Corina Pataki wrote an amazing book and now, the author is turning into a filmmaker in the pre-production of her new documentary based on her life story, CORINA. Another level of congratulations are in order!
Just think, Corina grew up in Romania under the communist rule of an evil dictator. She felt one day her story needed to be told and she invested the time in writing her amazing story. Everything begins with a dream or a calling when you use the discipline of writing to articulate your journey.
She engaged with our organization years ago and now, we are proud to share the pre-production has begun, finances have come in for her and we plan to do the first of a series of interviews in the United States next month!!!
Do you realize you could be the next author turned filmmaker using THE FILMMAKER ROUNDTABLE. What makes us different is that we are not just interested in selling you services, we are filmmakers who are making movies. This is one of the most exciting ways you can enter this industry and for the best economies of scale known.
Consider being a partner with us today. Consider having us mentor or shepherd your writing, like we did with Dede Stockton, whom you read about in last month's blog. It is time to make your dream a reality.
In the meantime, we are thankful for Wendy Cooper and Corina Pataki who have been working so diligently on this project for years.
It's time to begin,
Dr. Kevin McAfee
ICongratulations to our next author from the Denver, Colorado arena who has entered the industry of film in a. partnership together. This is the essence of who are firm at the Filmmaker's Roundtable desires to work. We desire to find passionate content creators who do not want another consulting or advisory relationship, but a partnership.
Film is expensive and our company does not option stories, we simply do one thing and that is prepare stories for film partnerships, even if we are not the film organization who should be doing this with you. Here is an example. We are not interested in doing horror, but horror is a big financial money making genre. If people want to make a film in this genre, there are several companies who truly focus in this area.
Yes, there will be some preliminary advisory services, but the faster we can move to making a film, the better.
So, we congratulate author Dede Stockton for her children's series which is now being amalgamated and made into a full length screenplay. In 2014, after reviewing the series while it was being written with a lot of "creative changes", the author not only followed the recommendations, but totally began to upgrade her own writing style.
In 2020, we adjudicated her series and guess what, she was "green lit" to go to the next level. We have had over 350 content creators, writers and authors reviewed and about a dozen are now making films. This is the hallmark of success because people who are in this industry understand it is a marathon, not a sprint.
If you want to run the race toward success, begin training camp with us and let's work together to make something happen that is very special. In this spirit, we want to thank all our veterans who served our nation. This month, we honor Richard Stockton, Dede's husband and thank him for his service in Viet Nam.
Lastly, during this season in all of our lives as racism, protects and hatred seems to be building, remember the phrase, LOVE NOT WAR. Let us choose to be a people who focus on love, the greatest gift of all.
Dr. Kevin McAfee
We have a wonderful announcement, in light of the pandemic this month, from the FILMMAKERS ROUNDTABLE. Many authors have contacted the ROUNDTABLE to discuss what kind of "options" are being made available for authors who desire to increase their skills.
NEW AUTHOR SERVICE
Believe it or not, we have a wonderful group of professionals who are willing to begin a new range of author services. Our first new "AUTHOR SERVICE", is in the area of STORY MENTORING. There are many different ways you will benefit from STORY MENTORING with our ROUNDTABLE.
If you are a children's author, we have professional writing experience inside the ROUNDTABLE advisors with PIXAR, DISNEY, UNIVERSAL and NEST; with experts specializing in family entertainment, action, suspense and more. Whether you are a fairly new author, or have always dreamed of writing, this is your opportunity to engage with professionals, writers and filmmakers.
You may be a novelist and want to know if your book might be in the "zone" for cinematic green lighting for a motion picture. Our adjudication process is one of the finest and this is your opportunity to use STORY MENTORING in helping you prepare, guide and steer the creative process for success.
This will mitigate risks for everything you do and the costs are reasonable too. Contact Vice President Stephanie Musser today to learn about STORY MENTORING. You will benefit from working with our award winning film team on a month to month creative process.
Don't delay and you have the opportunity to become a partner with us in not just talking about films, but making movies. We believe everything begins with the right story, knowing the right elements to create the ultimate drama, juxtaposition with tension and release, intriguing character arcs and masterful storytelling.
LET US ALIGN WITH YOUR DREAM
We have been working with some of the finest graduate students in film schools across America and our team has filmed in over forty countries. No matter how big the vision, the Table is looking forward to working side by side in alignment with your dream. Our mutual responsibility is creating excellence.
Contact us today for more information about STORY MENTORING.
God bless you and we look forward to working with you.
Dr. Kevin McAfee
When I stopped to read the overview from last month in preparations for April 2020, I realized the unexplainable impact on what has happened to the United States and the rest of the world in 31 days. The COVID-19 sweeping across our land and every land on the globe has radically changed everything.
This day I am sitting in my own home working and contemplating the enormous need for prayer. Nobody on the news talks about prayers, until there is a catastrophe. It is almost taboo for the mainstream to even recognize the need for prayer, but I am so very thankful this is our foundation.
The virus has impacted every phase of our life. It's not just the quarantine, but the economic impact of every business in America, except the goods needed for the hospitals and the normal every day products like hand sanitizer, tissue paper and rationing of food items.
