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

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Mark DePonte
To Pitch or Not to Pitch?...and to WHOM?

Every week Stage32 sends a notice to my in-box to "Pitch to this TV or Movie exec for $19,95"

(with free shipping...haha)

Yes, for a modest fee, getting the opportunity to place your script or more in front of someone with the "connections" money and power to take your dream to screen is an amazing on...

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Paul Rivers

Mark DePonte, if I feel one of my stories is really good I send it off for awhile but not too long, then I choose from my best to make my own film because I know my efforts, persistence, and money are...

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Maurice Vaughan

Gotta love free shipping, Mark DePonte. Haha Email success@stage32.com and let them know what your goal is. They’ll help you pick who to pitch to....

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M LaVoie

Do not be misled by those spam emails. I answered two of them for script coverage that included phone calls. Spent $700 only to learn both readers were out of work and not involved with the companies...

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Mark DePonte

LaVoie,

Based on my own experiences and the complete disconnect between the extremely positive feedback i get from 1000s of actors and directirs that read my scripts, when compared to the dismal assess...

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Brian Gunter
Music Early or Wait Till Post?

Hey all! I’m a composer and new to Stage 32. So hello! I may be lurking around now and then here in your lounge to learn more about varying stages of production, and points of view from as many sides of filmmaking as possible. I hope you don’t mind an interloper. Hah! I figure the more I know about...

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Pat Alexander
What does everyone think of this year's Cannes lineup?

This year's Cannes has some big directorial names with Coppola, George Miller, Yorgos, Schrader, Audiard, Sorrentino, and Papa Cronenberg. Even Coralie Fargeat is back with her first film since REVENGE (2017). What are you most excited to see?

https://variety.com/2024/film/global/cannes-film-festiva...

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Maurice Vaughan

I like the lineup, Pat Alexander! I'm really looking forward to “Megalopolis,” “Furiosa,” "The Substance," and "Bird."

Richard "RB" Botto

Very strong lineup again. Thierry ain't screwin' around. I'm already working on my Megalopolis tixs ;)

Pat Alexander

Yeah, it's Megalopolis for me too. Really hope this is a great swan song for FFC.

Richard "RB" Botto

Don't count him out just yet. Apparently in development on another! This time off of a novel, however.

Robin Gregory

Richard "RB" Botto , can you tell us more about Coppola's next project? The book?

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Maurice Vaughan
THIS WEDNESDAY – Ask Me Anything (AMA) with Jonathan Jordan!

Jonathan Jordan will be having a 24-hour AMA in the Authoring & Playwriting Lounge on April 24th. The AMA will be focused on “What is a Ghostwriter?”

Jonathan is an award-winning screenwriter, book coach, ghostwriter, playwright, and Stage 32 Thought Leader. He’ll be answering questions like:

What...

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Maurice Vaughan
Last Day of Introduce Yourself Weekend

It’s the last day of Introduce Yourself Weekend! Monday’s included so anyone who didn’t get a chance to introduce themselves Friday-Sunday can still introduce themselves (or reintroduce themselves).

IYW is a great time to meet people, build industry relationships/network, catch up with friends, talk...

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Maurice Vaughan

Blog to check out for Introduce Yourself Weekend:

“Navigating Stage 32's Introduce Yourself Weekend!”

www.stage32.com/blog/navigating-stage-32s-introduce-yourself-weekend-3460...

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Maurice Vaughan

Blog to check out for Introduce Yourself Weekend:

“Take The “Work” Out Of Networking - The Importance Of A Polished Stage 32 Profile”

www.stage32.com/blog/take-the-work-out-of-networking-the-importanc...

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Maurice Vaughan

Blog to check out for Introduce Yourself Weekend:

“How To Present Yourself Online To Book Jobs In The Entertainment Industry”

www.stage32.com/blog/how-to-present-yourself-online-to-book-jobs-in-the-......

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Maurice Vaughan

Blog to check out for Introduce Yourself Weekend:

“How To Attract Allies In The Film Industry”

www.stage32.com/blog/how-to-attract-allies-in-the-film-industry-3706...

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Xochi Blymyer
All American - CW & Netflix - Season 6 finishing Filming soon.

Hi All! I've been busy working All American and haven't been able to post/comment this past month or so! Thought I'd post a little bit about my show. Thing about TV is no matter how big or small the episode is, it's 8 days to shoot. Or at least on regular network/cable show. Sometimes it's 7, we are...

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Maurice Vaughan

I watched the first episode of "All American" last night, Xochi Blymyer. Whoa! I can tell it's gonna be an incredible series! Can't wait to check out the next episode.

Xochi Blymyer

Maurice Vaughan, yea it'll suck you in!

Xochi Blymyer

Hey You Guys, we got 2 more episodes to shoot, got the word the other day1 That was fun news! One more for me.

Maurice Vaughan

You're right, Xochi Blymyer. I'm on episode ten in the first season.

That's great! Congratulations!

Asmaa Jamil

That's great news and congratulations.

Maurice Vaughan
LAST DAY – Win a FREE Stage 32 Career Mentoring Call!

Do you have three great scripts? Tell Stage 32 about them and get a free entry to win a Career Mentoring Call with the industry professional of your choice!

ALL SUBMISSIONS HAVE AN EQUAL SHOT AT WINNING!

Stage 32 is accepting entries from now through Sunday, April 21st at midnight PST.

On Monday, A...

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Maurice Vaughan

Ends soon!

Marcel Nault Jr.

A sad state of affairs, indeed. Coppola deserves better.

Maurice Vaughan

It's hard to believe a director like Francis Ford Coppola has had problems finding a home for "Megalopolis," Nick Phillips. I think he's eventually gonna find a home for it. I'm looking forward to see...

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Dan MaxXx

Seems today's current corporate bosses & their marketing experts dont care about track records. Del Toro & Spike Lee has said for years they can't get funding. Recent news, Netflix dropped K Bigelow & Koepp project.

Stan Evans

Maybe it's just a bloated, indulgent film? You can't always rest on your laurels. Anyone see Coppola's Youth Without Youth? It was a disaster.

Xochi Blymyer

The last line of that article says it's "So not good". Now I want to see it. Somehow, he'll get it picked up I bet.

Shadow Dragu-Mihai, