It has been seven months and our team of adjudicators have been busy. During this time, Wendy Holden from Louisiana and Forshia Ross from Rhode Island are our newest clients and we are honored to have these families inside the "Table".
They have written two books that were adjudicated, have raised capital for their ventures and in the last thirty days, the film team of Veritas Mission Film Association on the non-profit side have been working.
Allow us to take a moment to share with you the important strategic relationship the Filmmakers Roundtable has with VMFA! This is a."Cause Driven" team of professionals with a ministry heart. They desire to work inside the space of the faith based arena and are particular interested in stories. VMFA's team began in 2014 and have been helping tell stories and make movies together.
Now is the perfect time to take advantage of opportunities to collaborate and work with Dr. Kevin McAfee. Since January of 2021, his VMFA film FINAL WORDS OF WWII, written by Lorretta Segars, a retired English Teacher has won film festivals in 9 countries, in over 16 Best Feature Documentary awards, three honorable mention awards and more. The film has been selected for 21 more film festivals and the number is growing.
Don't ever think your story is too small that something amazing would not happen. Our team looks forward to meeting with you soon.
Let's get the ball rolling. Call us today.
Filmmaker's Roundtable Team
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Top Right Dr. Kevin McAfee, Jennifer Willingham, Billy Stanley & Dr. M., Carlton Pearson, Bishop Mark Chironna, Deacon & Jim Gromer, the Fuller Ladies in Louisiana and these are just a few of the photos takes as we are working with many authors and filmmakers.
Leadership is one of the most important aspects to filmmaking. Visionary leadership in the cinematic arts is key with writers, producers and directors who have the ability to envision the unseen. Our entire team of adjudicators are award winning filmmakers, they are a team of expert writers, graduate level of cinematic arts veterans and people who understand story.
This month, we report on our newest relationship with one of the largest talent agencies in the world. Everybody knows the importance of representation when it comes to A level talent, and know our film production partner, Oceania Omnimedia will introduce our newest strategic partner in April 2021.
In next month's blog, we will begin to share a little background and we are thrilled to bring the newest team member on board. This could not happen at a better time for us as we begin to move back into film production as the pandemic comes to a close. We have several exciting documentaries from our stable of authors.
Thank you for your inquiries into our FILMMAKER'S ROUNDTABLE. If you have not engaged our organization, you should. The integrity of our process is second to none and we will save you money in the long run as you enter the industry of cinematic arts.
May God bless you,
Happy New Year 2021 and finally, we have completed 2020 and there is a huge exhale. What a year this has been and in so many ways, perseverance and faith have played a huge role in an industry that has been compromised, but the timing for the TABLE could not be more perfect.
If you have ever been thinking about your book being made into a film, there is not a time that could be any better. Screenplay writing takes months and is so tedious, but the TABLE is waiting to you make your dream a reality.
We congratulate Kendra Johnson from West Virginia and her husband for engaging the table to review her three exciting books about a CIA operative!. We met years ago in a cruise with a publisher where we were the keynotes to share about books being made into film. After half a decade went by, we are honored to be working with her.
A screenplay is very exciting to write and we have a team of experts in the selection process after you go through adjudication. Our reviewers are among the finest in all of Hollywood and in Cinematic Arts.
If you have been thinking about the process, please consider connecting with us. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will contact you and have one of our professionals call you. Thank you for being interested and please review this entires site at FILMMAKERS ROUNDTABLE to understand our diagnostic process.
GOD BLESS YOU
We want to say thank you for trusting us and even tho the film industry is in a state of paralysis, the creative writing part has never seen a higher sense of urgency. We are praying for you and God bless.
We want to encourage everyone who sees this blog to go to teamsanta.org and have Santa Claus spend time with your children and grandchildren via Zoom calls. The big guy in the red suit is helping children in Kenya and we would love to have your support.
The Roundtable is getting behind this effort to help feed children in the villages of Kisimu and Turkana, less than a few hours from the capitol of Kenya. Beatrice Williamson is the founder and Dr. McAfee is chairman of the board.
This is our Christmas gift to Kenya and we are excited to get behind this amazing ministry in helping also with HIV aids, feeding programs, education and provisions for the medical clinic built at Maisha. You can read more about this at www.maishaproject.org.
We are working on screenplays this month, meeting with distribution, talking to investors and moving forward. Why don't you get on the train and find out the amazing journey in cinema can be successfully navigated, even through Covid.
God Bless you and Merry Christmas,
Your Filmmaker's Roundtable
The TABLE is announcing the development of a full set of writing and film courses for the professional cinematic community. Dr. Kevin McAfee will be sharing a brand new teaching series of important lessons for filmmakers based on his forty four years of experience. From his early days at Disney, he will be giving lectures you will not want to miss out on. The courses will be downloadable as part of a new curriculum series entitled, WHAT THEY DIDN"T TEACH YOU AT FILM SCHOOL.
