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344 14th Street
Santa Monica,
CA 90402
   
Voice: 310.393.4519
Cell: 310.344.5334

There is nothing better in this world than being a filmmaker or wanting to be a filmmaker. The film’s production process is the essential element to the success of the creative team’s vision.

As a veteran filmmaker in the production of feature films, TV shows, Music videos, commercials, corporate films and documentaries, I have discovered that they all have one thing in common…..Strong pre-production will give more time to the creative team on the set, producing a better quality of film on the screen. Sounds simple but without proven experience, problems become very costly in time and in money…and very fast.

As a consultant I will guide you through the entire process of pre-production through production. You will benefit from 30+ years of experience by avoiding land mines that will cost you valuable time, money, and loss of quality to your film’s production.

Longevity and loyalty are rare in the movie business, but you'll discover both with John.  He knows his stuff, does his homework and puts the show first - but not to the detriment of his crew.  As a director of photography I couldn't ask for more.
David Lewis
Director of Photography


Below are some valuable insights and Services offered for your project to succeed

  • Budgeting


    Mel Gibson
    Filming of Ransom trailer
    • Initial pass
    • Fine tuning
    • Backing into a pre-determined budget amount
    • Union vs. Non union
    • Mixing Union and Non Union
    • What is needed from each department head
    • Transportation analysis
    • Raw stock (Film or HD)
    • Insurance
    • Completion Bond


  • Scheduling

    • How to break down your script properly
    • Some traps to avoid
    • Will a second unit benefit the production
    • How to manage daily changes effectively


  • Producing

    • Finding the right material
    • Attaching a director to the script
    • Learn valuable tools in working with writers/directors
    • Pitching parts to talent Agents
    • Actor’s play or pay arrangements
    • Understanding how much you may need the actor after the film is completed
    • Tips to selling your film
    • Promoting the film during pre-production and production
    • How to market your film before it is too late
    • Package development
    • Elements needed to present for financing
    • Produce a one sheet
    • Package development
    • Decision to make a trailer before financing / Pros & Cons


  • Practical approaches to making the film

    • Story boards

    • Richard Harris
      during Champlin on Film
      Shot list
    • SPFX break down (mechanical)
    • Graphic effects needed for post
    • Green & Blue Screen
    • Location vs. Stage Shooting
    • Day out of days
    • Production forms
      • Call sheets
      • Production reports
      • Actor sign in sheets
    • Technical walk through with keys
    • Understanding the D.P.’s needs
    • Equipment (How to make better deals & know when too much is being ordered)
    • Negotiating with crew
    • Communicating script or creative changes to all
      department heads
    • Effectively managing rolling stock to save time in first set up


  • Locations

    • How to go about it
    • Scout
    • Permits
    • Releases
    • City requirements on police/fire



  • On set
    with George Burns
  • Casting the film

    • SAG regulations on size of budget
    • Extras for your film
    • Talent wrangler
    • Forms needs to comply with
      SAG agreement


  • Post Production

    • Traditional vs. DI
    • Finding the right deal for your budget
    • Sound design
    • CGI
    • Working with Special Graphic effects


  • Distribution

    • Building marketing pieces as you post
    • Trailer
    • How to set up screenings to sell your film
    • Creating a buzz
    • Traditional vs. DI


  • Strategic Business plan for any size growing company

If you would like to have definitions of film industry terminology use your favorite search engine and type in “film industry terms,” you will be directed to lots of helpful information.



There is nothing better in this world than being a filmmaker or wanting to be a filmmaker. The film’s production process is the essential element to the success of the creative team’s vision.

As a veteran filmmaker in the production of feature films, TV shows, Music videos, commercials, corporate films and documentaries, I have discovered that they all have one thing in common… The stronger the pre-production, then the more time the creative team has on the set, translating to a better quality of film on the screen. Sounds simple but without proven experience, problems become very costly in time and in money….and very fast.

As a consultant I will guide you through the entire process of pre-production through production. You will benefit from 30+ years of experience by avoiding land mines that will cost you valuable time, money, and loss of quality to your film’s production.

John Callas is the best director I have worked with in this town…in this town.
Howie Mandel
Writer, Actor, Comedian


Below are some valuable insights and Services offered for your project to succeed

  • Budgeting


    Gary Shandling
    • Initial pass
    • Fine tuning
    • Backing into a pre-determined
      budget amount
    • Union vs. Non union
    • Mixing Union and Non Union
    • What is needed from each
      department head
    • Transportation analysis
    • Raw stock (Film or HD)
    • Insurance
    • Completion Bond


  • Scheduling

    • How to break down your script properly
    • Some traps to avoid
    • Will a second unit benefit the production
    • How to manage daily changes effectively


