This past month we have had the opportunity to adjudicate and work with authors who have submitted their books, their plays and screenplays to our TABLE. What an amazing journey it is to have real analysis, feedback and insights into a creative work. The greatest joy we have are the "thank you's" of content creators who have been looking for a professional third party to give insights.
There are many people who take "movie pitches" and wear the title filmmaker, but they do not have the resources, the capital, the partners and the track record of almost five decades of filmmaking like we do. We are not "representatives", but we are a filmmaking network who literally MAKES FILMS FOR A LIVING!
When I started in the film industry back in 1979, I would have loved to include in my own educational path, a true proven approach to ensuring my creative works would have a real life. I couldn't get any doors to open and there was not a professional team of filmmakers who would meet with me. We know it's not an easy journey to break into this industry and if you are not open to hearing the wise counsel of others, you will keep making the same mistakes over and over again. Writers, you have to be open to real critique to mitigate your risks, enhance your opportunity for placement and more.
As a young filmmaker, I thought I knew it all and everything was supposed to be "free" because I felt entitled. If a pitch, a review and an adjudication is free, there is a 99% chance nothing will happen. This is a danger with young writers and even veterans who feel they reach a certain level of any success and no longer need feedback on their creative works.
Nothing can be farther from the truth and wisdom of real filmmakers. I am reminded how much it's like representing yourself as a lawyer. You have heard the saying, "He who represents himself is a fool". I believe it is a harsh statement to say, but inside the truism lies a haunting reality to every content creator on the planet. Before you get representation, have you heard your project truly analyzed?
Let's remember that thousands of WGA screenwriters are out there and hundreds of thousands of screenplays are being written and over three million books are published every year. Now, stop to consider how yours can be different? If you don't take the time to get outside counsel, you are fooling yourself to think it will just happen.
After a successful movie we released, we had over 114 screenplays submitted to our team, but only eight of them were in the zone of acceptability with three of them closely being analyzed. Three of the screenplays were quickly narrowed down to one final work we secured. Do you understand these were WGA writeen screenplays too!
This process of our FILMMAKER'S ROUNDTABLE requires capital, financing, people who will walk the journey with you and yes, a real village of people working beside you. Hopefully, you will consider using our FILMMAKER'S ROUNDTABLE to give you further insights into your strategic direction. Maybe you have been a published author for many years, and were always curious as to the next steps into film, this is your chance.
I close this brief article about a true story and a new book now being made into a full film franchise. #BUTGOD was a movement started by a father and mother who lost a son five years ago that was seven years of age to a dreadful disease in a heartbreaking story, but it did not end there. On December 19, 2017 a tragic car accident leaves their family in crisis. Two sons were injured and the oldest son was left with a horrific brain steam injury that almost took his life.
The phone call from a driver who happened on the scene arrested their hearts. Now, both sons were in the car driving to a basketball game caused their lives to completely stand still. Jeremy Freeman and Emily Freeman are now writing a series of books and we are making their story in to a feature documentary. The TABLE was called by a local pastor who wanted to help tell their story and fund the project.
The family reached out to the TABLE and we are now honored to be working alongside of the rehabilitation of Caleb Freeman. His younger brother was ok, but the serious injury to Caleb has been devastating.
Our film partner, GRP FILMS who is under the McAfee family of companies is honored to be working on this project.
You never know when a call, an email or a connection will turn into a movie, but we have found that every step is key in the cinematic process. The non-profit mission of Veritas Mission Film Association is coming alongside of the Freeman family with the medical bills and we at the FILMMAKER'S ROUNDTABLE are joining in on this massive effort to pray for Caleb. If not for #butGod and the faith of a local pastor, this would not have taken place. www.veritasmissionfilms.com tells the story.
Let this be an encouragement to you, no matter where you are and no matter what your background is, your story is important and people will come beside you to join you in an effort if you just step out in faith. Allow us to review, analyze and move forward with you in this cinematic journey. This will take sacrifice, but it might be the turning point of your life. Let's make a difference together.
PS This is a big month for our team as we transition into our 22nd season working with Division 1 Basketball under Head Men's Coach Bob Hoffman at Mercer University. We are thrilled to be speaking to the team in Florida in October. Later, we will attend the DOVE AWARDS in Music City, USA in Nashville, Tennessee so with a full month ahead, write us today to begin your journey! Don't wait any longer to join the ROUNDTABLE!
Dr. K is also called "Coach KMAC" and is a veteran filmmaker, speaker and author and coach who's been coaching hoops in the NCAA for 22 years with different University and leading schools with Bob Hoffman, Men's Basketball coach. His unique FILM COACH style is how this blog rolls.
Let us gather now as friends on the red carpet premiere for your new film.
"Our team of film coaches are among the finest anywhere. You won't find a better group of people in the world!"
Team members come together to find ways to increase our table just for you.
Dr. Miller Bargeron and Jennifer Calvert are authors who are now filmmakers, so remember YOU COULD JOIN US!
In Franklin, Josh Buchholtz and Rebecca Sharp just got engaged and we celebrate and congratulate our team members who are in love!
Doug Davis has been a true success story with the great Warren Theater Chain in Moore, Oklahoma. A dear friend and thinker in our industry for films/dining!
You will find many pros working together to make movies and we are unified in the excellence of the art!
Christi Craddock is from the group HTT based in Oklahoma City and is a rising star in counseling. Her group has many books you will want to know about more.
Roundtable Team are gathering in Penn., Hawaii, Washington and Alabama on new projects!