Filmmaking / Directing

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Felicia Renae
Awesome Pilot Script... Now What?

Hey guys! So I’ve got a great script. It’s been registered and copy written. I’ve got a cinematographer and a small staff who are excited to shoot and bring it to life. What else do I need to do before we begin casting and shooting? I haven’t officially done script coverage because I’ve had trouble...

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Dan MaxXx

You don't need script coverage or permission. Just have your people (cast & crew) do table reads, make changes as you see fit. Figure it out yourselves.

Good Luck.

Chad Stroman

You need to budget and schedule.

Willem Lodewijk Elzenga

to get a clear idea on what you want it might be smart to write a "film business plan". you can also use it for communication with investors, lawyers and producers.

James Hoey

Hi Felicia. First two things you need to do are 1) Create a budget. I'm assuming you have the funding already. Start budgeting for known costs - camera equipment or rental, lighting, sound equipment,...

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Peter Dowd
Using Social Media to Promote a Short Film

Hey all!

I usually post in the Screenwriting lounge, but I wanted to reach out for some feedback on posting a short film I made a few years ago on social media for networking purposes, like a calling card of sorts. Is it the best ever? No, but I did write and direct it and I'm pretty proud of it. Ha...

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Matthew J. Kaplan

Hey Peter, I am currently screening my short film. I use IG and FB to promote the film and its screenings, but mostly I just get likes and some reposts. My hope is that my constant chatter will get so...

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Tobias Vees

ahoi! I promoted my short film the last half a year on IG and could "double" my follower from 400 to over 800 now - which is not a lot, but hey - progess. I think, you should think about your target a...

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Peter Dowd

Thank you for the information Tasneem, Matthew, and Tobias! Sorry for the delayed response, long weekend. I've been a long time member of Stage 32 and I'm looking to leverage this resource more to build some relationships.

Sam Borowski

Peter if you reach out to me, I'd be happy to offer some advice. Break Legs! GOD BLESS and STAY FRESH! <3

Souvik Chakraborty

I am facing a similar catch in promoting my music video for votes. http://bit.ly/voteforDIALOG

Anybody is welcome to help me out

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Karen Stark
Student Cameras

I'm looking for a reasonably cheap film camera for my son during his final year at college. I intend to get him the 6k black magic pocket camera for University, but I have to sell a kidney first. Until then, I have to get him something a little cheaper. I was looking at the Black Magic 2.5k which he...

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Bo. R. R. Tolkien

Just buy him an I phone. People make really good films now a days on a simple smart phone. Digitial camera allows you to get more angles and more invasive locations. The old classic film cameras are t...

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Karen Stark

Thank you David. I will take a look at the Sony. Bo I see what your saying but it won't teach him much about proper camera usage.

Tobias Vees

Hi! I can´t recommened the GH5 enough. It shoots in 4k, Slowmotion - I used it for my short films, but also music videos, weddings, .. The price should be below 2000$ by now. And it´s the perfect allr...

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Karen Stark

No Tobias, not at all. I have not yet made a decision. I had thought so but there's a lot to get right. The GH5 has been recommended to me and I agree it's a nice camera.

Souvik Chakraborty

You can choose one from the Sony Mirrorless camera range too!

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Ellie Kitchener
Unsolicited scripts

Hi all!

I have written and directed some short films over the past few years. But now I have written a TV series I was looking for some guidance on how to get scripts solicited?

Do I look for a manager or agent?

Any advice on this subject would be greatly appreciated!

Jason Mirch

Hey Ellie! Great to have you here. Congratulations on writing your TV series. As it happens, Stage 32 is running its 5th Annual TV Writing Contest and that is a great way to get your work in front of...

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Imo Wimana Chadband
Filmmaking App

Hey guys. I'm a screenwriter, but aiming to begin dabbling on the filmmaking end of things. I want to start off light using my phone. Are you aware of any apps that will be good to start with? I'm aware Filmic is a popular one, but I'd prefer one that I won't have to buy since I'm now testing the waters. Thanks much.

M L.

If you use an android you don't need an app. The camera apk for Android 8.0 and up has all the manual controls built in already.

Imo Wimana Chadband

M L. That sounds sweet...unfortunately I use an iPhone :/

Joleene Moody
Do You Have a Filmmaking Question You Need Answered?

Hey, guys!

Don't forget that every month, producer Bradley Gallo answers all of your filmmaking and acting questions in his monthly vlog. If you have a burning question that you need answered, drop it in the comments section of his most recent post below where he answers some really great questions f...

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Tanya Carleton Lovrics
What it means to be a part of this year's Stage 32 Short Film Program and our premier experience!

Hello all,

Tanya Carleton Lovrics here, just needed to share:

I am so grateful and honored to be a part of this year’s Stage 32 Short Film Program with my first short film DOLPHIN GIRL. I made it out to Hollywood for its Hollyshorts premier, was greeted with open arms by JT Mollner, RB and Amanda T...

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Philip Sedgwick

Congrats to you and your team, Tanya. You met some fun, exceedingly helpful folks!

