Like you I am a screen writer but probably unlike you my first screenplay was produced with a name lead and a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) cast.
I just signed with a sales agent who will take the film to the prestigious European Film Festival (Bernale) in Berlin and then to Cannes to sell it to the world.
So why me and not you? What did I do that you have not?
First, I can assure you that it has nothing to do with a having a writers' agent (I don't have one).
It has nothing to do with Hollywood contacts (I live in San Diego), nothing to do with luck (it's all about hard work and dedication).
It has nothing to do with having a remarkable - even perfect screen play (I do have a pretty damn good script which successfully jumped the ScriptShark hurdles and it has nothing to do with winning a script writing contest (didn't enter any).
But it did have something to do with making a fundamental decision that you have likely not considered.
You see I decided that I was not so much a screen writer as a storyteller. Big difference.
I also decided that I would achieve my dream - get my script on the screen - no matter what. You can do the same if you belly up to the bar.
First there's a critical distinction in the movie business between writing and storytelling - script writers simply write scripts and walk; storytellers write scripts stick around and make a movie.
Yes, I committed to producing my script, 5 Hour Friends.
And why not? A friend of mine in college often advised me - "Ron you are what you claim to be." I decided that I am a screenwriter and a producer.
As you read you'll discover how I raised money... hired actors... built a crew... secured sales representation... and most importantly you'll see why this may be your best and perhaps your only bet in Hollywood.
I'm sure you're protesting that you don't have any movie making experience... you don't have any contacts... you don't have any money... you don't have a clue.
I didn't have a clue either but I did make a commitment and that was everything. Never understand estimate the power of decision making.
Now how much of a clue didn't I have? None.
I'm a 66 year old male and spent most of my life writing and publishing niche financial newsletters. Never went to film school. Never worked in Hollywood. Never visited a film set. Never nothing - except I can write.
You do need to know how to write because the very foundation of film are the words you put on paper.
As the foundation - as the script writer - you are the brightest star in the universe - you are the big bang from which everything else flows.
But if you walk and merely sell your script, you are instantly so much cosmic dust.
Stick around and you remain in the power position - you are the emperor of the middle kingdom.
Now before I give the why's, the how's and the secrets to get your story on film let me tell what we accomplished without having a "clue".
5 Hour Friends stars the devilish and remarkably talented Tom Sizemore - of Saving Private Ryan,Pearl Harbor, and Blackhawk Down fame. Our female lead, Kimberlin Brown, played the iconic role of Sheila Carter on TV's The Bold and Beautiful, the world's most popular soap. Both are great, highly experienced talented name actors.
5 Hour Friends was shot on the Red Epic, a camera so good no HD television can reproduce its brilliant clarity. It's the same camera used to film the likes of many mega budget Hollywood productions.
Our editor, Rebecca (Weigold) Stocker worked on such films as Pearl Harbor and 21 Jump Street.
I could go on but my point is that we got top shelf actors, editors and the same camera James Cameron uses. We got all that and made a film for Hollywood chump change. You can too. And here's how:
Read more: Five Hour Friends: How Ron Jackson Made His Indie Movie Dreams Come True… And How You Can Too!