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Windmills & Movie Making – what you need to know

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I just love windmills. I enjoy finding them when traveling. I wish I lived nearer to them. I enjoy seeing the movement in the sky line. It amazes me to see them moving in harmony, very often synchronized by the wind. I find a beauty in it. I find majesty in a field of windmills.

The reason I do, I believe, is because of what the windmills represent to me.

They are tall, they stand alone, they work separately, yet they work together for a greater good. They work independently but together they harness the wind power to be used by all. They serve a larger purpose.

I use this as an analogy for filmmaking. This is how I understand people working in film and television.

There are different jobs, different tasks that need to be done by individuals in different departments. Each is separate, frequently working alone, and yet together. These individuals are a team working together for the greater good of the project. They are both independent and interdependent at the same time.

In the case of the windmills no one single windmill is more important than the other. They are all equal. They all do their job and the larger interest is served.

In movie making there is a pecking order, there is a chain of command and there are different job descriptions. While I think all are necessary hence all are equal, my thinking may not be commonly accepted that way. Some people consider some positions more important than others.

Therefore, it is important to know and appreciate this chain of command or this top down order and understand where and how you fit in and contribute to it.

Even though some think one job description is more important than another I think all the job positions are necessary. They exist because they evolved driven by whatever was needed at a moment in time. Most, if not all innovation in filmmaking, art, science and medicine, in fact in any endeavor, is driven by the need to do something easier, faster, or differently. At one time the camera was static, on sticks, and because people wanted to tell stories better cameras became lighter and movable. Dollies and jibs, cranes and steadicams evolved to fill this need.

So I believe every position on a film crew is necessary because someone needs to do it. While there are different pay grades, and import placed on different job descriptions ultimately all are important. Some are deemed jobs for the talented, successful few, while others are ‘run out and find someone who will do this job’. Still, each position is necessary and hence worthy of respect.

Whatever, position on a film crew one finds oneself, one can and should be proud to be part of a collaborative team. If you weren’t doing the job someone else would be. You are needed to make the entire effort work. It may not always seem that way and you may not always be respected or treated as you should be but every piece and every part and every player on the team is necessary.

The whole is more than the sum of its parts. Together each person works in service of the project, the greater good. Each independent player helps this project come together in the same way each piece of a jigsaw puzzle in necessary for the puzzle to be complete.

This is how film work is collaborative. We need each other to bring the film to life. Countless numbers of people  are needed through each of the phases  of movie making from idea to consumer. Everyone along the way IS necessary but no one is indispensable. Everyone can be replaced. That is why working together as a team is critical.

To succeed in this business I believe one must understand and appreciate what everyone is attempting to do when they make a movie. One must understand the different responsibilities that come with each position and understand the etiquette on a production. I will discuss more about this in future blogs.

Different positions carry different concerns. You should: Know your place. Don’t bug people. Be respectful and helpful. Arrive early and stay late (but don’t fudge your union time cards or stay late to gain more pay THEY WILL notice that). Be willing to be helpful OFF the clock.

When you positively contribute to the people on the team and the overall project you become a valuable resource people can rely on.

You make yourself appreciated by remaining positive, by not grumbling. The saying ‘ loose lips sinks ships’ is apt because nothing hurts morale more than complaining and you may sink yourself if you get caught spreading a negative virus. If other people do it. let them, just don’t participate.

Make yourself nearly indispensable by working hard and going the extra mile. Work beyond your pay. You will be recognized by your efforts and when you go out of your way to be helpful, without being a nuisance, employers take note. Not everyone hired will do more than what is required so when you do you stick out head and shoulders above the rest.

You serve your own best interests when you become known as a friendly team player that people can count on. When you help others you are helping yourself.

You may not like someone on the team but you must respect their position, their job title and do your work without letting anything interfere. Obviously, if you are in an abusive job relationship that is something else as I am discussing the day to day working environment. Personalities clash at times and yet you are best served to do whatever you can to rise above it. Keep the larger project in mind. Be respectful of all and all will take notice, especially the people who can hire you back.

Many people think only of themselves, they only look out for number one. You do have to consider your own needs  I understand. The person who moves ahead in their career faster is one who can balance their needs while looking out for others.

Employers look at those whose concern is the project, who are team players and help all be successful in making the project come together. While union rules may preclude you from doing someone else’s tasks for them your spirit and attitude can go a long way in gaining you the attention of those who hire. Willingness to help, even when you can’t is appreciated. Be willing, and be helpful when able. Go the extra mile and give more service than asked for AND you will do more than most other hires. You will separate yourself from them and you will positively stand apart.

Remember, filmmaking is a collaborative effort that requires the management of large numbers of people and the allocation of resources. If you don’t come off as too overly eager and in the way, but as a dedicated, hardworking, positive person you will do well. When you are willing to do anything to help the team succeed you become recognized as valuable team player who is difficult to replace. Because so few work so well it is tough to find someone like you. You want to hard replace.

