Christian Cordella, artist extraordinaire.
In 1987 I represented my first film, Grandmaster Y.K. Kim's Miami Connection which is still in distribution following a 25th Anniversary re-release by Draft House Films. In 1988 I set up The Motion Picture Company for John Cummings, veteran producer of the first music videos on HBO, and producer of the remade and beloved Bozo the Clown television show. I assisted John is leasing a Chapman Olympian crane for Disney World in Orlando. John went on to expand his line of production equipment with Dollies, Jib Arms and other crane gear, allowing me access to many sets from an office in a Disney bungalow, where I gained much production knowledge.
After relocating to Universal Studios Florida where I shared offices with The Pamplin Film Company, I represented and helped produce many feature films on Universal sound stages, and on locations, as a Producer, Executive Producer, Supervising Producer, and a member of the Directors Guild of America, earning a DGA pension as a Production Manager. This hands-on production experience greatly ehnances my ability to fully represent my film-maker clients and their visionary projects.
I have been fortunate to work with legendary film-makers, musicians and actors including Hank Garland , who played with Elvis in the 1960's and was the lead guitarist on such evergreen hits as LIttle Sister and Jingle Bell Rock; the incomparable bassist Jaco Pastorius; Academy Award winners Ernest Borgnine and Mickey Rooney; and the great team at Haxan Films who gave me the opportunity to be part of the highest grossing indie film of all time, The Blair Witch Project. I learned much about creativity, business, and life, from all of them.
Music is an integral part of the entertainment industry. I am an ASCAP and BMI Publisher, and have been assisted in music clearances, cue sheets, original film scores, and even scoring for opera. Among the most interesting music for a film was my delivery of the legal requirements for Altered, a Haxan Films feature for which the music was composed on a non-traditional custom-made platform consisting of various instrument strings, a bow, and percussion parts, locked away in a Universal Studios Florida office. Also, the live score by Rick Silanskas for PFC's feature Hoover was a great experience, with over 100 players in two night sessions, and a 54 bar Cello drone simulating the approach of the Japanese aircraft that bombed Pearl Harbor.
Entertainment is in a new phase of technology for performance, creation, and distribution. Digital Media, for streaming, podcasts, and direct to consumer formats, has replaced most of the traditional analog and linear means of distribution and marketing. Film cameras use memory chips instead of film mags. Recording studios work with complex software to create digital masters.
Your vision and creativity is the foundation of your music, film, or profession in entertainment. Because the technology and scope of "showbiz' is extremely complicated I help you understand how business is structured, and advise you on protecting your creative work, building a solid business foundation, "branding" your production company, and surrounding yourself with experienced professionals.
Miami Connection starring international Grandmaster Y. K. Kim, was the first film I worked on, in the late 1980s. In 2014 after the film was re-released by Drafthouse Films for its 25th year anniversary it became an instant cult hit, and was profitable in its first quarterly accounting!
Haxan Film's The Blair Witch Project, for which I earned screen credit as Attorney, grossed over $140MM in its theatrical run.
In addition to providing a wide range of entertainment law services I have built relationships with some of the most successful and creative people in film and music.
I understand the creative process and I love working with creative people.
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