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I saw this book on the side and got it for .99 cents on my mobile kindle. No skin off my back. I was curious as to why this guy really thought he was THAT qualified to give advice on how to make a marketable movie based on his experiences with a film that not only put him in debt but also didn't make his career go anywhere. I was actually pleasantly surprised by the end of the book.
It's about a hundred pages and it details the nitty gritty on what can likely make your film MARKETABLE, using examples from classic films to highlight his main points. And MARKETABLE is a very attractive thing, you want people to pick up your film at a video store, scanning through the description on Hulu or Netflix, or stop dead at their tracks at the sight of your poster. I'm also a student of Dov SS Simens' Two Day film school (which at the time of this writing, he's still alive and doing this thing, I highly recommended to take his class or gets his DVDs) so I can tell Rocca was parroting some of the advice Dov gives. To be fair, he does quote him on occasion. But whether he came up with this knowledge or not, it's still valuable.
My favorite parts here where about organizing and scheduling your day to day film shoot (the storyboard section was particularly useful), it's in much more detail here than it was in his other book. I'm planning on making my own feature length pretty soon, so I thank Rocca for giving the heads up on what to anticipate and how to make the shoot easy sailing in what is a very detailed outline (I also recommend watching the Behind the Scenes features for Back to the Future, Robert Zemeicks is a genius at planning). Advice on how to get your film distributed and cover your ass properly is also detailed near the end, name-dropping a couple of books he admitted helped get his information from to begin with, encouraging you to dive in those as well. The heart of the book is basically to go in with realistic expectations and take the things that many other movies have done, so hopefully you can find success too.
Now onto the things I had issues with. I get it, filmmakers have egos. Everyone in Hollywood has an ego (hell, I admit I have one too having had written four scripts and directed a few shorts) even if that person only made that one dinky little film maybe thirty people saw, they're gonna talk like they own the world. But the whole bragging on how his film made a million bucks is a marketing plot in itself. What he doesn't tell you in this book is that it took him awhile to get that million dollars, and it took even LONGER for him to secure a deal to begin with (all chronicled in his other book). Yet the haughty tone in this makes him sound like he's a hot shot player, going as far to put down a fellow filmmaker whose movie HE produced (I saw Kisses and Caroms, Vince, you're no better than he was) and writing a very VERY detailed letter to the very well-established Judd Apatow explaining why "Funny People" didn't work and how HE would do it. I'm sorry, that came off as a bit megalomaniacal. I don't think they remember you from the "This is 40" screening as you would like to think but the letter sounded more like a IMDb rant than anything.
And as much as I loved the technical advice, I didn't always agree with the creative advice. You can learn technical stuff, anyone can through experience. And if you don't have that experience, you want to hear from someone who has. But creativity is more innate, it's not a simple or complicated formula that can always be broken down. There are only consistencies, but how you NAIL those consistencies without giving the feeling of being derivative or run-of-the-mill is the real key to success. Even Dov said at the seminar I attended: "I can teach you the skills, but I cannot teach talent. You either have it or you don't, and that determines your success."
For instance, he explains if you can't write a great script....write a GREAT SCENE at least. Then cites the Pulp Fiction Adrenaline needle scene as proof of this concept. Then he gives a list of other so-called examples of this in motion with the chest bursting in Alien, the TV crawl in the Ring. All that. Problem is, while these scenes are iconic and stand out very well in pop culture...they didn't solely drive people to the movie theaters. They helped, sure. But word-of-mouth on the overall product guaranteed their success. Case in point, Snakes on a Plane. Had alot of great moments of mother-effin snakes and Sam Jackson's quotable lines. Lit the internet on fire and probably got alot people talking about it. But it barely made its money back domestically (but probably did eventually through Home Media). By all accounts, it just wasn't that exciting of a concept. Or if it was, it just wasn't that good of a movie. Alien was. The Ring was. Pulp Fiction, most definitely, was.
Same thing with catchphrases. Not to say it's impossible, but it's too much of a gamble to just put everything into that one solitary moment when you could...I dunno...JUST WRITE A WHOLE GREAT SCRIPT TO BEGIN WITH. Or hire someone who can if you can't do it. A well-constructed story more often than not will have great characters, great lines, great scenes. Some will stand out more than others. Aaron Sorkin didn't even know (or care to this day) that when he wrote the classic line Jack Nicholson would recite in the film version of A Few Good Men, "You can't handle the truth", was going to be great enough to enter pop culture lexicon. It just happens. If you know you have something good and other people (i.e. complete strangers) say the same thing, you got it. You're going to make it. But how do you write that "good" thing? Well, you either can or you can't. It's a skill you can't teach. In the end, you could risk everything on just making a movie based off one cool scene or catchphrase, but if that's all you got...you're in trouble. You better have an A-lister in there somewhere if you want to achieve (at best) Snake on a Plane success.
But some of the basics hold water such as the checklist on what other marketable movies have (hot women, guns, ect) I'd say just implement those elements in a way that works for the NARRATIVE or else you'll be exposed as desperately trying to get the attention of moviegoers, akin to a guy with a sign waving around shouting "LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT ME!" and not having anything to show for it, despite having the goods. You don't want to be that guy, trust me.
Rocca gets the business of show business. He's been doing it a long time. He's a blue collar filmmaker, in the trenches, in every aspect of film and television production from concept to production to distribution, and he knows his stuff. This book lays it all out, not in some dry textbook format, but like you're at a party and you've met an interesting guy who's done interesting things and can tell a great story.
You are guaranteed to come away a smarter, more capable and more confident filmmaker... and I think you'll be motivated to start development on your next project before you finish reading.
From now on whenever anyone asks me to recommend a book on filmmaking, this will be the very first one on my list. So again, if your looking for my opinion, I say go buy it. And if you like it as much as I do, then hurry back here and give your own review so you can help other people find it too.
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