You make the best headway in this business by becoming known as a reliable, dedicated, hard working cheerful, friendly co-worker who values others and cares deeply about the success of the project and the overall team.

People in it only for oneself, tend to lose out.  People who contribute tend to make headway beyond the rest.

While it is true there can be horrible employers and job situations and some top players may not be nice at all you should remain positive.

Remember, after all you are living the dream you are making a movie.

Some players are power mongers who throw their weight around because they really don’t know how to lead well and most likely are afraid someone may find out. Some may mistreat people and no matter what you do you could be used, abused or ignored because that is just how they are.

There are exceptions to every rule still you should seek to rise above the rest and adhere to a higher standard. Try instead to understand, sympathize, emphasize, forgive OR go where your talents may better serve and be appreciated.

When you enjoy what you are doing and help others to enjoy along with you ultimately you will be recognized by those who count. You will be invited back to work again and again when you become the person they want to be around. When you are recognized as a great person first coupled with being a great worker, known to deliver the goods, who fits in and contributes to the team, you become sought after. You become highly desirable. THIS is what you want to occur. This is how you get ahead.

Look beyond the job and look to your future in film. DO you fit in well with others? Can you work in harmony, while working independently, for the greater good? Can you help all to benefit? Do people enjoy your company? Are you a team player? Are you friendly? Do you like people? Are you willing to go the extra mile to deliver exceptional service, even if not asked? If you can honestly answer yes you will do well.

Keep putting yourself out there. Build your resume. As you do, your positive, helpful nature and your team spirit will become known. Reputations precede us and they follow us. Make sure your reputation serves to get you on the project.

Make sure your reputation is stellar and you will go very far in this business. One of the reasons you will go far beyond others is because when you are this kind of person, this type of worker, when you do these things, you are unlike all the others. You are no dime a dozen worker. You are a cut above. You are rare and you are valuable.” Rex Sikes

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Hollywood Is A Meritocracy

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I have been writing about the need for people to become a rare, sought after, desired person in Hollywood, in ‘the industry’. You know the kind of person we need  a genuine person, a nice, honest, decent, hard working co-contributor who works well with others. When it comes to advancing one’s career there is no better means that to add value to others first.

The entertainment business, like any business, is driven by dollars. It seeks profits and is concerned with bottom line. It catapults into stardom anyone who can fill theater seats or pitch and sell products in media because of who they are and how they look. Make no mistake about it the movie business is a commercial endeavor. It spends money to make money and it is concerned with every last dime.

So adding value means you don’t cost them you help them. It means you are not a liability but an asset. If you can help them save money by being professional, by being dedicated and going the extra mile, by adding value then you are sought after and put to work doing that. If you can help make them money by your actions you are a godsend.

Make no mistake, it is about business after all.

At the same time I share with you how to get inside the business there are other things to do simultaneous. Some do these without regard to what I have already shared about how to get in. I believe you need to do both. Here is what you need to be and do.

First and foremost you have to be the kind of person people like and want to be around. You DO need to add value first to everyone and develop the reputation for helping others and solving problems. You want to become the nice go to person everyone wants on their team.

Second you have to make films, movies, television. act. write. edit, shoot, compose or do whatever it is you do. NO YOU DO NOT have to do them all. Probably far better if you don’t try all of them anyway. You have to produce product for the business. It should be quality product, great story, great acting, unique, novel or original. You want to have an original voice and not be a copy cat. Still, you can model success from others, build on what has gone before you without looking the same.

What Hollywood doesn’t want is to do any of the work. They don’t want to have to say yes to you or your projects that is too risky. Invest in you or your movie WOW really risky! Better to say no and wait and see if you come through anyway. THAT is exactly what the business does these days.

You find it tough because they say no. They say no because they don’t want to loose their jobs. They will anyway if they never say yes, but at least they think they can squeeze a few more days, weeks or months out of the current tenuous position. So they say no.

If you are the kind of person who takes rejection personally and it hurts you and crushes you and you give up Hollywood beat you. Because there is no failure until you quit but once you throw in the towel it is definitely over. So move on. If on the other hand you don’t let it bother you but you allow it to motivate you to work smarter and harder then you can improve your chances.

If, instead of quitting, you make your movie, your show, your web content, and you do it well, you have something to offer you have a tangible money making product. While it is true that it is difficult to get movies made and released, it is equally true that it is difficult to get people to read your screenplays, and watch the product you have made. Everyone is too busy and too lazy to be bothered. They just don’t want to have to work to make things happen.

But they are more likely to watch something of your work or latch on to your idea when they see that it is fully developed, quality produced and acted and that there is merit behind your thoughts and you actions. Proof of concept or sizzle reels seems to be a way to go. You have to prove your project has wings.