Subjects will include, but not be limited to, the following:
STORY & DEVELOPMENT
CREATIVE PLANNING WITH CHAIN OF TITLE
DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING WITH EMOTIONAL CADENCE
FEATURE FILM DEVELOPMENT
WORKING WITH LEGAL & IP PROFESSIONALS
FILM FRANCHISE DEVELOPMENT
PRINTS & ADVERTISING
DISRUPTION & INNOVATION
WRONG ECONOMIC MODELS & FILM LIES
In 2021 there will be a new set of filmmaking courses. You will also be to engage Dr. McAfee in mentoring and working directly with burgeoning film students and newcomers to the entire industry.
WHAT THEY DIDN"T TEACH YOU AT FILM SCHOOL will be a a series of lectures focusing on subjects over 44 years of filmmaking, working at Disney, Sony, Universal and Warner Brothers. This is going to be a new "must watch" curriculum for all those who want to be involved in the film industry and make an impact on culture using the visual language.
Stay tuned in the December Blog so you can learn how to purchase these courses.
Your Film Team
The Filmmaker's Roundtable is excited to announce a brand new opportunity for the holiday season for everyone. Giving is such a huge part of Christmas, so we thought it would be fun to both give and receive. Thankfully, the Table knows the man with the red suit very intimately and the REAL SANTA CLAUSE has agreed to partner this season to help others.
HOLIDAYS TRADITIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD - WE ALSO OBSERVE
For those of you who have been around for awhile, you know we accept the traditions of all people from every corner of the world. You can be Muslim, Christian, Jew, Catholic or Gentile, and we will always honor all faiths. When it comes time to celebrate one of the holy days and our favorite personal "holiday", in December we love to celebrate Christmas, but this year, we are merging two amazing stories of Santa and the original Christmas story in one punch. .
Filmmakers love to tell stories and when you can share stories of truth and it's why we believe life does go beyond imagination. The Table has a personal relationship with the REAL SANTA and Mr. and Mrs. Clause have both agreed to work directly with families this year. In fact, the team is scheduling beginning mid October COVID FRIENDLY personal and VIP appointments to have a zoom call, phone call, or personal appointment with Santa. No longer are the Mall Santa helpers going to get the job done, so we contacted the big man himself. He will be taking Christmas list wishes with the little ones and also will share the Christmas story from the Bible read from Luke via Zoom Calls or private phone calls, Facetime and more.
DONATE TO MAISHA AND HELP FEED HUNGRY CHILDREN
What is even more exciting, is that if you will donate to Santa sharing with your family, Kris Kringle will then donate to www.maishaproject.org and GIVE, SO OTHERS MIGHT LIVE. There are many children around the world who go to bed hungry. In Kenya, Africa there are two villages, Kisimu and Turkana where 67 different schools and 2000 children are being supported with meals, education and health care via MAISHA.
Santa wanted to help others, so if you want to learn more about this wonderful opportunity to give back at Christmas, please go to www.teamsanta.org and schedule from October 15 through the holiday. You will so enjoy this opportunity.
WHY NOT GIVE BACK THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
We want to invite everyone who enjoys our website, watches our training videos and communicate about this North Pole Zoom! Gather the little ones around and everybody from kids to grandchidren will enjoy the Christmas season together. Your donations will help feed kids, so consider giving today.
If you want to contribute, you can also go to www.veritasmissionfilms.com beginning October 15, 2020 and donate to ZOOM SANTA. We hope you will give, so others might live. and thank you for joining in this new ROUNDTABLE opportunity.
GIVE SO OTHERS MIGHT LIVE,
Your Table Team
Kris Kringle is helping www.teamsanta.org feed hungry children, will you join him?
The newest film that has begun for the FILMMAKER'S ROUNDTABLE is the powerful and moving story of Corina Pataki. Crew members from OCEANIA flew in from Chicago and Oklahoma City into Franklin, Tennessee to begin their work on baseline interviews for the powerful story.
Producer Stephanie Musser coordinated the production logistics as the new feature documentary began it's cinematic journey. Jim Gromer, award winning filmmaker came to capture the story on film with his production company, Cross Training Productions.
Another "book" being made into a film is taking place on this platform. With all the "pretend" groups of people who are out there in self publishing, our film team is the opposite platform. We are LOOKING FOR STORIES to make into movies. We work hand in hand with authors to build their dream.
As part of an adjudicating governing body, we completely analyze, break down and consider improvement options in structure, ethos, plot lines merging into climax with character arcs. The goal is to design the cinematic journey to please a specified target audience with "pay offs" and rewards along the way.
You could be our next book and story. What are you waiting for? It's time to contact us immediately and begin the journey. Our gatekeeper is Vice President Stephanie Musser and she is waiting for your contact information. Send us your email and we will reach out today.
