Development

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Talk Development with Summer...

THIS SATURDAY!! She's a good friend. Tell her I sent ya, and get your pitch on! She's always looking for projects, scripts, and actors. Holler at your girl this Saturday!

John Ellis

Since I can't get to LA, is there another way to reach out to Summer? I sent her a LinkedIn invite a couple of weeks ago, but she hasn't responded. Thanks.

Catalina Lowe

Hi John I'm available. Also check out my LinkedIn profile regarding development here. https://www.linkedin.com/in/catalina-lowe-31344655/ And I'm FUN to work with! Message me.

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Looking for intelligent horror scripts that can be done for under 1 million.

I am looking for intelligent horror scripts that can be done for under $1 million. Ideally it would have a twist at the end. Interested in cabin in the woods type stories but not exclusively. We (me and my company Chariotdrive) are looking to develop and low budget horror feature and then pour a bunch ...

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Cherelynn Baker

Ian James Smith Thanks for asking - @MichelleUllman would this be a good fit for your AFM projects?

Dan MaxXx

If you are set up financially (which every agent will return your call), you can walk into any local Los Angeles Agency and pick and choose WGA writers. Not only would you be part of the game, you and...

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Thomas Moore

I have a script.

Debbie Croysdale

Start at log line search here Stage 32, also Script Revolution run by CJ Whaley has plenty of horrors, and there is Blacklist in the States. I understand what you mean about “intelligent” horror, with...

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Networking Events


What are some good networking events for people who want to go into development?

Sandrene Mathews

Do you want to network with people who have projects to develop, or to meet others in development? If the former, I think any film networking event is good for finding new projects. I currently live i...

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Myles Williams


Thanks for this! I would like to network with both. Plus, I'm always looking to help people in smaller markets develop their projects. I think it's fun and the best way for me to learn everything about the development process.

Ian James Duncan

The LAFTV meet up is a good place to meet people working in all aspects of film. There are always people developing projects there.

Dan MaxXx

You're in Pasadena which is close to Writer's Guild office in LA, on 3rd street. They are hosting free movie screenings and Q & A seminars with filmmakers.
That's the best free event to attend and meet working Industry folks.

James Drago

BOOM

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.

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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Ken Hall

This is a classic. The only one who could do this would be Mel Brooks and he doesn’t do sequels.

D Renard Young

Do you have the rights? If you do, make that happen asap! If you don't someone will. It's a Will Ferrel, The Rock, Kevin Hart, or Channing Tatum play to make it make sense for the budget it would need though.

Sandrene Mathews

The only real reasons for doing a remake would be to update themes or update technologies. Blazing Saddles needs neither, and even if you update a couple of jokes, the timing and pacing of the movie i ...

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Talk Development with Summer...

If you know me, you know I believe we're only as strong as our network. Allow me to introduce you to one of the heavy-hitters in the Big Boss Network, Summer Moore. Summer is doin' it! Definitely somebody you want in your network. Go to her site for intel and check her out next Saturday the 11, in L...

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Life Rights, optioned by Clint Eastwood

Congrats to our clients, whom we represented on their life rights negotiations. Clint Eastwood has firmed the next film he will direct. He’ll helm a drama based on the book The 15:17 To Paris: The True Story Of A Terrorist, A Train, And Three American Heroes. The book was written by Anthony Sadler,...

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Clint Eastwood Sets 'The 15:17 To Paris' As Next Warner Bros Film
Clint Eastwood Sets 'The 15:17 To Paris' As Next Warner Bros Film
EXCLUSIVE: Clint Eastwood has firmed the next film he will direct. He'll helm a drama based on the book The 15:17 To Paris: The True Story Of A Terrorist, A Train, And Three American Heroes. The book…
Rolando Gomez

Congratulations. Interested in talking with you about representation on adaptation of a my memoirs. Please see my post https://www.stage32.com/lounge/introduce_yourself/New-Here-Drama-Series-... In a ...

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D Renard Young

Congrats Tifanie!

Hospital Shooting Locations, New York City

I am a student filmmaker that has a majority of locations in a hospital room or setting. Having no budget, and to avoid creating my own set, could I go to a private practice or hospital in (Manhattan) and ask to use a room to shoot for a few hours? Does anyone have any experience or recommendation with this?

