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William Friedkin’s Sorcerer failed to charm the critics and the audience back in 1977, when the film came out and was run over by Star Wars at the box office. The tables have turned, however, for this nihilistic, somber and, according to Friedkin, very personal story, and the film’s Blu-ray rebirth marked a clear shift in its status among film lovers. Sorcerer, starring Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal and Amidou, is one of the overlooked treasures of the past, lying in silence for the lucky explorer’s delight. A loose remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1953 thriller The Wages of Fear, based on Georges Arnaud’s novel Le Salaire de la peur, Sorcerer was written by The Wild Bunch‘s Walon Green, a great screenplay we’ve been lucky enough to finally unearth. Dig your claws deep into the magic of the seventies!

I wanted to make an action-adventure film that had a more profound meaning, like the mystery of fate, and that’s what Sorcerer’s about

If you are uncomfortable talking about money, don't be a producer

Let me first say that I love my job. I love that when I have a gig I get to go help people who make movies. I love the life style and the protocol. I chose script supervising for many many reasons and with each new project I really learn to love the job more. 

Now, lets talk about the fact that while this is an artistic medium my job is still very much a job.

So here is a short list of things producers say and do that make me want to throw things. 

1) Saying “it’s a low budget.”

Yes, we get it. The pathetic total on my paycheck is reminder enough that we’re on a low budget movie. That phrase should only ever be used as an apology for something going wrong, not an excuse to take advantage of your crew. We are working for you and just because you pay us less doesn’t mean that we do less of our job- so you shouldn’t either. 

2) Not having healthy options for craft and catering

No, a cesar salad consisting of iceburg lettuce, creamy dressing, and parmesean cheese does not count as healthy. I understand that it is seemingly cheaper to buy pizza/subway/fastfood instead of providing a healthy meal but in the long run you’ll be losing quality of the work on set. Don’t feed us pasta covered in cheese on an overnight shoot- everyone will just fall asleep. You want our best work? Find a caterer that will stock food that will keep us working. It doesn’t have to be fancy. We’re not picky, we just don’t want to get sick. 

3) Getting angry when we ask you for things.

You are the producer. It is your job to produce for us the things we need to make your movie. No one said it was an easy job. Attempting to guilt trip me by lamenting your lack of sleep only tells me that you didn’t know what you were getting yourself into when you starting producing.

4) Talking about money and deals you made with other crew members. 

It is not my business, literally, what my fellow employees are making. So please don’t use their contracts as political leverage in attempt to pay me less. I know that you haven’t seen any money yet but that doesn’t bother me because as a producer your paycheck is in the long run. As contracted crew members we only get paid up front. Whether the movie makes one thousand or one hundred thousand dollars doesn’t matter to me because my payment won’t change. 

To that end- please don’t tell me how little sleep you got the night before or how many people are complaining to you as a way to get me to feel bad for you. You’re a producer- on these small budget things you are more HR than creative. It’s a shitty job- it’s why I don’t do it. 

5) When shows go over budget for things and not for people

Please don’t tell me that there is no room in the budget to pay for a full time wardrobe supervisor and then flippantly spend twice their day rate on a shirt that will get used once. It shows a blatant misunderstanding and disrespect of the process and the people in your employ. 

6) Safety of your crew and employees MUST be priority number 1.

We all want this movie made- it’s why we’re here but at then end of the day  we’re just playing a grown up version of dress up and it isn’t that serious. It sucks to lose money but it will such worse then your negligence causes someone to get hurt and the production gets sued for way more than it would have cost to prevent it. 

What I have to say to low budget producers is this- Just respect your crew. Respect their jobs and the work that goes into them. Apologize for things that didn’t go right but put forth some effort to prove to us that we matter. Crew morale is so important to completing your film and having a positive experience. You’ll get four times your investment in work if you just show some decency and forethought. We’ll be very understanding if you treat us like people and not money pits. 

Ultimately this is your show- do you really want your reputation to be that you treat your crew poorly?  

