Stage 32 Member Produces Short Film Through the Platform's Community

Stage 32 Member Produces Short Film Through the Platform's Community

Stage 32 Member Produces Short Film Through the Platform's Community

Ishmael Amman
Ishmael Amman
2 years ago

When and where does one decide to make their first movie?

In my case, it was a decision made two months ago, on September 2022. Clearly, the most obvious place to make the project (a short about a New Cinema) is the city of Los Angeles.

After this decision, I told myself, So far, so good. I've got it made. I've got a lot going for me!

You see, for one thing, there was Stage 32. Since joining the community four months ago, I had made productive and unique connections and written a blog about a new approach to filmmaking. Later, I was advised that there were resources available where I could post a Stage 32 job listing about a project and recruit talent and crew. I went ahead and posted the listing with openings for a short film with the working title “THE CONVERSATION.”

It all made poetic sense. From the Stage 32 blog. To LA. To New Cinema. The Future! What could possibly go wrong?

I had no idea, but I was excited to jump in and find out...

RECRUITING TALENT

When Stage 32 asked if I was up to writing a blog on my experience hiring cast and crew for the project, we were only just beginning. Everything was up in the air. Encouragingly, the hiring posting had drawn five responses, and two Actors were hired: Karin Knebl and Jonathan Kim.

At the time, we were in an ‘incipient’ phase where I communicated with Karin and Jonathan separately and online. This was a process that involved sending images intended for the screen, sharing ideas, and explaining the story (for example, that the story structure would be three acts)

The images that were sent were telling images that amounted to a good rendition of the kind of scenes that were going to be put on the screen. The notion of a "New Cinema" was also broached to both talents early on**.**

In time, I became aware of the communication process of sharing screen images, sharing ideas, have a follow-up discussion. REPEAT! The end result of all of this was to build up conviction. To feel strongly that the film was both doable and that it would be valuable. This was a good start.

SHARING SCREEN IMAGES

Stage 32 Member Produces Short Film Through the Platforms Community

Main Protagonist: ‘The Screenwriter’

Image 1. above showed the “look and feel” of Act I of the short film to Jonathan. It shows his character as a screenwriter in the dark (literally and figuratively). It is a scene based on the Kamera screen. For further information on the KAMERA Screen, check out the Stage 32 blog Reinventing the Cinema Screen.

Stage 32 Member Produces Short Film Through the Platforms Community

Main Protagonist: ‘The Actress’

Image 2, above, showed the ‘look and feel” of Act I of the short to Karin, i.e., that her character would be displayed in a vignette screen.

Image 2a below does the same thing differently.

Stage 32 Member Produces Short Film Through the Platforms Community

IMAGE 3: COMBINING IMAGE 1 & 2b

Stage 32 Member Produces Short Film Through the Platforms Community

“Screenwriter with Actress”

The final screen image above represents almost the entirety of Act 1. To my mind, just by sharing ideas and having a discussion, one-third of the project was done. But it was not always about telling and explaining and clarifying things. Sometimes an image would be shared to call attention and pique curiosity. For example, The Makonde Image shown below is a scene from Act III of the story.

Stage 32 Member Produces Short Film Through the Platforms Community

SHARE IDEAS (ESPECIALLY THE BIG IDEA!)

Sharing ideas, especially a big idea, is one of the best ways to recruit and win over talent from the Stage 32 Community. I informed all talent at the outset that the short would be about a New Cinema.

At the end of the day, the three of us would be the first in the world to investigate a new Cinema through a short film.

The role and impact of Stage 32 on my Project

One reason I went through Stage 32 to begin this project was the fact that everything needed to get the project started was all here.

Stage 32 is one of the largest, most comprehensive, and most reputable Cinema-Educational Networking platforms websites in the world.

Practically, it means anyone can get not just one but many answers to any questions they have about filmmaking and the business of Cinema. It also means, amazingly enough, that everyone can hire and recruit anybody from anywhere around the world.

If you have published a blog here, you can post that blog anywhere on the web and reach any organization or individual. I have learned that organizations and individuals will take work that is hosted on Stage 32 more seriously than anywhere else.

Finally, if you are an artist, you can display and promote your work on Stage 32 and get free feedback and reviews. I’m not sure how to quantify the value of that exactly, but VERY HIGH comes to mind.

The short of it all is that you will get projects done.

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Thanks to the team and the community at STAGE 32 and to:

Shellie Schmalls

Emily Jermusyk

Yasmin Kleoparia

Maurice Vaughan

Taylor C. Baker

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Call me Ishmael. I am Ishmael Amman, founder of the RefLEX Art Movement. RefLEX is an art movement that promotes a new approach to filmmaking based on a re-definition of the traditional cinema screen. The work we do is : 1. THEORETICAL: An investigation of the re-invented screen...

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