  • Producing

    • What is AFTRA

    • Wendy Malick
      Here is a statement from AFTRA that explains the covered scope of representation:
      “AFTRA's scope of representation covers broadcast, public and cable television (news, sports and weather; drama and comedy, soaps, talk and variety shows, documentaries, children's programming, reality and game shows); radio (news, commercials, hosted programs); sound recordings (CDs, singles, Broadway cast albums, audio books); "non-broadcast" and industrial material as well as Internet and digital programming.”
    • Formatting a series (Bible presentations)
    • Finding the right material
    • Attaching a director to the pilot episode
    • Learn valuable tools in working with writers/directors
    • Pitching parts to talent Agents
    • Actor’s play or pay arrangements
      • Understanding how much you may need the actor after the film is completed

    • Howie Mandel
      “Bobbie’s World” TV Series
      Tips to selling you film
    • Promoting the show or series
    • Working with the Network or cable distributor)
    • Package development
    • Elements needed to present for financing
    • Produce a marketing campaign
    • Understanding syndication
    • Understanding the value of a “As Broadcast” script
    • Preparing foreign translation scripts
      for international distribution
    • Practical approaches to making the show or series
    • Rehearsals with talent
    • Working with booth PA
    • SPFX break down (mechanical)
    • Graphic effects needed for post
    • Green & Blue Screen
    • Location vs. Stage Shooting
    • Day out of days
    • Production forms
      • Call sheets
      • Production reports
      • Actor sign in sheets
    • Technical walk through with keys (if an episode(s) is/are shot on location)
    • Understanding multiple camera shoots
    • Equipment (How to make better deals & know when too much is being ordered)
    • Negotiating with crew
    • Communicating script or creative changes to all
      department heads
    • Effectively managing rolling stock to save time in first set up


  • Locations VS. Studio shoots


    • Richard Harris
      How to go about deciding which is better value
    • Scout
    • Permits
    • Releases
    • City requirements
      on police/fire
    • Casting the film
    • AFTRA regulations on
      size of budget
    • Extras for your film
    • Talent wrangler
    • Forms needs to comply with AFTRA agreement


  • Post Production (see post production for further details)

    • Traditional vs. DI
    • Finding the right deal for your budget
    • Sound design
    • CGI
    • Working with Special Graphic effects


  • Distribution

    • Building marketing pieces as you post
    • Trailer
    • How to set up screenings to sell your film
    • Crating a buzz


  • Strategic Business plan for any size growing company

If you would like to have definitions of film industry terminology use your favorite search engine and type in “film industry terms,” you will be guided to lots of helpful information.




Productions Stills during the making of the TriStar Logo

With the experience of having worked in one of the largest post production facilities as the Worldwide VP for The Walt Disney Account, I can guide you through the post process seamlessly while saving you valuable time and money. Whatever your post production needs are there is a perfect facility to accommodate them.

In today’s world of post, the technology race is well underway with the digital revolution. What is important is that you don’t get carried away in the sea of terminology and bells and whistles but rather identify your needs and apply the appropriate technology accordingly.



What are some of the considerations in selecting a post house?

First you must determine how your product is going to be used and what formats you might need. Are you doing a TV show or a feature, music video or commercial, documentary or trailer or a spec piece to promote yourself? Or will you be using the material in various formats?

You must also look at what media your material was shot.
Was it Film, Beta SP or HD?

Okay – once the easy part is done, we will determine where we can get the best deal for the money and have the best creative talent available.

There are lots of facilities with all the bells and whistles to choose but the real question is, who is the editor that will give your material the oomph that it needs? Who will see where the gems are in your dailies?



Below are some valuable insights and Services offered for your project to succeed:

  • Picking the right editor for your material
  • What are the challenges (if any) in posting special graphic work
  • Do you have all the production elements required
    to complete this project
  • Editorial mastering services for First Run theatrical releases
  • Editorial mastering services for TV shows (both traditional and DI)
  • Live action and animation restoration
  • DVD – Process through DTL preparation for replication
    • Menu Copy
    • Menu Design
    • Compression and Authoring
    • Audio (fixes and or Dubbing for foreign territories)
    • Language Translations
    • Subtitling
    • Mastering the DLT
    • Replication
    • Packaging
  • Complete sound services
  • Re-mastering film or TV show for foreign languages
  • Foreign language translations (Script preparation)
  • Subtitling and captioning (NTSC & PAL)
  • Re-mastering for all foreign territories
  • Anti-piracy approach
  • Understanding traditional editing compared to digital editing/ what are the benefits
  • What is encoding anyway
  • Off line
  • On Line
  • Pre-recording for sound
  • Are there things you should do during production that gives “value adds” and saves you money in the creation of your DVD
  • Mastering
  • Locked negative
  • Media Services
    • QC
    • DRS
    • Conversions
    • Laybacks
    • Asset management (including naming conventions)
    • Front and end credit inserts



In conclusion

“Post is the final step in a long process. Mistakes are just as costly here as they are in production. I have only one thing in mind and that is guiding you through this lengthy process with confidence that you are getting your post needs met while maintaining budget parameters. Working together we will make the correct choices for your film.”




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