Our team's founder in 2015 at Disney Studios in Burbank received the important Hollywood Humanitarian Award honoring Dr. McAfee's life's work in cinema. We are waiting to get Dr. McAfee on the phone with you even now to discuss and learn more about your story, book or more. Remember we are aggressively looking for stories for a new movie development portfolio. This does not ensure your film will get financed, but if you are formidably judged and reviewed, everything is within your reach. The success goes up as you experience an analysis with the scoring evaluation of your project. This is your chance to have experience in cinema or even extend your proved track record. Our team will contact you soon, so remember to just give us a call. It's time to begin and remember this is NOT a free service.
LIFE SEEMED ALMOST OVER... IT WAS JUST BEGINNING...
You may wonder if you should take a leap of faith and if so, when? There are times when you truly try to find answers and we understand more than you know. To learn more about our founder's miracle story, we are including a special inspirational moment in time we wanted to share. This miracle took place only a week after the unexpected happened. Kevin was handicapped, until a prayer... Don't lose heart, believe and see what can happen. This was one of those MIRACLE MOMENTS you will enjoy. Never giving up is the real key to any dream!
Mark, Stephanie, and Jessica are here to help you today, so call now!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
(Be sure and also check the HOME PAGE and scroll to the bottom for more secrets to success!)
Will you be willing to simply "believe in my story" and do everything on contingency?
Unfortunately, we are professional service but if you speak with our clients, our reputation is always to under promise and over deliver. If you do not have the financial resources, save your money and invest in your dream, especially if your are passionate about this journey.
How do you know the difference from true filmmakers and "pitch" men in the market?
Make sure you Google any producer you consider working with. Find out what movies have truly been made and make sure their name is on the back of a DVD box, on Box Office Mojo, on IMDB, or you can purchase their films at big box stores. There are many "false prophets" out there, unfortunately, so be careful.
What is the first thing I need to know to help make my book in to a real movie?
The film industry is expensive, highly speculative, and each film needs the same recipe - a great story. We are looking for great stories, and they are extremely difficult to come by in the market today, which is why so many bad films are made. If a story is just fair, the road is going to be long, arduous and maybe impossible. If your story is compelling and has the mythical elements in the foundation carrying impact, you have begun the journey already.
Do you really think this could happen with my book, play or screenplay?
We don't know the answer and the risks are high in the market because there is so much competition. The only way to
even "test the waters" is to have your film reviewed by a movie pitch professionally or to have your book professionally
reviewed. There are no shortcuts and we have developed a process which can be custom designed for your needs.
Why can't you just "option" my book and pay me for the intellectual properties? Lawyers will talk about this antiquated process, but this practice is almost gone. In fact, we cannot cite a case in years where this happened. Pedigree-based authors do enjoy exceptions. "Options" are only exercised for famous authors with high net profits and millions of books sold. Watch out for fraudulent people trying to take your project "off the market" to never have it made into film out of studio jealousy for competition. This is a practice which is a dark underside to the motion picture studio industry and is very real today.
Do you guarantee your work?
We do guarantee all of our services. While you may or may not receive the review you desired, you will find it accurate,
truthful and helpful from our team of veterans. In fact, we believe there is not a better organization to professionally
review your property and provide accurate assessment in the market today, but we know there are many steps, challenges and barriers to making a movie. Fortunately, we blend a combination of professional adjudication from decades of movie making, academic qualifications from board attending film schools and film festival coordinators who have seen thousands of movies.
Are you making films today, what kind and do you need stories?
We have made 5 films and two episodic series in the last twelve years. They range from feature films to documentaries,
television series, and video testimonials. Our goal is to find a few more films for family, faith, and freedom, and we are
looking to create a "slate" of new stories to be included in our motion picture development fund. Yes, we are in the film
business and have been doing this for 40+ years. Personally, we are attracted to great stories of ordinary people who have lived extraordinary lives. We are secular filmmakers who like drama, action, romance, suspense, thrillers, comedy, family and focus on G, PG, and PG-13 rated motion pictures. We will work to determine if your story would fit into our stable first, and if it doesn't, will help you navigate where your story should "reside" for you to be as successful as possible in this high risk industry.
