Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Raising Money For Your Movie, Bogie Style - Crowdfunding

Raising Money For Your Movie, Bogie Style - Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is raising money from a crowd,
hopefully your crowd, that you cultivate online. They know you, and they know your work. There is nobody who wants your success like your crowd, and you want to entertain and inform them. 

There's much 
superficial Crowdfunding information, but every so often a simple idea how to play the Crowdfunding game is published. I found just such an easy article, with the right mindset, and I want to share it with you.

I'm a big Humphrey Bogart fan, and there's just something about Bogie's no-nonsense character. Every filmmaker should pay attention to him, and what Bogie knew instinctively about playing to a big group of people.

Woody Allen described Bogie's viewpoint, in Allen's 1969 Broadway play, "Play It Again, Sam," (perfect title for me Crowdfunding my movie). It's all simple and brutal, with a touch of pathos.

As Woody's Bogie put it, so sensitively,"I never saw a dame yet that didn't understand a good slap in the mouth or a slug from a .45."

John T. Trigonis's article gives you that slap upside the head, to get your film funding on track, and your Crowdfunding house in order. Put it to use, Sweetheart!

Woody Allen

Friday, June 20, 2014

Rick Baker Makeup Is Still The Gold Standard

Rick Baker Makeup Is Still The Gold Standard

Amazing! Such a career! Rick Baker has played King Kong,
brought life to "An American Werewolf In London," and to Bigfoot
in "Harry and the Hendersons." Great films! 
"Star Wars,"
"Planet Of The Apes," "Men In Black," oh 
his list goes on and on.

Most recently, Rick has applied his Special Makeup Effects Artistry
to "Maleficent."

Rick Baker got started making Halloween makeup for the other
, and he did it so well he freaked out his neighborhood.

I've met Rick at the Oscars, (he has 7 of 'em), and I always
ask him for an Autograph on my program. He signs it
"Beast Wishes!" What a great guy.

Rick has 6 Filmmaking Tips for you.
Please enjoy, and let them soak in.

King Kong
Star Wars
Rick Baker
Men In Black 
Dino DeLaurentiis
Planet Of The Apes
Harry and the Hendersons
An American Werewolf In London

Charlie Chaplin and Nancy Beiman Share A Shelf In My Brain

Charlie Chaplin and Nancy Beiman Share A Shelf In My Brain

My friend Nancy Beiman, a lovely lady with the greatest Animation résumé in like, ever, is also a learned college Professor, a truly sweet person, a witty wit, talented Artist, Animator, Director, Author...AND an absolutely lethal punster. Our Pun Duels are legendary!
(Which is why I prize her above rubies). 

Nancy gave a talk to the 2014 Society of Animation Studies conference in Toronto, on "Charles Chaplin and Animation," which soon will be a half hour academic presentation at a Chaplin conference, in Bologna, Italy. (You never sausage a town!)
A wonderful review by Alex Williams, in the "FLIP" Animation Blog, covers Nancy Beiman's Charlie Chaplin talk. Enjoy "Nancy Beiman Explains Why Animators Ought To Study Charlie Chaplin."

Nancy's wonderful Animation book: ANIMATED PERFORMANCE

Nancy Beiman

Buster Keaton
Charlie Chaplin
Bologna, Italy

Sam Longoria