The bottom line in this day is anyone can make a movie. Anyone can make a full feature film the technology exists and the costs, while there are costs, it is not prohibitive as it once was. So if you write, produce, direct, act, shoot or edit you have no excuse not to be making content.

It had better be awesome though. Because anyone can make movies everyone seems to want to and many make really bad ones. There is so much noise to signal these days because it is cheap and available. If you want to get recognized as a talent then you have to be talented and make good projects.

Let me stop here and say this because it is important. DO NOT do every thing yourself. These are thought of as vanity productions whether they actually are or because you don’t have the people to fill the positions. Movie making is collaborative. If you want to produce or direct you have to be able to lead and manage a team, in some cases a very large team. The more people you have to manage the more your import skyrockets. There is great value in finding those talented producers and directors who understand people skills and are able to get things done effectively.

For directors watch your actors make sure you cast well and get stellar performances. After all that is what a director does. The director brings the story to life. First the story must be incredible no one wants to waste their time watching something that is boring, implausible, and poorly constructed. We all want to be entertained. We want to lose ourselves in the story, in the characters, we want to love them, fight along side them, be them, bed them or hate and revile them. We don’t want to not care. We don’t want to think this story or this person sucks. We want to be lost in your movie and your characters not pulled out of it by silly plot contrivances and weak or overacted performances. Directors this is your domain. THIS IS YOUR MOST IMPORTANT DOMAIN.

Yes, you work with the cinematographer to get the right shots and pretty pictures, but no one cares about your shots if the story and the acting is poor. Then we could go look at a travel video or a photograph. You use the camera and its placement and movement TO TELL THE STORY and CAPTURE THE PERFORMANCES not as an end to itself. By far this is to prevalent in today’s film endeavors. People spend all sorts of time and energy lighting and setting the camera at the expense of what goes on in front of it. Let your cinematographer light the set, deal with the shot while you work with the actors. Confer with them yes, but spend the lion share of your time on the story, character and performance and less on style. Focus on substance over style. Consider this if your story is riveting and the performances captivating 95% of everything is accomplished, maybe 99%. When you have intriguing story and compelling characters the audience lives through, it doesn’t matter so much how it looks.about  I am not saying it isn’t important at all, but it really isn’t. What I am saying is put your energy and talent in what matters the most to everyone who will watch your work.

You are not going to get hired as a director if your film is gorgeous and the story and acting suck.

Writers do everything you can to make in capture our hearts and minds. We have to believe every second, we need to live it as the characters do. Or as an audience we live it a moment in front of them anticipating the next moment, the suspense, or a minute after when some poignant moment is revealed. We should be caught up in the story and moved along on a roller coaster. While the ups and downs and violent turns of the ride don’t have to be such in each story all stories have a pace, have high moments, drama and conflict, overwhelming odds whereby the hero may lose all and moments of accomplishment and learning. It can not be the same pace, the same level, story cannot only be revealed through dialogue. We have to see what is going on and feel what is going on with these characters. You need to write it as the best written screenplay ever. Will you most likely not right out of the gate but you have to stick with it, re-write it, polish it and develop it and make it production worthy. Besides it being important to you, the writer (or the writer, director or producer and sometimes one person is all three) it must be important to others. It has to speak to the audience so that when they are done with the experience they feel better off for having been a part of it. If they feel they have wasted their time then they have and so have you.

Directors and producers must be choosy about what they make. Just because you have an idea doesn’t make it worthy of a short film or feature film. Just shooting for the sake of doing it isn’t going to help you.Strive to do the best with the resources you have. You may not have great equipment or enough people, money, food, time or energy but you should have an incredible story and an incredible cast. WHY? Because before movies came along these were plays and plays need to be great too. This is an important point I am not saying you have to write for theater that is a different form but you have to write and produce and direct and act so that humans that would watch it, whether on film or on a stage, want to see more come from you.

You always only make a first impression once. It is nearly indelible, and while this first impression may be overcome later with better future work, why shoot yourself in the foot to begin with. Start out right by making the best impression you are able to.

Make the best short or feature or web series you can. Wether comedy, drama, science fiction, western action or horror, there is one thing it absolutely be and that is ENTERTAINING!!! IT MUST be worth watching from the very first frame because if not, a few frames later, they will turn it off. If you give them crap the first time do you think they will accept anything from you the second time? Why make your job more difficult make it easy.

Become the best filmmaker you can be. Do it all the time but don’t put it out there unless it is worth it. Know the difference between something worth showing and something you cut your teeth on. As you grow in experience and get better and better you will make the project you want to show, just make sure it is the best you can do.

