Should telemarketing firms warrant getting onscreen film “credits”?

Matches Malone:

I may be doing this to finance something on the current slate.

Originally posted on Finance topics, trends, & specific term sheets:

Has anyone ever heard of telemarketing firms being in the screen credits for a feature film? Me neither. And yet telemarketing firms have been instrumental for the financing of independent films for decades. You rarely ever hear about this unless one is involved with fraud or headline news like this one promising 1000% ROI in Burbank in 2011; http://SinCityFinancier.wordpress.com/2011/06/19/posterous-jeff-shares-a-web-site-with-you-72496

Here is an example of a Florida Film Fund that was telemarketing “kick-backs”; http://SinCityFinancier.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/no-1-in-stock-fraud-so-florida-busts-net-1-7b-since-2010-include-film-fund-kickbacks-to-hedge-funds-from-south-florida-bus-journal.

Film producers also hold hotel seminars orientated toward senior citizens. Here is what the Hollywood Reporter says about one film producer that used this approach to market to a large audience; http://www.HollywoodReporter.com/thr-esq/not-forgotten-lawsuit-ponzi-scheme-paz-vega-372735.

Fact is telemarketing is still the primary means to sell to large audiences including; private placement memorandums (PPM’s), or debt to equity conversion debentures (bonds), or EB-5 foreign investors marketing campaigns that can take a year to complete. Regular (DPO’s) direct or initial…

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Reading together – three suggestions

Matches Malone:

I’ve been in this play, and worked a spotlight for God as well. 3rd time, who do I play? Not sure I could memorize 40 pages of script :(

Originally posted on 300 words a day:

The other day I talked about reading the Bible together. I thought I’d offer some places to start.

The immigrant. 

Ask a group of four other people to read Ruth with you, meeting once a week for six weeks. Eat supper first. Talk about your week. Then read Ruth out loud. Talk about how her life reflects difficulties people you know are facing: immigration, widowhood, in-laws, physical danger for women.

Write down all the things that you don’t understand:

  • What’s the writer referring to?
  • When is this being written?
  • What does that mean?

Take a week. Spend the week looking for answers. The next week, come back and read the whole book out loud again. What answers have people found in their living this week? What answers have people found in their digging in Scripture during the week? What have people found in conversations with people? What answers…

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European $150M film finance fund seeks qualified film production companies or independent film studios

Matches Malone:

If Bruce Wayne weren’t Batman, etc. ;)

Originally posted on Finance topics, trends, & specific term sheets:

A European film fund is now offering short to medium term loans and debt, mezzanine and 1% pm bridge finance to a portfolio of US and UK film companies engaged in production of feature films with ‘A’ list talent distributed globally across theatrical, TV, and other platforms. Loans are secured by pre-sales contracted ‘receivables’ and government-backed tax credits and rebates discounted from 20%.

The film fund prefers film budgets between $5M and $20M with firms with a track record. The fund does not invest equity and takes no box office risk for senior debt capital. Loan facilities are set up for draw down to fund production based on approved cash flows. Terms for senior debt is 12-18 months. The Film Fund also offers 15% preferential debt capital (mezzanine) based on discounting of future sales.

Risk is mitigated though a 3rd party completion bond company engaged by the fund to monitor…

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Batman-Superman Titled ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’

Matches Malone:

Or, how to make the Justice League movie, without calling it Justice League. If the Aquaman casting rumor turns out to be true, you’ve got five of the seven members of the league appearing in this film. Kudos to DC Entertainment for allowing the Nolanverse to rule the day.
I’ve always said, “Treat these characters with respect, and they will treat you the same way.”

Stay sane, my friends.

The rest of you now know what you must do. <3

Originally posted on Variety:

Warner Bros. has officially titled the Batman-Superman pic “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” with principal photography starting today in Detroit.

Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck star in the film with Zack Snyder directing. Pic also stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from “Man of Steel,” Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter.

Film is written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing. Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Wesley Coller, David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns also serve as executive producers.

Plot details are unknown.

Production will take place in Detroit as well as areas around Illinois; Africa; and the South Pacific. Film is set to bow May 6, 2016.

The title seems to hint to an origin tale for the untitled “Justice League” film that Snyder has…

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Praying with open eyes.

Matches Malone:

More thoughts o’ the day from Jon Swanson. Enjoy, and discuss. Thanks!!!

Originally posted on 300 words a day:

The king was up early, before the rest of the household. It was an old habit from years of living in caves and in fields. He couldn’t forget being watchful of sheep and soldiers, watching for wolves, both animal and human.
He slipped through the building and out the door, nodding silently at the salute from the sleeping sentinel. He sat on the portico, in David’s chair. He looked east, across a valley. The top of the hill, in later years to be known for it’s olive trees, was tinged with pink.

“Bless the Lord, my soul.”

It’s how he started every day. A man who spent his life giving direction to others, regularly gave direction to himself.

O Lord my God, You are very great;

This wasn’t one of his best mornings. “God you are great.” It reminded him of the little children’s prayer. God is great, God…

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Episode 2: Some of the Things that Molecules Do

Matches Malone:

My only argument here is with the phrase, “Indisputable fact, etc.” Otherwise, great writing by a good friend.

Originally posted on thecosmosblog:

(First aired 16 March 2014)

Science works on the frontier between knowledge and ignorance. We’re not afraid to admit what we don’t know. There’s no shame in that. The only shame is to pretend we have all the answers.

It would be easy to dismiss Episode 2 of COSMOS as simply “The Evolution Episode”; the first episode to really deal with those big issues that are likely to trigger the ire of Creationists. And whilst this episode certainly represents a push-back against the encroachment of religion in the scientific domain, there is a great deal more to be valued in the subtext.

Turning wolves into dogs was the first time we took evolution into our own hands, and we’ve been doing it ever since…

The episode starts out by looking at the history and mechanisms of dog breeding.  This presentation of artificial selection immediately establishes a relatable premise from which…

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‘Godzilla’s’ Gareth Edwards to Direct ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff

Matches Malone:

Okay, so how soon before we get to see Godzilla traipsing around the Death Star? #starwars #godzilla

Originally posted on Variety:

“Godzilla” director Gareth Edwards has been tapped to direct Lucasfilm’s first standalone “Star Wars” film — not related to the next planned trilogy — that Disney has dated for release on Dec. 16, 2016.

Gary Whitta (“The Book of Eli”) will write the script.

Lucasfilm, which made the announcement on StarWars.com on Thursday, did not reveal the subject of the new movie, although there have been rumors that the new spinoffs would focus on characters like bounty hunter Boba Fett and Yoda. Disney has said it plans to produce at least three of those films.

Disney also has said it intends to release a new “Star Wars”-related movie (including spinoffs) every year starting with next year’s “Star Wars: Episode VII,” that J.J. Abrams is currently directing.

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Along with his love for classic monster movies, Edwards has also been a longtime fan of George…

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