Development

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

Pitch session question!

Hey gang! In your experience, what's better: to pitch to a development exec who has worked on semi-recent films *surprisingly like your script (for example, a ghost story), or pitch to someone who reps a group that has nothing like it? Benefits one way or the other? Thanks!

Pierre Langenegger

Jeff, an ISBN? We're talking about scripts, not books. You don't need an ISBN for a screenplay.

Jeff E. Gregory

Is registering with the Writers Guild assurance that you control the rights? It may be, but I can't find anything to back that up. The rights have to be protected as does the work itself and the autho...

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Pierre Langenegger

First of all, don't register with the WGA, it's a waste of money. For people who want to register their scripts, use the U.S. Copyright Office registration. An ISBN is for published books or book-like ...

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Laura Scheiner

Hi Steve, if you're talking about pitching somebody through happy writers or the VPF or an in-person pitchfest - you need to focus on what they're currently looking for rather than what they've done i...

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Regina Lee

All helpful advice. I also want to mention that when a producer says she is looking for, say, a comedy about step-siblings, what she means is that she is looking for a STAND-OUT comedy about step-sibl...

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Securing A list taletn

I was about to purchase the webinar about securing A list talent for your projects. Is there really a certain strategy you can that will guarantee you access to A list talent?

Dan MaxXx

Moonlight didnt have an A List cast but every adult actor in the movie is a rising Star. The script is your bait. You gotta write something that Actors and Producers want to do. They have to believe in...

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Stanley N. Lozowski

Webinars about how to meet people are usually useless. DOUG is correct. Personal contacts really pay off. Beyond that, nothing beats putting millions of dollars in escrow for each agent so the agent ...

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Regina Lee

Just like almost anything in life, there are no guarantees.

Laura Scheiner

It's a catch 22 because you often need attachments to get funding, but it's hard to get talent to even read a script if there's not some funding committed. I've worked with producers who had some deve...

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W Keith Sewell

Nope. The best connections are usually made through personal contact. For one, they no longer think you are a stalker, creep, or nut case - unless you prove them otherwise. Six degrees of separation....

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How to put a crew team together (for a short animated film)

Hi, I am trying to figure out how I can gather people who would work for a non-pay short animated film project. I am a screenwriter and I don't know how to get people to do this. I have tried putting a job posting on this site but have had no luck.

David E. Gates

Check out local colleges/universities - they'll have a drama/film department and the people there might be interested in helping out. Local film-making groups might also be a good resource.

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

David Trotti

Whenever possible you should try to secure written releases. Granted, there is a concept in journalism that extends to documentaries of "implied consent" that can shield you from most litigation even...

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James Drago

Taking notes David Trotti Great info.

Laura Scheiner

Yes it's best to get the release forms before you interview them - even if you're not sure you'll include them in the finished doc - rather than having to track them down later on and risking that some people might refuse to give consent and after you've interviewed them.

Stanley N. Lozowski

I ended up on the cutting room floor...

First feature film with an international cast & crew -pros and cons-

Hi there. This is for all the members who have already showed me a lot of encouragement and support here on Stage32. It's also a way of trying and reaching out to new ones, hoping that you could give me some insight about the film project that I'm trying to develop. I'm writing a script for a dark a...

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Jeff E. Gregory

The large agencies (CAA, et al) operate on a referral basis only. Unles you connect directly with the stars of your choice through Twitter or LinkedIn, you'll need an agent yourself.

Regina Lee

Based on a scan of the post, you might be putting the cart before the horse. You might feel better and do better work by focusing on nailing the script first and worrying about packaging and the production plan later.

Daniel Latteo

First of all thank you for all your great advice. I'd like to thank Jon Bonnell for his response post and say to him that kind of advice is what can really be called a practical notion and something t...

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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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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.

Heather Hale

Hey Douglas, (Sorry to be so late in responding - I didn't know you had asked me a question in the comments section! Next time just shoot me a PM!) As several other people have mentioned: contact the p ...

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Regina Lee

I believe BookScan is the most accurate source but I'm not certain.

Crafting

Does anyone know of places in the bay area that can make accessories and weapons of sorts for film projects?

JD Hartman

Look on La411 dot com

Regina Lee

Google San Francisco armorer or weapons master.

Television Show

I am trying to develop a non -scripted show, and I am currently putting together materials to present to execs in the near future. I am wondering if I should copyright my materials, and how I do so. Can a simple idea be copyrighted if it is developed past the thought process and onto paper? How?

James Drago

I wish I could provide an answer Andrew Gardner But maybe this would help you - Saw it on the Home page https://www.stage32.com/webinars/The-Business-of-Unscripted-Reality-TV-a...

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Regina Lee

To understand what can and cannot be copyrighted, start by Googling unscripted format copyright protection and similar search terms. Also take a look at all the posts in the Screenwriting Forum about copyrighting your material. There are many, many posts.

How do you find investors?

How do you find investors?Where do you find them? Give successful stories, if they exist.

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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David Trotti

Like Dan said, best to temper your expectations. The Lord of the Rings books sold over 150 million copies and took 65 years to bring to the big screen and it was a risk that could have destroyed New L...

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Dan MaxXx

These days, you can fake a location and still look amazing. Most people don't know "The Jungle Book" live action movie was shot on a sound stage in Los Angeles.

Alex Bolton-Hogg

South Pacific Pictures, Greenstone Pictures and Wingnut.

Lakshmi Hayagriva

Thanks all :) I agree about the location Dan, RIchard. It's just the system I am gunning for. Hollywood is overcrowded. New Zealand is hungry for projects. But it really doesn't matter where it is fil...

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Regina Lee

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

Passing Off Demons

Everybody I finished my first screenplay, passing off demons and already sent it to a producer. Any other producers who are interested in horror and want to check it out.

Gregory Pohl

Congrats and good luck!

Affordable Locations in South East England?

Hello, Fellow Creatives! I would like to ask those of you in the South East of England (UK) who have created a film, how did you find your location? I'm currently looking for an interior space in Surrey for one day's filming with a very small crew (one cast member, myself, camera, costume and a few...

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