Actors the same applies to you. There is no reason why you can’t act on camera and put content out there worth seeing if no one is hiring you. You increase your chances of getting hired when you do BUT it must be wonderful. Again business smarts is crucial. Don’t put things up and out that are not your best. It is more important for actors and filmmakers to develop quality over quantity especially to get in the door. Once inside you want to follow up your work with more better work, This is a quest that frustrates many, how to top an earlier success.

I don’t think you have to top it but you have to consistently deliver the goods. If it is business you may have a flop now and then but ultimately you need to make people more money than you loose if you want to stay in any business.

So Hollywood doesn’t want to develop you instead they want you to come to them ready made. They want to claim to have discovered you, the next new great talent. They want to exploit you and make money from you but they don’t want to pay anything to start it. It does make sense because they are currently busy keeping those already ‘there’ busy making movies and projects. They are nurturing and milking their cash cows until the cows have nothing left to give.

SO understanding how things work in a business helps us move forward in the business, It may seem daunting but you can’t give in to that type of thinking. You do need to be positive in your thoughts and actions. You should also be realistic about your knowledge and your skills and talent. Be accurate in your assessment where are you strong and where do you need to develop?

Stay positive in thought and feeling and attitude because you can develop your abilities and talents as you pursue your career. You will especially if you believe in yourself, stay optimistic and continue to work on it. Develop your mind set and never give up. Become a person other people want to work and be with. Megalomaniacs occasionally get in but not as a rule. Usually the nicest people have lasting careers.

Producers and directors remember people keep an eye on how you inspire people to work hard and to be better not how well you whip them into doing things. People management. time management, management of resources are all important. They want to know you can manage money too. If your film cost nothing that is admirable because you did a lot with little BUT you did not actually have to spend money and that is precisely what you do in business. Doing something with nothing may impress some but at the same time it does not lend any credibility to your business skills. Rather it speaks to you creativity to figure out how to pull it off with nothing and I believe this is very valuable. It is just spending money wisely is a different skill set.

The bottom line is today you can make product. Whether that product is one you are able to take to market or not depends on many other factors. What you can and should make is incredible stories whether shorts, serials, or features. You should seek to entertain and fascinate the viewer.

Strive to do your very best in whatever capacity you function and I hope you love doing it. Have fun, enjoy it, strive for quality and keep doing it and you will get better and better. Be wise about what you show and when. Be prudent, in some ways better to err on the side of caution them blow a contact with work not ready. Keep at it and don’t quit.

Be the person other people want to work with. Learn to inspire and motivate and appreciate others. Value them first, add value to them, respect them and they will value you.

The best possible combination. The best of both worlds is an incredibly wonderful person who is also talented, creative and smart about business. It makes it easier to get ahead so be one. If you are not already, I believe you may become one, you just have to spend time doing what it takes. Whenever something is worth having, when something is a must, then it is worth putting in the appropriate effort.

I will discuss many topics as we progress. No single blog post of mine stands in isolation as there are numerous considerations. I consider it a flash light illuminating an aspect of it to give our attention to and explore, not as the final word.

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Michael Frost Beckner (RSMB Screenwriter Series)

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Michael Frost Beckner launched his writing career in the early 1990’s with three record-making “spec” script sales: “Texas Lead & Gold,” “Cutthroat Island,” “Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

Today, with dozens of screenplays and rewrites for major studios, twenty pilots for commercial and cable networks, numerous episodes for network television, Beckner has—from his first original film, “Sniper,” that introduced the phrase “One shot, one kill” to the public vernacular and spawned three sequels—built a reputation as a film and television writer of realistic, character-based historical, military and espionage dramas.

The Screenwriter Series on Movie Beat with Michael Frost Beckner IS BELOW!

UPCOMING LIVE: Wednesday October 8, 2014 11aET, 10aCT, 8aPT TO LISTEN CLICK THE BOLDED LINK Below

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Discussions with Michael on Mini-series he is producing To Appomattox. TO LISTEN CLICK THE BOLDED LINK Below

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****NEWS!!!  Michael and I are conducting a writer’s series. Tips, suggestions, secrets, on writing, selling and getting your screenplay made. Stay tuned!!! More to come!

***** THE SCREENWRITER SERIES with Michael Frost Beckner & Rex. How to write, pitch, sell and produce your screenplay. SCROLL DOWN FOR UPCOMING EPISODES *****

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Episode 1. We discuss – idea, generating ideas, plot, how to develop plot, story and what makes it important. The importance of Characters to the story and how these all relate to creating a strong project and selling it. (Show Note – cable company cut cable 3 minutes from end of show – ends abruptly but we will continue the conversation topic in Episode 2.

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Episode 2 We picked up where we left off and continued to explore story and character development. Michael talked about creating character backstory and how you screenplay story emanates from the character not the other way around. We discussed rewriting to keep it a page turner and began discussing crafting your opening, and how important theme is, plus much more.

