There are many great films about entrepreneurship, and the importance of a great team. Two of my favourite are the first Ghostbusters (1984) and the first Cool Runnings (1993). I haven’t seen the remake of Ghostbusters, I’m not a real fan of remakes. Now, here’s a little game: Which of these are you?
At Ptara, I directed two microbudget feature films. Make that nanobudget. One had a crew of two (excluding the three actors, who also crewed, and a few kids who helped out on sound one day), the other was basically me editing a large variety of footage to make it coherent. There were challenges in both, […]
“SenatorJPO” appeared to be going places. He was an honours student at Wisconsin’s finest Universities, with a BA and MA to his name. Then he graduated and appeared to be lost in the reality of underemployment. He’s now taking on the educational establishment, as well as public radio, with his own public service radio show. For […]
Scientists in Nevada have proven that insulting people actually makes them want to do business with you. If you accuse conservatives of being racist, or liberals of being traitors, they start to like you, says Dr. Maidup of Jusjoshing University in Southern Nemoland County. Generalizing about people who disagree with you, or labelling people […]
There are too many books out there that tell you how to write a screenplay. In fact, there are more books that tell you the “secret” of selling the Hollywood screenplay than there are working screenwriters. That’s not to say that screenwriters don’t write their own: Joe Eszterhas, William Goldman, Nora Ephron, George MacDonald Fraser […]
The flags were down this winter, perhaps due to budget cuts. Well, now they’re back up again, and with some surprising changes.
Words taken from the start of Helena’s final speech in Scene II, rearranged: Helena: So I am, Love’s folding mind, wing’d Cupid looks not with the mind, but with the eyes; Through Athens I thought Things base and vile. But what of that? no quantity as Demetrius thinks Love so; He will not know: Because […]
(image temporarily offline) “Three Seeds” Image derived from 19th century Japanese prints. Acquiring the seed and a spot to plant it in, that is development. Planting the seed, that is pre-production. When it finally bears fruit, then you have a film. – Ptara Once again, techies have been spreading misinformation on how a film is […]
“Even if I improve a film 1 percent, that’s important to me,” Sam Pollard We’ve written the script, storyboarded the film, planned it, budgeted it, raised money (though not as much as we’d hoped), and now we shot the picture for Dara Says. Recently, someone congratulated us for finishing the film. “Congratulations on finishing […]
Creative accounting is wrong, but it’s not wrong to be creative when accounting. We were putting together some numbers for a project, and the budget started looking, well, bloated. We hoped to keep total costs down below a certain threshold. But, the budget for our project was starting to balloon to one and a half […]