The Stage 32 Lounge

A place to discuss film, television, theatre... or anything else that's on your mind.

Dene Stark
Formatting question

I have a scene that takes place in an underground tunnel, do I still write DAY or NIGHT if there is no suggestion of what time it takes place? Or if it comes off of another scene during the day, should I just write DAY?

Claude Gagne

I have David's fourth edition. I ordered the latest--it might have been the seventh edition--through my library to check it out. I didn`t seem to find anything substantial about any formatting changes...

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Claude Gagne

I think Dene has gotten out of the tunnel and into other scenes! Good luck, Dene!

Dene Stark

hahaha yeah Im past that scene now. But thankful for all the replies.

Eric Bartsch

Yes, that is what I meant. I should have clarified.

Eric Bartsch

People make up their own rules all the time. Do you think Robert Rodriguez or the French New Wavers cared about conventional wisdom? Some of the all-time greats (Hitchcock, Fellini) were blase about the rigamarole of the process.

Chad Stroman
Doh!

Just hitting a "giant mechanical spider" moment working with a real green, first time producer. After facepalming I've got to figure out a way to nicely tell him that in a serious true-life biopic that at the end you don't want to have a statue of a famous person come to life and interact with the l...

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C Harris Lynn

ROFL. I would watch that.

Dan MaxXx

Tell him after the check clears bank

Anthony Cawood

Let him film it so he can see how stupid it looks and then remove it from the edit.

Simon Keirn

This works if at the beginning the historical character is turned into a statue by people not knowing the truth about their life. Then our storyteller tells the story, bringing the statue back to life.

Dan Guardino

Dan M. If he is a first time producer there probably won't be any check. I avoid first time producers.

Craig D Griffiths
I need a way of manipulating a hostage.

It would be easy just to hold them at gun point. I have a group of people, I want to question them one by one. Has anyone seen a good hostage movie that I may get inspired.

David Street

Method act is out. Be him. Be in his situation. Surround yourself with the tools and props at his disposal. He wants to bring the heat, the intensity, just as much as you do. He is you. A part at leas...

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Hello Everyone!

I've been looking for a website like this for a while now! My name's Nicola, and currently I'm undertaking a bachelor in 'Creative Industries' majoring in Film and Television Production and Design. I'm incredibly passionate about film, the film process and film culture. I love writing fiction and sc...

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Kyle Climans

I hope the site works out for you!

Bill Taub
Make-up specialist: opportunity to grow your business!

if you are or know of a make-up artist who would like to be the April guest instructor for my April 'Lookin' Good! Feelin' Good!' Meet-Up I'd love them IM me! TIA...https://www.meetup.com/Lookin-Good-Feelin-Good/

Dylan Kalloo
Sitting on a script with no idea on what to do with it

I was working on the production of a short film but sadly it fell flat. I had no desire of trying to get the film made again and wanted to connect with other filmmakers who might be interested. I usually make the shorts I write so this is a first. How do you all go about finding filmmakers and pitching your ideas/work?

Anthony Cawood

Ed - Stage32 also has a Jobs section, you can post an Ad in their detailing exactly what sort of script you want.

Doug Nelson

Ed, PM me with your e-mail & I'll send a pdf of the script, the logline and the basic character bios. I'm not going to line the script, I'm not going to give you a story board or a shot list. I idea i...

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Ed Blount

Doug my email is ed@lakehousebuilding.com

Doug Nelson

Ed, I sent it out a moment ago - the reason I asked yo to PM me your e-mail was so that it's not made public.

Ed Blount

I couldn't figure out how to pm and my tech assistant wasn't around . Thanks. Doug I will read tomorrow

Songs and/or Score
Films often need songs as source music (background bar music, passing cars, etc). Is there anyone here that also writes songs in addition to scoring, or who solely writes songs and not score?
Joel Irwin

I seem to do it all - I score, I co-write songs with lyricists, and in the last film I scored, I also created and added to the sound effects (it was a sci-fi film). The film is getting it's world prem...

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When you come up with an idea for a screenplay, how do you know it's a good one?

“I tend to do projects I’ve had in mind for two years, so they’re slowly boiling on the stove like stock. And by slowing yourself down, you only write stories that really resonate. I’m always choosing between three films I’d like to make and I always choose the one that means the most to me.” — Rich ...

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Dustin M. George

absolutely agree with this. I wrote my first screenplay over the span of a year and a half. While it isn't perfect and part of the lag was writer's block/newness to the platform, giving myself so much...

