Saaid M. Sabet

Saaid is an aspiring something (I have no idea what he wants to do) in the film industry. First he said producing, then he said directing, then he might as well tell me he wants to be a studio executive because after our entire conversation, this guy had no idea why he wants to be in the film industry. Here is an excerpt:

ME: Why producing?

SAAID M. SABET: Because i am new to this. I think I can direct, because it is just common sense, and I don't know any body more in-touch than myself.

ME: You are new to this. You might want to avoid repeating the statements in your latest email. You don't start as a producer because you're "new" to filmmaking. Producing is by far one of the most stressful jobs in the business. Different personalities clashing, financing, etc. And directing is definitely not "common sense." Like I said, you might want to avoid repeating those statements to people who work in the industry. People new to filmmaking start as a PA, not a producer. That would be starting at the top which doesn't really work in this business. Now I'm so so glad I asked that question.

SAAID M. SABET: by "common sense." I meant being in touch, have an eye for reality, and I think I am pretty good at that. Directing is to make sure movements(acting), and gesture are as real as possible, and I think I am good at that!

I'll give him the benefit of the doubt, but, and this is for anyone who is an aspiring "filmmaker", if you think that you have to be in the film industry because you love movies, sit down and really think it through. It's like walking down Times Square and seeing a guy toss fire sticks in the air and you become fascinated and want to do it because he makes it look easy. The guy probably took months preparing that act, and so is the process of making a film, only longer. It's not all glamour and fame. Again, sit down and think about it.

Tracy Randall, Ph.D., Esq

This is a pretty interesting conversation I had with an "Entertainment Lawyer."

ME: How long have you been practicing? And, what's the size of your firm? We're looking to add a legal rep to our team.

TRACY RANDALL: Attached is a little information about our firm/management/production company with that being said we are not just legal I would like to say that we are more of a business affairs company who happen to be attorneys. I have been practicing for 11 years but have been in the music/entertainment industry for over 20 years as a music promoter, recording artist, music publisher etc. We have a staff of 12 --- 4 attorneys and the rest are paraprofessionals, managers, publishers. We are a boutique firm and take on very few projects so that we are able to give clients the attention they deserve.

(Editor's note: He sent over a two page PDF of himself.....not his company.)

ME: We've read the two page bio. Do you currently represent any company in the film/tv industry?

TRACY RANDALL: Yes I have a new client that we took on about 5 months ago and was able to secure an option deal with Creative Artist (we handled the production agreements, Letter of Intents for that talent, secured financing for the film-- with our connections with Professional Athletes and other private investors) and now are in negotiations with Paramount Pictures for the featured film. With regards to any concerns you may have for our limited film/TV information in our bio we work with various other firms that work outside counsel to us with regards to any additional film/TV needs that may arise.

ME: The reason why I asked is because you're not listed on the IMDB website as representation to any company.

(Editor's note: Oops!)

TRACY RANDALL: There are many firms, agents and event talent that is not listed on many sites etc. that are active movers and shakers. However as per my last email this is a featured film that is in negotiations and has not been released as of yet.

(Me thinking: You represent the company but you're not listed because the film hasn't been released yet? That makes no sense!)

TRACY RANDALL: However, since you have access to IMDB you could easily find one of the those firms that is listed to represent your company.

(Me thinking: because you're BUSTED!)

Guys, a little research and they run for cover.

To Robert V. Conte

I very rarely come across people who are as unprofessional as you are. But when I do, I usually never ever want to meet them again. My director, Charlton “Chuck” Ruddock just wanted a mere two minutes to go over the questions for the interview with you, for your benefit I might add, and what do you do? You avoided him by coming up with lame excuses or having your underlings do your dirty work for you. But this is where you really messed up; you wasted my time. That’s never a good idea. We setup a simple meeting (that would take no more than two minutes) at 2pm on Thursday, December 15, 2011 so that my director could go over the questions with you so you could get an idea of what will be asked, again to benefit YOU, and what do you do? You bailed on us. Your attitude and behavior towards us since our initial meeting went from completely enthusiastic to a downright complete PRICK!

For the record, you were NOT doing us a favor by doing the interview.

I despise unprofessionalism. And you're very unprofessional.

Sincerely,
Romane Orlando Robb
(Chairman and CEO of Robb Entertainment)

INTERVIEW WITH ROMANE ORLANDO ROBB (FILM PRODUCER)


Romane Orlando Robb is a film/TV producer, writer, and director. Born in St. Andrew, Jamaica on January 27, 1988, Romane aspired to be a scientist, but ended up a serial entrepreneur who found a home in filmmaking. In 2008, he founded his very own media and entertainment company, Robb Entertainment - robbent.com. Through his company, Romane has developed and/or produced Kavika, Get My Money, Villains, and Robert Conte: The Hidden Comic Book Legend, a documentary about comic book writer/artist Robert Conte, and countless commercials and music videos.

Theglobalpaper.com: Thank you for taking the time to talk to us.

Romane Orlando Robb: It's my uber pleasure.

