Monday, March 23, 2015

A job... really.

Looks like I have a job.

I even get paid.

So what is it?

A former agent of mine sent an action screenplay I wrote two years ago called The President's Heart. It was enough for a producer and director to hire me to write a screenplay for them.

It's not a big movie, actually probably under $1 million. The idea came from them and is to be "A family in jeopardy."And it will probably go to netflix or someone else as well as international sales which will earn more than domestic.

So it means some money. But it also means something that's even better.

A credit on

I'm sure most of you know imdb, or or

This is the most important thing to have if you want a career in the movie business. 


Because that's where everyone goes to to see just who you are and/or who you say you are. Imdb started somewhere around 1990 by collecting names of film people, mainly actors, writers and directors. Then it began inserting everyone else who was on a movie. 

Today it has over 3 million titles (movies) and over 6 million personalities.

And yes, I'm one of them.

But so are everyone on the movie from producer to writer to actor to grip and so on.

And why is it important?
Because if your name isn't there, you're nothing. And I don't mean that personally, it's just a fact that shows that either you're in the business or not.

And if you're not, or if you haven't worked lately, it also shows that. And that's not good.  For example, my last movie produced was 2010. This new movie I'm writing will be made in summer and thus my name will be pushed ahead five years to 2015.

Which means I'm not dead. 

Or unemployed.

Or both.

But there is a bad part to also. Your age. I made a big mistake writing my age on other websites and now it appears on 

So what does it matter?

Ever hear of "it's a young man's business."

But needless to say, all that matters is that you have a recent credit. If I'm lucky I might get two or three credits this year. My French connection movie looks like it might film in late summer in France.

And yes, I'm going to France to hang out and eat real croissants. And vin rouge. Oui?

Here's what it sort of looks like... the first line is all the jobs I did besides writing.

Filmography Jim Makichuk

Hide Hide Writer (17 credits)
 2010 The Town Christmas Forgot (TV Movie) (written by)
 2004 Maiden Voyage (TV Movie) (story) / (teleplay)
 2004 Target
 2002 Greenmail (Video) (written by)
 2002 Gentle Ben (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 2001 Rough Air: Danger on Flight 534 (TV Movie) (written by)
 1999 Roswell: The Aliens Attack (TV Movie) (written by)
 1998 Dream House (TV Movie) (written by)
 1995 Highlander (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- Star-Crossed (1995) ... (written by)
- Blind Faith (1995) ... (written by)
 1994 The Odyssey (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Greatest Show on Earth (1994) ... (writer)
 1991 Lightning Force (TV Series)
 1991 Mom P.I. (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- Cash and Money (1991) ... (written by)
- A Fugue for Mr. X (1991) ... (written by)
 1990 Blood Games (story)
 1988 Betrayal of Silence (TV Movie)
 1985 The Tower (TV Movie) (as James Makichuk)
 1984 Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats (TV Series) (1984)

1 comment:

  1. If you are an IMBb pro member you can omit your age from the pro section; try it.