Archive for May, 2013

Donate to the AHA and Get Your Script Read by a Hollywood Pro

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Screenwriter Joe Nienalt is launching a campaign to fight heart disease & stroke by raising money for the American Heart Association Heart Walk, and has once again partnered with Daniel Vang, a manager at Benderspink – one of Hollywood’s top production and management companies. This partnership will incentivize aspiring screenwriters to donate to the campaign and get their screenplays read by Daniel Vang and possibly receive representation from Benderspink. Last year they raised close to $45,000. This year’s goal is $50K.

Here’s the official description of their campaign:
In exchange for your donation, Daniel Vang will consider you for representation.

Here’s how it works…[list style=”list8″ color=”red”]

  • -If you donate $25, Daniel will read the first ten pages of your script or pilot.
  • -If you donate $50, Daniel will read the first 50 pages (if it’s great, he won’t want to put it down after 10 or 50 pages).
  • -If you donate $100, Daniel will read your entire script or pilot (good or bad).


source: Joe Nienalt’s Personal Page for Heart Walk 2013-2014 [/framed_box]

I first heard about this from listening to the Scriptnotes Podcast by screenwriters John August (IMDB) and Craig Mazin (IMDB). You can hear the episode here (it’s mentioned towards the end of the podcast at around 44:45), download it: AAC, MP3, iTunes or read the transcript here.

… listen up people who say, ‘No one will read my script. No one is going to read my script!’  Well, shut it.  Here’s the story: Daniel Vang is a manager at Benderspink. They are a real, legitimate production management company… they’re real producers. They’re real managers. Daniel Vang is an actual human being who reads things and is involved in this business.”   — Craig Mazin on the Scriptnotes Podcast

Please note that your donation does not guarantee you’ll get notes or feedback on your screenplay. From what I read, you’ll likely get a rejection response – but you never know. You should go into this like you play the lottery, but you’ll be donating to a good cause. Karma points may be all you’ll get out of it, but this is a tough business and this is a small window of opportunity that in its worst case scenario will contribute to possibly saving lives.

Go to the official donation page for all the information: Joe Nienalt’s Personal Page for Heart Walk 2013-2014. The deadline to make donations is Friday, October 4th, 2013.

Top Filmmaking Pinterest Boards and Pins

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

At this point in time, everyone’s probably heard of Pinterest — the pinboard/scrapbook photo-sharing website that allows users to create theme-based “boards” by “pinning” image or video collections found on the web. There are a lot of Pinterest profiles and boards dedicated to film/cinema/movies, but I’ll only focus on the ones that are specific to filmmaking. Here are the best ones I found…

Cinescopophilia (

Ted Hope (film producer)

dbykov (art director, designer)


Shootblue (digital cinematography equipment based in London)

Tierible (Thierry Saint-Paul – Filmmaker, Cinematographer)

The Black and Blue (Evan Luzi – Camera Assistant and author)

Red Rock Micro (sells cinema accessories)

Roger Duck (video producer, web developer, and marketer)

Peter Feuersenger (digital producer)

Ben Mallaby (Director and Cinematographer)


Interactive Maps of State-By-State Film Production Incentives

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

There are a few great resources online with state-by-state breakdowns of film production incentives. Before you start filming, check out your state’s incentives and compare it to another. It may be worth your while to shoot in another state or multiple locations if it fits your budget’s needs and limitations. Check out these interactive maps:

Ease Entertainment has a simple interactive map of all the 50 states’ film production incentives. You can also see a more detailed break out here.

Another map is available at Media Services. And another at Cast and Crew – which includes an “updated” date. And finally, the MPAA endorsed has a big map as well.

Other sources with production incentives can be found at the National Conference of State Legislatures site –  Also, an MPAA commissioned study was released last year by accounting firm Ernst & Young (PDF – from – detailing the state tax incentive programs that encourage film production and illustrate the benefits to both the state and local economies.