If I have a story that does not fit your creative standards, where do we go?
We recommend you to other teams, producers, directors and film organizations inside the industry we know. After our
review process, we help provide a way for you to contact them, or us and present your "works" to them, so everything is on the table. We do not get involved promoting films which would be considered offensive, prejudiced or controversial. If you have a story that is sexually explicit or high levels of graphic violence then you will not find our team working on these movies. You would need to find a better "fit" for your needs if your project is counter cultural.
Do you know real actors who would "attach themselves to my story" in the film business?
We do. Our team has been fortunate to work with some excellent film actors who are in the Screen Actor's Guild of
America. This is why we prefer the best source of all, the Writer's Guild of America screenplays, to stay in compliance with the unions. Many independents have tried, but these are rare and considered higher risk.
What if I have written a screenplay, but I am not a member of the union, will you consider this for your slate?
Only through a Cinematic Screenplay Review, just like all other professional adjudication processes we will consider all
creative options. We want to review the project and while we are not "fans" of non union works, we understand the
process of coming up through the ranks. The Roundtable was developed helping the "new writers" and we have
strategies to make this happen. However, winning contests in film festivals or even writing competitions does not make
you successful. It's when the script is actually being made into a movie, which is the final and most important criteria for how you are assessed. Your screenplay may be part of our slate and we hope it meets the criteria.
Do you recommend we write our own screenplay?
If you don’t have the training, we do not suggest you write your own screenplay, but get a professional and preferably a
Writers Guild of America union writer. The unions in film are extremely sensitive such as the DGA, WGA and PGA would
join us in this professional recommendation. However, we do believe you could partner to write with a WGA member and we help facilitate this process. You will not be alone when you have the Round Table besides you.
You talk about a motion picture fund and creating a slate of films, is that a sure thing?
Absolutely nothing is a sure thing in the film industry, but having an experienced team is essential, which is why our
partners help mitigate risks in this area. We are building a slate of films right now. Let's prepare mentally a moment and remember this. The "team" will be tasked eventually to be raising millions of dollars for every movie, which takes a long time to complete for the purpose of making profits. Most films can take 3-5 years to make or even longer, so you have to be patient. What helps our efforts is our history, because we have made films which have made money and our team has been very fortunate to have followed a past of historical success. We do not believe in films being a "sure thing" because all intellectual properties are speculative.
What happens if you review my "work" and you don't think it qualifies to go through these several levels of review?
Many do not get past the second step because standards are very high. We will give specifics on your review, you will have this documented in writing with a list of recommendations as to the "why." You may have to go back to the drawing board, but we are not going to encourage every author to keep moving forward if we do not feel the story "makes the grade". We are not interested in up-selling people through any process for consulting dollars as our name is placed on these projects, so we take our foundation in film-making as a sacred trust to the industry.
Have any authors in the last twelve months actually transitioned into the movie industry?
Of the almost 130 authors from last year, only three have gone through the process and are on the road to filmmaking.
This means, only a few authors will ever see or realize their book being made into a film.
If this process works, when can we start making profit?
After a fully developed screenplay is finished, the market will need to be "targeted, contacted and shopped." We believe if the story is excellent you have a much higher potential rate of return. There will be opportunities to multiply your money many times over once a screenplay is created. Its approximately five months or longer of investing with you, your "team" or the structure we help you create to minimize loss and increase value for profits. However, it is a small amount of capital considering the millions still required for funding.
Why should I even try?
Why not? If you don't try, you will never know for sure if what you have is truly of value. How many great artists never experience the success of their own creations while they lived? Plus, how many authors never knew the joy of seeing their work on a silver screen? So the question you must answer is, “Do you believe you have something special?”
