Tag Archives: Filmmaker

So I am back. I have taken long enough break from seriously concentrating on my work. Truth be know I took a break from it all.   This includes writing here on a consistent basis.  Now I am back in and I hope to build this blog and gain a reputation for a being one of the most informative film blogs on the internet.

So where am I in my film on sex trafficking and combat veteran issues that I am developing? Well I am in the middle of reading the book Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd. It is a great book on the subject of sex trafficking, giving both Lloyd’s own personal experience being trafficked,  and stories of girls she has worked with. I have to knock this  book out and start the next one. Off the top of my head I have about 11 books and countless articles to consume for this film and then I start writing.  Research is so important to me.  I feel I have to be an expert on the subject matter I am working on. Plus, I have to get it right in this film. The worst thing would be for someone come up to me and tell me my film got it wrong. I feel it would be a disservice to the subject if I get it wrong.  I want it to be as realistic and accurate possible in order to give the viewer an understanding the issues I am talking about in this film.  I also want to start a conversation in this country on sex trafficking and combat veteran issues. This is why I a filmmaker. It allows me to talk about subjects I feel are important, and allows me begin a conversation and I want to have with the viewer.

There is a lot of other things going on as well. I wrote about being the unit production manager for a short film.  Well I got taken off that project. I will get into that in the future. As they say ‘”all will be revealed.”  My partner Ken Anthony, AKA the hardest working man in the Tampa Bay area, is doing well. He acted in 2 different short films this weekend, and he and I will be getting together this week to discuss our projects.  We have a lot on our plate and I feel we have some special projects ahead.

 

Here are some links you should check out.

Women in Film from Stage 32

LA Film Festival Entry Info

7 Lies Film Distributors Like to Tell Filmmakers

 

 

 

Advertisements
Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

13 nov 2015 post.

Hey all, I hope you all are doing well. As for me, I am hanging in there. Got some painting last week and plan to get a lot more done this week. As far as the film goes last week I got pulled from every direction. I am in a situation where I help a lot people, which has been taking up my time. Grrrrr.  This is also why I didn’t get to write last week. But time management is always going to be an issue for you. Fear not though there is a lot of helpful articles out there for you to read.

What else is going on? I was contacted by an actress that I have followed for years contacted me about my feature film an well as my idea for a TV series. She is out in LA and is working with some producers. We will see what happens. So I really need to bust my ass and get these projects done.

From Film Courage   Full interview with William C. Martell

Full Interview with Richard Walter.

From Stage 32  Ex Machina and Four Other Indie Darling Scripts,

From Raindance.com    http://www.raindance.org/10-tips-for-writing-loglin

http://www.raindance.org/10-things-a-filmmaker-needs-every-day/

Here is a talk by Christine Vachon and Ted Hope on the state of film.  I know I have posted this before but I feel that is needs to be put out again.   http://trulyfreefilm.hopeforfilm.com/2013/11/christine-and-ted-explain-all.html

Oh and I just found Christine Vachon interview at SXSW  She is one of my Heroes  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTA4W6hexIY

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Quick note on 27 Oct 2015

One of the things I am going to start doing here, is curate good reading material for you guys. There is so ,much information out there that it can be hard to filter through the noise.  One website you should be going to is Brainpickings.org. It is one of the smartest websites on the web, and is especially great for those who are in the creative fields and for those who look for a better and a better way of living.  It is such a good site that the Library of Congress archives Brainpickings’ post due to their cultural relevance.

As far as the film development goes I finished up the book Walking Prey by Holly Austin Smith and am about to finish up The Untold War by Nancy Sherman.  I also started reading a PDF by Shared Hope International on mirror sex trafficking. My goal is to get through that and finish 3 other books. One of the good things about my research is that now that I am working with the Veteran’s Mental Health Advocacy Council, all these books help me be a much better advocate because I am becoming much more knowledgeable on PTSD and Moral Injury.

I also have to find some time to paint; which is a time management issue. Which we all have.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arq4x4WDYvM   This really changed me.

https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/10/23/nine-years-of-brain-pickings/?mc_cid=637ca026b4&mc_eid=be0a20e112

http://trulyfreefilm.hopeforfilm.com/2011/09/the-99-recommended-steps-for-making-good-movies.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HepyKEd9Wqw&feature=youtu.be&utm_content=buffere173f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer  How to create a great villain by the great folks at Film Courage.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

11 Sept 15

Hey world!!!! So I took a little break from everything. I think it did me some good. I am ready to get back to work on the film, filmmaking and this blog which discusses both those things.  I am fortunate enough to have a friend, Sue Lee, who got me a copy of Final Draft 9, so I can start writing scripts.  I also have some projects that I am working on.

I found some good books on writing and storytelling: one is by John Truby called The Anatomy of Story, 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller. Other one is by Anne Lamott called Bird by Bird, Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Both I picked up on the website Thriftbooks.com; which is a great site to pick up books on filmmaking. Seriously, you should pick up as many books on film and filmmaking as you can. This includes film criticism. I have picked up a lot of them. Also there is a local, here in Tampa, used book and record store called Mojo’s Books and Music.  I even found a copy of  Mark T. Conrad’s book The Philosophy of Film Noir, and I recently picked a pick up “Light Motives” German Popular Film in Perspective, edited by Randall Halle and Margret McCarthy.

 

Here is John Trudy on Film Courage

 

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Indiewire has it’s own Soundcloud page.

I just came across this, the magazine Indiewire has its own Soundcloud page for interviews they put on. Click onto  SoundCloud.

Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

How to find an agent.

I was at the website Producer Founder and came across these two blog post on finding an agent. The firsts one is called 3 Things to Prepare Before Calling a Hollywood Agent. Very common sense things. First and foremost a great script. As I have said in the past 80% of good film is the script. Them after that is doing your research on actors and then figuring out what you can afford to pay them.

Then the second blog post, How to Talk to Agents About Your Movie,  is about contacting agents and how you should go about doing that. It is common sense, be professional and be nice. Don’t be pushy and don’t waist their time.  If you get a no from them, move on.

I hope this helps.

 

Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

The quick update of 8 June 15

So I haven’t been on here is a while. Since March I think.  Anyways, here is what is going on, I had stopped working on film for a while, but now I am back at it. I am back to researching and developing my film on sexual violence and combat veteran issues, as well as starting to do character bio’s.  I am also planning my production company that I want to start when the screenplay is finished and it is time to raise capital to make it.

I am also going to be working on a some ideas for series that will be either for TV or the web. If I do a web series, it is with the hope that it does well enough to gain the attention of a network. Hi HBO. I heart you.  I have a few ideas in mind, one of which is set here in Tampa and uses the Tampa Bay and its people as a back drop. Tampa has a great music and art scene. As far as the film scene goes it lacks desperately. You have a lot of monkeys with cameras running around making substandard films. But, thankfully,  there are a few talented people making interesting, quality work.

I also have started to paint again. What got me going again is that I was commissioned to do a piece. This has gotten back to painting a series of paintings. I plan on having enough work done to be in a show in about 4 to 6 months as well as having the feature written and the production company ready to go.  Once I have this all ready to go I plan on putting this out to the media. And those people who know what happened regrading the film on sexual violence and the ordeal I suffered know that this will be a big deal.

If you want to talk about investing in either my projects or production company let’s talk. Contact me at timschroyer@gmail.com.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,