From Reel to Deal: Everything You Need to Create a Successful Independent Film

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  1. Chicago Shooter "Jason" says:
    26 of 27 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Chicago Producer Raves, April 15, 2006
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    Chicago Shooter “Jason” (Chicago, Illinois USA) –

    This review is from: From Reel to Deal: Everything You Need to Create a Successful Independent Film (Paperback)

    I am a producer-director with over 50 local and 30 national commercials under my belt. I have gone to film school, spents 4-years and wasted (now in retrospect) almost $120,000. Why? Because I should have read Dov’s book for only $18.95. For “FROM REEL TO DEAL” gives more practical, realistic information about how to break into the film industry with your initial independent feature film then I acquired after 4-years at NYU Film School. If this book was available when I was in film school, and I had read it, I guarantee you I would have dropped out of NYU and launched my feature film career. Thank you Mr Simens for giving the real information about how Hollywood and the Film Business truly works with respect to independents. Buy this book!

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  2. L. Mroczkowski says:
    50 of 59 people found the following review helpful:
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    spend he $12 or screw up your film, November 7, 2004
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    L. Mroczkowski (chicago, IL) –
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    This review is from: From Reel to Deal: Everything You Need to Create a Successful Independent Film (Paperback)

    Like everyone else, I agree that this is a straight to the point book and I’m telling you to read it. I could’nt put it down. Yes it is that good. Some people on here claim that they went to USC or NYU and learned nothing but theory. I always thought these schools were decent since some of the big shots went there but I went to Columbia college which supposibly is the best film school in chicago.

    This is the scoop on going to film school:

    You first must take theory classes(watch old movies, silent films yatta, yatta!! Along with an asthetic class.

    Then you take classes like development and screenwriting which arent what they seem. Columbia teaches this thing called Development and pre-production which is nothing more but a class to take up time and steal your money. You learn how to write a treatment. Thats all you learn. Even my teacher called it BULL SH**. YOu can learn how to write one in 10 minutes from a book or someone. The screenwriting course is a joke for the teachers dont know how to teach. THey will teach you what a program like Final Draft will do automatically for you maybe even better.

    Then you take a production class which is the only class that you will make a short film in. WAIT! Columbia gives you a world war 2 film camera and a 750 watt light kit and tell you to go make a film with it. Yup that is what you get for $20,000+ a year. So what happens in this class? You actually learn how to make a crappy film “BUT YOU LEARN”. THen comes the confidance part of school. They will get a Yokel called a top advisor to come to you and his advice is to take sound classes because there arent too many sound people out there. Boringest job out there. And then he tells you that if you just work really really really hard then you just might get paid. For years I watched all those poor students’ faces as each of them were convinced that they will never be George Lucas! I got angry. Very angry and I chose to fight the system.

    This is the bottom line. All you need to do is take 1-2 production classes where you make a short film. Then you need an open mind and listen to those who work in the industry. But listen to only those who are positive. Film school teachers are not professionals. They are past film students from the school they teach at who have no […]. This is why they lecture film and not make films. You go to school to network with other students. THATS IT!! you can do this for free just walk in, no one will stop you. the security guards are just there for display. If you want to prove me wrong spend $80,000+ on a film school and 5 years later visit me and tell me that I was right. I’m not bashing these schools but FACT: all of these schools will admit to you that they are just a business. SO shut up, buy this book, Robert Mckee’s book “STORY”, “film director’s intuition” and directing actors” Now watch me, i’m going to be a millionare this year thanks to being open minded and listening to the right people. Good luck and God bless you.

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