Entertainment

Have Entertainment Questions? Ask an Expert

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Entertainment
This answer was rated:

My Father is 95 and lived some experiences that could be turned

into exciting movies. He...
My Father is 95 and lived some experiences that could be turned into exciting movies. He is still of sound mind and interesting and I would like to talk to a producer or director about using his story in a movie. Any ideas?
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Entertainment Question
Answered in 9 hours by:
10/7/2009
Hugh
Hugh, Composer, Producer and Performer
Category: Entertainment
Satisfied Customers: 59
Experience: 20 years experience in performing, studio sessions, producing, composing, entertainment management.
Verified
I am not in the movie business, but I am in the music business and it operates very much the same way in regard to opportunities. I do have some friends in the business.

The chances of getting a movie to a major director or producer are slim, but of course, always possible. Not trying to discourage, just offering a bit of reality. I know you've heard this before, I'm sure, but it does ring true. It is who you know. Getting to know people who know people is what it is all about.

That being said, you will need a script. This is your calling card, and essential to what you are doing. Your situation is like a songwriter who has great ideas, but has nothing written. There is nothing to showcase to industry professionals. So, the first thing you really need to do is this:

  1. Write down some of those ideas you are referring to.
  2. Think of ways these ideas could be woven into a movie. This is brainstorming. What kind of movie? Comedy, Drama, Adventure etc. What would be the theme of the movie? Again, all great songwriters have a "hook" to their song....it is what makes it memorable. Conversely, all movies have a "hook" or theme that makes them viable.
  3. Once you come up with the theme - you need to establish and build upon your theme. Creating characters and personalities is a must. Remember, if you want this to fly, it needs to be salable - meaning it has to have appeal to a movie goer. Think in terms of entertainment. What would make someone want to see the movie?
  4. If this is all foreign to you, I would suggest soliciting the services of a screen writer. There are a ton of resources on line dedicated to this.
  5. The least you'll need is perhaps some "angles" on how these ideas could work for a movie. You are going to have to convince the screen writer to take on the project. This is like a "pitch."

Now in terms of the producer/director aspect.

  1. Start with a smaller scale director. These are small time directors, but are fanatical about their trade. Often, these people could be going to college for film, and may have the equipment. There are also other smaller director/producers who are always interested in a good script.
  2. "You" become the director. This ultimately take some help if you have no experience. You will need to know about basic filming, no doubt and you'll have to get equipment. Even a simple movie that has a good script can shine through.
Marketing the movie is an entirely different aspect. If you are serious about this, you will really need to develop a business plan to have a road map in terms of which way you are going.

If you want to go the major director/producer route, you can purchase directories, such as the Hollywood Creative Directory . There are many more out there. They include all the major players. Note, that like the music industry, many of the big movie houses do not accept unsolicited material; meaning unless they ask for it, they will merely just send it back. Some of them won't. Here is another resource: http://www.screenwritersmarket.com/. Again, there are so many out there.

Many aspire to do what you are doing. It can be very rewarding, but demanding. And it involves thick skin. Your determination will get you through much of it, if you hang on and are willing to do what it takes! Many prominent producers/actors started out small. Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, The Haxan Film Company (who produced and wrote "The Blair Witch Project"). The annual Sundance Film Festival is typically a stepping stone for indie film (Park City, Utah - January 21-31 2010).

Film costs are dependant upon quality. For instance, The Blair Witch Project was filmed for $20,000. Not bad for a movie that went on to major league status.

Edited by Hugh on 10/7/2009 at 4:01 PM EST
Hugh
Hugh, Composer, Producer and Performer
Category: Entertainment
Satisfied Customers: 59
Experience: 20 years experience in performing, studio sessions, producing, composing, entertainment management.
Verified
Hugh and 87 other Entertainment Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Ask Hugh Your Own Question
Hugh
Hugh
Hugh, Composer, Producer and Performer
Category: Entertainment
Satisfied Customers: 59
59 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 20 years experience in performing, studio sessions, producing, composing, entertainment management.

Hugh is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

He answered my question promptly and gave me accurate, detailed information. If all of your experts are half as good, you have a great thing going here.

DianeDallas, TX

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Cher

Cher

MENTOR/ENTERTAINMENT

430 satisfied customers

TV, Movies, Music, Parties, Entertainment Industry Analyst

Michael

Michael

Entertainment Industry Analyst

300 satisfied customers

Entertainment Industry Professional

Martin

Martin

Engineer

227 satisfied customers

Fan of Cinema and Video Games

Erdaram

Erdaram

Composer, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards

146 satisfied customers

I have been Writing, Arranging, Composing, Preforming and Recording Music for 37 years.

Ask Veronica

Ask Veronica

Entertainment Exec.

140 satisfied customers

10+ years as an Entertainment Executive and Industry Insider

Hugh

Hugh

Composer, Producer and Performer

59 satisfied customers

20 years experience in performing, studio sessions, producing, composing, entertainment management.

N Cal Atty

N Cal Atty

Attorney

83 satisfied customers

Attorney in California since 1983

< Previous | Next >

Related Entertainment Questions
Need a date for a wedding. I'm going to a wedding on the
I'm going to a wedding on the 27th of this month, I don't want to go alone … read more
Cher
Cher
MENTOR/ENTERTAINMENT
Masters Degree
430 satisfied customers
FOOD PRICES: Please be and honest with your answer. Question
FOOD PRICES: Please be blunt and honest with your answer. Question for Chef / professional cook. Lately I have been shocked at the prices of food. Is it just ME or is there something going on causing … read more
Michael
Michael
Entertainment Industry Analyst
Bachelor's Degree
300 satisfied customers
I would like to contact eminem ..on a personal matter. My
I would like to contact eminem ..on a personal matter … read more
Michael
Michael
Entertainment Industry Analyst
Bachelor's Degree
300 satisfied customers
I remember a very time ago seeing a movie about a family
I remember a very long time ago seeing a movie about a family stranded on an island or forest where one morning, the father swims underwater for whatever reason when suddenly a whale appears. He tries… read more
Michael
Michael
Entertainment Industry Analyst
Bachelor's Degree
300 satisfied customers
I'm thinking about going on the Carnival Victory cruise in
I'm thinking about going on the Carnival Victory cruise in Febuary. I'm a little worried about spending too much. How much do drinks cost (both alcoholic and non alcoholic? How do I find about prices … read more
Michael
Michael
Entertainment Industry Analyst
Bachelor's Degree
300 satisfied customers
I am looking for the name of a particular movie. It is a
I am looking for the name of a particular movie. It is a older black and white movie set in the world war 1 or 2 time period. I don't remember any of the particulars about the movie, except in the end… read more
Michael
Michael
Entertainment Industry Analyst
Bachelor's Degree
300 satisfied customers
james gammon did a play in 1954 possibly called toby trims
james gammon did a play in 1954 possibly called "toby trims a christmas tree and possibly by james otis and possibly published by pierce publishing where can I get the script?… read more
Edward Johnson
Edward Johnson
Senior HR Consultant and Business Devlpm
Bachelor's Degree
6,994 satisfied customers
I am trying to learn how to spell the piece of beautiful
I am trying to learn how to spell the piece of beautiful classical music called the (Phonetic)...JENOPITY Can you help me spell it correctly? and who is the composer? OH - I just answered my own quest… read more
Expert
Expert
I need to get in contact with Jeremy Clarkson management.
hi I need to get in contact with Jeremy Clarkson management … read more
Michael
Michael
Entertainment Industry Analyst
Bachelor's Degree
300 satisfied customers
Does Mark Wahlberg come out in a TV program show where he
Does Mark Wahlberg come out in a TV program show where he plays the part of a cop or something like that? If he's not a cop in the TV show program, he still faces danger and has to physically defend h… read more
Michael
Michael
Entertainment Industry Analyst
Bachelor's Degree
300 satisfied customers
Although I know that the 1995 movie titled "Into The Mouth
Although I know that the 1995 movie titled "Into The Mouth Of Madness" with Sam Neill wasn't filmed in New Hampshire at all, for some reason, the filming locations, setting, environment, and stuff of … read more
Martin
Martin
Engineer
Bachelor's Degree
227 satisfied customers
Where in north County of San Diego County can we buy a
Where in north County of San Diego County can we buy a already prepared half turkey thanksgiving meal?… read more
Michael
Michael
Entertainment Industry Analyst
Bachelor's Degree
300 satisfied customers
How many times per year should one limit themselves to
How many times per year should one limit themselves to seeing a certain movie so one will not get tired of seeing it? 2 times per year perhaps? Thank you.… read more
Cher
Cher
MENTOR/ENTERTAINMENT
Masters Degree
430 satisfied customers
If a person wants to buy a pair of shoes of their own
If a person wants to buy a pair of shoes of their own personal choice and limit himself/herself to only one pair of shoes "for pleasure" and "not" out of necessity, what strategies should he/she use i… read more
Michael
Michael
Entertainment Industry Analyst
Bachelor's Degree
300 satisfied customers
In your personal and professional opinion, which movie is
In your personal and professional opinion, which movie is better? Code Name: The Cleaner (With Cedric The Entertainer and Lucy Liu) or A Haunting In Connecticut? Thank you.… read more
Cher
Cher
MENTOR/ENTERTAINMENT
Masters Degree
430 satisfied customers
In your personal and professional opinion, please rank the
In your personal and professional opinion, please rank the following movies from the best movie to the least best movie:Johnny English Part 1 (Rowan Atkinson) A Haunting In Connecticut Resident Evil: … read more
Cher
Cher
MENTOR/ENTERTAINMENT
Masters Degree
430 satisfied customers
I remember parts of a movie but can't remember the name of
Hi, I remember parts of a movie but can't remember the name of it and it's driving me nuts. Any sci-fi movie gurus out there?… read more
Cher
Cher
MENTOR/ENTERTAINMENT
Masters Degree
430 satisfied customers
Where is the cheapest place to buy NBA game tickets now
Where is the cheapest place to buy NBA game tickets now where you will get the best deal?. (Boston Celtics)… read more
Michael
Michael
Entertainment Industry Analyst
Bachelor's Degree
300 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x