NYC FILM & TV INDUSTRY & US
PART I. ECONOMICS
THE $9 BILLION A YEAR
FILM AND TV INDUSTRY
Netflix is building a big Brooklyn production center in Bushwick and Robert DeNiro with a group of investors is building a sprawling film studio in Astoria Queens.
Film and TV Productions get bigger tax breaks than any other business in New York! (Without knowing it) taxpayers are paying more in subsidies to Film & TV Productions than those Productions bring in to the City and State coffers.
What are film companies and film professionals giving back to the neighborhoods they shoot in?
Other than being aware of the street requirements for Productions shooting in their district, what does your City Council Member even know about the NYC Film & TV industry and its jobs?
The Made In NY PA Program offers professional level training for working-class young adults with no film training (PA stands for Production Assistant). But program enrollment size is small and aimed at young adults who already have great basic social and communication skills and who are outgoing. Plus you have to be able to cover yourself economically for a number of months while you train without pay full-time (no time for outside jobs).
Once you graduate from the program you will be a Freelancer, and getting jobs will depend on your ability to hustle and build a network of connections.
What if you are interested in learning filmmaking as your passion hobby? Or if you are curious about film careers, wouldn't it be great if you could first find out if you will even like working in film?!
Wouldn't it be great if you could start by getting hands-on experiences, and learn the basics of the different jobs on small beginner film sets?
NYC FILM & TV INDUSTRY & US
PART II. MEETING THE NEW DEMAND
PEOPLE OF COLOR AND WOMEN
HAVE LONG REPRESENTED
SUBSTANTIAL AND GROWING
NICHE MARKETS in the U.S.
Now in Film and TV people of color and women are increasingly crossing over to 'mainsteam' success with content produced by us and / or starring us.
"For Us By Us: The Mainsteam Appeal of Black Content " Nielsen (2/8/17)
" 'Crazy Rich Asians' Success Has Hollywood Scrambling For Similar
"Chronic Under-Representation of Latinos In Film" (Despite Growing Audience) Variety (1/24/18)
We're Now In Demand!
And we're not ready.....
"As TV Seeks Diverse Writing Ranks,
Rising Demand Meets Short Supply"
As much as we love (consume) Films, TV and Streaming, and as much as we want our stories to be told, we are not keeping up with the industry demand for us as Storytellers!
Most inexpensive, convenient place
to start learning?
OUR FREE ONLINE LESSON !
Write a (2-5) page Script for a low/no budget shoot
With (2-4) Characters and (1) Location
Based on resources already available to you (i.e. wardrobe, props, decor, people willing to act, etc.)
Recruit other people around you to help brainstorm and perfect ideas for the Story!