Film Biz 101: Marketability vs Playability

by Michael D. SellersOne of my mentors in the business is Lenny Shapiro, a spry, delightful sixty-something guy who was formerly the head of Avco Embassy pictures “back in the day” when that company was a major theatrical player. Lennie is one of the most genuinely likeable people in the business — he’s got an

Visit with Kelli Schroeder, Carly's Mom

From Michael Sellers Kelli Schroeder, Carly’s mom, called today. It was the first time we’ve spoken since she and Carly left on the Gracie promotional tour, so we had a lot of catching up to do. I went over all the plans….she reiterated their support, and we did a lot of post mortems about Gracie.

Tech Note: Film Completion Using "Digital Intermediate"

by Michael D. SellersIn many discussions about Eye of the Dolphin, the term “Digital Intermediate” comes up, and needs to be explained. So here’s an explanation:Goodbye America, Legacy, Vlad, and Karla were all shot on 35MM film and completed during post production using traditional techniques that include physically cutting the negative, creating dissolves and titles

Film Biz 101: Anatomy of an Indie Film Release

 by Michael D. SellersWith the theatrical release of MovieBank Studios and Quantum Entertainment’s  Eye of the Dolphin looming, many are asking questions about the whole release process. Following is a rundown on what is typical for an indie theatrical release on the level that we are carrying out.BookingTheater bookings are accomplished either by using in-house

First Reviews of "Gracie" Praise Carly Schroeder's Performance

by Michael D. Sellersfor MovieBank and Quantum Entertainment Following are the first reviews for Carly Schroeder’s Gracie! From Hollywood Reporter. (click for full review)Whether striding onto the field past a gaggle of cheerleaders or flirting her way past a bouncer, Schroeder (“Lizzie McGuire”) is a natural as Gracie, whose athleticism and self-respect are inseparable facets of extraordinary

Keeping it Real:The Truth About Box Office Gross

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

Eye of the Dolphin Honored with Special Presentation at Tribeca

(From the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation)Four films have been selected for presentation as part of the Sloan Science and Technology Series at Tribeca, which spotlights festival films that tackle scientific subject matter in a compelling and accurate fashion. Sloan will  co-present four world premieres during the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival – Michael Sellers’ Eye of