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PRODUCTION JOURNAL: How Tarantino Got Reservoir Dogs Funded and Why It's Worth Knowing People Who Know Celebrities

The gift of overwhelming information to read on the internet burdens us to actually read it. One article that I came across that I found personally engaging was Peter Darling's Best Way to Run a Business. I think it is aimed at solo attorneys and budding entrepreneurs and small businesspeople. I think it is also useful for filmmakers. (To read the entire short article, click here .)  The part that stood out for me and which I find relevant for filmmakers is this one:  There are people all around you excelling at what you’re trying to learn. Start paying close attention to how they do it... Every day I am surprised when I ask clients and filmmakers if they know how "X director" or "Y producer" made "Z film" and the answer is "no." I am surprised because anyone who has been in the trenches long enough will tell you how hard it is to make a film. The difficulty comes in 7 stages, each getting progressively harder: It's hard to c

PRODUCTION JOURNAL: Midweek Morning Mixer - 10.23.13

October 23, 1992 Twenty-one years ago, on October 23, a small independent drama, Reservoir Dogs , was released, launching not only the career of its writer/director Quentin Tarantino but also about a decade’s worth of irony-infused, hip-seeming and violent crime pictures. Looking back, however, and despite the many copycats that came since, Tarantino’s work is still appealing cinephilic and, despite its own many influences, uniquely voiced and original. The story of a group of beaten, bloody gangsters holed up in a warehouse with an undercover cop in their midst, Reservoir Dogs borrows from the favorite films of its director, who undoubtedly watched them many times during his stint as an L.A. video store clerk, but it does so with true affection. The film’s storyline owes something to Ringo Lam’s Hong Kong pic City on Fire , the hipster attitude and carefree mingling of crime drama with pop ephemera –– Tarantino’s gangsters debating Madonna, for ex