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Episode 3 We continue the discussion where we left off and began to significantly the notion of THEME in your writing. Why and how  it is important and what it means to the reader and audience.

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Episode 4 We will pick up where we left off and continue to explore these and new topics. How to Pitch Studio executives and producers. Michael provided valuable tips and suggestions for how to pitch and what to do.

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Episode 5 Continues the exploration and discussion on pitching and selling your screenplay. The conversation includes studio, independent production, television and features. Incredible information you can use is in each episode.

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Episode 6 Michael and I discuss pitching your feature or spec film and how it differs from pitching Television executives. We discuss the necessity of networking and career success.

ENJOY THE SCREENWRITER SERIES

Beckner’s major big-screen success came with the Universal Pictures, Tony Scott directed film of Beckner’s spec script, “Spy Game” (2001) starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt.  The release of that film coincided with the debut Beckner’s CBS series, “The Agency” (Creator, Executive Producer, Writer; 2001-2003).  This pilot holds the distinction of being the only dramatic series ever allowed to film at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

Beckner began his career as Academy Award winning director, Barry Levinson’s Writing Assistant working with the director on “Good Morning, Vietnam” and “Rain Man.”  From 1997 to 2008, he worked extensively with Academy Award winning director, Sydney Pollack, adapting John Le Carre’s “The Night Manager” and writing two more films and developing two television series; Beckner considers Mr. Pollack his mentor and the greatest influence on his writing and his career.

Recent writing credits include: “CSI: Crime Scene Investigators” (CBS) and “Gold Fever” (Discovery), and is preparing the “Spy Game” prequel “Muir’s Gambit” for production and has adapted his novel “Berlin Mesa” into a 4 hour mini-series for AMC.

Beckner has also developed a working profile in European television writing the miniseries “The Plan” (UK; Purecom Entertainment and Freemantle) based on Alex Dryden’s bestsellers “Red to Black” and “Moscow Sting,” as well as “The Sleepwalkers” based on Christopher Clark’s international bestseller of the same title (Germany;Odeon/H&V Productions).  Beckner is currently working on “City of Lies” which continues his creative partnership with director Wolfgang Petersen they began with “The Agency” (Radiant Productions/Endemol).

As a personality and commentator on American espionage he has appeared on CNN, Fox New, TF1 in France, and was a featured guest on Bill Maher’s “Politically Incorrect.”  As a Civil War speaker, he has spoken at universities and to private organizations on the history behind his upcoming Civil War Event Mini-Series “To Appomattox.”

He is one of three children of Olympic gymnast, coach and judge, and NCAA champion (University of Southern California) Jack Beckner and Barbara Beckner; he attended USC and received a degree in novel writing under the tutelage of award-winning novelist T.C. Boyle; the father of five children, Beckner makes his home in Montrose, California.

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Stay up to date with the live shows on Rex Sikes’ Movie Beat. You can join us and listen live as the show records. You can hang in chat and ask questions. All shows are recorded and archived at the official site.

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Over 400 hours of professional filmmakers share their expertise and tips and secrets with you. All discussion may be listened to live and archived from the Official Site too! Check the INTERVIEWS

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Must Listen To Show With Lenore Andriel producer, writer, actor

LENORE ANDRIEL & STEVE DOUCETTE

Lenore Andriel (pictured with producing partner Steve Doucette) is one of those rare spirits who, if you are lucky enough, you get to encounter at least once in a life time. Creative, talented, hard working, dedicated, inspirational, optimistic and a good loyal ‘do unto others’ friend. I am lucky enough to count her as a friend, as well as a guest on my show.

If you have not already listened to her on my show you will want to. I adore Lenore, and I know you will too!  Use the link below to listen to our most recent discussion together:

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We began the exploration about her movie ‘Yellow Rock’ due to our mutual friend Director, Musician, Peter Foldy who provided us  an introduction.

Lenore wrote with co-writer Steve Doucette. She produced, Steve and Anthony Lawrence were executive producers,  along with Nick Vallelonga, who also directed, Daniel Veluzat and others a fascinating feature film. The movie stars Michael Bien, James Russo, Lenore, and Michael and Eddie Spears among others.

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The film has been distributed Worldwide and won 18 Awards, including the prestigious “Wrangler Awards”, in every category from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, in Oklahoma. Lenore personally won her bronze “Wrangler” for Producing and “Best Picture” with her partners Steve Doucette, Daniel Veluzat, & Nick Vallelonga, as well the “Best Screenplay” with her partner Steve Douctte. She also won “Best Actress” Starring in the film, alongside her Co-Stars Michael Biehn, James Russo, and Michael & Eddie Spears.

She is in good company, since “Wranglers” have been awarded in the same categories, to Clint Eastwood (for “Forgiven”), Kevin Costner (for “Dances With Wolves”), and Annette Benning for “Open Range”. She also won in the same categories from many film festivals across the country, including the Red Nation Film Festival, Lake Arrowhead Film Fest, and the Native American Film & Video Fest of the Southeast, to name just a few.

