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Frequently Asked Questions

First, some general info:
Who is a part of the administration (admin team) of Hollywood: The Game?
Click here for the admin page with contact info and detailed information on all of the game admin. Also, please read the Terms of Service and Rules and Guidelines.

Okay, on to the FAQ! Scroll down to read the FAQ step by step or click on one of these question links to be taken directly to a question.

1. Hey there, I’m new in Hollywood, how do I get started?
2. Can I be more than one of those?
3. Do I need money to produce a movie in Hollywood the Game?
4. How do I pitch my movie?
5. Do my pitches have to be original?
6. Can I sell a pitch to a studio and not write it myself?
7. Okay, a studio wants to make my movie! Um… Now what do I do?
8. Do I have to write a full screenplay?
9. What programs do you use to write your film?
10. Where can I find a free website to host my film?
11. Can I make a movie without a studio?
12. What is the box office based on?
13. What do I do as a critic?
14. Are there any other careers?
15. What's up with auctions?
16. Deal page? How do I submit deals?
17. When will the talent listings/auctions/box office/adaptations list/etc. be updated?
18. I think the amount of money listed for me on the leaderboard is wrong! Or I'm not on the leaderboard at all!
19. I want to do an adaptation. How do I buy a franchise? Lease it?
19.5 What about Public Domain works?
20. Where is a free site where I can upload a picture to post on the message board?
21. What is this Journalist Career Track I've heard about?
22. What can I write articles about?
23. Ok, but what actual journalist jobs are there?
24. Can I work on multiple news sites or do I have to choose?
25. Can I start as an EIC?
26. How much do I get paid?
27. How much will it cost a player to open his own news paper?
28. How does the critics corner system play into this?
29. Do you know of any websites that can help with screenwriting?

1. Hey there, I’m new in Hollywood, how do I get started?
Well, step one would be signing up to play and then the rest is really up to you! There is a wide variety of careers available for you to play, the main four include producer (and later Studio Head), journalist (and later Editor in Chief), critic and graphic designer (through a creative company). And than there is also a mixed variety of side careers, including Real Estate Agent, Movie Advertising Rep, Restaurant/Club Owner, Script Editors, Casting Specialists and more continue to open up as the game grows.

If you want to be a producer, jump right in and pitch a film!

If you want to be a journalist, go investigate and write an article!

If you want to be a critic, head right over to the theater watch and review some films!

Pretty simple, huh?

2. Can I be more than one of those?
Of course! You can hold any mix of jobs you desire. A few of the jobs/careers have tracks where you can work your way up the ladder to success. Producers can become studio heads, journalists can become Editors in Chief, critics can own review sites, and creative companies can build up huge offices.

3. Do I need money to produce a movie in Hollywood the Game?
Not at all! Studios will almost always be happy to pay the full costs of making your movie. In return, they will take a percentage of the money the film makes. Costs of films can really add up between the productions costs (genre), advertising budget, talent budget and creative fees, so you’ll be glad a studio is putting cash behind the release!

4. How do I pitch my movie?
By pitching a movie, it means that you are trying to convince a studio to green light the movie for release. This usually means that they will pay the costs and get the film in theaters. There is a lot of ways to get your film seen by Studios. This page lists all of our current studios/studio heads and has there e-mails/external sites listed. You can use this contact info to pitch an idea to a studio directly through e-mail, or you can private message them on our message board, or talk to them directly in our Chat Room.

Another big way to pitch your film is through the PRODUCE THIS! forum on our message board. And finally, if you want to keep your identity secret and have studios just focus on your idea, you can pitch your movie in our pitch auction (a feature you have to sign up to use).

Stuck on an idea? Need help? Want a focus group of sorts to give you feedback on a particular idea? Simply post your pitch on MOVIE IDEA forum on our message board. This is one of the best places to get advice from your fellow players and we highly recommend pitching ideas here.

5. Do my pitches have to be original?
If your pitch is based on an existing real life work – a published book, a TV show, a film sequel/remake, a video game, a website – that is called an adaptation. The book, TV show, movie, etc. on which it's based is called a franchise.

To pitch/make a movie from an adaptation, you need to buy the rights for the franchise in the game (or get permission from the player who already owns the franchise). Otherwise, you can't pitch it. More on franchises after question 19.

