Development

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Chronicles of Atlantis

This is my third day here at Stage 32. On Wednesday, just before joining, I was on the verge of just giving up. Ready to pack away my five scripts for a TV series concept, which I am passionate about. Then, I found stage 32. I will admit, I am not really looking to sell my screenplay, or become a sc...

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Abdur Mohammed

Hi Jeff...I have sent out some inquiries, and query letters, but no response yet. I am neither in the entertainment industry, nor live in LA...I just spent the past 12 years on active duty, Navy, and have zero contacts. A work in progress....

Jeff E. Gregory

Okay. I wrote a blog here, "Seeking an Agent". I too was green 6 years ago; I now have an agent in NY and have over 500 connections on LinkedIn, many of which are screenwriters, producers, movie/TV ex...

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James Drago

Never doubt the process. It's a long haul. Patience is key. Also - great story Jeff E. Gregory

Abdur Mohammed

Thanks James. The wait should be worth it.

Jeff E. Gregory

Thanks for that, James Drago.

TV Series story treatment

Working with a producer but I'm sure there are potential drawbacks to how I'm proceeding, being new at this. He wanted me to adapt a novel he had the rights to - and then he wanted me to expand what I'd done and give it more oomph. But I asked about compensation at that point and he said I'd be atta...

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Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

You need a contract right now, and looking at your post this action should've taken place back in the beginning with the novel adaptation.

Monette Bebow-Reinhard

Thanks, Lindberg, you're probably right. I do have copies of everything he said, in writing. But I won't lift another finger without one. I do want to write the pilot script, but I'll need to have tha...

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Monette Bebow-Reinhard

But really, when you're new in the biz, sometimes you take chances, and you have to establish your own credibility. I don't think I'd do anything different up to to this point. I do think I need somet...

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TV Show Idea

Hello, everyone. I would like to pitch a TV show idea. I believe this show would be perfect for the CW and similar stations, or perhaps Netflix. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Jeff E. Gregory

Create a treatment, copyright it, obtain the ISBN, register it with the Guild, and then secure representation.

Rachael Saltzman

Plus a show bible, look book, etc.

Christopher Mason

Far too much nonsense. I don't have time for that and I don't know how to do that. I guess the idea will remain in my possession, unless there is someone willing to throw caution to the wind and accep...

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Web Series pre production

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

Raja Sekhar

Ya I can

Joseph Wedner

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, I am studying movie and TV producing at UCLA Extension, and one of my instructors is graciously helping me make my own movie on his own time. The first thing I need to do is...

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Joseph Wedner

Please tell me more.

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Do you have any specific questions?

Amber Greenlee

The Guild is a great case-study for a "Hollywood minimal budget." (www.watchtheguild.com) or if you want "realistic, made anywhere else minibudget", I recommend Theater People out of Minnesota (http:/...

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Is comicbook writing a rought draft...

Could comic-book writing and comic-book issues be used as a rough Draft for a skilled screenwriter?

Pidge Jobst

Some consider it a very viable and potent submission, since there is a current trend to read novels for potential Industry content rather than screenplays, especially if the novel or comic has a built in audience or platform.

C Harris Lynn

Yep.

Joseph L. Stewart

Very much so. It would be a great asset considering it's (to put it lightly) an advanced stage of a combination of many "transferrable" necessities for a film to manifest. Storyboarding, concept art,...

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Remake of "Blazing Saddles"

Anybody think this would sell at the box office? How about Chris Rock as Sheriff Bart, Adam Sandler as Jim "The Waco Kid", Duane "The Rock" Johnson as Mongo, Will Ferrell as Hedley Lamar, Billy Connolly as Taggart, and Chelsea Handler as Lili von Shtupp.

Matthew Deleon

Honestly, I think this movie is great and shouldn't be touched. I am not the biggest fan of remakes, but with the casting choices you picked, I don't know, I just feel as if it would be another generi...

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Nick Ferwerda

I agree with Matthew! Shouldn't be touched.

Robert Teel

I agree with you too Matthew. The movie is great, and it might very be another generic remake. I'm not sure what to say about the animated "Blazing Samurai." I suppose I'll have to go see it just to s...

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C Harris Lynn

A project inspired by a property isn't exactly a remake. There were no samurai in Blazing Saddles and the target audience is clearly different, so it's not exactly the same. Although I agree it's not...