The show on Thursday 8/7 with Lenore is one of many shows we have done on ‘Yellow Rock’. I’ve discussed the movie with Nick the director, Lenore and Steve, Daniel Veluzat of Veluzat Motion Picture Ranch, producer and location liaison, Catherine Ellhoffer producer and wardrobe supervisor, Peter Sherayko, props and Western consultant, Randy Miller, composer and orchestra leader, and both Michael and Eddie Spears, Native American actors and consultants.

I was so pleased when Lenore agreed that we could explore making and marketing Yellow Rock from a variety of vantage points so listeners could learn from each what goes into producing and releasing a independent feature film. We continue this exploration with Lenore and will also have other quests coming up who are new as well as returning quests.

All of the previous interviews are available at the archives in the INTERVIEW blog at Rex Sikes’ Movie Beat any time 24/7. Use this link to go to the archives  http://www.rexsikes.com . They are also available at blogtalkradio and at Itunes as podcasts for free.

Listen and enjoy all the discussion I have with professional filmmakers, there are over 400 hours recorded, especially these discussions with the fine people on ‘Yellow Rock’.

When shows record live you can join other listeners in the chat and ask questions of my guests.

Lenore is a fountain of energy and information. You are going to want to listen to the show whenever you can. Listen to all the shows on ‘Yellow Rock’. AND Stay with us as we continue to discuss important topics in the future. Lenore will be returning and there will be visits from past guests and new guests too.

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Lenore Andriel Records Live Aug 7th Producer, Writer, Actress on Rex Sikes’ Movie Beat

LENORE ANDRIEL & STEVE DOUCETTE

LENORE ANDRIEL & STEVE DOUCETTE

Lenore Andriel

It was Rodney Dangerfield, who first discovered Lenore Andriel, the award winning actress who stars in the just released western film “Yellow Rock”, while she was addressing an audience of 3,000 at the Ritz Theatre, in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Astonishingly, at the ripe age of 21, Andriel owned and ran the Ritz, where Dangerfield was performing that night. Having come up with the idea of owning a gorgeous showplace, replete with nightly star performers, Andriel set out to own it and found the funding to do it. She then successfully produced there, the likes of: The Oakridge Boys, Waylon Jennings, The Marshall Tucker Band, Spyro Gyra, Jeff Lorber, Mickey Gilley, George Carlin, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Jr., Jerry Lee Lewis, Chic Corea, Ray Charles, and many others.

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But it was Dangerfield who saw her at such a young age, be able to mesmerize and hold a huge audience captive. When she later met him backstage, he exclaimed “kid, you got it – you got stage presence. You belong in Hollywood.”  She took his sage advice and became an actress, changing her path forever. His words were more fortuitous, than either of them ever could have imagined.

Therefore it is no surprise to learn of Andriel’s recent success for her eighteen award winnings (and still counting) for her feature film – “Yellow Rock”, in which she starred, wrote, and produced!

Andriel grew up on the east coast, where she studied at the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. After her successful endeavor with the Ritz Theatre and upon taking Dangerfield’s advice, she then moved to New York City to begin her studies in stagecraft with many award-winning teachers. Once completed, her theatre work was instantly successful with lead roles from Off-Broadway to Lincoln Center.

Her first starring film role was opposite Bo Svenson in “Blood Brothers”, which led to her continuing to being cast as the “strong female lead”. She then played leads in award-winning independent films in both the u.s. and abroad, including “Childhood” opposite Tara Fitzgerald, which filmed throughout eastern europe, “Midnight Witness”, that gave her, her entree to the Cannes Film Festival with Maxwell Caulfield, and the tear-jerker indie “Desperate Measures”,  that gave her one of her first award nominations for “Best Supporting Actress”. She has additionally starred opposite Paul Rudd, Dennis Haysbert, Paul Johansson, and Miguel Ferrer, to name a few in both film and television.

Additionally, as a voice-over actress she portrays several lead characters in “World Of Warcraft”. Her list of gaming characters for Blizzard includes: ‘Ysera’, ‘Mothership’, ‘Archival System’, and many more.

An avid world traveler, passionate about the environment, and a consummate horsewoman, Andriel is a ‘cowgirl’ for real, proving that whatever sets her mind to do, she gets it done.

That is probably the reason why the next phase of her career, was to write, produce and star in her own feature, “Yellow Rock”, a western with a message. She portrayed the strong female lead as ‘Doctor Sarah Taylor’, who embraces and supports the failing “Black Paw Tribe” in the dangerous days of 1880 California. Andriel’s first venture as a filmmaker paid off, winning her a coveted “Best Actress” Award, “Best Screenplay” – Shared with Co-Writer Steve Doucette, “Best Picture” multiple times, And “Best Producer” before the film had even been released.

