God I love these guys. Big, sloppy fawning unmitigated man-love these guys.
When you look at a list of their projects — Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Barton Fink, Miller’s Crossing, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother Where Art Thou?, No Country for Old Men, and Burn After Reading (and that’s not all of them) — it’s just stunning. I mean holy shit. They’re not just good movies. They’re not just really good movies. They’re experimental, brave, complicated, unique, and varied. They’re almost all brilliant in some aspect of the word, and certainly none are “average”.
My writing partner and I had a conversation many years ago, that went something like “Would you rather be Isaac Asimov and write 200 or more mediocre books, or Kurt Vonnegut, and write far fewer really amazing and challenging books?”
We both answered “Vonnegut” (and that answer of course assumes you’re capable of writing like Vonnegut).
The Coen Brothers are my screenwriting Vonneguts. They’ve got the goods. They are what I aspire to be. Just once.
Opinions vary on the value of shooting a trailer for your unsold screenplay. I’ve heard some folks (John Brown) state that it can’t hurt, and might help, the sale. I’ve heard other folks say it’s a waste of time.
If you fall in the first camp and think a trailer might be the thing for you, but don’t have the resources to do it yourself, I stumbled across Movie Trailer Makers, a team of filmmaking pros who specialize in kickass trailers of unproduced screenplays.
Movie Trailer Makers produce fast and affordable movie trailers and teasers for screenwriters & film studios. Just send us your script and we’ll take care of the rest.
We have a team of international film makers with the talent, experience and resources to turn your script into a professional and entertaining movie trailer.
Our team are real movie directors who have worked on dozens of feature films, documentaries and TV series. We know what Hollywood are looking for and will help present your script accordingly.
And their reel is really impressive. There’s no doubt they can deliver the goods. But at what cost?
We’ve been thinking about making a trailer for our screenplay “Faeries” so I sent them a synopsis, just to get an idea of price. The reply was “…a typical non-animated trailer produced by us costs between $5K-$8K.” Well, that might be worthwhile for some, but for this project at least I can think of better ways to put 8-10K to work… shooting a short, jump starting a feature, fixing my car…
Which isn’t to say the service is not worthwhile. It’s just to say it’s too rich for my blood right now.
Here’s the trailer for a feature film I Art Directed in 2007 — psychological thriller “Blur” starring Charlie Hofheimer (Black Hawk Down) and Katharine Towne (What Lies Beneath). Directed by John W. Kim.
It’s finally making the rounds of the festivals, and will be looking for distribution this year. Give ’em some love on YouTube!
*edit* Aw, it’s been taken down from YouTube. Guess you’ll just have to go to http://blur-movie.com/ to check it out…