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Oct 29 / Truly Free Film

The Priorities Of Producing Today

Our goal producing today should be to get our movies MADE well, SEEN widely, and COMPENSATED fairly.

We need to support all four legs: Artists, Audiences, Industry, and Investors.

The best thing we can do is to make sure that investors receive a risk appropriate return.

Check out all the details in this video (never mind the pretty flowers): [...]


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Oct 28 / Truly Free Film

Method Characterization and Haunted Doorknobs: A First Time Writer/Director’s Trial by Fire. Part #2

image-1Recap: This series chronicles my wide-eyed and crushingly insecure processes that pulled back the curtain on my ideas about filmmaking – revealing what it really takes to write and direct my movie, Recess. Occasionally I gain productive insights that plant me on less insecure ground. Others I still talk to my therapist about. Perhaps the most important insight I’ve kept – from teething as a writer – the idea that creating detailed, well-drawn characters with original voices can make even a script about a haunted doorknob compelling. I realize there may be infinite approaches more resolute but, for me, the haunted doorknob concept puts character development into perspective.    [...]


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Oct 22 / Truly Free Film

Inside the Writers’ Room: Post #13: One Vision, Two Models

Television’s impressive artistic and commercial success is not a solely American phenomenon – it is not even an English language phenomenon. The case of the Danish series Borgen (2010-2013) is exemplary. Borgen brought together on average a 50% share in its home market and was shown all over the world to great acclaim. Much like The West Wing, it worked as a reminder that sincere idealism can still be part of politics, while at the same time giving a pretty nuanced idea of how politics work. Danish TV drama (shows like The Killing/Forbrydelsen of 2007-2012, The Bridge/Bron from 2010-2013, and most recently The Legacy/Arvingerne and soon-to-be-released 1864) began its revival about fifteen years ago – at the same time as its domestic film industry, and with the fiction department of the public channel DR as its driving force. [...]


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Oct 20 / Truly Free Film

How Economics Influences Indie Film Aesthetics

IMG_9758It is a rich topic, and we need to think about it far more than we — the filmmaking community — do.  Here’s a start:

1. There is very little development funding of scripts. Consequently directors are encouraged to develop their own material. Generally this encourages a focus on personal stories, stories based on experience, and thus we get character dramas first and foremost. [...]


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Oct 17 / Truly Free Film

Filmmakers: You Are Being Lied To

unnamedFilmmakers, you’ve been lied to. Film school has taught you to pitch the WHAT about your project — WHAT is the story, WHAT is the cast, WHAT are the target group for the film etc — but the WHAT is not the most important element when it comes to crowdfunding. The WHY is!  You see it comes down to your likability on camera.  ‘But I’m cool and I’m a great filmmaker’ I hear you say. While that’s good for you, that’s not why people want to engage with your crowdfunding campaign.  [...]


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Oct 15 / Truly Free Film

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Crowdfunding

IwPwsRINUK69LHo9OD9IEvvqKPlny9Qz0tAo_duI4g4Currently, I’m crowdfunding on Kickstarter for The Quantified Self, an experimental story about a family that records and analyzes everything about themselves. It’s my third science-fiction film mainly because where I grew up science fiction represented hope for something better. Just twenty years ago I was a humble physics student at Kharkov State Polytechnic University in the former Soviet Union. When I came to the US I had to start from scratch like every immigrant. My first job was $4.75 an hour working at a hardware store on Coney Island. It took me 15 years to get a stable job in IT on Wall Street. It also took me 15 years to realize that I was moving away from myself. I felt depressed and confused. Having a job I didn’t like eroded me from inside and made me rather passive and ignorant about the world around me. Something was missing.

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Oct 14 / Truly Free Film

What the F!$@ Is All This: A First Time Writer/Director’s Trial by Fire

Crafting a brilliant script. That’s all it takes to get a project noticed and “green lit”. This was my single-minded approach when I got the bright idea to start skipping down the indie filmmaking road. It was all so clear; admittedly up hill but I saw no potholes or wreckage to avoid. Nope. Curious sights and comfortable, clean rest areas amply stocked with fresh toilet paper lined my highway. The horizon seemed practically at arms length. My first detour: I had as much interest in writing a screenplay as Hunter S. Thompson probably did with the idea of writing sober.

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Oct 23 / My Films

Come To My First LA Bookstore Reading EVER!

Yup.  I will tell some great tales, read a few passages, answer a lot of questions, and distribute some free gifts.  All this and more this Friday evening.  At Book Soup. 7p.  8818 Sunset Blvd.  See you there!

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Oct 23 / Issues and Actions

We ARE Building A Better Film Ecosystem

I have great HOPE for what is happening right now in the film business.  I recently wrote about it for The Hollywood Reporter. Check it out here.

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Oct 15 / These Are Those Things

Signs…

One of the many signs I encountered on my morning path today: pic.twitter.com/X7v11HRwn9

— Ted Hope (@TedHope) October 15, 2014

 

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Oct 4 / These Are Those Things

I Am Glad Buster Keaton Lived In Our World And He Shared Himself With Us

It’s Buster’s birthday.  Celebrate it with this:

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Sep 29 / Let's Make Better Films

I Am Taking Credit Where Little Is Due

So what if it is not my Oscar?

Bet you didn’t know I was responsible for this summer’s biggest box office hit. Yup. Guardians Of The Galaxy: I am responsible for that.

And if you were in Zurich for their film festival, you might have gotten some excellent advice on how to make award winning films.  It may have seemed like Nicholas Chartier was giving the speech, but […]


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Sep 26 / My Films

Book Excerpt: How Nicole Holofcener Got Her Start

Did you miss the excerpt of my book “Hope For Film” that Women And Hollywood ran the other week? It’s not too late.

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Sep 20 / Issues and Actions

Cord Cutting? Americans Dig Their TV

How America Is Watching TV, an Infographic by Koeppel Direct

It is so easy to think we’ve moved away from the TV and to mobile and online, but..

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Sep 15 / Issues and Actions

Ask Me Anything: All My Secrets Revealed!

Smile, It

This Wednesday, Sept 17th at 1P ET I will be doing a Reddit AMA and I hope you can join me.  Don’t hold back. Ask me anything. 

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Sep 13 / My Films & These Are Those Things

Why Producing Is Not My Profession

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In reviewing my book, Nick DeMartino captures a great deal of what I am feeling these days. I think we can move things forward and build it better together.  Nick spots how my love of cinema drew us forward and then how that same love drew me away from a focus on project producing.

“At a certain point, living an […]


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