For many years, we have been trying to fit ourselves into the mold of Hollywood’s movie industry. The time for that is over. Yes, we can still be a location to Hollywood movies, but we will not have a “Film Industry” here. And so what?
Robert Rodriguez has a great quote.
“There’s so much that we can learn from Rodriguez here. First and foremost is attitude. One of things that Rodriguez hammers home is that if you want to make a film, there’s not much standing in your way other than yourself. Stop wanting to be a filmmaker and start calling yourself one.”
So Cleveland, while there are those who will keep saying they want to establish a Film Industry here, I say, I have created the Cinema Industry here. It is here already. We have talent in front of the camera and behind the camera. We have egos. We have drama. We have scandals. We have some filmmakers who make money and others who spend too much money and make none back or go in debt. We have movies being made all the time here. We have an Industry here already. If some people refuse to acknowledge it because it is not the “Hollywood Movie Industry” and only see our value only as a production location, that is fine.
To all I say, welcome to the Cinema Industry.
Like the Movie Industry, the Cinema Industry is more than just one person or one production. So I say, keep making cinema here and as Cleveland Cinema Czar, if anyone needs assistance, feel free to contact me.
“Remember, there are no Small Movies. Only Small Budgets.”
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The Cleveland Cinema Czar is working on a “passion project,” but is still dedicated to helping the community. So here is a video with some thoughts on making movies in Cleveland and also plans for 2017.
Here is a very interesting article. Please read and look into all sides of it.
I feel we can learn from the country down under who has a Grant based Incentive which helps film producers but also benefits the region. And they do extremely more movies in a year then we have did in the last ten.
Years ago, I won an Emmy for writing a TV movie.
I thought I was ready to launch my dream: A movie studio based on the old Hollywood studio system. So I got some money from family and friends and I shot movies. I had acted on stage at the Karamu House and worked with a local filmmaker Robert Banks and shot a short in 16mm.
Go if You Must from Prelude2Cinema on Vimeo.
I figured I was ready to tackle a feature film.
Blood Kiss-trailer from Prelude2Cinema on Vimeo.
Now I would love to tell you how the movie opened all kind of doors for me and it was polished and looked and sounded great, but I can’t.
I’ve always believed it was better to do something than not do anything. I also knew I had a lot to learn. Being a writer, it is just you alone and you create the world and the story. Yet, when you make a movie, you need people. I wish I had the people I needed to create what was in my head and what I could write on paper. I feel I got close when I did a TV series named “Out of Darkness.”
I felt really close and again I thought this was the way to go. Still it wasn’t. For a few years, I studied movies and business and while I was desiring to get back into shooting creatively, I wanted to see my vision done the right way. I worked as an actor on a few parts that helped me be creative. Yet, I kept coming back to this story. It haunted me. If you are creative, you know what that means. You have a story that won’t go away until you get it out to the world
I know the only way to do this by pulling on all my resources from being an artist here for many years. I also know it will take money. This is my vision, my dream, and I want it to finally come to life in the way it should.
I will still be dedicated to helping other filmmakers as the Cleveland Cinema Czar, while I work on my “passion project.”
I lost track of how many times I said “And” in this video, but it does capture my passion and sincerity about the project. It took a while to do. I did a live video pitch on Facebook. Yes, I am that crazy.
Election2020-Alex-Pitch from Prelude2Cinema on Vimeo.