Development

The place to discuss, share content and offer advice and tips on the film or television development process

Eliza Agudelo
Film Pitch Deck advice

Hello Everyone, Hope you've had a nice weekend. I've created a pitch deck for a short film that I am looking for, both collaboration and money, and I've never really done a pitch deck and I wanted advice, critique or words of wisdom from anyone here who has experience creating them and pitching them ...

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Erik A. Jacobson

Eliza, here are a couple of good pitch decks you might want to use for comparison:

http://pdfdocs.s3.amazonaws.com/MickeyMichelle-Pitch-Deck-...

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Jeff E. Gregory

do you have a treatment/synopsis/log line? Those would be a great start.

Shawn Speake

One Page!

How to get started as a PA

Just starting out in the industry and I am looking for advice on how to get office PA, Producer PA or Writer's Assistant jobs. I know you start off in the office and move up to the other two after gaining enough experience. But how did you get your start?

Sharice Bryant
Web Series pre production

Anyone have some insight on developing a web series with a minimal budget?

Amber Greenlee

Live action? Animated? Finite story or ongoing?

Shawn Speake
From one Producer to Another...

What's up with you? What are you working' on? What's in your development slate for the 1-7?

Shawn Speake

Did you also promote on local fb groups in Jersey?

Amber Greenlee

Not I. Interesting to know I have a doppelganger out there, though.

Shawn Speake

That's what's up, Amber! hope to meet you in person at our next S32 / BIG DENVER MEETUP... .It's the STAGE32 / BIG BOSS FILMS / GET STUPID MEETUP, Sunday, 7-11p, APRIL 23. This one's a viewing party f...

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Vitaly Kozlov

As a producer I have 5 projects (features) in the works. One of them is for this summer, ready to go (family film), waiting for the final word from the investor and the dealing and wheeling start with...

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Amber Greenlee

@Shawn. I'll be there with bells on.

Michael Edward Reif
Characterization

What I like to do is pull all of the colors of my project together to discover how I would like to portray everyone in a scene. Light is one of the most important aspects of motion giving it a certain appeal that makes people just appreciate the art of Motion Pictures.

Allen James Roughton

Check out UBREAKABLE for some of the most illuminating (pun intended) use of light and color. The cinematography in that film is used to great affect to inform character.

Charlie Frazier
Amazon Studio's Development Slate

I've sent 5 different types of scripts to Amazon Studios for consideration and all 5 were passed on (no surprise there) with them saying, "...we have determined that it does not meet the needs of our Development Slate at this time. If you have other material...." Why won't they just say what they ar...

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Michael LaVoie

Amazon also requires that you relinquish all copyright claim on submissions I believe. So as to protect them if they go into production on something similar to your script. This is the catch22 and why...

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Charlie Frazier

Michael, I didn't expect to get picked up by Amazon, I just expected them to have a bit more class.

Jim Jackson

They haven't picked anything up from their site in 2-3 years.

Regina Lee

A studio might be targeting certain genres, but if the execs read an awesome script in a different genre, all bets are off. No studio wants to take themselves out of the running for receiving something unexpected and awesome.

Rob Alicea

Charlie, see if you can get coverage on your materials. There are things beyond a great script that have to be on point- like your pitching materials. If your treatment isn't in a great place they may...

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Cherelynn Baker
Sizzle Reels: hot or not?

Is a sizzle reel worth the time, effort and cost to attract financing, producer partner, secure better distribution? Thoughts please because I am considering doing a sizzle reel for Jael A Western Tale. Thank you! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5737734/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Thank you in advance for your thought ...

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Jael: A Western Tale
Jael: A Western Tale
Directed by Cherelynn Baker. With Jessica Kinni, Jon Proudstar, Trevor Robins, Will Roberts. A young lady in a desert town lives by the land and work of her own hands. She cares for her aging mother a…
Chad Stroman

Elisabeth Meier There are different types of sizzle reels. I know they were used heavily in Advertising (I have a father who worked in advertising for decades) which was a videotape of various ads the...

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Cherelynn Baker

Thank you @ChadStroman That's awesome help!

Doug Nelson

It sorta depends where you are on the food chain. I produce monologues and sizzle reels for local talent free of charge. My most recent success is a young woman who is now cast in the Avatar sequel. I...

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Elisabeth Meier

Chad Stroman Thank you very much for your explanation. I thought this would simply be a reel what describe by the use of it in advertising as it is very similar to what actors and directors do. They s...

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Rob Alicea

Is this for TV or for Film?

Destiny Battaglia
Checklists

Any particular checklists that anyone uses for their production? Do you have a particular method when developing a project? I'm someone that is very organized, so I piece all of my notes and research together both by hand and digitally and try to stick to a schedule on when to complete particular things.

Cherelynn Baker
Film event promo swag: what do you want to receive and what do abhor getting?

Hi Stage 32'ers,
Quick question: my project has a few marketing promos coming up and I want to order some branded swag to giveaway.
If you were going to receive this swag, what do you want?
What do you hate getting? My film is a steampunk western. Thanks for the insight and help!

Philip Sedgwick

Baseball caps. Poster magnets. Wine glasses.

When Hot Bath and a Stiff Drink screened in Tucson they had individual posters for each of the principal actors. The actors sat at a table and patiently signed. Nice touch, but no doubt pricey.

Amber Greenlee

Don't forget to have fun with the theme of Steampunk. You could have monocles, binoculars, sewing kits, goggles, gears, and tiny wind-up robot toys. Slap the logo of the film on them first so if they...

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Chad Stroman

No pens. Posters are good if they are cool looking/artistic. Maybe coffee mugs?

David E. Gates

Anything as long as it has a use - that way people will use it and not just throw it in the bin after a week.

Roxanne Paukner

Sundance gave away great water bottles. I use mine all of the time, and that's the kind of advertising that gets around, used and seen - every time I take a sip. I even scored a couple extras to bring back for friends.

Brian Williams
Film Scoring

I want to add film scoring to my resume.

David M. Salkin
Question on selling OPTIONS on Novels

Stage32 offers plenty of pay-to-play pitch sessions for screenplays... but does anyone have leads, recommendations, advice on pitching NOVELS to Hollywood that could be converted to screenplays? I've written 16 novels and only 2 screenplays. I have some content that could be great for the big screen, ...

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Richard "RB" Botto

Definitely not there yet, Elisabeth. Especially for first time writers. Those who sell, get to pitch. Those who have not sold yet, have to write specs.

David M. Salkin

Thanks for the feedback peeps~

Regina Lee

It will be hard to get book scouts interested in backlist titles, I'm afraid, but it doesn't hurt to try. Book scouts must focus on frontlist titles. I'd recommend querying or pitching producers and book-to-film agents/managers over book scouts.

David Taylor

If one of your books has good sales and good press, bite the bullet and produce a spec script. If one goes, more will follow.

Regina Lee

I respectfully disagree with the above. 1) Not every author is (or wants to be) a screenwriter. 2) If the book really does have good sales that make it an attractive IP, it may be easier to attract a...

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Jackie Lee
Shooting Documentaries in Los Angeles

I wanted to get everyone's advice on the best way to fund a feature documentary that would essentially be shot in Los Angeles. Any kinds of funding strategies worked for you? How about locations or logistics that really halted production?

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

One source for funding is always applying for grants. But I am sure you already know that. For alternatives you can get the book 'BANKROLL'

Richard "RB" Botto

If you're looking to shoot guerilla style, be careful. If you're looking for a legit path, I would suggest contacting Film LA.

Dan MaxXx

Hire a local film student and use the school equipment, insurance & student filming permits.