Pre-Vis! You Magnificent Bastard!

I’ve started assembling an animatic to pre-visualize a new short film I’m developing. I’m using storyboards from Chuck Forsman, who turned my stick-figure scribbles into presentable artwork evoking the intended tone beautifully. I also have to thank the supremely gifted actors, John T. Woods and Ellie Araiza, for providing the characters’ voices.

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Script to Screen:
Rafael’s Silver Hammer

Here’s is a sample from Down and Dangerous, showing the written scene with the final version in the movie. This one is interesting because of how little changed, although the location of Rafael’s Office was nixed in favor for a larger space. The biggest take away here is how much the actors bring to the scene. In many cases the words are the same, but the performances emerge as their own animal — often turning what had been a statement into a question, or a question into an exclamation! And of course, the magic of Rafael’s mocking laugh was not scripted but capped the scene beautifully.

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How To Get All Your SAG New Media Questions Answered

Have questions about using the New Media agreement on a feature-length movie? Want to know what is and isn’t negotiable under this agreement? Is there a bond? Is there a minimum? What happens if I sign with a VOD or Blu-ray distributor?

It’s understandable that you may not want to attract undue attention from SAG-Aftra before you know the lay of the land. Here’s how to get all your questions answered accurately and discreetly.

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A Movie Worth Stealing

This article was originally published at Film School Rejects.

The other day I saw a discussion on Facebook about whether or not filmmakers should watermark the screeners they send to film festivals. Filmmakers generally seemed to be for it. Festival personnel seemed generally opposed, some citing it as a red flag for the filmmaker’s naiveté – like the people who ask you to sign an NDA before reading their screenplay. In the past, I never felt that obscuring the picture with some text was going to stop the sort of person who was set on pirating my movie, so I didn’t bother with it. Besides, I might argue I had yet to make a movie someone would want to pirate.

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