Wednesday, July 31, 2013

FREE promotion for NASTRAGULL, Pirates (volume 1)


The free promotion today Wednesday July 31st 2013.  

 


Should you have a problem with the download in your area go to amazon.com, search Nastragull, go to kindle edition, download or just go to the amazon/Nastragull picture to the right and click…

Please spread the word and invite all your friends.  

Science Fiction, Action& Adventure, Space Opera, Dystopian, Galactic Empire, Hard Science Fiction, Military, Horror, Romance…well…some erotic segments 

As a tight-knit group of human cadets heads home after eight years of military training, their interstellar transport, Bright Star, comes under attack by pirates—and after a bloody battle, they're taken prisoner. One of the cadets, Alec Horn, eventually manages to escape with the Bright Star's captain and an emperor's ransom in loot.  

Together, they set out on a harrowing adventure to rescue their friends and comrades. There are just two minor complications: during Alec's captivity, he "awakened" to the voice of the universe, Nastra—and worse, he fell madly in love with a young pirate woman, Alexa.  

Theirs is a forbidden love, one that will soon embroil everyone and everything they know in the madness of the Third Universal War. Meanwhile, at the opposite end of the known universe, a creature that has hibernated for thousands of years rises from her long rest: the ruthless alien known as Marquessa De La Hoff, history's most feared military commander.  

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@ErikMartinWilln

Wave Breakers (II)


Directors: Ben Nott, Morgan O'Neill
Writers: Tim Duffy (story), Morgan O'Neill (screenplay)

Storyline
In the 70s two brothers battle killer waves, conservative society and ruthless bikers to kick-start the modern surf industry.
video
 

The Canyons


Director: Paul Schrader

Storyline
When Christian, an LA trust-fund kid with casual ties to Hollywood, learns of a secret affair between Tara and the lead of his film project, Ryan, he spirals out of control, and his cruel mind games escalate into an act of bloody violence.
video
 

Europa Report


Director: Sebastián Cordero
Writer: Philip Gelatt (screenplay)

Storyline
An international crew of astronauts undertakes a privately funded mission to search for life on Jupiter's fourth largest moon.
video
 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Today FREE promotion for NASTRAGULL, Pirates (volume 1)


The free promotion starts today Tuesday July 30th – Wednesday July 31st 2013.  

(approximate at or around AM 3 -4 US Eastern time. The free e-book promotion is for kindle/PC on the amazon.)

Should you have a problem with the download in your area go to amazon.com, search Nastragull, go to kindle edition, download or just go to the amazon/Nastragull picture to the right and click…

Please spread the word and invite all your friends.  

Science Fiction, Action& Adventure, Space Opera, Dystopian, Galactic Empire, Hard Science Fiction, Military, Horror, Romance…well…some erotic segments.



 

As a tight-knit group of human cadets heads home after eight years of military training, their interstellar transport, Bright Star, comes under attack by pirates—and after a bloody battle, they're taken prisoner. One of the cadets, Alec Horn, eventually manages to escape with the Bright Star's captain and an emperor's ransom in loot.  

Together, they set out on a harrowing adventure to rescue their friends and comrades. There are just two minor complications: during Alec's captivity, he "awakened" to the voice of the universe, Nastra—and worse, he fell madly in love with a young pirate woman, Alexa.  

Theirs is a forbidden love, one that will soon embroil everyone and everything they know in the madness of the Third Universal War. Meanwhile, at the opposite end of the known universe, a creature that has hibernated for thousands of years rises from her long rest: the ruthless alien known as Marquessa De La Hoff, history's most feared military commander.

 
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@ErikMartinWilln


 

 

Interview with Erik Martin, Author of Nastragull (pirates # 1)


Here is a interview by Sabine A.  Reed from Writing and Publishing Resource;

 


@SabineAReed
http://sabineareed.com/

Sabina is also an experienced author and has written several books here is one that I’m currently reading.
 

The Demon Mages (Book 1 of The Power of Three Trilogy)
Buy from Amazon USA and Amazon UK
Book Blurb:
Magic born from the elements, a reluctant heroine, mages, demons, prophecies, a political plot to murder a king and the world at the brink of a major upheaval. And in the midst of all this, a sister’s quest to save her brother’s life.
Living on the peaceful island Iram, Zo knows little of the troubles brewing on the mainland. But when her brother Seve is poisoned, and her twin sister Alicia halts his slow but fateful progress towards death with an ancient binding spell, thereby subjecting herself to the same horrific death, Zo has no choice but to travel to the mainland to procure the flower of rosem, a crucial ingredient in the antidote for the poison.