Dr. Kevin McAfee
When I had the honor to be the only producer for a little film called BEYOND THE GATES OF SPLENDOR (FOX), the opening line narrated by Steve Saint was, "Every family has a story and our story begins...." Today, I am reminded of this same powerful statement about each one of us having a story to tell. You have your story, what is it?
JESUS TOLD STORIES...WHY?
Christ told stories and they were called "parables". The reason he told these stories is because He knew people would remember stories, even more than just preaching or teaching. Stories help us all remember what is important, life lessons and beyond. So one of the keys to having success in this business of transitioning a book from a film is the "power of story" is seeking out the best stories possible. This is the very reason why the FILMMAKER'S ROUNDTABLE was started.
WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR A COUPLE STORIES
When your book is adjudicated, our team is truly seeking the next story we can make into a film. We do not consider "success" until we actually see improvements, change and the process begin in making a movie until completion. When you go through the process, are approved and beginning to chart the new course for production, this IS considered the beginning of your marathon. The gun will have sounded and we as a team are your co-runners in a very long and profitable race. However, the marathon will not begin, unless you are willing to launch your story into the waters of reality.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO
Are you willing to invest financially? Do you have enough stamina creatively, to hear honest reviews from high quality screenwriters from the Writer's Guild of America render you professional critique? Do you have ears to hear and eyes to see from people who have been in the film business over forty years? If you do, you are in the right place.
SELF PUBLISHING - BEWARE
There are many self publishers out there in the world and unfortunately, many of them are not ethical. There are many companies in the industry in chartered waters where their sole motivation is to make money and get as many customers through the process. We do not measure success in quantity, but in the quality of the story and the ability to make the movie.
APPRAISAL WITH PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE
If you are making movies, while adjudicating, our hats are off to you. If you have a business to just "take from authors", we have no interest In partnering with your organization. If you are a publisher and just interested in mass sales, regardless of the quality of story, we are not interested.
THE POWER OF THIRD PARTY REVIEWS
What we are interested in, is taking a third party look at your story, sharing with you the strengths, weaknesses and giving you a written report that has true meaning. This process is not fast. The process is described throughout our website, but please go look a the Frequently Asked Questions for more details.
We begin filming another story this month. We began filming promotional materials for a new feature animated children's story last month. Why don't you begin the journey with us today. You will not believe what is happening with our film partners and more.
God bless you,
Corina Pataki wrote an amazing book and now, the author is turning into a filmmaker in the pre-production of her new documentary based on her life story, CORINA. Another level of congratulations are in order!
Just think, Corina grew up in Romania under the communist rule of an evil dictator. She felt one day her story needed to be told and she invested the time in writing her amazing story. Everything begins with a dream or a calling when you use the discipline of writing to articulate your journey.
She engaged with our organization years ago and now, we are proud to share the pre-production has begun, finances have come in for her and we plan to do the first of a series of interviews in the United States next month!!!
Do you realize you could be the next author turned filmmaker using THE FILMMAKER ROUNDTABLE. What makes us different is that we are not just interested in selling you services, we are filmmakers who are making movies. This is one of the most exciting ways you can enter this industry and for the best economies of scale known.
Consider being a partner with us today. Consider having us mentor or shepherd your writing, like we did with Dede Stockton, whom you read about in last month's blog. It is time to make your dream a reality.
In the meantime, we are thankful for Wendy Cooper and Corina Pataki who have been working so diligently on this project for years.
It's time to begin,
Dr. Kevin McAfee
ICongratulations to our next author from the Denver, Colorado arena who has entered the industry of film in a. partnership together. This is the essence of who are firm at the Filmmaker's Roundtable desires to work. We desire to find passionate content creators who do not want another consulting or advisory relationship, but a partnership.
Film is expensive and our company does not option stories, we simply do one thing and that is prepare stories for film partnerships, even if we are not the film organization who should be doing this with you. Here is an example. We are not interested in doing horror, but horror is a big financial money making genre. If people want to make a film in this genre, there are several companies who truly focus in this area.
Yes, there will be some preliminary advisory services, but the faster we can move to making a film, the better.
So, we congratulate author Dede Stockton for her children's series which is now being amalgamated and made into a full length screenplay. In 2014, after reviewing the series while it was being written with a lot of "creative changes", the author not only followed the recommendations, but totally began to upgrade her own writing style.
In 2020, we adjudicated her series and guess what, she was "green lit" to go to the next level. We have had over 350 content creators, writers and authors reviewed and about a dozen are now making films. This is the hallmark of success because people who are in this industry understand it is a marathon, not a sprint.
If you want to run the race toward success, begin training camp with us and let's work together to make something happen that is very special. In this spirit, we want to thank all our veterans who served our nation. This month, we honor Richard Stockton, Dede's husband and thank him for his service in Viet Nam.
Lastly, during this season in all of our lives as racism, protects and hatred seems to be building, remember the phrase, LOVE NOT WAR. Let us choose to be a people who focus on love, the greatest gift of all.
Dr. Kevin McAfee
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!