Do You Know The Difference Between A Blockbuster And A Tentpole Movie?


These are film industry terms used to designate a film’s box office actual and predicted success. Both terms refer to large-scale studio movies designed to generate maximum profit. Low budget movies that return a profit are often referred to  “breakout hits”. BLOCKBUSTER MOVIES These refer to studio movies that are often large in scope, budget…

Should I Self-Produce My Screenplay?


American Screenwriters Association discusses this hot topic. Are you a writer or a writer/producer? Have you got any interest in your script or are you waiting for validation? Many screenwriters contemplate producing their their screenplay as a viable alternative to traditional selling/optioning. Self-production offers a quicker path to see your screenplay become a film. But…

The Art Of The Pitch


With seven simple tips, Harvard psychology professor Stephen M. Kosslyn utilizes his latest research on cognition, memory and perception, to offer some pointers for filmmakers conquering the final frontier-marketing the product. Use Words AND Pictures. The brain processes both in two different places; using both is twice as effective! ALWAYS tell a story.  Whether it’s…

What Is A Blockbuster Movie?


The term blockbuster used to describe a studio franchisable movie with a production budget of at least $100 million. This compares with a typical studio movie which often has a production budget of between $30 to $60 million. The term “blockbuster” has frightening military origins, but is now used to mean a film that has blown the…

How To Succeed In The Film Business As A Screenwriter


The film and TV business is an industry both like any other, and like no other. It is mired in creative accounting, budget blowouts and rubbery box office figures. Despite these obstacles, we writers love it, because we have a story to tell. We want to share our life experiences with the world. However, professional…

Still No Sunshine in The Spec Script Market


If you’re expecting good news, look away now… What’s the deal with this protracted bi-polar recovery, anyway? And why are the studios exercising risk management to such an illogical degree? Get over it, already. We promise not to trade any more sub-prime screenplays… for the time being. So why is the spec script market still…

The Topsy Turvy State Of The Film World


William Goldman’s adage “Nobody knows Anything” rings truer today than when he first published those indelible words. Today, nobody really does. In fact, they probably know less than before. The biblical collapse of the financial world affectionately dubbed the GFC has still got producers, agents, managers and writers reeling.  The entertainment world is standing at…

Independent Films Sprout New Life


Jay Cohen from The Gersh Agency reports more positive signs for independent films. Movie sellers are feeling more upbeat after last month’s Berlinale film market and believe Cannes and the AFM will deliver more cheer. Foreign (non North American) film distributors are still paying around 35% less for their acquisitions than the dizzying heights of…