What she doesn’t know is that king Vindha on the mainland has threatened the fabric of earth’s magic by offering the bodies of dead mages to the demons, thus creating fearsome demon mages. These demon mages have the ability to withstand any magical attack. As she struggles to journey through the treacherous mainland, and return home in time to save her siblings, Zo is unaware that Vindha has sent a demon mage to kill her – and thereby condemn her siblings to an inevitable death.

Monday, July 29, 2013

TFE THE FILM ENTREPRENEUR:


A Newsletter for Independent Filmmakers and Investors

LOUISE LEVISON, EDITOR AND PUBLISHER

VOL 20, NO. 4 JUNE ISSUE 2013 

INDIES GET GOOD GRADES AT MID-TERM
 

Independents kept a good pace through June 30th, with a total $1.8 billion in revenue, or 34 percent of the total North American box office of $5.2 billion. Making comparisons for both the total box office and indie segment compared to last year continues to look like jumping through hoops this year. The reason is that 800-lb gorilla ― The Hunger Games, which made twice as much as any of the Twilight films. Having no comparable blockbuster this year, the National Association of Theater owners, myself and other analysts compare this year’s results with and without the film. Using absolute dollars, the total box office is down 2 percent and the indie portion down 17 percent. If you take out the $404 million that THG earned by midyear in 2012, however, the total box office in 2013 is up 6 percent and the indie segment is up 3 percent.  

The independent market revenue included $387 million from 199 films released in 2012 and $1.415 billion from 273 films released in 2013. Of those 273 films, 20 earned more than $20 million each at the box office and contributed 79 percent of the total revenue, a result comparable to last year. The budgets and genres of those 20 films ranged from $2.5 million for A Haunted House to $135 million for The Croods 

As we move into August, we will start to see more of the specialty films picked up at Sundance and other festivals and markets that distributors deem prospects for the Best Picture Oscar. While various online trades have been suggesting films that could be this year’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, I don’t think that potential nominee has been released yet. Nor will there necessarily be another film with a budget of $2 million or less that is nominated. My main hope is that we don’t keep changing the rules of the game for that award. Historically, it has become clear that indie films, whether specialty or big budget mainstream, always will receive a lot of respect in that big category. As always, it has something to do with story.  

QUOTABLE “I believe debate should be done in culture but also at the highest levels of our administration. I don’t think that film can change things, but it can educate.” . . . Oliver Stone, during a 2013 retrospective of his work at Karlovy Vary

 

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AFM REGISTRATION OPENS  

Registration is now open for the 2013 American Film Market & Conferences (AFM®) for attendees, exhibitors and press. The AFM is presented by the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA). Eight thousand-plus industry professionals from over 70 countries will attend AFM to gain exposure, discover new projects and make deals. The annual Conference Series will take place Friday, Nov. 8 to Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel, 101 Wilshire Blvd., from 9:15AM to 12:45PM each day. Program topics include finance, pitching, production, marketing and distribution. Speakers will be announced as they are confirmed on the AFM website, AFM’s Facebook page and MyAFM. The latter is AFM’s online community which allows registered attendees to connect with one another before, during and after the market. It is particularly useful for making plans with people during the very busy market days.

The Attendee Packages range from a show-floor-only pass for Nov. 10 to 12 ($250/$275) to the Platinum Pass ($1,395/$1,495), which includes all seven days of the show floor and screenings, as well as conferences. TFE’s suggestion for best overall value for indie filmmakers is the Industry Pass plus 4-day conference ($495/$545). Note that the prices in parenthesis are for purchases on or before October 18/after October 18. There are other package combinations. In addition to the show floor pass, the conference series and MyAFM Annual Membership can be purchased separately. For more info, go to: http://www.americanfilmmarket.com/attendee-options/.   

