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Summary: A productive rehearsal can keep pacing on set fast and ready for shooting.

When you’re filming a production, it’s important for actors to have some time to work together on their scenes and run lines. Rehearsing helps everyone get acquainted with the space, and for other actors to build some camaraderie and anticipation on set. Rehearsal time tends to be more limited on film or television, but it’s an important part of stage acting and direction.

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Script Time

Actors need to know lines, but they should have a keen sense of flow for the scene too. While you’re preparing the camera or setting the stage, actors should be on their feet and blocking scenes. This should happen naturally, even if they are sitting and running through lines with each other.

If an actor under reads, meaning they have not studied the script enough, then blocking and rehearsing will give them some much needed prompts before stepping in front of the camera. However, this might be unacceptable to you as a director. Actors like to approach the story with fresh eyes, but that’s not always the most professional decision to make. As director, you need to make yourself responsible for actors learning lines, and a table read or blocking session can be a good time to make sure that’s getting done.

Table reads are to hear the tone of the scenes, not a time to hash out specifics. Try to keep in mind that actors are like tools to get the job done. You should also have a feel for what you want.


 

Bio: Charles Matthau is a director, producer and storyteller who runs The Charles Matthau Company in Los Angeles. Charles Matthau is best known for his adaptations, which include “The Grass Harp” and “Freaky Deaky.”

Written by: Charles Matthau

Summary: Think a book is un-filmable? These tips might make you reconsider.

As a first-time director, or even someone with a movie or two on their demo reel, you will find yourself in a position where you take whatever project comes your way. One of the trends you’ll find is that many of these are, or were, books and short stories. Studios purchase rights to these projects all the time, but they end up sitting “on the shelf” waiting to get made. Watchmen, the film based on Alan Moore’s comic book of the same name, is a great example.

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The rights to Watchmen were purchased in 1986, but the film didn’t see the light of day until 2009. All sorts of problems cropped up related to production. Alan Moore didn’t want to write the script, but a rewritten script completely changed the iconic and poignant ending. Terry Gilliam was attached to direct at one point, but dropped the project because he stated the comic was ultimately “un-filmable.”

The film “Watchmen” was eventually made, and it was made using this important tip.

Change the Source Material

Any hardcore fan is probably conjuring expletives and counter arguments, but don’t be afraid to change elements of the plot to suit your needs. This is not license to completely alter the plot, the theme or the characters (although it’s certainly been done before). Both Watchmen and Blade Runner made significant changes from the source material, but did so because the film version demanded that level of insight.

When the director investigates source material, he or she should be looking for key elements that make the story pop. Distill those beats into the barebones of your script, then begin writing for the screen. Always remember that books give us insight that movies cannot. You have to be willing to pull the essence of your subject matter into the script.


 

Bio: The Matthau Company is a production company that recently released “Freaky Deaky,” an adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s story starring Christian Slater and Crispin Glover. The Charles Matthau Company is best known for the adaptation of Capotes “The Grass Harp” Starring Walter Matthau and directed by Charlie Matthau.

There are certain elements that make a good indie film great. Indie films are passion productions that frequently feature engaging scripts and excellent camera work. Talent is another crucial component, but securing great talent can be quite the challenge. You can devote long stretches of time to searching for an actor that is just right, or you can use some of these tips to try and get ahead of the game.

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Have a Distribution Strategy

When you’re seeking funding, you have to talk about the full scope of your project and include details about what you hope the film will do. If you’re approaching bigger talent, you may want to talk about some of your plans for the film, where you intend on releasing and how you plan to distribute. This show’s you’re serious about the business side of filmmaking, and that you have a vision for the completed project.

Have Someone Important Attached

There will inevitably come a moment when you’re asked “who” is involved with the project. The “who” in question should be someone recognizable, even if they are a b-list actor. Plenty of talent that doesn’t get mainstream attention still draw fans. Have a vision for this person and a convincing way to sell them on a picture. Some actors, for instance, are highly motivated by interesting characters or challenging roles. Knowing your actor or the partners you want to work with is just as important as getting everything else right.

Casting on Your Own

If you plan to go the solo route, save yourself the trouble and ditch Craigslist. Start your recruiting at local playhouses and universities. You’d be surprised at the up and coming talent studios haven’t dug up yet.


 

Bio: Charles Matthau is the owner and operator of Charles Matthau Company. Matthau Company is based out of Los Angeles, and is the source for productions involving the Matthau family.

The 2015 South by Southwest (SXSW) film and music festival is scheduled for March 13-22 in Austin, Texas. Began in 1987, the festival and the conference is a celebration of film, music, any many more run by the SXSW, Inc.