What if I personally just don't have the financial resources?
Don't try to do this alone if you have limited capital. The worst thing you could do is begin a project and not finish the
steps. We believe in helping put together structures, small companies where outside investors can help you and everyone win together. Go find other people who believe in you, readers who have read your books and liked them, family member and friends who would want to be speculative with you and "invest together." We believe the journey along the way will be educational, inspiration and possibly fruitful and while you grow personally and professionally, you can take your friends with you on what might be, an amazing ride.
What kinds of creative tools do you use to "review and analyze" my book?
All of our processes are an amalgamation of some of the finest cinematic tools in the industry. They are research based,
experience driven and are in the forms of qualitative assessments. Qualitative measures include, but are not limited to,
the following: analyzing your title, log line, genre, structure, synopsis or treatment, actual book printed, sales history,
character arcs, storyline, cadence, pace, story elements, dialogue and all forms of creative proprietary arenas. We will be
looking at what is on the page and what is not on the page. From foreshadowing to the streams of subtext, multi-plot
and "pay-offs" to each character analysis are only a few diagnostics our Roundtable uses to mitigate risks.
How long does this process take?
The time period varies based on where you are in the creative journey. Some content creators just have a concept, while
others have a book or even a screenplay, so the time period is based on these variables. From beginning to having
something prepared to sell into the market, you should allow anywhere from 30-60 days to move through the review,
analysis and reporting. Screenplay development is 90-120 days so when you add these two up, it may take 5-6 months
before you have the opportunity to "turn profits", but this is the end goal for every film we partner to make, to make a solid fiscal profit.
What is your motivation for creating this table?
All of the filmmakers involved, when we got started, had great difficulty finding a "place" where we could sit down and
actually talk to a professional filmmaker. In fact, the film industry was so constrained, it was impossible to reach anyone
with any real influence. So we decided to start with our beginning step, to just PHONE A FILMMAKER and even open the door to talk with a film veteran for half an hour, and everything changed. Authors began calling needing advice on their publishing contracts. Motion picture companies called looking for stories. Later, a publisher approached us because they saw their authors interested, but there was not reliable source. After we got into working with content creators, we began to see the ministry of this service at the very embryonic level, where the story began. Authors became better writers, better stories started emerging and the "dream" was not only working, but movies were being birthed impacting culture with the visual language of film. We found a higher purpose in this and we are committed long term.
Why did you start your weekly broadcast, FILMMAKERS ROUNDTABLE ?
We thought it would be good to have a weekly program 52 weeks a year on YouTube that would birth knowledge, build a relationship with our filmmakers and authors by giving free advice. So many people need to be equipped with
knowledge and this was our way of giving back. The show has special guests, training and brings you into a filmmaker's
office to discuss the "myths" of the industry in a transparent way. The show equips authors and content creators to be
successful. It's only a 6-minute program, so take advantage today.
What if I am a self-published author, will you look at my work?
Yes. Clearly having a traditional publisher is "more marketable" and considered a higher level because there are reporting sales history for your book and it demonstrates another strategic and viable partner to help market the film. However, self-published authors like William Paul Young from THE SHACK are classic examples of self- published successes gone wild with profits. Therefore we work with many publishers searching for stories.
How long does it take to make a movie?
Years and it is sometimes feels like you are watching paint dry. This is not a fast process or a "money quick" type scheme like some have made it to be. Please be careful as these "scammers" are working for a quick buck and do not listen to their counsel, because they are fraudulent and make it difficult for real film teams like ours. Make sure you come to the table with a realistic expectation of what the film industry entails. Ask lots of questions from the filmmaker’s and you will get real answers with real expectations. On an average it takes us 3-5 years per movie.
What kinds of stories are you looking for right now?
