How do I get into the film and television business? How do I get other filmmakers to notice my “obvious talents”?

by Peter D. Marshall

Hello Filmmaker,

After the information I sent yesterday to my email list and posted on this blog about the “Script Breakdown and Film Scheduling Online Course for Independent Filmmakers,” several people contacted me and asked why I didn’t mention the price.

Normally I would have discussed the price before this, but the reason I was holding back was to see what else I could add into the main package before making the decision on the price.

Well, I finished the final touches on the course Tuesday evening and I am now happy to announce that the regular selling price for this 137 page course will start at US$67.00.

BUT…

If you are one of the 200 filmmakers who purchase this Online course before midnight (EST) Monday, April 27, you will be able to instantly download this “hot-off-the press” filmmaking course for the substantial discount price of $US27.00! (That’s US$40.00 off the regular purchase price!)

To get to the “head of the line” and have access to this course one day earlier than anyone else (on Thursday, April 23) send your email address to sbfsblog09@aweber.com and I will put you on the Early Bird List.

On Thursday, April 23, watch your email inbox for the website link where you can check out all the details about this 137 page Online course including the content list, support materials and free bonuses.

Here’s more content from the course I would like to share with you.
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How do I get into the film and television business?

I’ve been working in the film and TV industry for over 35 years and during that time I’ve had many young filmmakers ask me these same five questions:

1. How do I get into the film and television business?

2. How do I get people to notice my “obvious talents”?

3. How do I become a 3AD, 2AD, 1AD, PM, Director?

4. What are the tricks to getting work and surviving in this business?

5. How do I become successful?

Well, as you have probably guessed by now from your own experiences, there is no right answer – no one answer – no special secret! Yes…we all need to find our own way in.

But to guide you along the right path, I’ve come up with ten “factors” that I believe you need to have, learn or nurture to help you pursue your dream of working (and making a living) in this business:

1. Experience (make videos; go to film school; work for free)

2. Luck (being at the right place at the right time)

3. Connections (who you know)

4. Passion (if you don’t have this, give up now)

5. Determination (believe in yourself)

6. Creativity (we are all born with a special gift. What’s yours?)

7. Business (learn the steps on how to run a business)

8. Marketing (learn how to market and promote yourself)

9. Politics (understand the “unspoken rules” of the film world)

10. Win the lottery (or have a rich relative)

So what does all of this have to do with being an Assistant Director?

Everything!

I believe that to be successful in this business means:

1. You have to have an understanding of the POLITICS OF FILM!

2. You have to have a knowledge of who the POWER PLAYERS ARE AND HOW TO DEAL WITH THEM!

3. You need to know as much as you can about EVERYONE ELSE’S JOB!

4. You need to have a KNOWLEDGE OF YOUR CRAFT!

5. You need to know what is expected of you when you begin pre-production and when you step on the set

6. But most of all, you have to have PASSION! (Because some days that may be the only thing that will keep you going.)
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On Friday, April 24, this course will go live for the general public. I am offering the special discount price of US$27.00 for only the first 200 filmmakers who purchase this course, up to midnight (EST) on Monday, April 27 (whichever comes first.)

To get to the “head of the line” and have access to this course one day earlier than anyone else (on Thursday, April 23) send your email address to sbfsblog09@aweber.com and I will put you on the Early Bird List.

All the best,

Peter

P.S. This is not a live workshop you have to attend. It is a 100% Internet based course you can instantly download onto your computer. (No DVD’s – No CD’s – No Shipping!)

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