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A documentary aimed at inspiring UK filmmakers and performers

Published by: Douglas McFarlane on 28th Mar 2012 | View all blogs by Douglas McFarlane

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Award winning documentary MAKING IT IN HOLLYWOOD is now only $10 for UKTheatre.Net members.

When I was first setup, I wanted to help filmmakers and performers find out more about what it takes to be successful in the film business. I plucked up the courage to apply for press accreditation for the Oscars in order to go straight to the heart of the business and perhaps do a blog direct from Hollywood. After I was accepted, I realised this was the opportunity to take a camera to record the journey and perhaps do some video blogs.

On the first day, I managed to interview some indie filmmakers before one of them invited me to an exclusive party where Clint Eastwood unexpectedly turned up. The atmosphere changed and a heightened energy took over the room. I managed to keep calm enough to get some great footage of the legend himself meeting composer Ennio Morricone for the first time in 40 years. It was this meeting that inspired me to continue to create a short film to take to Cannes.

In Cannes, the short film was screened and received good reviews, so I started to turn it into a feature length. I joined the throng of paparazzi and managed to get up close and personal with Leonardo Di Caprio, Jude Law and Jessica Simpson while jostling with experienced paps trying to get a better shot in front of me. It was fascinating seeing how Hollywood promotes their talent in front of the world's press and I got a feel for how ruthless the paparazzi can be to get that picture.

Sunny snowbound Sundance was next with Ewan McGregor and Sharon Stone offering sage advice on their experiences in Hollywood. Jackie Chan's son Jaycee spent some time chatting about how his family connections have influenced his career. I also filmed outside the legendary Egyptian Theatre where Robert Redford first handed out flyers at the opening of the first Sundance.

The next stop was at the BAFTA film awards, where I was fortunate enough to get a media box next to autograph hunting fans who attracted all the top actors close enough for me to ask them a question or two. I managed to chat with Ricky Gervais, Eddie Izzard, Tilda Swinton and the lovely Kate Hudson to find out more about what it takes to make it in Hollywood.

The end product is a film which is an inspiration to filmmakers and performers, and I'm hoping you will get some additional advice, guidance and ideas to help your next project become a success.

It's available on Amazon at this link:-

Douglas McFarlane



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