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Click HERE for a FREE e-book: The Filmmaker's Toolkit from Development to Distribution

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If you want to skip the short origin story below and just get the toolkit, then click on "Read More" then click -->   HERE . ******* I started the Film Strategy blog in 2013 to merge my interests, experiences, and knowledge as a filmmaker, entertainment lawyer, and movie-lover for the benefit of filmmakers. If you check out the archives ( go to the menu on the left and click archives or labels OR use the search menu on the right and look up terms ), you'll see tons of posts and articles with entertainment legal advice, screenplay tips, production management best-practices, case studies of filmmakers and how they made their films, and cool historical tidbits. I later put together the Filmmaker's Toolkit, a compendium of useful links, articles, and templates for filmmakers that cover every aspect of filmmaking from Development to Distribution. This e-book is FREE and contains tons of useful stuff in the following areas: DEVELOPMENT LEGAL PRE-PRODUCTION PRODUCTON POST

PRODUCTION TIPS: Test Screening Your Film + Free Questionnaire Template

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I know, I know... Test screenings seem like an idea dreamed up by studio executives as a way to squeeze the artistry and creativity out of a director's movie and torment him with data that confirms his movie is "shit." But believe it or not, while there are many films that have been test screened from potential greatness to mediocrity , many films we love today benefitted from the comments after a test screening (Exhibit A and B ). Everything from changing the title to changing the ending is possible after a test screening. While few directors take solace in the brutal feedback a group of strangers may give his baby, the executives want the feedback data to see if the film will have an audience and, as a result, make money. It's easy to deride test screenings and " fucking hate them " but think of it from the investor's point of view for a minute. Every movie is essentially a new business start-up. And new business start-ups don't have a readym

WE INTERRUPT YOUR SCHEDULED PROGRAMMING FOR A BRIEF ANNOUNCEMENT...

I know it's been a while since I have updated the site but I am still here. I had some personal issues to take care of, primarily, the loss of my mother, earlier this year.  But along with the loss, I am also happy to announce that I am expecting a daughter.  In addition, I am putting the finishing touches on the next step of my evolution as a filmmaker and entertainment lawyer. So stay tuned! Thank you for your support so far. I appreciate the feedback, even when it is not always the kindest. As long as it is useful to filmmakers and helps make the site better, I'll take it. While I plan on resuming the regular posts you are so accustomed to, it will be a little while longer before that happens... in the meantime, don't hesitate to use the production / filmmaker's toolkit for your productions by clicking here .