ACADEMY ATTEMPTS DIVERSITY 

A past Los Angeles Times study estimated that Oscar voters have a median age of 62, and people younger than 50 constituted just 14 percent of Academy membership. (The full roster has never been published, but the reporters were able to confirm the stats on 5,100 of the more than 6,000 members.) This year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made a real attempt to bring diversity to the voting group. The Academy did away with a previous quota for new members and invited 276 to join. Women comprise 85 percent of the invitees. In addition, the group has a large contingent of African Americans, including Ava DuVernay, Steve McQueen and Tim Story, and a number of people in their early-to-mid 30s, including directors Benh Zeitlin and Jeff Nichols and actors Rosario Dawson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Nevertheless, it will take a long time before the Academy ceases to be looked at as an “old white guys club.”   

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL 

Presented by Film Independent, the 19th Edition of the Los Angeles Film Festival took place June 13-23 in the L A Live complex across from the Los Angeles Convention Center. A diverse slate of nearly 200 feature films, shorts and music videos, representing more than 40 countries. were culled from 5,428 submissions. The final selections represent 35 World, North American and U.S. premieres, including 22 debuts in the Narrative and Documentary Competition sections. In addition, the program included a filmmaker retreat at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch, “music in film” nights at the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live, Poolside Chats and Master Classes. Unfortunately, it did not include the annual concurrent Film Financing Seminar which had been your editor’s favorite event since 1988, especially for its keynote speech. I suggest checking out Chris McGurk’s 2012 keynote about the “Indie Renaissance,” at: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/laff-2012-cinedigm-chris-mcgurk-digital-indie-renaissance-338473  

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ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL AWARD
FILM
WINNER
DirecTV Best Documentary Feature
Code Black
Ryan McGarry
DirecTV Best Narrative Feature
Mother, I Love You
Janis Nords
Best Performance in Narrative Competition
I.D.
Geetanjali Thapa
Audience Best Narrative Feature
Short Term 12
Destin Daniel Cretton
Audience Best Documentary Feature
American Revolutinary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
Grace Lee
Audience Best International Feature
Wadjda
Haifaa Al Mansour
Audience Best Short
Grandpa and Me and a Helicopter to Heaven
Åsa Blanck Johan Palmgren
Audience Best Music Video
Katachi
Kijek/Adamski
Honolulu Office Best Narrative Short
Walker
Tsai Ming-Liang
Honolulu Office Best Documentary Short
Stone
Kevin Jerome Everson
Honolulu Office Best Animated/Experimental Short
Oh Willy…
Emma De Sweaf Marc James Roels

 

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E3  

A total of 48,200 video game industry professionals, investor analysts, journalists and retailers from 102 countries attended this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles June 11-15 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Approximately 230 exhibitors showcased the latest in computer and video game hardware and software, unveiling the year's hottest titles. The show is produced by the Electronic Software Association, the trade association that represents U.S. computer and video game publishers. In a surprise revelation, two universities tied to win the inaugural E3 College Game Competition, which was created by ESA to recognize the best student talent in video game development. The winners were, “Lost in Thought” from Savannah College of Art and Design and “Flash Frozen” from The University of Wisconsin. Today, more than 380 U.S. colleges and universities offer courses and degrees in computer and video game design.

Michael Gallagher, ESA CEO, presented the results of the 2013 report on the game industry. The following is an excerpt from the “2013 Essential Facts Report about the Computer and Video Game Industry” (based on 2012 data) which can be found at: http://www.theesa.com/facts/pdfs/ESA_EF_2013.pdf

*The average U.S. household owns at least one dedicated game console, PC or Smartphone.

*51 percent of U.S. households own a dedicated game console.

*58 percent of Americans play video games.

*32 percent of game players are ages 18-35 and 36 percent are 36 and older.

*43 percent of game players believe that computer and video games give them the most value for their money, compared with DVDs, music or going out to the movies.

*The average age of the most frequent game purchaser is 35.

*Of the most frequent game purchasers, 54 percent are male and 46 percent are female. Similarly, 55 percent of game players are male and 45 percent women.

*Women 18-years-of-age or older represent a significantly greater portion of the game-playing population (31 percent) than boys age 17 or younger (19 percent).

*36 percent of mobile gamers play on their smartphones and 25 percent on their wireless devices.
 

