Screenwriter Wanted – $20 per hour – Part Time

NOTE: This position has been filled. Thank you to everyone who sent me a note. It's amazing to me the quality of work, the education level of the applicants, and the creativity of the writing samples I received. We got over 75 responses in two days and I would say that at least half of them had completed and produced one or more feature films. That is impressive. Again - thank you for sending your material. Perhaps we can work together on another project in the future. Best Wishes, Joe Crump ********************** I Read more [...]

And The Winner Is…

First of all, I want to thank everyone who participated. Considering that I just started this blog and my list is still quite small, we had a lot of people participate - 37 sets of coverage! I was only planning on posting the top 10 pieces, but I decided to post everyone's writing. If you submitted coverage and are not on this list, you have my apologies - I posted everything that got to me. Just seeing this many versions of what folks read into my script was wonderful. So many perspectives Read more [...]

Interview Lighting For Documentaries

How To Do Professional Looking Interview Lighting On A Tiny Budget I'm currently working on a documentary about German American internees who were held in prison camps in Texas and other parts of the country during WWII. We aren't doing it for anyone in particular. We are funding it ourselves. We don't have any guarantees that it will be bought or distributed on television or cable. Fortunately, other than the equipment, our costs are mainly travel. I'm doing it because it's a lot of fun and Read more [...]

Need Script Reader For Short Film

The deadline has arrived and we are no longer taking submissions for the Script Reader contest. Thank you to everyone who took the time and effort to send in coverage. I will be announcing the 3 winners on Friday the 13th in the afternoon on this blog. Good luck! I need someone who is skilled at reading and evaluating film scripts. The project is a 13 page short film that is 100% funded and currently in pre-production. You can download the script here. You would need to: 1. Read the script. 2. Read more [...]

Read My Short Screenplay, “Escalation”

You can download and read the short film script I'm producing. It's just 12 pages and is titled, "Escalation." An effects heavy, action genre piece, with some sly humor and a bit of heart, it takes place in a virtual world that is indistinguishable from reality. You can download the pdf file here. Download A PDF File Of The Short Screenplay - Escalation You can also look at some of the initial storyboards by clicking here and viewing the storyboard post. After you've read it, why not Read more [...]

How To Register Your Script With The Writers Guild Of America

I know most of you know how to do this already, but since I just did it only minutes ago with my short film script, "Escalation," I thought I would give you some links and walk you through the process. It took me 5 minutes to fill out the form, upload the pdf file of my script and register. This is where you go to register: Click Here It costs $20 ($10 if you are WGA member). Just don't screw it up - they won't let you revise your submission. Read more [...]

How I Built An Opt-In Email List Of 50,000+ Followers

One of the most important things you can do as an Independent Filmmaker is create a following. Remember, it's not "Who you know that matters, it WHO KNOWS YOU." I learned this lesson from my years as an Internet marketer and am going to show you how I built a list of over 50,000 followers for my real estate investing business site. I will show you how I found them, how I got them to opt-in to my mailing list, how I educate them and build an ongoing relationship with them. I believe the most Read more [...]

How To Pay For Your Film

There is no reason to let lack of funds keep you from being a filmmaker. In this downloadable Free Report, I will show you how to finance your film even if you have very few resources. I'm a real estate investor and many years ago, I learned how to buy real estate and finance it without using my own money. In fact, I started my business when I was dead broke. I'm going to show you how to apply "Zero Down Real Estate" investment principles to financing your feature film project. Just click here, Read more [...]

Joe Info – My Story

My Story - (Long & Occasionally Painful) I have been a filmmaker since the 3rd grade (1967), but I got a little sidetracked about 20 years ago. I graduated from Film School in 1981 from Columbia College in Chicago. After a few memorable months as a pizza delivery man in Indianapolis, I moved back to Chicago and then on to Los Angeles. I worked in the movie industry for the next 6 years as a Grip, Production Staff (filled my share of coolers), an Educational and Industrial Film script Read more [...]

Storyboards – “Escalation”

Here are some preliminary storyboards for my short film project, "Escalation." I'll be posting the script soon. You can click on the main photo to advance to the next picture or click on the thumbnails below.   The Artist: You can look at more work by the same artist (who prefers to go by the pen name "Rahzzah") at this site. He does beautiful work and was very easy to work with - fast with high quality... and not too pricey. He also had a very filmic style that integrated Read more [...]