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This year’s planned festival will feature 145 feature films which is an all-time high for the festival and include the last minute addition of Furious 7, Spy, Get Hard, The Final Girls, Moonwalker, Trainwreck and many more. In documentaries line up includes Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, ExMachina and Brand: A Second Coming and appears to be fan favorites too.

In the music category more than 2,000 artists and groups are scheduled to play for free. Some of the scheduled notables include three women ukulele playing group, The Prettiots. The festival provides a venue for young artists to showcase their talent and get the attention of the industry deal makers. Music industry big names attending the festival and performing include John Legend, Spoon, and Snoop Dogg while three time attendee Kanye West will be a keynote speaker. Some television show hosts including Jimmy Kimmel Live are expected to broadcast from the venue. Show appears to be gaining momentum since its debut 28 years ago.

The summer of 2014 brought in two successful movies, Paramount Pictures Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Teenage Ninja Turtle pocketed more than $120 million in the U.S. and Canada within the first 11 days of screening. This success is mainly due to kids who are at home during the summer. This is why 2014 summer releases were jam packed. Among movies successfully released includes Godzilla which raked in $93 million within the weekend following the opening in May and X-Men: Days of Future Past which came in the following weekend took the helm and earned $90 million. Maleficent followed them the next weekend and grossed more than $68 million. By late July, Transformers: Age of Extinction which opened in late June earned more than $243 million in total ticket sales. All these summer blockbusters are expected to do exceptionally well in other countries.

Summer releases traditionally crowd the season and more and more studios are advancing release dates earlier to avoid other known movie releases basically extending the summer forward. One big problem for movie makers is dwindling numbers of teenagers going to movies. Data indicates that this group dropped by more than 17 percent in year 2013.

New Year is almost upon us. It will bring whole new series of award shows for 2014 starting with People’s Choice Awards scheduled for January 8, 2014 honoring talent in music, film and television. It is the only major award show that decides winners by the general public.

First held in 1947, the Golden Globe Awards recognize achievement in 25 categories in film and television and it is scheduled for January 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association conducts the awards. Two other award shows that are conducted in January include Critics’ Choice Movie Awards on January 16 and the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG Awards) on January 18.

On March 2, 2014, the Academy Awards, also known as Oscars, will be held. Since 1929 when the first Academy Awards were held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, this show has been the most important award show in film. The 600 member strong academy selects the winners in 24 categories. From Halle Berry’s win in the Best Actress category in 2002 where the first African-American won the category to many other notables doted the prestigious show. Ellen DeGeneres will host this year’s show which will be telecast on ABC.

Know Your Guests

Looking for a reliable catering company can be a tedious task for those people who have only begun organizing their own parties. Most of the time, professional organizers have a prepared list of companies that can prepare the proper food depending on the occasion. Whether it is office parties, small family gatherings or even large wedding receptions, a caterer can probably provide the necessary food and service for any occasion. One can search online for catering Los Angeles, or catering Orange County, for possible quotations on the matter.

Budget also has to be taken into account, the higher end companies tend to charge much more, but provide a better quality service than those who charge cheap but tend to cut corners. The trick is to find the right balance for your application. Formal events demand a higher quality especially when you’re looking to make an impact on your guests.

There’s also the problem of your guests possible allergies. It’s more than likely that a small percentage of your guests have allergies to seafood or peanuts or a certain kind of meat. Cultural background must also be taken into account, people that come from India regard the cow as a sacred animal and must never be eaten, Muslims on the other hand think that pigs should not be eaten according to their religion.

There are a lot of factors that can come into play when you’re organizing an event, a proper catering company can take into account these possibilities and make sure to prepare accordingly.

Uncovering the box office

Dictionary explain box office as “a place at a theater or other arts establishment where tickets are bought or reserved.” As a result, the term box office is closely associated with the film industry and many use it to indicate how many tickets are sold for a movie or a theater production. So, it is more than a hole in the window or a kiosk inside a theater. Some claim that the practice started in 1786 with a theater production.

Box office, whether it is good or bad can influence the success or failure of a film or a theater production. It indicates the number of people seen the film or the production or the amount of money collected from ticket sales. This is why movie capital Hollywood pays close attention to box office.

Traditionally, weekly box office figures are taken from Friday through Thursday. They are published for domestic meaning U.S. and Canadian and foreign meaning all other countries. Major portion of this include the weekend box office meaning Friday through Sunday collection, a barometer that many uses to gauge the success of a film. Approximately one half of the revenue generated from a film goes to the distributor and the other half going to the movie theater.