A friend sent me this link and I’m sharing it. Very compelling short film (very short) called “Last Day Dream” by acclaimed director Chris Milk. Most likely after you watch it once you’ll “get it” and want to watch it again. Enjoy.
Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Avatar has ended its run in China after 90 days with Box Office Gross of $193m, making China the second largest market after the US for the James Cameron blockbuster. This seems logical, given China’s population — so if Avatar can pull in 193m or 15% of its worldwide total […]
In Sunday’s New York Times, Manohla Dargis has an excellent piece which relies heavily on much of what Broderick has been saying, and is reprinted in part here
here are times in life when the ridiculousness of what is going wrong rises to a level where you just have to shake your head and grimly hang on. This was one such a moment. I could feel the blood rushing to my head as I thought about the financial train wreck that was about to happen — but the more immediate problem of getting Lorna to the hospital provided a sort of respite. Sometimes there are things that come along which just pretty much demand your full attention — this was one.
Someday I’m going to put out a memoir along the lines of “Dispatches from the Trenches of Indie Film Warfare”….so along the way, I’m going to make a point of doing a post about each film–what the experience was like. This is the first installment, and it might be called “How to Make […]
(In Part 1 of this post, we left off at 3am on the morning of the first day of filming of Umiyak Pati Langit, a Filipino film that was my first feature film as a producer. My 50% partner had just driven away after telling me that his money hadn’t […]
Someday I’m going to put out a memoir along the lines of “Dispatches from the Trenches of Indie Film Warfare”….so along the way, I’m going to make a point of doing a post about each film–what the experience was like. This is the first installment.
We’re now about 12 weeks out from the start of filming for MovieBank Studios‘ Way of the Dolphin and so I’m finding that my days are already starting earlier and going longer–no surprise there. Producer Susan Johnson has collected 794 resumes of crew applicants, which gives you an […]
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by Michael SellersWell, like just about everybody else, I’ve been following the netbuzz about Cloverfield and wondering whether this would launch the film (think “300”) or kill it (“Snakes on a Plane”). So I lined up with wife and a couple of 17 year old guinea pigs in tow and went to see it […]
by Michael D. Sellers A month or so ago I blogged that the studios were excited and all of us involved with MovieBank and Quantum should keep an eye on “Cloverfield”, the JJ Abrams (“Lost”) produced $30M monster flick which boasts no stars and is shot as if what the audience is seeing is raw footage […]
by Michael D. Sellers Here it is. We knew this was coming. It’s unclear yet whether this is a breakthrough opportunity or a threat to us here at MovieBAnk, but whatever it is — it’s news and it gives a big boost to internet downloads as a concept whose time has come. Apple’s entry, and […]
by Michael D. Sellers As we track/discuss/analyze the trends from the studios that might have impact on MovieBank and/or Quantum Entertainment and other indie film entities, I think it’s important to keep an eye on Cloverfield, a film coming out in January which is produced by JJ Abrams (the TV series Lost) and which is […]
By Michael D. SellersAs we near the street date for Eye of the Dolphin, illegal downloads of the film are popping up here and there on various BitTorrent sites. If any of you come across any of these, please send me the link at firstname.lastname@example.org. So far we have had two in the last couple […]
From Michael SellersOne of the things that has always frustrated me as a film-maker is that in the “indie” world we inhabit, it has always been necessary to “lock the picture” before beginning work on the sound, and never “unlock” it thereafter.In other words — you finish shooting the movie, then you edit the picture […]
Following is a rundown for the uninitiated on the process by whiuch films get made in the independent production universe:
The Development Phase: The process of creating film packages which are complete and ready to go into production is known as ‘Development’. The process is essentially the same (except for financing aspects) whether undertaken under […]
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by Michael D. Sellers Every independent producer who is trying to garner investment for his project inevitably cites “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and “Blair Witch” as examples of what can happen to a small film that strikes the right chord with audiences. And this is understandable — after all, that’s the pot of gold that […]
by Michael D. Sellers If there is one question that I get asked more often than anything else during my work at MovieBank and Quantum Entertainment — it’s “What, exactly, does a producer do?” Imagine working as hard as we all do…..if you’re a doctor, an attorney, an architect, a deep sea diver — people […]
by Michael D. Sellers
So … how does a box office dollar get broken down?Well – there are different splits so there is no single formula. For example, when studios release blockbusters like Spiderman or Shrek, they negotiate a split that is very favorable to the distributor (the studio) in the first weeks, then swings […]
Year of the Spy Book Trailer
Above is the Year of the Spy Book Trailer — for my upcoming non-fiction book about espionage upheavals on the streets of Moscow in 1985.
Below is a “trailer” showcasing the writing and video services I provide to clients.
Michael Sellers — Writing and Video Services
- Arsha Sellers — Today I’m One Big Step Closer to Becoming a Real Forever Dad
- Meet Abby Sellers and Arshavin Sellers — My Wife, My Son, My Inspiration Every Day
- What the Mueller Report Actually Says
- Remembering James Blount, an American Who “Got” the Philippines in 1901
- America the Beautiful? You Mean America the Pitiful. I Am Ashamed