Even if your pitch is an adaptation; the pitch itself should still be original and of your writing! Do not just copy the book jacket or the Internet Movie Database entry, that is fully against the rules!

6. Can I sell a pitch to a studio and not write it myself?
To do this you must tell the studio before hand that you will not be writing the film and that it is just the idea you are selling. Most studios will be skeptical of just buying an idea without a writer... but sure, you can try. Maybe you have that one in a million idea!

7. Okay, a studio wants to make my movie! Um... Now what do I do?
Well, your movie will need a director and actors. It will also need to be advertised. It will need a poster and a website. And a release date needs to be set. You should talk to the studio and figure out which of you will take responsibility for those things.

Then, of course, it'll need a script. That's (in all likelihood) your job!

8. Do I have to write a full screenplay?
Nope! It can be short or long, and it can be in screenplay format, in story format or even a mix of story and pictures. You have to decide based on what fits your story and on your strengths as a writer.

The only thing that most players don't like is when they can't envision what you're writing as something that is being shown on a movie screen. A person thinking to himself isn't much to look at... keep it in mind.

9. What programs do you use to write your film?
Many folks who write screenplay format use Final Draft, which is the professional standard. But you are welcome to use what ever program you write with, whether it is Microsoft Word, Word Pad or an HTML composer program. A good free program similar to Final Draft is Rough Draft. It’s not perfect, but hey, it’s free. What you write on is fully up to you, just remember that it has to get on to a website eventually.

10. Where can I find a free website to host my film?
A bunch of the studios have and provide space. But if you are looking for a free website, the usual free website suspects should be fine:

Tripod
50 Megs

The best way to find free website hosting is to google it.

11. Can I make a movie without a studio?
Currently, the only way to release your film independent of studios is to win an award that allows you a free independent release. But we doubt that you will have any trouble releasing through a studio, especially if you whip your pitch into shape (and your fellow players on the MOVIE IDEA section of the message board and elsewhere, are happy to help you do that), that you can get it sold!

12. What is the box office based on?
The box office is based on many factors:

Make sure that you buzz vote and vote for the releases in theaters every week. That's what makes the system work!

13. What do I do as a critic?
The main job of a critic is to write reviews of the films in theaters. First SIGN UP TO BE A CRITIC. Than enter the Critics Corner where you can read other reviews (on all HTG films ever released) and submit your reviews to the Critics Corner Admin.

Remember... critics make good money!

14. Are there any other careers?
Hey, if you can think of something to do, and someone is willing to pay you to do it, you can do it!

If you're a good artist, you should really consider becoming a creative company. There's big money in it! Creative companies usually create posters, banners and websites for films, and often offer much more. If this interests you, or if you need to utilize a creative company's services yourself, check out the Creative Company Building.

Or if your strength is the written word, maybe you can make money as an editor. E-mail hollywoodthegame@gmail.com to sign up to become an editor.

Or perhaps you could carve out a role for yourself as a lawyer, or a studio assistant, or... The possibilities are literally endless!

15. What's up with auctions?
There's all sorts of stuff to buy at auction! From Film Library Films, Awards, Items, pitches and much more!

Game run auctions should be submitted to “HTGstore” on the deal page and auctions made by players should have listed who you make payment to.

16. Deal page? How do I submit deals?
After making a deal that you have to pay, go to the deal submission page to put a cash deal through. The “Destination User Name” is who you are paying money to. The “subject” should be what the deal is for (an example is “buying car”). The Amount has to be listed WITHOUT dollar signs or commas in the money amount. Make sure you type the amount of money correctly; an extra or missing zero makes a huge difference! (1 million should be listed as 1000000)

17. When will the talent listings/auctions/box office/adaptations list/etc. be updated?
Aspects of the site are updated throughout week. Since all the people working on the site are volunteers and have other things going on in their lives, there is no set schedule. If they're not updated, rest assured that we know about it and will get to it as soon as we can!

Theaters/buzz are updated weekly, as is the critic corner.

18. I think the amount of money listed for me on the leaderboard is wrong! Or I'm not on the leaderboard at all!
First of all, did you sign up for an account? Assuming you did...

Unlike most areas of the site, the leaderboard is automated. So if there is a problem, in all likelihood, it's either because someone has simply failed to submit a deal that you were expecting, or because you or someone else submitted an incorrect dollar amount in a deal. You will receive an e-mail every time someone submits a deal that subtracts from your account - make sure you look at it carefully, so that if a mistake is made, you can catch it right away! If you're still confused, talk to whomever you have made deals with recently, and see if you can figure out where the problem occurred.

After all that, if you need a mistake to be corrected or if you're really quite sure that something inexplicably has gone wrong, e-mail the game admin at hollywoodthegame@gmail.com and let him know.

19. I want to do an adaptation. How do I buy a franchise? Lease it?
First, check the available adaptation list to see if the franchise is available. If it is not here, check Owned and Leased Franchise Lists to see if someone has the rights to it already. If they don’t, request a price from the franchise pricer here on the message board.

If someone owns it, they still might let you use it, but they'll probably want a fee.

When you are buying the franchise you will have to pay for the full 100% of the costs upfront. You will have no restrictions when you have to release a film. You can even sit on the franchise if you wanted to. Or, you can chose to lease the franchise...

When you lease a franchise it can be either a 3 month Lease or a 6 month Lease. A 3 month Lease will cost you 25% of the total cost of a franchise; however you must release the film within 3 months. If you don’t release a film you have the option of; extending your lease to a 6month lease, buying the franchise, or losing the franchises and your 25%. While a 6 month Lease will cost you 50% of the total cost of a franchise; however you must release the film within 6 months. If you don’t release a film you have the option of; buying the franchise, or losing the franchises and your 50%.

Please note: There can only be one 1 film per franchise released every 3 months (no matter who owns the franchise).

19.5 What about Public Domain works?
In HTG, any pieces that were made before 1930 are available to use for free. There is no buying public domain works.

20. Where is a free site where I can upload a picture to post on the message board?
There are lots of others. Just make sure the site "allows hotlinking."

One of the best is: www.photobucket.com

21. What is this Journalist Career Track I've heard about?
If you choose to become a Journalist, you can embark on the Journalist Career Track and work your way from a freelance reporter to the EIC or owner of a newspaper. Newspaper game sites pop up all of the time, currently, there is the HTG Hollywood Times, Happenings and The Hollywood Pit. Each is a little different, but all are very willing to accept and publish your articles! Contact the EICs for details on submitting stories.

22. What can I write articles about?
Anything and everything is free game to a journalist! Write about upcoming film (get info on them from the release calendar), about things on the HTG Town Square Map, players, studios, actors, the sky is the limit!

23. Ok, but what actual journalist jobs are there?
Each of the news sites will have different positions, ranging from interviewers, news reporters, columnists, editors, graphics, editors and chiefs and news site owners.

24. Can I work on multiple news sites or do I have to choose?
Players have the option of workign for as many news sites as they want and by the office feature of the game, can even start a newspaper of their own!

25. Can I start as an EIC?
Yes and no. If you can quickly raise 20 Million dollars, than you can build your own small newspaper and be an EIC. The best way to become an EIC is to work your way up the ladder and prove to the game admin that you are ready to become one.

26. How much do I get paid?
Pay scales are different for each news site. A few positions will have weekly pay scales, while others will work in a freelance style (pay per article). For good articles, people will get bonuses and for constant good work, people will be rewarded.

Along with pay system, there is an awards points system for Journalists. For each article you write, you are awarded Journalist Points. You can than use these points in the Journalist Store to get Journalist only items and prizes. These prizes and items add to a players personal collection and can incease pay by article.

27. How much will it cost a player to open his own news paper?
To open a independent news site, you must buy an office (either small, medium or large). Small offices are 20 million dollars, medium are 30 and large are around 40 million.

Independent Newspapers How To

28. How does the critics corner system play into this?
The critic's corner is totally seperate from the news section of the site. We currently host all reviews on a forum made for the Critics Corner located here with maybe of our old film reviews archived here.

29. Do you know of any websites that can help with screenwriting?
Our playerbase has begun to compile links for sites that help with screenwriting, host scripts, help with formatting, etc. You can view this site list here.

MORE FAQ TO COME!

What if the FAQ did not answer my question?
If the FAQ did not answer all of your questions, please post on the HELP section of the message board with anything you are confused about. And also feel free to ask questions in the HTG CHAT ROOM, other players are always ready to assist you! The only stupid question is the one not asked!