Don’t get into this business if it’s about trying to make a million-dollar sale. We’ve got plenty of assholes around trying to achieve that goal. There are more dilettantes in the game than real, committed, I’m-gonna-go-down-swinging kinda people. We need more of the latter and less of the former. We need people who care about this as an art form. Movies should count for more than an opening-weekend gross, because whatever had a huge gross this week, will they be talking about it in fifty years? Will it be credit to the art form, the way we talk about Casablanca
Frank Darabont (via scriptwriters-network)

When a filmmaker makes a movie, that first ten years before he makes his [or her] first movie is probably the most important ten years of his life or her life, because they don’t really know if they’ll ever be able to do what it is they want to do. It could be just a pipe dream, yet at the same time they have to devote everything to it if it’s ever going to come true.

Quentin Tarantino

// ABOUT //

Piano & Coffee Co is formed by a group of creative people from around the world, working together for the love of art. We produce, promote and sell projects with a positive social and artistic impact. We make art because we want to express an idea or what we feel, not because we can.

Formed in 2014, the company is based in Lima, Peru.

The mission of this initiative is to help artists around the world to develop their own creative projects, and build an audience for them without investing too much money

// SERVICES //

We let artists outside the company propose any individual or collective project they want to realize or are already working on. Piano & Coffee Co helps the artists with any of the aspects they don’t manage themselves by collaborating in the creative process. We have a select group of artists specialized in 7 categories (music, film, photography, writing, poetry, painting and drawing) and another group of equally talented people dedicated to promote and sell in the most creative way possible.

Once the project is ready, Piano & Coffee Co will promote it through our websites and other social media. We will also upload it to our art platforms, virtual magazine and/or blogs depending on its style.

Our clients will be able to work directly with our community and get their projects exposed across multiple virtual platforms.

// CAREERS //

Artistic Department. The idea is not only to be an executor in a determined art form; the idea is to be a creator.

  • Musicians
  • Writers
  • Poets
  • Painters
  • Drawers
  • Photographers
  • Filmmakers

Production Department. This area is in charge of executing the design and visual effects any production and post-production activity made for our original editorial content, as well as marketing content.

  • Graphic designers
  • Web designers
  • Illustrators
  • Videographers

Sales Department. Here you will find professionals working on sales strategies for our brand and products. 

  • Sales Manager
  • Retail Manager
  • Curators

Public Relations Department. This area is in charge of building, maintaining and managing the reputation of our company. 

  • PR Manager
  • Publicists

Human Resources Department. This department has people who build and sustain good relationships between our company and its clients, and between co-workers. 

  • Human Resources Manager
  • Recruiters
  • Trainers

// JOIN US //

Right now, we are recruiting people for the company. If you are interested in any of the job positions, join us!

 Photo by Tyler James Wendling, our Creative Editor.

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For directorial craft, there are few people working today who can match David Fincher. And yet he describes his own process as “not what I do, but what I don’t do.” Join me today in answering the question: What does David Fincher not do?

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The good side about digital is the fact that a filmmaker, a young filmmaker, can actually now buy a cell phone, and if they have the tenacity…they can actually make a movie. And then that film could go on the film festival circuit and they can be legit…In a more democratic artistic society, we’re going to have to put up with a whole lot of junk, but there are maybe some flowers in the dustbin.

Quentin Tarantino

I’m taking a gamble making the film. I don’t have any money. I just go to the bank and borrow it. And hope. But what isn’t risky about movies? It’s always risky when it’s original… It’s a very dangerous territory to be in where you can only make a film if your grosses reflect a large gross. I’ve been making films for twenty-five years and none of them has really made a lot of money. But there’s nobody in the world who can tell me we didn’t succeed. And that’s the greatest feeling that I’ve ever had in my life. The most difficult thing in the world is to reveal yourself, to express what you have to. As an artist, I feel that we must try many things—but above all we must dare to fail. You must be willing to risk everything to really express it all.John Cassavetes

JOHN CASSAVETES – THE MAN AND HIS WORK

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In drama, two characters walk into a room. Each wants something from the other. The question of the scene is: who gets what they want?

This is a short little freebie and a thank you to everyone watching the channel. Enjoy.

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