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

prop design, Boston area

Looking for some recommendations for prop design and prop making for an indie production in October. Specifically-- a couple of grave stones with custom names, dates. If you know of specialists in the Boston area, please let me know. Many thanks.

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

Hi there. My name is Daniel and I'm a Filmmaker from Italy. I'm writing a script for a very dark and quite original Horror/Witchcraft feature. By the way it's coming out I can envision half of the cast, and consequently half of the crew to be International. It will also I think, from a creative poin...

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Shon LeBlanc

Hi Daniel,
Sounds like you have a major undertaking...let me know if I can do anything for you on the costume end.
Shon

Doug Nelson

Starting out small & working up; or starting out big & working down?

Daniel Latteo

Thanks Shon! Sure, I will be certainly looking for someone in that department sooner or later so let's stay in touch. Yes Doug, I think by the way it's all coming together it's more likely to be the s...

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We are looking for partners in Germany

We are looking for partners in Germany for the filming in Berlin of our science fiction film "Absolute Access". With pleasure we will consider all offers

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

She is a Stage 32 member go to her profile page.

Shawn Speake

Way to work!

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Shawn Speake Thanks. This IS how Stage32 is supposed to work. We help each other.

JD Hartman

Shawn, ya mean like this: https://www.stage32.com/ElisabethMeier
After all...how the heck does she spell her last name? Mayer...no, Meijer...wrong again...

Pavel Mosencov

I wrote to her, but so far I have not answered. Maybe she's on vacation

How can a music composer with 0-4 credits get the attention of a filmmaker?

Hello dear filmmakers and directors! :) I'm asking a music question in here because I would like YOUR point of view. With hordes of music composers out there offering to work for free or pennies, how would you suggest a composer get your attention? What would be something that would make you stop and ...

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Allen Lynch

Agree with everybody & especially Erik. Develop relationships with up & coming writers, directors, producers, & film companies. Offer your assistance and be ready with your own appropriate material. I...

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Doug Nelson

Joyce I've got a short scheduled for November. It's a romantic comedy with a Run Time of about 8 minutes and designed for the American festival circuit. If you're interested, contact me & i'll send the script to ou with a few of my thoughts.

Xiomara Bernard

Composers I know post their music on soundcloud or youtube. You will also get exposure. Don't give up!

Michael Rogers

Way to be Doug!

Joyce Kettering

Oh wow, thanks everyone for your help. I really appreciate it :) Doug Nelson yes, absolutely. I'd be happy to work on something for you. I'll send you a private message. Jeanette Johnson- Greenwood you ...

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coming to LA to meet folks

Hi guys I will be coming to LA early next year, it would be great to meet some of you existing folks on her and also establish new relationships. Always great to have colleagues and friends across the water. So if we haven't spoken before give me a shout, lets talk! (promise not to bombard you with what I do) haha

Shon LeBlanc

Hi Julian,
Great to hear another creative is coming to LA. I am a costume designer and own a costume house, just FYI, love to meet you when you get to town.

Film etiquette

Not sure where to put this since it has something to do with directing I'm putting it here. I was on board to work with an indie filmmaker for something in TN as AD. Her assistant had already told me about the past attempt of filming and what had happened so on and so on this has went on for three d...

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David Trotti

Sometimes being the First AD is like being in a marriage with your director. Sometimes the relationship comes with baggage. If it's too much baggage, you either need to get out or be prepared to play...

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Doug Nelson

David - try being a Producer in a relationship with a Director.

How do you get cheap but good equipment for a short film

Hello, I'm Johann(17) from Leipzig, Germany. I always wanted to make my own movie and now the time has come. In the past I was just lacking of original ideas. Now I finished producing a storyboard. Even though I cant draw I know the rough plot of the film and I know how to cut and edit it afterwards...

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JD Hartman

Jeff, "Fix most of it in post.", really? Have you ever shot anything? You can't fix everything in post, you can't fix bad exposure in post without adding noise, you can fix poor acting in post either....

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David E. Gates

Whilst there is a lot you can fix in post, you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

Jeff Langham

JD, the thought was to get him to get going and shoot the film. You can sometimes get bogged down and make enough excuses to not do anything. The "Fix most of it in post" again just was to get him to...

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JD Hartman

Do you have any production experience? Any video editing, any sound? From your bio, it would appear not. No presence on IMDb either. Did I say you encouraged him to do anything illegal? No. Nobody sai...

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Tony Bates

Greetings Johann! The 2017 Couch Clips Contest is officially announced and you are eligible to participate. See "What's New?" on our homepage (https://moozikoo.com/) for info and do not hesitate to ge...

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Barbara Davis

I like you already Doug!

Eric Deal

Nice article.

Si Horrocks

Debbie, the short film at the end was shot on a smartphone and recently won the 2 prizes at the www.momofilmfest.com The director is from Russia

Si Horrocks

thanks Eric!

Eric Deal

No problem, keep it coming. We think we know history. As time moves forward, the truth gets blurry.

Amazon Video Direct - "Self-Publishing" for Indie Films

I'm a newb on this site, so forgive me if someone else has posted this. Amazon Video Direct enables film makers to distribute their movies, very similar to the idea of authors self-publishing their books. Check out this article on the Script website: http://www.scriptmag.com/features/columns/true-ind ...

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From Stephen Follows <>> How Many Films Are Released Each Year and What That Means?

From Stephen Follows <>> "We’ve already seen how the number of major Hollywood releases is not increasing, meaning that the growth in releases must be due to a greater number of independent films receiving a theatrical release. This could be viewed as a positive change for artists and independents,...

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Do I need a director's reel and if so, what do I do if I don't have one?

Hey everyone, I recently graduated film school and have been submitting my thesis film to festivals. For it being my first film submitted on the festival circuit, its been doing rather well, having won several awards, and will be playing in a pretty big festival this week. However, if I get the chanc ...

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Vitaly Kozlov

You body of works is your business card. You need a reel. Work on it.

DL Miles

When I first started I wrote 5 individual scenes ranging in genre and went to the local college and Facebook asking for help! I was able to put together a small crew, audition local talent and shot th...

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Regina Lee

If your full-length feature is the best representation of your work, that should be your calling card for feature film work. If the festivals you're playing are prestigious fests, I hope a prestigious...

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Elisabeth Meier

I would like to ask why you don't use the trailer for your film or built it as your reel as long as you don't have other material. A trailer usually shows different sequences with a mixture of dramati...

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Doug Nelson

Erik - if you want to become a Director, then the direct answer to your two question are; yes you need one and if you don't have one - make one. Obviously source it from your work to date.

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