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20 Weeks To Oscar: Sell Short

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In the real world, where studios are just selling movies with massive marketing campaigns, the marketing windows have shrunk in recent years. Big TV buys, it seems, can wait for 3 weeks out if the awareness has been pumped up via publicity for the months and months before.

Have Oscar campaigners taken this lesson to heart? Are the early September festivals just an awareness play, followed by a 6 – 8 week window of lingering, and then the real campaign in the course of just a few weeks?

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Beatrice Welles On Completing Her Father’s The Other Side Of The Wind

Beatrice Welles On Completing Her Father’s The Other Side Of The Wind

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Despite Chances Of Extradition To L. A. County, Roman Polanski May Shoot Next Film In Poland

Despite Chances Of Extradition To L. A. County, Roman Polanski May Shoot Next Film In Poland

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Google CEO And Co-Founder Larry Page Has Larger And Larger Ambitions

Google CEO And Co-Founder Larry Page Has Larger And Larger Ambitions

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The FT Characterizes Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige

The FT Characterizes Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige

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The Academy Lists The 134 Docs Submitted For Oscar 2014; Shortlist Of 15 Comes In December

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After Nightcrawler, Steve Rose Asks If There’s Any Big-Screen Portrait Of TV News Gatherers That’s Not Warped

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Stephanie Zacharek On “How John Wick Restored My Faith In Violent Movies”

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Admire Three-Minutes, Fifty-Two Seconds Of The Best Blinding Lens Flares

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Iain Sinclair On London’s Lost Cinemas

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Katie Rife Watches All 9 Hellraiser Movies

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Joy Horowitz Asks, “Too Jewish?” On The Making of “Fiddler On The Roof”

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Sarah Kerr On The “Weird, True Story” Of Wonder Woman

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NYT Sunday Magazine Cover-Stories Chris Nolan At Almost 7,000 Words

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~ David Simon

“I wondered how different it would be to write a novel and it’s totally different. It’s very internal. The weird thing about it is that I found that novel-writing was much more like directing than it is like screenwriting. You’re casting it, you’re lighting it, you’re doing the costumes, you’re doing the locations, you’re doing it all yourself as a director would. In screenwriting, you don’t do that stuff. You don’t describe the face of the actor or the character when you’re writing a screenplay because Tom Cruise is going to do it and he doesn’t look like that, whereas in the novel to describe what he is is what he is. The actual act of writing, just like shooting on a set, is a slow slog. It’s going to work every day.”
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