Theglobalpaper.com: Let's start at the beginning. What made you want to be a scientist in the first place?

Romane Orlando Robb: I was 13, filled with innocence. And now I'm much older and not so innocent. I aspired to be a scientist for the sole reason of saving the world. Naive but true. The irony is; I would see scientists in movies and say how cool they were. Little did I know, I would someday be the guy that hired people (actors) like those for my pictures.

Theglobalpaper.com: How did you end up a filmmaker?

Romane Orlando Robb: I bought my first camera off of eBay for $25.00 when I was 16. I didn't put it down for a week, if not more. I love it. I recorded everything with no interest in editing. And it recorded on VHS tapes which didn't matter to me then but looking at it now, what was I thinking?


Theglobalpaper.com: How did you transition for the kid with the VHS recorder to the "suit" managing film productions?

Romane Orlando Robb: I'm a businessman, first and foremost. I started a mini hedge fund in high school and became embolden with investing. Contrary to popular belief, I see the film industry as an investment. The bonus is that I'm also a very passionate filmmaker.

Theglobalpaper.com: How would you describe your work ethic?

Romane Orlando Robb: I'm a very prompt communicator; dedicated to my craft, and highly conscientious. Talk about a resume pitch. I sometimes, most times, get pissed off when I'm communicating with someone who is tardy with their responses. I would tell them to never contact me again, or I just permanently block them. I despise people who are slow at communicating, especially in this day and age when we all walk around with mobile devices. If you contact me, in most cases, expect a reply in no time. And if I don't get the same prompt response from you, just F off. It's that simple!


Theglobalpaper.com: What do you do when you’re not producing?

Romane Orlando Robb: I’m a comic book (I guess the term is now “graphic novel”) writer, photographer, clothing designer (The Urban Blvd – theurbanblvd.com), portfolio manager and angel investor, and occasional music producer, among other things.

Theglobalpaper.com: What are some of your future plans?

Romane Orlando Robb: World domination! But until then, I would like to dominate both the silver screen, like Jerry Bruckheimer, and the "small screen," like how Norman Lear did back in the 1970s. I'm working on a couple pilots and hoping something awesome happens. I'm also looking to expand Superbear Entertainment's (a commercial and music video production company) directors' roster. I would also like to produce some Broadway plays, Bollywood and Asian films. In other words; I want to be a very diversified producer.


Theglobalpaper.com: Any last comments?

Romane Orlando Robb: Stay tuned for what we (Robb Entertainment - robbent.com) have in store for you guys.

Theglobalpaper.com: Thank you so much for you time Mr. Robb.

Romane Orlando Robb: Call me Romane or Robb, never Mr. Robb. Formality freaks me out. And again, it was my uber pleasure.

ROBB, THE UNDERDOG

Everybody roots for the underdog....when he's close to the top. As a filmmaker with modest resources, I was well aware of my uphill battle in making pictures. But, the human psychology is such a magnificent thing. I've been shot down, ridiculed, demeaned, and etc, by a variety of people. But for some reason I still love this industry. I remember when the two douchebags kicked me off their project and how I vowed to get them back for their level of unprofessionalism. It turns out I was only wasting my own time. Time that I could've put into my other projects. I learned something from that experience: never let anyone take your talent(s) for granted. That's the biggest payback of all. I didn't do their project! They didn't get the opportunity to use my talents. And to the rest of you guys that turned down one of my pictures/projects; the underdog lives!

WAY TOO EARLY

As I sit around my computer at 12:23am on a Saturday, I'm thinking to myself; I have a better chance catching a cold than catching a break. My documentary is falling apart. The principal cast member is being a real asshole and on top of it, I'm thinking about her and that's really fucking with my thought process. Focus dude! Fucking focus!

I just told a friend of mine who possibly was trying to undermine my authority a couple things that I would possibly like to amend...not really.

"From now on I have no choice but to be a more fierce producer. So when I give out a role, I won't be challenged or questioned. You've never done that with them (Ethan Black and TJ Collins, my new favorite enemies, remember?) even though you were concerned that they might not give you credit. I deserve the same level of respect."

And am off to something else. Something along the lines of producing.

MY WEEKLY UPDATE

1). The Robert Conte Project looks like it's going to be shot this Sunday.

2). I'm working on "The Neighborhood" comic book with Chris Pirate (Master Never).

3). Chuck got signed to SUPERBEAR ENTERTAINMENT.

4). The ROBB ENTERTAINMENT 4' 9' office banner is sooooooo mint!

5). I got a haircut.

MY WEEKLY UPDATE

1). I got kicked off a short film I was working on by my new favorite enemies: Ethan Black and his buddy TJ Collins.

2). I'm producing a documentary about Robert Conte with the awesome team (Charlton "Chuck" Ruddock - director, and Naresh Kalawade - executive producing).

3). I have a couple spec commercials in pre-production. This is going to be epic!

4). Tomorrow is my last day at FilmDistrict. I truly love those guys.

5). I went to the New York premier of In The Land of Blood and Honey. I was very impressed with the realism. Great job Jolie! And also, the after party was INSANNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEE!