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Oscar Rant!

I remember when the Academy Awards inspired me to become a filmmaker.  Then the Awards inspired me to keep going with the slogan, “why not me?”.  Independent Films started gaining momentum with successes like “Little Miss Sunshine.”  Now I watch the Academy Awards and it inspires me to move out of the country and become […]

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Why Ultra Low Budget Contract?

When I was running the Central Florida Film Festival I came across many feature film entries.  All but a few, made on a shoestring.  Which means the, “I didn’t have money” excuse won’t cut it.  There were quite a few films that if they had used a professional actor/actress rather than Mom and Dad, the […]

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Who Works for Free?

I’ve read a couple of posts this week from, I guess, industry people ranting about producers that are looking for free labor. “Demand minimum wage” one of the writers insisted.  While another just said, ‘people looking for free labor are scams.’ If I blindly agree I would be doing everyone trying to get into the […]

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Watch Out For Scams!

Congratulations to Philadelphia for winning the Superbowl.  I know this is not a sports blog but you got to admit even in defeat Tom Brady put on a great show.  Philly quarterback Foles won MVP honors with 343 yards passing and three touchdowns.  Tom Terrific tossed for over 500 yards (a Superbowl record) and three […]

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What’s an Oscar Foreign Film?

I went to see “Darkest Hour” this weekend and thought what a wonderful, Oscar worthy performance, by veteran British actor, Gary Oldman.  Then I thought wait a minute isn’t Joe Wright a British Director?  Money came from out of the U. S. too and locations were in the UK as well.  Why isn’t this considered […]

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Bob’s Rant on Oscar Selections

I waited a couple of days to cool down.  Not because I wasn’t nominated but because I still can’t figure out the formula the Academy of Arts and Science uses to nominate films and performers in each category. They are allowed to nominate ten features for BEST PICTURE.  This year’s nominees include; “Call me by […]

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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to AFM…

On November 1-8, 2017, I attended the American Film Market in Santa Monica, California.  It was the 19th time I attended and saw many survivors from the video days.  The main focus was AFM is expensive but yet we survive.  How? “Keeping up with the times” was the most consistent response.  During a seminar about […]

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