Social distancing has removed the hugs and pushed families apart during times of death. My pastor since I was five who baptized me, the reverend Jimmy Hoffman had a drive by funeral, with only ten people allowed around the gravesite service. It is a complete turnover in lifestyle.
So how do we react?
As people who believe in a Holy God and who pray, we continue to do what we have always done, but with much more fervor. We dedicate more personal time to our hope in Christ and we all recognize the need for healing. Our prayer community is now important than ever.
We are praying for every one of you who reads this blog. We want you to share it with others. If they do not have a community of prayer around them, we want to invite people to join us in prayer. I believe this is what makes everything different.
In the PASSION OF THE CHRIST, my favorite line of the movie was something Jesus said which arrested my spirit. He said, "Behold, I make all things new". Isn't it amazing how only Jesus can do this. Only Christ can turn this world around. People who do not believe, will not understand what we are saying here.
Remember to be safe and stay home. Upgrade your prayer time and invest more personal time with your God. Read the scriptures and listen to worship opportunities and pod casts filled with hope. Only dedicate a portion of your time to watching the news. Be more diligent in calling your family and friends and remember to check in often. Clean your groceries and leave packages in your garage a couple days while discarding the boxes and keeping the trash outside. Wear masks in public and don't worry about the fashion statement and only leave home if you have to.
Join us in all in praying as we will be praying for you.
PS Our company continues to see those gifted writers and we encourage you to keep writing. We need literary and visual languages now, more than ever.
Last month was really busy with a variety of opportunities for the TABLE. Our FILMMAKER'S ROUNDTABLE continues to look for two more stories. If you are considering being a part of our film slate, make your decision today.
Our Vice President Stephanie Musser is the gatekeeper for the Table. Professional adjudicators, screenwriters and veteran filmmakers are standing by to work directly with you as you submit your films into the process.
Friends of ours have a new film being released this month, so we want to take a moment to point everyone to the box office for I STILL BELIEVE.
I STILL BELIEVE
Jennifer Willingham and the Epic Agency have been working with LIONSGATE and the Erwin Brothers along with Kevin Downes in making Jeremy Camp's new bio-pic called I STILL BELEIVE. This wonderful film opens in over 2800 theaters this month and as a partner with EPIC and supporting films of family, faith and freedom, we want to invite our entire Veritas community to go opening weekend.
You all know our team's commitment to these kinds of films and we celebrated when I CAN ONLY IMAGINE entered the market. This is the same film team who made this movie. We pray the same fervor and enthusiasm will extend into the mainstream market..
CORINA PATAKI - NEW BOOKS 2 FILM AUTHOR
About a decade ago our film team met a Romanian lady who had a powerful story in broadcast, publishing and film. Her first book, QUEST FOR FREEDOM was the true encounter of her miraculous escape from a communist regime. Some time stories take time to "grow" and this was certainly the case again with our table. This book was submitted and has been approved to be made into a feature documentary-drama and narrative film. Congratulations are in order to our newest author!!!
Thanks to Corina, her producer Wendy Cooper Porcelli and the support from her husband Steve Pataki, the most bold film franchise encounter is about to take place in a dangerous part of the world. The Filmmaker's Roundtable has unanimously recommended her story for the highest level, making a book into a movie.
Stay tuned for more exciting updates.
Film star Christopher Atkins flew into Nashville to meet with our team to discuss his journey from starring in BLUE LAGOON with Brooke Shields, through his personal journey of filmmaking last month. What an honor to be with our friend, who was introduced to us by film veteran, Greg Jillian, the Senior VP of MGM over legal.
Chris is a highly successful actor since his career launched with BLUE LAGOON when he was eighteen. Having a lot of experience in motion pictures, the financing and reviewing screenplays, he is interested in working with our team in future projects. Maybe he would be a great star for your book being made into a movie.
We just need a few more stories so NOW is the time to begin.
Last month the documentary film team traveled to Memphis, Tennessee to continue to work on the new documentary film based on the book, NO DOUBT, NO FEAR by Billy Stanley. What an amazing story of the Stanley brothers moving into Graceland in 1960 as Elvis Presley began his most successful career as the biggest entertainer in the world.
David Stanley flew from Florida to be with the Oceania Entertainment team worked with Cross Training Productions out of Parker, Colorado, led by Jim Gromer. The powerful and moving interviews with the Stanley brothers is going to ensure a huge success for the documentary for Billy.
This all happens because of the FILMMAKERS ROUNDTABLE and maybe you and your story might be the next story we find to make into a full length feature film. Our film slate is still looking for three more stories.
Be sure and reach out to the Vice President, Stephanie Musser and she will let you in on everything we are doing to promote the new books being turned into films. Remember, we do not option, we make movies and work with stories that are inspirational and educational.
Good luck and we look forward to following up with you.
Dr. Kevin McAfee
2020 promises to be an exciting new year for many reasons. The Filmmaker's Roundtable is merging with a new business partner, the EPIC AGENCY. This exciting team of professionals is led by Jennifer Willingham.
