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As this is my first blog, I want to stress that I am by no means a sage, know it all, filmmaker; far from it. I started my film career in 1994, writing and directing my first film, The Devil And The Angel. We shot it over 5 days, on Super 16, with a budget of $25,000 in a half-way home located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side; it was one hell of an experience. The film was summarily rejected from every film festival we entered it into but, it did garner me, along with a feature script I had written, Thug, a development deal with Martin Scorsese’s Cappa Productions, under the amazing guidance of Barbara De Fina. Now, some 19 years later, Indie filmmakers are shooting on iPhones; amazing. It’s all about story, not the medium. Content Is King. Over the course of my career, I’ve written for many producers, directed a feature, won awards, wrote and directed some shorts, teach screenwriting, filmmaking and acting and am directing a new feature this year.

When I first got to LA, had I listened to the naysayers, I would never have had the career, however stumbling it has been through feast or famine, I have had. I learned a long time ago to never, ever take no for an answer. To never, ever give up and to never, ever, let anyone heap their own negativity onto anything that I’m doing. I’ve encountered many from the old school way of thinking that if it’s not shot on film, it ain’t real. Bollox. These are the same fools that can’t adapt to the new paradigm of Indie Filmmaking and therefore will suffer the same fate as a lot of newly arrived hopefuls encounter, that of LA being like a big, self cleaning oven.

Yes, it’s very difficult to find money, attach name talent, find distribution and the blah, blah, blah of it all. News flash, it’s never been easy but, with the vast array of distribution models, it is viable to shoot your film for as low a budget as possible and make a fair profit, paying back your investors. Recoupement has to be as important to the filmmaker as story. There are too many films shot each year that live and die on a harddrive, never to see the light of day because the filmmaker didn’t bother to explore the business of the business. It is vital that one does this. It will mean the difference in making your money back and, perhaps, having the privilege of making another film. I am constantly learning and if I don’t know, I ask those that do. On that note, if you have any questions, drop me a line and I’ll answer them, if I can.

Now, stop reading this and get on with your story.

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