Amy Connerley

Congrats Tanya! So exciting!

Namutebi Angella

Congratulations Tanya

Eric Gilmartin

Good going, Tanya, best wishes to you!

Juhani Nurmi
Apocalypse Now Remastered In Glorious 4K (With Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos)

Vietnam phantasmagoria of the very finest order. A bona fide descent into madness. Reference AV quality. Those of you, who prefer a specific cut of the movie, there are three different ones at your disposal here. 4K remastered in Dolby Vision. With Dolby Atmos sound.

http://whysoblu.com/apocalypse-...

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Apocalypse Now: The Final Cut (4K UHD Blu-ray Review) | Why So Blu?
Apocalypse Now: The Final Cut (4K UHD Blu-ray Review) | Why So Blu?
Apocalypse Now is one of those films that you don't even have to see to know what it's about. Scenes are quoted and recalled all the time. It's a feature that has yet to become a classic unmentioned.…
Jean Buschmann

AGREED, my friend. Talk about the message being the medium!

Sy Huq
My HollyShorts Film Festival Experience with Stage 32's Short Film Program Premiere!

Heya fellow friends,

Good day! This is Sy Huq, writer/director of the short film, "Things That Fall", one of the winners from the 4th annual Stage 32 Short Film Contest, excited to make my first Stage 32 post.

Wanted to write about the experience. On August 17th, I brought myself, cast, and crew and r...

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Sy Huq

Dan MaxXx not yet, we're still on film festival tour with it! Thanks for asking!

Joleene Moody

Sy Huq check you inbox!

Artur Lago-Varjapetian

Congratulations! Looks very good.

Juliette McCawley

Congrats! Thank you too for sharing your experience - got me inspired and motivated!

Jean Buschmann

Congrats, Sy! Powerful trailer. Story hits home as a long time advocate for someone with severe mental illness. So glad to see you busting stereotypes and serving up compassion. Please post link where we can see it online if/when it's available.

Jay Reeves
Shooting with two different cameras

Say you have to shoot a few scenes with a DP and certain camera right away. Before you shoot the actual movie with a different DP that might have a different camera. Can that work, or will it look bad? Thank you.

Sam Borowski

As a producer of 18 films, I would be VERY CAREFUL of doing that and saying, "I'll fix it in post." The two different cameras are not going to match up and there WILL BE a noticeable difference, some...

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Jay Reeves

Thanks Louis, and Sam.

Rakesh Malik

It does depend on which two cameras you're looking at as well as the skill level of both DPs. If they're for example Red cameras, one's a Scarlet and one's an Epic, they'll actually match well if the...

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Rubel Rafael Ahmed

if advise against this. it's possible to make it look good of you use cameras with similar settings and a second DP who's amazing but the chances of those two things aligning are not great. you're better off just getting someone with the same camera so there's only the DP variable in play.

Doug Nelson

Depends on your intent. Years gack (decades ago) we produced a 'revenge' film (name escapes me) in Nova Scotia staring Kathy Bates. We used Kodak stock for present day look and used Fuji stock for the...

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Bev Oliver
Directing/Documentary Inspiration From Film About Miles Davis

Director Stanley Nelson is at it again with a powerhouse documentary. This time it's all about jazz and that legendary jazz man Miles Davis. Never before scenes and comments in this one folks. It's a great one, and if you're a jazz buff, this is one you should see. You'll see Miles in the studio sco...

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Info: MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL
Info: MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL
Advance Tickets are now available at the following theatres: This film will also be available at the following theatres with tickets available soon: Miles Davis: horn player, bandleader, innovator. El…
Phil Parker

Look forward to seeing this. I wonder if it'll come to cinemas in Australia?

Bev Oliver

Hi Phil. Here's a link to the film's schedule. International screenings are also listed. https://www.milesdavismovie.com/screenings

Kyle McCarley
Dramatized Audio for Screenplays

Hi, folks. A group of fellow voice actors and myself are considering a new start-up that would involve recording audio presentations of scripts and screenplays, ranging from a single narrator like a typical audiobook, all the way up to a full-on old-school radio play production. This could be used s...

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Salvatore Bono

Rachel Paul: I agree with your opinion. This service would be a valuable tool to screenwriters to take in the dynamics of an "enhanced table-read," which gives the screenwriter a more diverse perspect...

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Eoin O'Sullivan

Hi Kyle. Improvers often triumph over first to market - that's if they understand what's currently on offer and know how to improve and offer something that customers need and do it in a better way. I...

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Rachel Paul

Thank you Salvatore, I am loving the results for my own screenplay. The added music and sound effects effects woven throughout really bring it to life and makes it an exciting “read”. It was spendy to...

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Salvatore Bono

Thanks for the feedback Rachel. I may explore this myself.

John Ellis

Hey, Kyle McCarley what ever happened to that start-up idea mentioned here? Audio drama podcasts are a growing thing now, and could be very successful. I'd love to talk with you more about that!...

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