I'm calling it Stella Artoes now and forever. You brought this on yourselves, InBev.
Jason - This is an immensely noteworthy read. Thank you for taking the time to do this. The information is to-the-point and valuable. I've just reached that 'two features and three pilots' stage without knowing quite where to go next. I'm just starting to unearth advice like this, but it's taken one hell of a deep dive to find it. I'm also binging on the back catalog of the scriptnotes podcast (thanks RA) since recently being recommended; your info is right in line with the suggestions of Mazin and August. In particular, they share your sentiment about contests -- which is all I've done for myself over the past year+. I keep reaching the quarterfinals, but sputtering beyond that. I'd love to see more info for screenwriters on NFS, but this article was a gem! Continued success to you.
Generally speaking, that was a fascinating read.
I'm actually in the middle of this experiment right now. I got the idea to run an ad on Facebook. I mean, what better way to reach everyone in a given area within your character parameters? Personally, my goal was to come across professional. I wanted to ensure actors/actresses could see that we were (1) not just screwing around (2) weren't trying to lure them into a shady situation.
I run a boutique videography company for businesses and bands, and built my site over the better part of a day on wix. So, I figured I'd just create an audition page off my site's main page. There, I posted the entire screenplay in pdf form, provided a link to our reel to showcase our work, and a blurb describing the characters we're auditioning for. I also provided headshots of our creative team, and short bios.
Finally, to keep things organized I added a form at the bottom. Wix provides app add-ons; I tailored a questionnaire form:
* headshot upload
* resume upload
* part desired
* questions for us
Okay, so I've been running the ad for less than a week. I live in a town of 50,000 and I was specifically targeting people between the ages or 23-37. So far, I've received ten requests for audition. So, hopefully this answers your question. I don't want to spam outright, but let me know if you'd like a link for an example of what how we're trying to find talent. Good luck!
...paving the way for further price-gouging at the box office; this only worsens the plight of moviegoers, already squeezed by exorbitant tickets and concessions prices. As it has grown, AMC has shown no willingness to pass the savings from bullying its suppliers on to consumers.
Gouge people enough and the dam springs leaks: new forms of piracy, new cord-cutting alternatives, on-demand and new avenues of distribution. Excepting the tent-pole productions, film is becoming more and more a world of niche consumer markets. I would not be surprised if 'going to the movies' is akin to seeing a live concert: a $45 ticket to a billion-dollar production. The shows will still sell out, but gone are the days when we watch 4-5 movies a week at cinema.
All the same, I'm hopeful for a bold new future with unlimited ways of consuming film media. It might be a world where filmmakers don't see fame or financial independence...but they can make a living. And frankly, that's still more than I could ask for.
Right. Because we men are so underrepresented. If only we were afforded the same opportunities. Perhaps then, they'd start writing articles about male DPs. Alas, I'll just continue to hope.