Development

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

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.

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

Richard, have you thought about having a S32 Meetup in Denver? Pookie and I, aka BIG BOSS FILMS would be more than happy to help you promote your event.

Richard Gustason

You know Shawn Speake , that may not be a bad idea. I'll keep in touch with you about possible getting one together.

Amber Greenlee

Lots of storyboarding of late. Lots of writing with looming deadlines. Aiding in a small film program for k-12 in Colorado and gearing up for the 48-Hour Film Project for the teens. Wish me luck.

Richard Thrift

Working on getting a stable team together in New Jersey. I have my sci fi almost ready to go. 2017 will be a lot of fun.

Richard Thrift

Oh, and I started a Meet Up, apparently I am the only one going. Lol

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!

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.

Shawn Speake

At BIG BOSS FILMS, we don't mess with swag. We put all the money in the project. Our investors care about final cut -that's it.

Brian Williams
Film Scoring

I want to add film scoring to my resume.

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, Eric Schumacher, Stephanie Dostal. A young lady in a desert town lives by the land and work of her own hands. She cares for her aging mo…
Elisabeth Meier

I don't know what you mean by sizzle reel, but a good, short trailer always helps for attracting the money/financing, producers and by this money the better distribution will be granted.

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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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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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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Charlie Frazier

Hey Patrick, I agree with you. They should state that, LOL!

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.

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.

Mark McIntire M.Div.
Cultural Consulting

When Indie production companies send a crew and actors to another country to film, how is the team trained in cross-cultural living for their time in the other culture?

David Trotti

I've worked overseas on shows. The way it usually works for an American company going into another country is you work with a local production company or service entity that handles permits, negotiate...

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Mark McIntire M.Div.

Thank you David. This is quite helpful. I am especially interested in the how well the team interacts with the locals when off-set. Seeing so many pix of the Game of Thrones folks in their locations, I wonder if some enculturation might help. Do you think so?

JD Hartman

I'd think that most below the line crew would be hired from the pool of local talent. No need to train or deal with the cost of transport, housing, etc.

Jackie Lee
Topics

So what kinds of documents are you guys working on? I am thinking of doing a social issue but still deciding!

Karen R. Hardin
Advice on Pitching

I have a face to face pitch meeting with a producer who has 5 reality shows on 2 different networks and who is into publishing. This is the perfect meeting for everything I do, but I can only talk up the show that the meeting is about because it's attached to other people who got us the meeting. I w...

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Rich Goldstein

It seems the meeting is based on the one pitch, so stick with that and make it a good one. If it goes well and the producer thinks he/she can work with you there is generally a point when you are aske...

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Vanar Jaddou

Don't worry so much. Be you and you'll be fine :)

Karen R. Hardin

Thanks for the advice. I have a full pitch with log line ready to go and I will stick to the one project unless asked for additional projects as you all have suggested. In the back of my mind I'm thin ...

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John Charnay

Dress for success!

Max Malik

Confidence. Take a few deep breaths before going in, and make sure to shake hands with everyone there.

John Busher
Education Pitching Article

I came across this article on pitching folks may find helpful. http://www.scriptmag.com/features/columns/balls-of-steel-the-executive-h......

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Balls of Steel: The Executive - He's Just Not That Into You
Balls of Steel: The Executive - He's Just Not That Into You
My email pinged yesterday with a question: " What's the appropriate timeframe between communications with producers/reps/etc.? " Excellent question with no perfect answer. In life, I typically functio…