FEDERAL FILM CREDIT TO SUNSET  

Known as the Federal Credit for film investors, Section 181 of the American Jobs Creation Act will sunset December 31, 2013. Attorney Hal “Corky” Kessler, who worked with Congressional legislators on the initial bill and its subsequent renewals, advises that the credit will not be renewed again. Under Section 181, each qualified film or television project can expense out to the taxpayer investors an amount up to a maximum of $15,000,000 per film or $20,000,000 per film if a significant amount is filmed or paid in a low-income state. In television, the amount allowed to be expensed out to the taxpaying investors is up to a maximum of $15,000,000 or $20,000,000 per episode for up to 44 episodes. The original act was extended three times; the final extension is the one ending this year. 

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NUMBERS! NUMBERS! NUMBERS!

LOW-BUDGET INDEPENDENT FILMS ($8.5M and under)

 

FILM
DISTRIBUTOR
REVENUE
COST
thous. $
thous. $
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Fox Searchlight
12,796
1,500
Bling Ring, The*
A24
4,350
8,000
Dark Skies
Dimension
17,419
3,500
East, The*
Fox Searchlight
1,641
6.500
Filly Brown*
Lionsgate
2,850
2,000
Gatekeepers, The
Sony Pictures Classics
2,416
1,500
Haunted House, A
Open Road
40,042
2,500
Hit and Run
Open Road
13,749
1,300
Home Run
Samuel Goldwyn Films
2,861
1,600
Insidious
FilmDistrict
54,009
1,500
Kai Po Che
UTV
1,123
5,500
Last Exorcism II, The
CBS Films
15,179
5,000
Lords of Salem, The
Anchor Bay
1,166
1,500
Movie 43
Relativity Media
8,840
6,000
Royal Affair, A
Magnolia Pictures
1,547
7,200
Samsara
Oscilloscope Pictures
2,654
4,000
Sessions, The
Fox Searchlight
6,002
1,000
Sinister
Lionsgate/Summit
48,087
5,000
Sleepwalk With Me
IFC Films
2,266
1,200
Spring Breakers*
A24
14,124
5,000
Undefeated
The Weinstein Co.
561
1,000
What Maisie Knew*
Millennium Ent.
996
6,000

 

*Still in North American distribution as of June 30, 2013. Revenues are from boxofficemojo.com and boxoffice.com. Negative costs (production prior to prints and ads) are approximate, based either on industry estimates, published interviews with filmmakers or personal conversations with filmmakers.
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MORE NUMBERS! NUMBERS! NUMBERS!

HIGH-BUDGET INDEPENDENT FILMS (Over $8.5M )

 

FILM
DISTRIBUTOR
REV.
COST
thous. $ $
thous. $
21 and Over
Relativity Media
25,682
13,000
42*
Warner Brothers
94,566
38,000
Admission
Focus Features
18,007
13,000
Big Wedding, The*
Lionsgate Films
21,784
32,000
Call, The
TriStar
51,873
13,000
Croods, The*
20th Century Fox
184,419
135,000
Dead Man Down
FilmDistrict
10,895
30,000
Escape from Planet Earth*
The Weinstein Co.
56,852
40,000
Evil Dead (2013)
TriStar
54,240
14,000
Host, The (2013)
Open Road
26,620
40,000
Mud*
Roadside Attractions
20,495
10,000
Now You See Me*
Lionsgate/Summit
104,793
75,000
Olympus Has Fallen*
FilmDistrict
98,770
70,000
Parker
FilmDistrict
17,617
30,000
Perks of Being a Wallflower, The
Lionsgate/Summit
17,743
12,000
Place Beyond the Pines, The*
Focus Features
21,403
10,000
Rise of the Guardians
Paramount
103,413
145,000
Safe Haven
Relativity Media
71,349
28,000
Scary Movie 5*
Dimension
31,814
20,000
Side Effects (2013)
Open Road
32,173
30,000
Silver Linings Playbook
The Weinstein Co.
132,093
21,000
Snitch
Summit/Lionsgate
42,930
35,000
Tyler Perry Presents Peeples
Lionsgate
9,177
15,000
Warm Bodies
Lionsgate/Summit
66,381
30,000
Zero Dark Thirty
Sony/Columbia
95,721
45,000


Note: Same references as Low-budget table. 