Ken Koh

If it were me, I would just walk in Bellevue Hospital Center (1st Ave/E. 26th St.) and just ask. You've got all your wardrobe there and everything. Don't call don't email, just walk in. Shot all over NYC for years this way.

Randall P. Dark

I think we should cross connect - Join me also on LinkedIn and Twitter @RandallPDark

Dan MaxXx

lol. stop it crazy gorilla filmmaking advice. are you gonna pay for bail for trespassing at bellevue? The guards carry guns now. Get permission & insurance. Sure you can steal shots. we all do it but...

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Ken Koh

Dan. PLEASE READ my posts. I advice on getting insurance and workers comp. AND asking for Permission AND I told her where to get it from. What is your purpose here? Stop grandstanding for no apparent reason whatsoever.

Jake Pasley

Dan. If you scroll up you'll find Ken very graciously provided links on insurance and a contact. I suggest reading the post before jumping to false accusations. I've noticed you're eager to chime in and look smart, but I suggest getting your facts right otherwise it has the opposite effect.

Losttime Films

Starting with a script.... Copyrighting. Agent. we got. Can anyone tell me what to expect if they like it. We created Losttime to create new jobs, projects, and films for everyone to enjoy. to dreamers like us the world of films can be a nightmare. So, no we are not in California, studio city, on any plac ...

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What are the steps to develop an epic project in places like New Zealand ?

Which are the best film/ literary agencies that are interested in epic projects and willing to help authors develop the film version of their projects in places like New Zealand ? By epic I mean projects like Avatar and Lord of the Rings. Hollywood agencies usually funnel their projects through Holl...

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Regina Lee

Perhaps team up with an NZ producer and apply for development funding with the NZ Film Commission.

Alan M. Cossettini

You should consider northeastern Italy as well, Dolomites area between Veneto and Friuli regions. Looks like New Zeland, but Italy is much much cheaper if you want to keep your budget down. We are actually developing two movies and using those locations. Write me if you need any help.

Alan M. Cossettini

Another picture.

Alan M. Cossettini

Woods.

Alan M. Cossettini

More woods.

Soco J
Release Forms for a Documentary

Hi, I am in the process of putting together the interviewees for this documentary and I'm not sure if I should give them release forms if I don't know whether I'm going to use their stories yet or not? Any advice would be helpful. Thanks so much. Socorro

Stanley N. Lozowski

I ended up on the cutting room floor...

W Keith Sewell

If you're interviewing them, whether it ends up in the final film or not, get a release, just have it worded appropriately.

Shannon Smith

It's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. I always have everyone sign releases whether or not I think I'm going to use the footage.

Larry Saavedra

When we didn't have a paper release to sign, which happened occasionally, we would ask for their permission and record that "permission on camera." We would get their permission by recording it and th...

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Stanley N. Lozowski

Larry, What a great addition you comment makes!

Selling my Story

I would like to sell my memoir. "The Preppy Vagrancy" . Logline: Privileged co-ed from Grosse Pointe, MI, degenerates into vagrant homelessness in the U.S. southwest, living by her looks and wits as she fends off drug dealers, thieves, and rapists. I have a UAE-based agent, who has yet to deliver. I ...

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Jeff E. Gregory

Write the book, copyright it and self-publish it to obtain the ISBN in your name. Once that is done, develop a treatment and market that instead. You can also copyright and publish the treatment. Your agent protects your interests.

David E. Gates

Pretty much what Jeff said. If your agent is not delivering, is it because he has "nothing" or little to deliver? What makes your story/memoir different? What's the hook? What's the objective of the k...

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Shannon Smith

I work as a ghostwriter/script doctor but I write prose as well. I'm querying 3 novels, and I've self published. Feel free to PM me if you want to chat. I'd be happy to see if I can help you Kelley :)

Kelley Christene Watson

Thank you, Jeff, David and Shannon, for your sage advice. I feel so much better knowing I am not alone. After talking to other many other creatives, self-publishing does seem the way to go, I just don't know if I am ready to climb that hill. Thanks again. Kelley

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