As part of this new merger, we will be offering an additional array of author services combined with our film adjudication process. Our Table is excited to be joining the crusade with Jennifer in providing high quality services to advance book marketing, promotions and publicity.
At the beginning of this year, we are creating a new documentary film based on the exciting book from Billy Stanley, ELVIS MY BROTHER. The Stanley brothers will be sharing this enormous story of the biggest entertainer in the world, Elvis Presley.
It's going to be the best year ever for authors who have a wonderful vision and dream for the future. We look forward to working with you.
Blessings and Happy New Year,
Dr. Kevin McAfee
Merry Christmas everyone. This is such an important season for our family as we welcome the Christmas season completely. We believe if you are Muslim, you should have the freedom to worship Allah. If you are Jewish, you should display your menorah and blow your shofar and if you are Christian, you can celebrate the nativity with great joy.
Part of living in America and in the United States are the freedoms we observe and the freedom of religion is so important. In 2012 our film partner created LAST OUNCE OF COURAGE, a movie starring Marshall Teague who was a mayor standing up for people of every faith. We are honored to have worked with this organization.
Now, during this season we are heading to the West Coast for the purpose of reaching out to mainstream distributors regarding a new film. This all happened because of the FILMMAKERS ROUNDTABLE. It is an exciting opportunity to see the doors opening for our authors.
Why don't you get involved with the Table and contact Stephanie Musser to have your book, play or screenplay reviewed professionally. Don't hesitate any more because we have a special discount for the month of December. Why not take advantage of our gift to the community.
It's time to build your dream!!!!
Dr. Kevin McAfee
Probably one of the greatest moments any author can find, is to connect not just with a service, but a real filmmaker. So many folks are out there hearing folks share their own pitch decks, but there is a far chasm between the ability to pitch someone and transition into real filmmaking.
When you work with the FILMMAKERS ROUNDTABLE you are one group away from taking your book to begin the process of transitioning to film. One of the most important things you can possibly know is that our adjudication process brings the finest and most talented authors to the forefront of filmmaking.
Why not contact Stephanie Musser today and be sure and read the Most Frequently Asked Questions for all authors.
We now have almost half a dozen authors who are filmmakers! We need a few more stories to fill our motion film slate at GRP Films. Come become a part of this amazing journey today.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
It's happening again. Another author recently contacted the Filmmaker's Roundtable and a new feature documentary has been filmed. All of this has taken place over the past six months and the exciting part of this, is meeting an author with real passion.
There is nothing more powerful than the love of a mother. Deani Merrell loves her family, her three children, her grandchildren and great grand children. She was very close to Heather Olive, a filmmaker who had worked with our team on END OF THE SPEAR.
She brought her book to be reviewed by the Table, about the story of her daughter, Jenni Kufhal, who had lived a victorious life through her cancer. Jenni fought the disease for twenty two months and passed into eternity with seven children all under the age of twelve. She was a loving mother who lived modestly in a nine hundred square foot home. Can you imagine with all those children and a loving husband in Heath, the powerful joy she could bring, even in tragedy...
JOY IN THE MORNING is the new feature film being made from Deani Merrell's book. It is the beginning of a historic and epic journey of a selfless woman who gave all she had to bring joy to her family. Her inspirational life caused hundreds of people to know God and her love of family inspired a nation on ESPN when her and her husband entered a contest with the OKC Thunder that led to a miraculous basketball shot.
Later, the Kufhal's would be on national television talking about what happened, the cancer they were fighting and inspiring others to keep forging ahead, even when times get really tough. This is the story of the new film, all inspired by a book.
Maybe your book, will be our next film? We don't just look at books for the sake of review, we want to tell stories using the visual language. Come be with us and join us in our journey in filmmaking.
God Bless You,
Dr. Kevin McAfee
PS. I am formally announcing the delivery of ZION LAUREL MCAFEE to our family as she was delivered in China to her mother Lauren and father Michael McAfee, our oldest son this week. They are home and congratulations to all. The proud grandparents are beaming and thankful here!!!
Dr. K is also called "Coach KMAC" and is a veteran filmmaker, speaker and author and coach who's been coaching hoops in the NCAA for 22 years with different University and leading schools with Bob Hoffman, Men's Basketball coach. His unique FILM COACH style is how this blog rolls.
Let us gather now as friends on the red carpet premiere for your new film.
"Our team of film coaches are among the finest anywhere. You won't find a better group of people in the world!"
Team members come together to find ways to increase our table just for you.
Dr. Miller Bargeron and Jennifer Calvert are authors who are now filmmakers, so remember YOU COULD JOIN US!
In Franklin, Josh Buchholtz and Rebecca Sharp just got engaged and we celebrate and congratulate our team members who are in love!
Doug Davis has been a true success story with the great Warren Theater Chain in Moore, Oklahoma. A dear friend and thinker in our industry for films/dining!
You will find many pros working together to make movies and we are unified in the excellence of the art!
Christi Craddock is from the group HTT based in Oklahoma City and is a rising star in counseling. Her group has many books you will want to know about more.
Roundtable Team are gathering in Penn., Hawaii, Washington and Alabama on new projects!