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LARGE FORMAT FILMS


FILM
DISTRIBUTION
REV.
COST
thous. $
thous. $
Air Racers 3D
3D Entertainment
1,310
5,000
Aliens of the Deep
BV LSF
8,969
5,000
Apollo 13: The Imax Experience
IMAX
1,737
n/a
Bugs!
SK Films, Inc.
18,114
9,000
Born To Be Wild 3D*
Warner Bros./IMAX
22,896
n/a
Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man
Sony Pictures Classics
15,628
9,000
Deep Sea 3D*
Warner Bros.
45,633
1,000
Galapagos: The Enchanted Voyage
IMAX
18,108
7,000
Ghosts of the Abyss
Buena Vista
17,041
13,000
Haunted Castle
nWave
13,652
n/a
Hubble 3D*
Warner Bros.
39,065
n/a
Magnificent Desolation
IMAX
34,109
3,000
NASCAR 3D
Warner Bros./IMAX
21,337
10,000
Ocean Wonderland 3D
3D Entertainment
11,035
3,000
Roar: Lions of the Kalahari
Destination Cinema
2,166
n/a/w
Roving Mars
Buena Vista
10,408
1,000
Sea Monsters 3D: A Prehistoric Adven.
National Geographic
23,746
n/a
Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World
3D Entertainment
6,097
n/a
Space Station 3D*
IMAX
88,152
1,000
Thrill Ride
Sony Classics
18,795
9,000
To the Arctic 3D*
Warner Bros.
12,928
n/a
T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous
IMAX
53,323
14,500
U2 3D
National Geographic
10,362
13,000
Under the Sea 3D*
Warner Bros.
33,125
n/a
Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest
National Geographic
898
n/a
Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
Shadow
3,058
n/a
Wild Safari 3D
nWave
16,621
4,500
Young Black Stallion
Buena Vista
6,751
n/a

Note: Same references as Low-budget table.

 
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Need Money for a Movie? Don’t Go in Empty-Handed. Have a Business Plan.

 

The benefit of using a reliable business plan to raise financing for a film is that it allows the investors and the filmmaker to gauge the potential success of a film. A polished business plan with projections based on the worldwide results of other films and with clear explanations about the industry, markets and production personnel attached to the film is far more effective than an incomplete document that leaves prospective investors wanting more information. Contact Louise Levison at louisel@earthlink.net to find out how you can put her 25 years of experience as a Film Business Consultant to work creating a business plan for your film.  

Louise Levison, President of Business Strategies, is a highly respected financial consultant in the entertainment industry, specializing in creation of film business plans for 25 years. Her clients have raised money for low-budget films including The Blair Witch Project, the most profitable independent film in history, and for companies raising as much as $300 million. She is the author of Filmmakers & Financing: Business Plans for Independents, currently in its revised and expanded seventh edition (Focal Press, 2013). The sixth edition of the book continues to be available in Mandarin from www.hindabook.com in Beijing, China. She also is editor of the online newsletter The Film Entrepreneur: A Newsletter for the Independent Filmmaker and Investor. Among other clients’ projects are The Prophet (an animated film based on Kahlil Gibran’s book), Unlimited (Nathan Frankowski), Redemption (Clayton Miller), Moving Midway, Redemption Road, Haunted (2012), Winter in the Blood, The First of May, The Open Road, Aluna, Yak: The Giant King, Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman, My Father and the Man in Black and Michael Winslow Live. Among her corporate clients are Danny Glover’s Louverture Films (2008 nominee for Best Documentary Academy Award Trouble the Water) and his Louverture Film Fund I, The Pamplin Film Company (Hoover), Hurricane Film Partners, LLC and Tokuma International Ltd (Shall We Dance, Princess Mononoke), as well as The Lifton Institute of Media Arts and Sciences (Los Angeles). 
 
Levison is an affiliate of the Berlin-based consulting company Peacefulfish (www.peacefulfish.com). Levison is an Instructor in the Extension Program at UCLA. She also has been a Visiting Professor at the Taipei (Taiwan) National University of the Arts, Chapman University (Orange County, CA) and the University of Montana (Missoula). She has presented seminars and/or been on panels at festivals and markets around the world. (Additional information is available at http://www.moviemoney.com).

 
THE FILM ENTREPRENEUR is published by Business Strategies

Louise Levison, Editor

Faryl Saliman Reingold, Assistant Editor

Office: 4454 Ventura Canyon Ave., Suite 305

Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Phone: (818) 990-7774

E-mail: louisel@earthlink.net; http://www.moviemoney.com


Have your scripts professionally read and analyzed by TFE’s Assistant Editor Faryl Saliman Reingold. For more information, e-mail her at swanlandprods@yahoo.com 

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