5 Huge Mistakes You'll Make in the Film and TV Business (and How to Avoid Them)

October 29, 2014 2:18 PM

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Why did no one see your short film? Why didn't it get into those festivals? Why wasn't your feature film bought and distributed? Why couldn't you sell your script? Why does your web-series only have 717 views (657 from friends and family, 44 from yourself, and 16 from that weird Facebook friend you have)? And actors, why do you keep acting in so many bad films, when you can make good ones yourself that you can star in? Everyday smart and talented directors, actors, writers, and producers fail -- their hopes and aspirations go down the drain. But what's most heart wrenching is they never even realized they were only a few small adjustments away from success.

In writing this article we have the combined knowledge of a successful 20-year industry veteran and a young filmmaker who is starting to make films in the digital age. We've worked with Academy Award winners, one-hit wonders, and no hit wonders. We've seen the difference between success and failure,...

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