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Kelly Krause

I test the idea with my closest friends and family and gauge their reactions. If anyone is confused and/or bored by the initial concept, then it will need a lot of work or will just be scrapped comple...

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Shawn Speake

Pitch, pitch, pitch. Anybody, anywhere. Random people give the best feedback.

Patrick Freeman

I'm still laughing about Phil's fire hydrant script

Ryan Maelhorn

I think it's important to note that what Curtis is talking about here isn't writing a screenplay in a month or two and then simply sitting on it for two years. He's talking about continual refinement...

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Scott C. Brown
Money Wasted On Most Competitions & Contests... Or The Real Thing?

All too often screenwriters find themselves wasting money on competitions that offer prizes of introducing the winning script to their network. Yet, in reality their network can't get a real project made. Don't think of this as every competition or contest. There are several that do have an actual n...

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David E. Gates

I've only entered one paid-for competition and that was for a very well-known production house. I've seen so many and the costs of entering are tens of pounds or dollars at least. They seem to average...

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LindaAnn Loschiavo

Some excellent stage actresses left NYC to try their luck in L.A. Though they are SOBER ladies, they all had the best luck networking at AA meetings in Brentwood. They deserved a break and found the quickest way to meet the right folks. :-D

Anthony Cawood

@David - it depends what you want out of the competition, if you want to get the attention of Producers, Managers, Agents etc then I don;t think there is a free competition that will give you that, th...

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Anthony Cawood

I should add that very occasionally you may see a free comp where the prize is to get your script optioned and made, these could prove worthwhile as in theory they are designed to see a script actuall...

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Roxanne Paukner

LindaAnn, if they're SOBER because they're recovering alcoholics, great! But if they are there for ulterior motives, that's not cool. AA is a dead-serious matter, not for opportunists. Please don't spread the mistaken idea that anyone can go for amusement or networking purposes.

Jamie Jones
New Screenwriter Here!

Hi there! University student specialising in screenwriting here! If anyone has the time, I'd like to gather a bit of insight from the community by asking a couple questions based around writing, the first being what skills/talents would you personally say are needed to succeed as a screenwriter in t ...

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Kelly Krause

Welcome, Jamie! : ) I'm new to screenwriting myself, so I don't feel that I have any useful advice to offer you sadly, but I look forward to seeing you grow as a writer and hope you'll share your progress here with the Stage 32 crowd... Go get 'em! ; )

Wayne Mathias

Hi Jamie, though I can't quit my day job yet, I'm among the more experienced writers here, and have won a few contest awards over the years. Among the abilities essential to turning pro, I would inclu...

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Stephen Anthony Bailey
Best And Worst Auditions

I don't really share much of how auditions go. But the truth is that as an actor, auditions suck. Audition. It's a terrible word that strikes anxiety and fear into the hearts of every actor. It's got the word AUDIT in there. Like your going to act for the IRS. It's terrifying. We should remove the w...

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Izzibella Beau

Thanks for the stories, Stephen. I don't have any to share but enjoyed reading yours. I know it's easy to say than to do, but don't get so worked up over auditions. They are just people too... just do...

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Stephen Anthony Bailey

Hey Izzibella, Not worked up. Just thought I'd share. I think it brings comfort to other actors when a fellow actor shares the pain of the awkwardness that can sometimes be the audition. I've worked o ...

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Anne Pariseau
Getting Your Mojo Back After a Break

So, I've taken an extended break from all things film making for about 9 months. I know, it was sacrilege. Chalk it up to temporary insanity. During that time, I seemed to lose my inspiration. I'm wondering, what are some ways that you re-invigorate your passion after a lapse like that? What gets yo...

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Phillip E. Hardy

Go up to the tallest mountain in your area. Then meditate for a few days. Come back down and have a McDonald's Happy Meal. Then drink a few expressos and begin writing.

Bill Costantini

"Regaining inspiration"....or "fitting writing in with the rest of my life, which at times/all the time is quite busy and even chaotic?" If it's the latter...life indeed can be quite chaotic and busy. ...

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Christopher Henry

As for writing, I force myself to write. Every day. Even if it's garbage or has no purpose (like just a daily account). Eventually, things start to flow again. Same with editing - if the hiatus has be...

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Patrick Freeman

Phil, E. H, that made me laugh.Of course now I'm going to have The Beatles' "Fool on the hill" stuck in my head.

Wayne Mathias

Hi Anne, it's hard to trace precisely what I did or what happened to me that caused my return to writing after a long interval, as it was a gradual thing, not like throwing a switch. I read books, wat...

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