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Coreetta Buchan

I believe re-makes should be left alone, they cause me nothing but 1993 groundhog day boredom :~)

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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Sybelle Cheesman

I appreciated this because I too am and has been interested in getting my Novels submitted for revue in the desire to have them noticed for film...very informative discussion thanks

Slavica Bogdanov

If you ever want me to write the scripts, let me know. There are some agents that deal with book to script kind of deals but you would have had to have sold a lot of books for that to happen.

Jeff E. Gregory

Create a separately copyrighted treatment.

Rachael Saltzman

Step one - become a bestseller.

David M. Salkin

Rachael... Working On It !

Tips on Developing a Non Scripted show?

I was just curious if anyone here has had any experience with unscripted/reality style shows? I am currently working on a pitch for a unscripted travel style show and was wondering if anyone here has had experience with that style of production? What is some must have information to put in the pitch? ...

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Richard "RB" Botto

Most unscripted pitches come down to two things - Is the concept interesting/different enough and are the hosts (in this case) someone an audience is going to want to live with episode to episode.

One other thing with reality...If you can afford to make a sizzle reel, do so.

Rachael Saltzman

Characters are key here - personalities and conflict trump subject.

Richard "RB" Botto

Absolutely agree on that Rachael Saltzman

Sharing is Caring

I submitted an original sit-com pilot to agency a few weeks back and am still waiting to hear from them. Should I post it to my profile for feedback, or is that not recommended? I was also thinking of posting some other eps I have written for it, or would that do more harm than good? (I asked this y...

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Jeff E. Gregory

I have written a blog here entitled, "Seeking an Agent." Let me know all the steps you took with your submission please.

C Harris Lynn

Thanks, Steven! I'm older, so I did a WGAW before submission, and it was an old pilot I reworked, so it's been under WGAW in a similar form before. I held-off on LoC copyright only because I had heard...

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Jeff E. Gregory

Okay. your job is to find an agent before reaching out or submitting to producers. Let potential agents know you have an interested producer and that you need representation to pursue.

Rachael Saltzman

Are they actively looking? If so, the response time should be listed.

C Harris Lynn

Thank you for the reply, but it's been handled. :)

Union

When you're shooting a film and the actors are all SAG does your crew have to be union as well or is that determined by what kind of project your filming, IE short film, ultra low budget, low budget, etc?

Larry DeGala

thanks, Joanna. as a member of SAG, I have worked alongside IA and respect the skill sets they bring to the table. IA has a similar Ultra Low contract for technicians. however, if this is your first U...

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Larry DeGala

if you need DGA, I believe you can get a first-time DGA director (virtually free), but you would bring on board a UPM and 1st AD. You may not hire one without the other. Both must be hired on for the DGA low budget agreement. then again, you do not need this for your SAG ULB.

Allen Gandler

Lauren, Everyone has provided good information here. However, I understand your question and I'll give you a simple answer. The answer is no. SAG is only one union, specific to actors (which can inclu...

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Lauren McKean

Thanks for the input guys!

Rachael Saltzman

Depends upon the contact. If you're doing ULB/shorts, no.

opportunities in Atlanta, GA

I'm moving to Atlanta in the next month or so in the hopes of finding a job in film/television. Would anyone have any suggestions on places in Atlanta I should look into? I'm hoping for something like Development Assistant, but anything to do with writing/producing would be ideal, or any assistant position. Thought I'd ask around - thanks!

Devon Carey

I'm in Atlanta actually, I might have some ideas. Let's connect.

Rachael Saltzman

Have previous experience. Atlanta is importing experienced crew. Or contact the commission and get listed as an intern or PA.

Finding sales numbers for a book

HI all, I'm considering optioning a book but I want to learn more about its sales. Although I can find information about the author and her other books, her awards, etc., on line, I can't find anything about the sales of this particular book (or her other books). Any suggestions? (I do know that pub...

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Douglas Eugene Mayfield

Jeff - I had not thought of that. Thank you.

Heather Hale

Some numbers can be found on Amazon. Do a little digging. Look in the reviews.

Dougie Brimson

Ask the author! Most will be honest about sales given that if an option is taken on that book, at some point the truth will inevitably out!

Douglas Eugene Mayfield

Thanks to all who commented. Heather - In the context of my being a bit 'web challenged' or at least 'web self taught', I took a look at what's available regarding the book on Amazon and did not see n...

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Rachael Saltzman

Ask the publisher.

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