Archive for November, 2010

Attention NYC! Special Industry Panel from the SAG Foundation & SAGIndie

Friday, November 5th, 2010

The industry is always looking for great scripts! Come learn how to take those great ideas you’ve been living with forever and create a project that sells! The SAG Foundation in association with SAGindie invites you and a guest to join us at:

SCRIPT TO SCREEN – Developing and Producing Your Script

Tuesday, November 9th at 7 p.m.
The SAG Boardroom
360 Madison Ave. (entrance on 45th St.)

Industry guests include:
SUSAN SEIDELMAN – Director (Desperately Seeking Susan, Sex and the City (TV), Boynton Beach Club)
MICHAEL CLARK – Creative Executive – Big Beach Films (Jack Goes Boating, Away We Go)
JAMIN O’BRIEN – President of Production – Worldview Entertainment (Into the Blue, Handsome Harry, Just Like the Son)

Moderated by:
MICHAEL SLADEK
– SAGIndie NY – Director / Producer, Plug Ugly Films (Con Artist, Devils Are Dreaming)

SAG members should log on to: www.sagfoundation.org and find the listing under UPCOMING EVENTS to make a reservation.
Non-SAG members may send an email to: freynold@sagfoundation.org. Please indicate if you are bringing a guest.

SEATING FOR THIS EVENT IS LIMITED, SO PLEASE DO NOT MAKE A RESERVATION UNLESS YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN YOU CAN ATTEND.

If you have a reservation for this event and need to cancel it, please send a notification via email at least 24 hours in advance to:
nyconversations@sagfoundation.org.

SAGIndie is a gentle and loving union between the hard working thespians of the world and the passionate filmmakers who buck the system. Since its formation in 1997, SAGIndie has been traveling to film festivals, trade shows and conventions spreading the word: Just because your film isn’t produced by a studio doesn’t mean you can’t use professional talent.

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation provides free events including movie screenings, and information of interest to our members via our ROLL FILM presentations and LIFERAFT seminars. However, the Foundation does not in any way endorse the films being screened in the ROLL FILM series, nor the services or suggestions offered by facilitators through our LIFERAFT series.

PLEASE NOTE: All events are purposely overbooked to ensure a full house. A reservation is not a guarantee of seating, which is provided on a first-come basis, and is subject to availability.

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Also, please share the following information with all your filmmaker friends:

SF2: SAG FOUNDATION SHORT FILM SHOWCASE.

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation is now accepting submissions for its next short film showcase which will be presented in late January 2011 in New York. The deadline for submissions for the next showcase is Wednesday, December 15th. Films received after this date will be placed into consideration for the May event.

ALL FILMS MUST BE PRODUCED UNDER A SAG CONTRACT.

Films must not be over fifteen minutes in length. We are open to all genres of cinematic expression, as long as it is not patently offensive. There is absolutely no cost involved in submitting the films, nor do we charge to attend the screening.

For more information please send an email, including a brief synopsis and the running time of your film to: shortsny@sagfoundation.org.

Will

A Must Read: Joe Drake’s Filmmaker Forum Keynote Speech

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Joe Drake, Lionsgate co-COO and president of its Motion Picture Group, delivered the keynote speech Saturday morning at Film Independent’s 2010 Filmmaker Forum. If you weren’t lucky enough to attend, then you should definitely read the transcript that’s posted over at indieWIRE. It’s an extremely inspirational (albeit harshly realistic) talk about creating and maintaining traction in this business.

Some of my favorite quotes from Mr. Drake:

“Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have meaning. Once it does, it becomes the kind of thing that makes you grab your wife around the waist and dance a jig.”

“90% of your success is what you have in your briefcase. 10% of your success is how effective you are at influencing others to act on your behalf.”

“So, for all of you who want to ask me, “How do I get my movie financed?” Part of the answer is this: Forget about all the reasons not to do it. Forget about all the films that failed. Forget about all the films that didn’t get into Sundance, or got there, and didn’t get a distribution deal out of Sundance. Choose instead to focus on what has worked and learn from opening your eyes up to the marketplace around you.”

Read it all here: http://www.indiewire.com/article/test1