NYC FILM & TV INDUSTRY & US

(Parts I-III) 

PART I.     ECONOMICS 

THE $9 BILLION A YEAR

FILM AND TV INDUSTRY

IN NEW YORK CITY

IS GETTING BIGGER

 

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?   

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WE NEED  

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

Asian-centric Stories"  

 NBC News (9/5/18)  

 "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" 

  NYTimes  (9/2/18) 

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 !

YOUR ASSIGNMENT

  •  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!  

NYC FILM & TV INDUSTRY & US 

PART III.   WRITING A SERIES 

THE LARGEST INDUSTRY DEMAND

IS NOW FOR WRITERS

WHO CAN DEVELOP SERIES

 

TV and Streaming Services (like Netflix, HBO and Hulu) are now regularly picking up self-produced Web Series by people of color and women. 

Developing a Series is different than writing a Short Film or Feature.  You write a Film Script as a complete Story in itself with an ending (which doesn't mean you can't later write a sequel).  For a Series you create Characters and Storylines that can continue to evolve and surprise over multiple Episodes and Seasons!

JOIN US AS WE LEARN 

HOW TO DEVELOP A SERIES!

(About low/no budget filmmakers!)