Filmmaking / Directing

The place to discuss, share content and offer advice and tips on all things filmmaking and the craft of directing. From pre-production to on set practices to navigating the industry and beyond, this is your forum

Louis Tété
Location

Hi Industry fellas,

Do you know any affordable basement without any windows to rent in LA for a horror/survival please? 

Thank you all. 

Erik A. Jacobson

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Tracy Parris
Filming a Documentary

What is the best portable video camera to film a documentary?

Jordan McKaughan

I personally would recommend a canon T7i, it’s a quick cheap DSLR and i use it for most of my film projects as it is very versatile and cheap. I would also recommend a really good stabilizer or even a shoulder rig to use if it’s a shoot you’ll be walking around or active in.

Royce Allen Dudley

Sony FS5 II kit is quite compact and appropriately featured for a variety of work, and should you need to match the look with other cameras for remote or multi camera shoots, the FS7 and FS5 cameras a...

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Doug Nelson

Documentary filming is a somewhat (not fully) a filmmaking subsection that is often best serviced by camcorders rather than DSLRs. The Sony Z90 looks promising - I've not used it yet but I'll be playing around with one this Saturday - I'll let ya know (If I remember).

Landis Stokes

Depends on your budget and workflow.

Doug Nelson

After yesterday; My impression of the Sony Z90; it's small, lightweight, fast and comfortable in hand. It has a 1 inch sensor, shoots 2K and can kick up to 4K. As a filmmaker, I live (and will die) in...

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Ruben Whitter
Director teachers?

How did you learn how to direct? Did you have any montors or teachers or was it more like a 'learn as you are doing' kind of experience for you?

Doug Nelson

Mostly by watching & paying attention to some really great Directors. I've been on a few sets where Hitch was the Director - he was not my 'mentor' nor did I ever work directly with/for him - but I le...

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Sherwin Beaumont
Raindance Film Festival

A couple of weeks ago I was at Raindance Film Festival in London. My first time at a Film Festival. Three years ago I started on my dream of becoming a screenwriter and filmmaker. I enjoyed the screening very much and the Q&A was very interesting. Our 'RB' Richard Botto asked just the right question...

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Sherwin Beaumont

Hey Phil, hope we can meet next time I'm in London. That would be next year spring. Let's stay in touch

Phil Clarke

That would be great, Sherwin. Here if I can be of any support or service in the meantime.

Pamela Bolinder

Hello Sherwin! Welcome

Sherwin Beaumont

Hello Pamela, thanks

Sherwin Beaumont

Phil, I'll let you know. i'm working right now on a fantasy feature and since you worked on the scene of Harry Potter movies makes it interesting

Silena Fuller
Laying on the floor looking at the ceiling ....

Hello Creators,

So here it goes... I created a slate of original television and feature film scripts of all genes with diverse characters. I thought to myself, hey if I can't get the door open, I'll make a door. So after I completed my pilots for television shows to get them ready for pilot season,...

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Steven Gaddis

I feel you. I've hit the wall myself many times. What usually works best for me, is when I start to give up on my own project, I come in contact with someone who needs my expertise getting their own p...

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Dan MaxXx

At minimum, it is a 3 to 5-year plan, from script to movie and then you have to sell it. Start spending your own money, form an LLC, work a little every day. The year(s) will go by fast.

Silena Fuller

Steven Gaddis Thanks you for this Steven. That's something I always do with any aspiring person. If someone is in need or stuck, I've spend time with them sometimes just given out creative ideas, read...

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Erik A. Jacobson

Silena, congrats on your strong vision. First, determine which current TV shows are most similar to your pilots. Next, look up the contact info of these shows' production companies on IMDbpro. Then, p...

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Silena Fuller

Erik A. Jacobson Thanks I'll give that approach a try! When I created the pilots, I look to see which networks don't have what I've created, so far I have a wide field. The director and producers of s...

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Michael Anthony Giudicissi
Literary Agents

Howdy all.....I'm wondering for those outside of NY and LA, how many of you have been able to land with a solid literary agent? Thanks...

Willem Lodewijk Elzenga

I worked with B&G entertainment, Intellectual property group and CAA. I work out of the Netherlands in Europe, involved in action driven films and comic-book adaptations.

