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Shooting a film on Taylor Street in Chicago.

This Mother Cabrini film project has me getting back to my roots.

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Hittin’ it. Filmmaking. Chicago Female Director

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Lucia Mauro on set of her new film “Frances Xavier Cabrini: The People’s Saint” at the National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini in Chicago.

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Climbing The Media Production Ladder

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Business Babylon

I started in business back in 1973. When you were conducting it, you picked up the phone, made an appointment, met the person (often times over lunch), discussed the proposition and you moved ahead – or you did not. Today requires us to interact through several different forms and at several different levels. That, in and of itself, is a skill that requires patience, coordination, timing, access and understanding of several specific modes of communication.

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When you have a large work-group, comprised of people at all different ages, spread across ten time zones,  with varying hardware/software/bandwidth at their disposal. It usually requires someone to step in and ask the question, “are we all speaking the same language here?”

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Working with what you’ve got.

A professional colleague of mine, Brian Briskey, put it in perspective; indie filmmakers are subject to the chicken/egg conundrum. To raise money, you need to raise money. Subsequently, you have to take a step back and work with the tools and resources you have…not the ones you want.

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Brian is part of an emerging new profession in the industry, the PMD – Producer of Marketing & Distribution. A title I’ve conferred upon myself based on my nearly 40 years in advertising. Yet, the talent one needs to assemble for either the marketing of an indie film or Crowdfunding one becomes almost cost prohibitive.  To launch a campaign without professionals  onboard can be a recipe for disaster. Yet being able to afford those professionals may be out of reach for a film maker who is not a Kristen Bell, Rob Thomas, Zack Braff, Joe Mantegna or now, even Woody Allen. So, moving forward… think, be cautious, weigh your options, use what you have and above all  BE GOOD – to your team, to your vendors, to your film and to yourself. It’s on you.

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Swept Up In The Hype Machine

 

Hype is the awkward and desperate attempt to convince journalists that what you’ve made is worth the misery of having to review it.  –  Federico Fellini 

P & A. Prints and Advertising. In the digital age the ‘P’ has become less important than the ‘A’. As an advertising professional, I am not immune to the veiled attempts of many film marketers to inject interest in the back story when the story quality of the movie itself is questionable. What relevance does the director/writer/producer’s sexual confusion, suicidal tendencies or high school traumas have to do with the watchability of film they’ve created? Does the director’s near fatal car accident while on the set make the film itself more interesting? The film industry is going through a tumultuous time. Movie attendance is dwindling, DVD’s are going the way of 8-track tapes and promoting 100 million dollar bombs may finally cause us to shrug and pull our collective marketing heads out of the clouds (or another less pleasant area) and re-focus on providing audiences with good movies built around even better stories. Nothing beats word of mouth.

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Forty One (41)

That’s the number of categories in my budget sheet. 

Each one of these categories has line items. Some as few as one and others upwards to several dozen. I look at this spreadsheet every night before retiring and make detailed entry adjustments. Today I am feeling anxious and antsy. Not a drop of alcohol in three weeks and a daily work-out to keep both my mind and body sharp. I had lunch with my good friend and storyboard artist, Gary. He gave me the opportunity to get out of my ‘stoic’ modality and relax a bit. I also spoke with our Line Producer, Phil, today, on an unrelated matter but it was good to get him an update. I have another good friend and colleague working on some financing in Las Vegas. And, I’m still waiting on word from Sardinia on the Regional Film Incentive.

Sweating the Budget Numbers

I read a great line from a producer colleague of mine in New York; “When you obtain funding, it is not going to be just because of your project, it is going to be because of your project and the funder likes you. Always be your best self.”

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