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Old 08-06-2017, 10:20 AM   #1
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Question Don't have a US or European citizenship, how do I break into the Hollywood industry?

Hi, I'm new here. Nice to meet fellow film artists!! First, I want to apologize if this is the wrong section to post this. I'm still not very clear as to how the forums work, I'll try my best. ... haha let's get on with this.

I'm from an Asian country but I want to direct and write for films in, if possible, Hollywood in the future. I'm aware that this is the dream of many and I'm willing to work my way up and start with making indie films and send them to the Sundance or other festivals but will the top film festivals even accept my movie entry since I'm not a us or European citizen? I am a quarter European on my mother's side but only in blood as my citizenship is completely Malaysian. The reason I want to make movies for the international market is because 1) I don't think the Asian market will enjoy my westernized films, 2) I want to reach a large audience, 3) I believe I have the skills and ability and character necessary to go international. I have had mentors and local film insiders say that my type of work is not fit for local audience. Even if I started local against all odds, name me a single Malaysian film that actually got any recognition even if it's good?

I want constructive criticism only. I am sure that I can and have the ability and skills necessary to make it, or at least I'm willing to learn, so please don't be discouraging or say things like 'you're too stuck up/ full of yourself etc)', if I really am stuck up and unrealistic, then let me learn that myself.
I write a variety of genre from science fiction to tragedies but so far I'm focusing on the wide range of the drama genre.

Thanks for any replies, I really appreciate it. I hope to one day make films that will give people hope and inspiration for God knows the world needs it. good luck to all your pursuits as well!!
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Old 08-06-2017, 05:21 PM   #3
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Here are some ideas: (you'll have to research, I'm not an immigration expert)
1.Make a really great film in Malaysia, so great that Hollywood will take notice, like Kurosawa did with Rashomon, & Bruce Lee with The Big Boss, etc.
2.Make really great films, then contact Hollywood companies & try to get them to sponsor you with a work visa. You must be exceptional for this to happen.
3.Marry a U.S. citizen & get any job you can in Hollywood, even at the bottom.

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Old 08-06-2017, 07:15 PM   #4
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Lights Out was a 2 minute short.
The director made 2 features in Holywood since then.
http://nofilmschool.com/2017/08/davi...rror-annabelle
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Old 08-06-2017, 09:53 PM   #5
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Lights Out was a 2 minute short. The director made 2 features in Holywood since then.
http://nofilmschool.com/2017/08/davi...rror-annabelle
Very cool
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Old 08-08-2017, 03:08 AM   #6
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Do what I am doing:

Make a feature film- forget the camera type, forget the dreams of a release night premiere party where you wear a tux and sip the best wine.......Write a screenplay, or ask someone else to write. Horror is in, write a story with somewhat varied locations which you can scout for free or very cheap. Best bit about being an indie filmmaker is you work around the problems of money.

Logistically scout people: Actors, sound guy, DoP, anyone who is also starting out and can be bought for cheap or very less(I am paying guys with shares in the film's earnings).

Pre Production: Sit on this for months and work this out. No need to shoot for one month....Shoot for 12-15 days. Post production is where all the money is spent son good luck with that.

Make a feature and try to get a ticket to a hub in America or Europe from where you can send your feature to other horror fests. Also study the online market and how it is done,

It is all about planning my friend. I have had friends who update and buy the latest cameras but no use of the cameras if there is no plan or a screenplay.

P.S- I am coming to Malaysia for the Formula 1 grand Prix on the 1st of October. If you have a screenplay or something show me, I am a producer looking for content.

Rishi
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I am paying guys with shares in the film's earnings.
Did you come up with a set percentage formula you can use as a guide for every film? How many people have shares?
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Old 08-19-2017, 01:18 AM   #8
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Here are some ideas: (you'll have to research, I'm not an immigration expert)
1.Make a really great film in Malaysia, so great that Hollywood will take notice, like Kurosawa did with Rashomon, & Bruce Lee with The Big Boss, etc.
2.Make really great films, then contact Hollywood companies & try to get them to sponsor you with a work visa. You must be exceptional for this to happen.
3.Marry a U.S. citizen & get any job you can in Hollywood, even at the bottom.
Thanks much Buscando. Best of luck to you in your persuits.
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Old 08-19-2017, 01:21 AM   #9
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Do what I am doing:

Make a feature film- forget the camera type, forget the dreams of a release night premiere party where you wear a tux and sip the best wine.......Write a screenplay, or ask someone else to write. Horror is in, write a story with somewhat varied locations which you can scout for free or very cheap. Best bit about being an indie filmmaker is you work around the problems of money.

Logistically scout people: Actors, sound guy, DoP, anyone who is also starting out and can be bought for cheap or very less(I am paying guys with shares in the film's earnings).

Pre Production: Sit on this for months and work this out. No need to shoot for one month....Shoot for 12-15 days. Post production is where all the money is spent son good luck with that.

Make a feature and try to get a ticket to a hub in America or Europe from where you can send your feature to other horror fests. Also study the online market and how it is done,

It is all about planning my friend. I have had friends who update and buy the latest cameras but no use of the cameras if there is no plan or a screenplay.

P.S- I am coming to Malaysia for the Formula 1 grand Prix on the 1st of October. If you have a screenplay or something show me, I am a producer looking for content.

Rishi
I can't make horror- I don't have the stomach for it. Thanks, your answer has helped a lot. I may contact you, I hope you'll find Malaysia to your taste. It is a nice enough country. Good luck in your persuits, friend.
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Old 08-19-2017, 07:17 AM   #10
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Lights Out was a 2 minute short.
The director made 2 features in Holywood since then.
http://nofilmschool.com/2017/08/davi...rror-annabelle
He got a lot of criticism in the last episode of Half in the Bag of Redletermedia. Apparently there is a Movie contest that.... is a bit of fraud, that he help organised.
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