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Dealing With It Later

Mike Haskins
by Nelson Goforth


What if you made a film, a really good film, and the right people were interested...only to find that it was, for legal or technical reasons, completely, utterly, absolutely unsalable?

The most common mistake for inexperienced filmmakers occurs right up front, after the idea maybe, but before everything else.  According to entertainment attorney Michael Haskins, taking care of details up front can save a lot of angst and pain and money later on.  Excited filmmakers, ready to shoot, push off the boring parts, "let's deal with it later" - but later may never happen, or ‘later’ may be too late.  Haskins reckons that 90% of the problems that he has to deal with are a result of the “deal with it later” mentality.  He argues that filmmakers need to define, up front, the contributions of each participant to a project, their roles and how they are to be compensated or credited, and it needs to be in writing.

The cautions here apply to money-making ventures, for the most part.  Student films and shorts, with no expectation of making money, play by a differing, though not totally different set of rules.  But as most students, and most makers of shorts, aspire to that "money-making" threshold…here's something you need to know.


CINEMA CO letter

CINEMA CODear Fellow Colorado Media Industry Member and/or Supporter, 2012 was an amazing year for the media industry in Colorado. We accomplished what many people said was impossible. We're on our way to rebuilding a once thriving industry; no easy feat!

Before we look forward, we need to look back and really take stock of what got done. We faced challenges in every possible front and united as an industry--we responded. The Colorado state legislature has heard an incentive pitch every year for nearly a decade and they were numb to the noise. We found a way to break through. We succeeded in letting them know that Colorado hosts an amazing media industry and given the right opportunities, we're poised for success.

Now we must continue to work for that success. We all knew we couldn’t undo 20 years of neglect and, in some cases, active discouragement overnight. Just as production didn’t immediately stop when incentives changed before, neither will it rebound overnight to the same level as two decades ago.  We’ve made great strides and the production queries continue to come. It is critical that we maintain our efforts to drive that interest.

CINEMA is Colorado Innovators of New Entertainment Media and Arts. 

Its mission is promotion the value of Colorado's media idustry through statewide education and innovative opportunities.


State of Our Industry

RED epic
photo by James Drake

By Heath Firestone


I’d like to do a quick introduction.  I’m Heath Firestone, and I’ll be doing a regular column for CFVA called “State of Our Industry”.  This column will cover a pretty wide variety of topics, and will be somewhat at the whim of what piques my interest at the moment, or things that I see that are shaping or affecting our industry.   So, in some instances, it will be about new products or technologies, and other times it may focus on trends or other shifts in the way things are being done.  Although it will often be informative, and fact filled, it will very much be an opinion piece.

As a brief background, I am a Contributing Editor for Post Magazine and TV Technology Magazine.  I have taught seven different subjects between The Colorado Film School and The Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, mostly focused on digital effects, editing, and post production.  I specialize in advanced 2D/3D compositing, and have developed the only 360 degree retroreflective compositing stage with realtime tracking, in the world.  I also own Firestone Studios LLC, and was one of the earliest High Definition adopters in the region.

I’ll keep the content of this edition short, because of my introduction.


Now what? State of the State 2012 - Richard J. Schneider

State of the State 2012 - The Colorado Production Industry
By Richard J. Schneider

Now what?

As the economy creeps upward, slower than most of us want, as expanded film incentives roll into place, where is the industry today, and where is it going?

These and other issues were discussed during the Colorado Film and Video Association's Second Annual State of the State event, held in Denver’s historic Mayan Theater Sept. 19, 2012. The gathering sought to frame the production industry as it stands today in Colorado, and take a look over the horizon to see what might be down the road.

The panel consisted of Anne Macomber, creative Director at CCT Advertsing; Joel Pilger, president and founder of Impossible, a brand-building production company; Tim "Stuntman" Territo, of Telluride On Site Productions; Kiowa Winans, who partners with writer-director husband Jamin Winans at Double Edge Films; and Donald Zuckerman, Colorado Film Commissioner and director of the Colorado Office of Television Film & Media (OFTM). Drew Repp, OFTM’s Program Manager, served as moderator.

Things do seem a bit brighter, especially with the new 20 per cent state production incentive in place. The future appears to be more hopeful. But many challenges still face the production industry in Colorado.

Getting creative

The current marketplace demands creativity both in budgeting as well as the finished product. But then we have been hearing about doing more with less for some time now.

Clients come in with “wildly unrealistic expectations,” said Macomber. Telling her firm that they “want all the same stuff for last year and we're slashing your budget by $250,000."