“Yellow rock” starring Michael Biehn (Tombstone), James Russo (Django:Unchained), Lenore Andriel (Midnight Witness), Michael Spears (Into The West), &  Eddie Spears (Hell On Wheels), has world-wide distribution and is currently making the film festival circuit. It has garnered eighteen awards ranging from the prestigious Western Heritage Awards 2012 to the Red Nation Film Awards, with many in between.

“Yellow Rock” won the coveted Bronze Wrangler Award from The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for “Outstanding Theatrical Motion Picture”, “Best Director”, “Best Screenplay”, and “Best Actors” – Michael Biehn, James Russo, Lenore Andriel, Michael Spears, and Eddie Spears. Andriel personally won in three categories: Writer, Producer, and Actress.

The ‘Wrangler’ is not awarded every year, but only presented to those deserving films and individuals. Previous winning films include “Unforgiven”; “True Grit”; “Dances With Wolves” and “3:10 To Yuma”. Individuals include John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Kevin Costner, and Annette Bening, which indicates the high level of successful films and stars that have been awarded for the past 50 years.

With the success of “Yellow Rock”, and due to Andriel receiving the ‘best actress’ wrangler for her role as ‘Dr. Sarah Taylor’, she has truly been launched into the stratosphere. She additionally plans to create other film projects with her producing partner Steve Doucette, under their banner of Enlightenment Films, Inc. , in which she will continue to star, write, and produce. This is one “cowgirl” who dared to shoot for the stars and now has become one of them.

STEVE DOUCETTE

A huge sports fan and animal-lover, Doucette can now add the title of executive producer; westerns to his credits.

The one time stand up comedian had paired up with his little brother Joey to form the ”Other Brothers” comedy team years ago. starring as a feature act, they worked with the likes of Drew Carey, Soupy Sales, and the Unknown Comic at some of the best comedy clubs in the country.

His life-long friendship with actor Lenore Andriel, has opened a world of opportunities and an opportunity to re-enter the world of entertainment, as a co-writer and executive producer of his first feature multiple award winning western – Yellow Rock!

This is no small feat for a kid growing up in Florida with little background to the industry, other than enjoying the westerns such as Gunsmoke on the little screen.

This independent film with huge production value, musical score, and top notch acting makes “Yellow Rock” look and feel like a big studio picture.  however, the telling of how callously white men destroyed Native American communities, are the real passion and inspiration behind the script. a real message to the story is what “Yellow Rock” is all about, and serves as a refreshing example of how to tell a great story, without having to rely on special effects and eye candy.

Since Doucette ventured on this journey a few short years ago and while writing the script as a western, it was obvious to him and Andriel that the plight of the Indians needed to be told. What is even more instrumental to this plot line is that Doucette’s former industry was selling commodities and gold in particular.

By today’s standards the running of gold is less wild west, and wilder stock exchange, however, his creative writing style allowed him to forge back in time to the real wild, wild west.

The script has been expressed exquisitely and bravely on-screen. the heat was real, shooting in 110-120 degrees made the scenes more real than even the actors could imagine. The expanse of the Veluzat ranch location filled all of their scene requirements and was very instrumental to the look and feel of the 1800’s.

With Doucette’s behind the scenes business acumen, he and Andriel were able to attract the prestigious entertainment law firm of Reder & Feig, llp in Beverly Hills. Their producer’s rep at the firm Noor Ahmed, brokered the world-wide distribution deals for them, with screen media films and epic pictures, right out of the gate.”

With his first feature completed and numerous awards won, the most prestigious of them all is the bronze wrangler which was presented to them at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum this past April.

Steve and his writing partner Andriel are now back at it, working on their next project. with their vision to make story driven movies, and their ability of creating and developing influential characters, one can hardly wait for the next Andriel/Doucette film, and with the development of their new company Enlightenment Films, inc. we can expect more award winning feature films in his future.

Yellow Rock Official Website

Director Nick Vallelonga Yellow Rock interview on Rex Sikes’ Movie Beat

Yellow Rock Co-stars Eddie & Michael Spears Interview on Rex Sikes’ Movie Beat

Rex Sikes’ Movie Beat chats with producer Daniel Veluzat

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Welcome To Rex Sikes’ Movie Beat – new blog site

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Hello Everyone!

As listeners of my show know my own website has been in development for sometime. Unfortunately, the web developer left the job incomplete and did not provide me with passwords and the information to launch the site. It was supposed to be a multifaceted, multifunctional site and I was really looking forward to it taking the place of the site I have had since 2009. That is not to be.

So I have launched this Blog. In these pages I will provide you with my upcoming guest information so you can listen to the excellent discussions we have always had on my show. Professional filmmakers sharing their expertise, their know how, tips, advice and secrets to help filmmakers everywhere advance their career and get their projects made.