Advice for a First Time Low Budget Filmmaker

What tips, tricks, suggestions, resources, and savvy insights would you please share with the Stage 32 community. Anything from planning a shoot to legal or insurance considerations to equipment recommendations to shooting solo or working with a skeleton crew. What sage advice do you have to offer from your own experience? Thanks! ;)

Doug Nelson

A tip for all beginning filmmakers: Just shoot & edit the damn thing. It's like a writer's first draft in that it will be terrible. SO WHAT! You don't have to let anyone see it but you. Analyze, scrut...

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Beth Fox Heisinger

Well said, Doug! That's what I hope to do. You gotta start somewhere. Lol! ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Thanks again, Everyone! Wow, great insights. Truly helpful. Please keep 'em coming. ;)

Vasco Phillip de Sousa

It really depends on what you mean by "first time." A lot of us have played with video cameras and performed skits as kids, it's like drawing with crayons these days.

If you're making a film that is me...

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Ken Schafer

A bunch of things that never get mentioned enough. #1) Everyone working on your film is probably either volunteering or is not making a lot of money. Make them feel VALUED, and make them WANT to show...

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John Virgo
North Carolina

Who's working in North Carolina. I just moved here and need to meet some crew.

Pamela Bolinder

Are you on a boat? I'm sure after the weather calms and debris is cleared, people will be out and about ready to mingle. Seriously, that was some storm! My heart goes out to all who are displaced. :(

Gavin Harwell

Sound Mixer based out of Charlotte

Ricardo Rangel Jr
Set Gear - Walkie talkies

Any recommendations on walkie talkies, headsets, or best methods for crew communication on set?

Dan MaxXx

We rent Motorola walkies. Never seen another brand use on-set.

JD Hartman

Rent, don't buy.

Royce Allen Dudley

As JD said, rent. Unless you use them a lot. But useable radios are all Motorola, and the cheapest refurbished ones $600 each, plus spare batteries, chargers... it's easy for a small show to use $10,0...

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Dan MaxXx

i think they cost $10 to $15 each per day. There are 6 in a case with extra batteries.

Ricardo Rangel Jr

Great advice, thanks y'all!

Silvana Arias
Going to AFM this year. Is it worth it?

My film "In The Light" will go to AFM this year. The distribution company will screen it for potential buyers. Have you ever pitched new projects at the AFM or maybe found a producer partner over there? How was your experience?

Don Diego

4 times. I helped to close some distribution deals there and find additional financing too. It worked for me in the past. Love the energy there.

Amber MacPherson

Congrats! I'll be there, too!

Silvana Arias

Don Diego good to know! Thank you!

Silvana Arias

Amber MacPherson thank you!!!

Richard "RB" Botto

Quick reminder that Stage 32 is the official film networking and educational platform of AFM for the 3rd straight year. Here's some more info:

https://www.stage32.com/blog/Stage-32-%20-American-Film-Ma...

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Shanghai Jack Neal
As a Dirctor ... Have your past visions been hindered by LIARS & CHEATERS??

How many more films do you have in you?? How fast will you get there?? Have your past visions been hindered by LIARS & CHEATERS?? --------- I'm sure we've all thought about such things... Or had baddies within your circle... I usually handle it by filming more than most & producing most of the stuff...

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Doug Nelson

I'm with you Jack. I've had to deal with lots of liars & cheaters over the years and it has been a long & expensive process from which I've learned to trust my instincts. Right up front, I pay attention to body language and will only deal with eye-to-eye contact folks.

Shanghai Jack Neal

EXACTLY!!! - Watch what they do & how different it was from what they said... I've just cut out some BS actors & BS Writers out of my circle (NOT from Stage32 everyone has been professional to me here...

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Amanda Toney - Stage 32 Next Level Education
Update on AFM

Hey everyone! Looking forward to seeing you all during AFM. If you haven't RSVPd to the Stage 32 meetup, here's the link: https://www.stage32.com/meetups/1771/AFM-Carousel-Cocktails-on-the-Santa-Monica-Pier

Also, I just want to let people know that I've heard through the grapevine that you will not b...

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