THE 35th STARZ DENVER FILM FESTIVAL

Stars Denver Film Festival
VOTE FILM!

November 1 – 11, 2012
RED CARPET GALAS, SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS, PANELS AND FILMS IN COMPETITION  

Recognized as the Rocky Mountain Region's largest film event, the Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF) is celebrating its 35th edition November 1-11. Sponsored by Starz Entertainment and produced by the Denver Film Society, this filmmakers and film lovers extravaganza offers something for everyone!

The lineup once again includes some SDFF signature events with Reel Social Club, Cinema Q, Women + Film and the annual Opening and Closing Night Galas and Big Night; which offer three buzz-worthy award season releases: A Late Quartet, Quartet and Silver Linings Playbook.

In addition, participants will get to see a wide array of international films in competition. You also won’t want to miss out on a great lineup of shorts and student films you may not see anywhere else; and to participate in some educational and informative panel discussions and workshops.

Not only is this the perfect opportunity to show your support for the Denver Film Society, which offers great year-round programming for our community, but it’s a chance to meet and mingle with filmmakers and industry professionals from Colorado and around the world during the festival’s receptions and late night lounge.

New this year, is a central downtown hub for the Festival at the Denver Pavilions to complement the Denver Film Society's permanent cinematic home, the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax.


LET TRAVEL CHANNEL PLAN A FREE DREAM VACATION

Then come meet Bert Kreischer, host of TRAVEL CHANNEL’S TRIP FLIP. He’ll will be at the “16TH STREET MALL” in DENVER, CO looking for adventurous travelers – so come down and say “HI!” Bert’s gearing up for his next four destinations… If you & your traveling buddy can travel for 5-6 days between Nov. 27, 2012 and Jan 11, 2013 come meet Bert as a pair and get in the mix! WHERE: 16th Street Mall, Denver, CO ****Sign-in table will be located outside the Tabor Center - corner of 16th & Larimer (by the Cheesecake Factory)***** WHEN: October 13, 2012 TIME: 10am – 6pm In case of inclement weather, please call 303-872-8788 for a meeting location update Just some FYI’s: • Travelers must be at least 18 years old • Travel dates and locations are chosen SOLELY by the show! • Look for Bert and his camera crew or the rest of the Trip Flip gang hanging out by the “Cheesecake Factory…” **NO PHONE CALLS OR EMAILS PLEASE – JUST LOOK FOR US!!! Trip Flip is produced by High Noon Entertainment, the company that brings you captivating series such as Cake Boss, Tough Love & Extreme Water Parks

State of the State | Film Commissioner Donald Zuckerman

Okay, we passed a competitive incentive bill. That took years. But now the work really begins. This is your industry. Together, we can build it into the dynamo it deserves to be. On Wednesday, September 19th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Mayan Theater, your Colorado Film and Video Association will deliver the second State of the State – a comprehensive look at where the industry is today, and where it might go in the future. Just take a look at the panelists who will be presenting. They represent the depth and breadth of this vibrant industry. We need you to be there, to listen, participate and feed back. Entrance is free. 

Featured Panelist: Donald Zuckerman  

Colorado Film Commissioner and director of the Colorado Office of Television Film & Media, Donald Zukerman moved from LA to Denver to work for Gov. John Hickenlooper and secure a competitive film incentive for Colorado. He did it and put the state back into the game of attracting more film production. A long-time Hollywood executive producer, Zuckerman’s more recent projects include Rush Lights (Beau Bridges and Aidan Quinn) and Casino Jack (Kevin Spacey).

Donald Zuckerman

 

State of the State | Panelist 2012

Okay, we passed a competitive incentive bill. That took years. But now the work really begins. This is your industry. Together, we can build it into the dynamo it deserves to be. On Wednesday, September 19th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Mayan Theater, your Colorado Film and Video Association will deliver the second State of the State – a comprehensive look at where the industry is today, and where it might go in the future. Just take a look at the panelists who will be presenting. They represent the depth and breadth of this vibrant industry. We need you to be there, to listen, participate and feed back. Entrance is free.

 

Featured Panelist: Kiowa Winans

 

Anne Macomber With degrees in business administration and law, Kiowa Winans partners with writer-director husband Jamin Winans at Double Edge Films, which produced the science fiction fantasy, Ink. In addition to bringing business and legal acumen to the project, she also wrangled Art Direction, Costume Design and Sound Design.