As many of you know I act and produce and direct. So my guests are friends and colleagues in the film business. Actors, writers, directors, producers, editors, cinematographers, VFX supervisors, script supervisors, musicians. composers. casting directors, agents, managers, publicists, wardrobers, locations managers everyone behind the scenes, on camera and in the side lines are the people we will talk to.

My mission is to bring you people who work everyday in the film business. I want you to hear from those who are busy  raising money, producing film, TV, web series, music videos, acting in features and series, finishing the project, selling, marketing publicizing, distributing and getting the product to market. I want you to hear from the best and in depth discussions, the nuts and bolts.

So far there is over 400 hours of programming archived and available for you to listen to 24/7. Go to the archives and listen, learn and enjoy. My listeners are everyone from A list industry professional to emerging filmmakers and fans world wide. Though my program is educational in nature there is something for everyone and our discussions are lively and entertaining.

I will post upcoming guests on this blog page. From time to time I may comment or post filmmaking news or tips too. I am going to link up my other site here so you have access to that as well.

I am not an expert blogger and truly not a computer guy. I wish I had multiple pages here as I did on my other site and as would be on the new one under construction.

I’ll share a little history with you. In 2006 I wanted to launch my site so I could benefit filmmakers by connecting them up with industry pros. I began asking friends if they would be on my show. My web developer ultimately delayed me until 2009 because frankly I didn’t have the time or the knowledge to run and maintain a website. With the advent of iweb he deemed it reasonable to launch the site there. I immediately told him that was not what I wanted and it would not grow with me as I would like it to.

By early February 2010 I had convinced him to move it from iweb and create another platform. Only a week later, sadly and tragically he was killed. I lost a friend and a very smart, savvy web developer and technician. That was more than enough of a loss.

In addition though I lost the new site that had not yet been developed and launched.  It took me months but eventually I found someone who said they wanted to do it, they wanted to help me launch the new site. While we discussed everything it took another year for this person to begin.

I stopped contributing written content to my site, the numerous blog pages I had, because it was all to be moved over to a new platform and if I kept posting the process would be unending. So I ceased posting blogs. What was supposed to take a couple months dragged on into years.

Then the web developer disappeared went dark. After many months he emerged and promised me that would never ever happen again. He showed me an incomplete site that was positioned to launch and and we went over details again for how I wanted things categorized and how I want the audio to play from the site. THEN he went dark again. It has been a year and he has not emerged. I have called the hosting companies and though because I paid through him I am unable to access anything.

So with no more than that brief description of events though a number of years we are here today. I am not certain what to do or how. I could attempt to load all the  archived shows and pages but then it would be a long while until it was ready. I suppose I could still do that on a mirror site behind the scenes.

For now i think it is just more practical to launch this blog, include up coming guests starting this week and link to the old site so you can peruse the archives in your leisure. I really hope you do the wealth of knowledge you will gain by listening to my guests and I discuss our believed movie business will astound you.

So that is it for now. I am so happy to have you join me here and on all my other pages. The official Rex Sikes’ Movie Beat site is at  http://www.rexsikes.com and all my discussions with filmmakers is at the INTERVIEWS blog. You can follow on twitter to @RexSikesMovieBT.

Of course then there is my Friends Page on Face Book Rex Sikes’ Movie Beat Friends. Between the three pages information will be exchanged. Yes, there is a chance it will be redundant for while. The goal is to have an easy means for you to learn about upcoming guests date and time so you can listen live and join us in chat room as we broadcast, or to listen later to archived shows.

I hope whenever you listen you will leave comments at the player, or on Twitter or Facebook or here because that always helps to support my guests. It also helps get the word out about these incredible conversations and enhances our placement in the search engines. So please do leave comments and please help me get the word out about upcoming shows.

You know the internet today and I can’t do it all alone. My goal is to get you the guests and the information. Can you please help me share that with others. That would help so much.

I hope you like and will follow this new blog site. I am excited to be able to reach out to you this way and I know you and I will have lots to connect on too. So let’s do it.

Welcome to Rex Sikes’ Movie Beat – the new blog. Have a wonderful time, I will!

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Stay up to date with the live shows on Rex Sikes’ Movie Beat. You can join us and listen live as the show records. You can hang in chat and ask questions. All shows are recorded and archived at the official site.

Updates will be posted at this blog,  at the official site,  on the RSMB Friends page on FB,  through twitter and elsewhere.  When you can’t join us live you can still  listen to archived show from official site, from blogtalk radio and you can subscribe to the podcast at itunes.

Over 400 hours of professional filmmakers share their expertise and tips and secrets with you. All discussion may be listened to live and archived from the Official Site too! Check the INTERVIEWS

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