove that a group of beginners with no experience can make a good film in one week.  We give them the one most important ingredient that ever film needs and this is why they succeed. Here is an example of one of the One Week Short Films called Pocket Change    Its not perfect but it is really good for beginners who had only one week to  create the story and cast and shoot the film. And you can bet your bottom dollar that they learnt an incredible amount in one week.
On our 4 Month Film School we also have a deadline and the film is posted and edited and shot and cast and created all in a 4 month period. There never is a delay.
All these films have the most important ingredient that so many people miss once they leave film school. Once they lose this ingredient, all of their post film efforts will fail time and time again. Of course, they will always tell me they tried really hard. However, the hard cut reality is this. A Film Maker makes films now and is always in the process of  making films every year. I invented the Hot Talent Club to keep people making films once they left our film school.

Shooting the Go-Now Film - so much fun

The Big Budget Film.  Examples are Red Dog, The Great Gatsby and The Eye of the Storm
The Film Budget  is  in the millions and can take a development gestation period of 3 - 10 years and requries patience and persistence. If you would like to learn more, please attend our A-Listers film event on Saturday May 26th where you will meet the film makers who made the above films. 
The Go-Now Film Production 
A Film that is made on what ever budget is available by an exact deadline. The budget can be anywhere from $3000 for  short film to $500,000 for a feature film. This is a Go-Now film and is generally made within 3 months - 18 months of conception. In either case, both these films require the most important  ingredient.
This Ingredient is called Absolute Conviction. What this means is a certainty mentality and mindset that says no matter what happens, we are shooting our film. This is our Deadline and once in place, we will not stop till our film is complete and sold.
This mindset moves mountains and always will deliver what you need to make your film the best that it can be.
When you have this mindset you film is a certainty.  Learn all about making films now on our Film Course and join our vision to create the film director stars of tomorrow