At this time of year Hollywood brings out big-budget movies like "Mission: Impossible" with Tom Cruise and the new "Sherlock Holmes" film starring Robert Downey, Jr.
But Roger Corman, the antithesis of big Hollywood who has made low-budget, independent films for 60 years, will also have his say. He is the subject of a new documentary, "Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel," which will be in U.S. theaters on Friday
Corman, 85, has produced about 550 movies and directed 50 more, including "The Wild Angels" and "Little Shop of Horrors," and lesser known movies like "The Terror" and "Naked Angels."
His New World Pictures became a hotbed for up-and-coming directors and actors including Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, John Sayles and Jack Nicholson.
Corman spoke to Reuters about movies, how Steven Spielberg impacted his career and smoking pot with the Hell's Angels.
My working process is simple enough. A movie will come to the company with a script. Together with my visual effects supervisor, we have a meeting where we break down the script into storyboards and give them advice on how they should approach certain sequences. The main issues are whether it should be shot as miniatures, as live action elements, or if there needs to be CG [computer-generated] work in there too, and how we can do it.
A lot of our work is with computer-driven motion-control cameras. It's a way of replicating a camera move over and over again. At its most basic, in a film such as Babe, you want to shoot a lot of animals together in one scene, so you work out your camera move, put one animal in, shoot it, then swap it for another. You replicate that process until you've built up that entire scene. A lot of the rest involves filming miniatures and model work for scenes that can't be realised on set or on computer.
A movie producer can be many things to many people and to each production. An indie movie producer can even be many other things beyond just line producing. They play many roles as the situation dictates. Learn more about how a working producer defines their role.
Author: Sid Kali
Errors & Omissions Insurance (E & O) acts like a shield to help protect indie film producers from a lawsuits dealing with copyright infringement, using music without proper permission, chain of title issues and a lot of other lawsuits that can come up when distributing a movie.
Without E & O insurance most film distribution companies will not release a movie through retailers. It's a necessary cost of doing business with a majority of distributors, even at the independent film level.
There are indie film producers that already have E & O insurance in place before shopping their movie to distributors. When they finalize their distribution agreement they submit a copy of the original certificate of insurance to the distributor adding the distribution company as an additional insured on the policy. Indie film producers that complete movies on a steady basis usually have an E & O insurance policy in place before principal photography begins.
A good rule of thumb to remember is that indie films should have E & O insurance coverage not less than ,000,000 for each claim and ,000,000 aggregate for all claims with a policy deductible no greater than ,000. A good E & O insurance representative can explain the entire process based on your movie's unique elements.
There are those times an indie film producer realizes the original movie budget did not include a line item expense for E & O insurance or they had no idea that it would be a needed to get their movie sold and distributed. When they step to the table to sign a distribution agreement there is no money to pay for E & O insurance policy.
It's not the end of the world if you find yourself short on money to get E & O insurance. If a distributor is really hot for a movie they can front the cost through a carrier they deal with on a regular basis. The indie film producer will not have to go out of pocket upfront for the cost. But the distribution company will recoup the money spent from any sales, commonly referred to as a "charge back" to the indie film producer.
Be realistic that it's most likely the distribution company will not get an indie film producer a great rate on E & O insurance. Think of it like buying something on credit you can't afford and paying a higher interest rate later on. But if an indie film producer's pockets are light money there is not another choice unless you pass on the deal. Easy credit will cost indie film producers more of their future movie profits down the line.
An indie film producer is better off if they look around for E & O insurance, get a firm quote, and include that real cost into the overall movie budget before shooting one frame. Making indie movies takes a squeeze a nickel until it bleeds approach. Save all the money you can where you can in production! This is indie filmmaker Sid Kali typing FADE OUT.
Laura Ziskin, who produced the "Spider-Man" movie franchise among many other hits in a 35-year Hollywood career, has died. She was 61.
Ziskin, who fought a seven-year battle against breast cancer, died Sunday evening at her Santa Monica home, according to a statement from the Entertainment Industry Foundation.
Over a 35-year career, Ziskin was producer or executive producer of such crowd-pleasers as "No Way Out" with Kevin Costner, "Pretty Woman" with Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, and "As Good As It Gets," which won Academy Awards for Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt.
She produced the three "Spider-Man" features and at the time of her death was working on a fourth, "The Amazing Spider-Man."
The path that brought Ben Stiller to the low-budget indie film "Submarine," opening this weekend, started in Wales and dove down to Los Angeles, bringing up some memories of New York along the way.
Stiller, on Broadway now in "House of Blue Leaves" and on movie screens in huge hits (the "Fockers" and "Night at the Museum" movies) and small gems ("Greenberg"), would seem an odd fit as a producer for the romantic comedy about Oliver (Craig Roberts), a Welsh high school misfit who narrates a year of his life that involves bullies, parental revelations, odd neighbors and his first romance.
Yet Stiller, 45, whose own youth was spent on the upper West Side, says that when his production company in L.A. was sent the script adaptation of a novel by Joe Dunthorne, he connected to it instantly.
While we're content with staying within the realm of strictly movie news, there's always something exciting happening on the small screen too. Obviously we've highlighted shows like The Walking Dead, and other items from series gaining a lot of buzz, but those instances are few and far between. But as a big fan of alot of work being done in television right now, I'm excited to highlight this trailer for a new documentary called Showrunners, which goes behind the scenes of several different TV series, and talks the minds like Damon Lindelof from "Lost" and David Shore from "House M.D." about what it's like to run a TV series.
In 1998, producer-director Ivan Reitman teamed with lawyer-turned-studio chiefTom Pollock, 67, to create the Montecito Picture Co., named after the community near Santa Barbara where they lived. Eight years later, they became the first producers to line up about $200 million in private equity to back their movies (through a side company called Cold Spring Pictures). Their slate has been unusually successful, with hits including Disturbia (2007) and Oscar nominee Up in the Air (2009), directed by Jason Reitman.
January’s No Strings Attached, the first movie that Reitman, 64, had directed in five years, grossed more than $100 million worldwide on a budget of $25 million for Paramount, where the longtime friends are based. But they also make movies at other studios, including Reitman’s planned Ghostbusters III for Sony — if Bill Murray ever gets around to reading the script.
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Years after leaving the executive suites to become a producer, following long stints at New Line Cinema and DreamWorks,Michael De Luca is in the Oscar game as one of the producers of The Social Network. Scott Timberg talked to him forThe Hollywood Reporter.
Did anyone know thta Brad Pitt is a movie producer?
Apparently Julia Roberts has praised Brad Pitt's skills behind the camera during the filming of new movie Eat Pray Love - insisting he's the perfect boss.
The Seven actor was an executive producer on the set of the film, which stars Roberts as real-life writer Liz Gilbert, who embarks on a journey of self-discovery around the world.
And the Pretty Woman star has given Pitt the thumbs-up in his role as a movie manager - because his hands-off approach encouraged the actors to push their talents to the limit.
Roberts tells U.K. TV show This Morning, "He is great because he leaves us all alone and lets us do the jobs that he's entrusted us with, and then you just get the occasional visit or occasional email that is encouraging and sweet. He's a lovely person."
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