Only a few more stories in the coming months and our standards are high. This process will provide you a real opportunity to see if you are first, in the “zone of acceptability” and then guide you into a new reality. You will find our team under promises and over delivers and we believe in crawl, walk and then run when you enter a hostile, non truthful, greed oriented and highly jealous market place. We believe character and values are keys to success.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING...TESTIMONIALS
I was so nervous going into this process, but we were immediately put at ease and the advice given helped me in my
writing and story telling preparing for the next steps.
C.D. Dublin, Ohio
Your entire film team made us feel special and treated us with such respect. We were somewhat intimidated but all of
our answers were completely explained and the knowledge expressed was at the highest level.
T.C. Orlando, Florida
This was one of the most unique movie opportunities with someone who really knew what was going on and I appreciated the veteran approach to understanding the film industry and how to get from point A-Z.
J. L. Syracuse, New York
There is such a new world out there when it comes to film and this is the first author services opportunity we have
experienced where we felt we gained more than we ever paid for. Thank you Filmmaker's Roundtable.
A.C. Eugene, Oregon
Our Cinematic Book Review was so comprehensive and while the responses were not what we had hoped, there were
such tangible solutions on how to fix our book, we are ready to go to the next level now!
M. H. Irving, Texas
You went over and beyond what we ever dreamed possible. This was one of the best film experiences I have ever had.
H. A. Sydney, Australia
Honestly is one of the true character traits of a great advisor and I can tell you that the truth embodied in the analysis and adjudication was "spot on" and helped me prepare for the final stage of screenwriting.
D.W Princeton, New Jersey
We attended an author conference and there were dozens of people lining up to talk with this team and every single
author was impressed with the quality time, analysis and personal approach by this group's leader.
K.B Enid, Oklahoma
I had my screenplay reviewed and we have found a home for it in pre-production. They are making a movie of my script!
S.O Atlanta, Georgia
What I appreciated was the multi-ethnic group of people surrounding this team, because they truly have an interest to tell stories from every tribe of people.
G.R. Charleston, West Virginia
Since we are up in Alaska, having a virtual advisor like The Filmmaker's Roundtable has provided essential tools and we
are on a road now to be fully funded. Thank you guys!
C.Z Anchorage, Alaska
I didn't think there was any chance I would make it past step one of this entire process, but we are on the road to film-
making and we were just school counselors. I've never had a life changing experience like this, until now.
D.C. Concord, North Carolina
What I really appreciate about you all, is the commitment you have made to education, to working with colleges, to
recruiting high quality students in this area by multiplying your talent and your character teachings.
M.M Nashville, Tennessee
I spent years of my life and eventually we moved for our dream to California trying to open doors, get in studios and even get someone "real" to talk to me about my film. It seemed like everything was so locked up, and then you all came along and when you didn't agree to make my movie because it was R, you pointed me to people who could. I am so grateful.
S. C. Sherman Oaks, California
One thing I appreciate is that I am a self published author and yet, you invested time, over and above to help me with the trilogy I am creating. If I had not had this experience, I would have made so many mistakes.
W.L Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
We were not sure how we would even put a structure together to raise the money we needed for our film, but your advice to us saved us thousands of dollars and we appreciated your help.
K.D. Washington DC
Who would have ever thought we would have our own film in production? Thank you for believing in us, correcting us in our direction and focus and making us more equipped to move forward..
C. W. Minneapolis, Minnesota
Our book was not done very well and to be honest, it was our fault. The FIlmmakers Roundtable gave us the perfect advice in how to fix the problems. These were a group of highly complex creative decisions and they worked. We are now on a new creative journey and we have this team to thank the most.
D.L. Santa Fe, New Mexico
I submitted the story we had been working on for years and what was amazing were the Table's findings. They shared insights regarding characters, development, plot lines which resonated with me completely. There were flatlines I had not had realized and I am forever thankful as a writer, someone would be honest with me and help me improve.
B.B. Cincinatti, Ohio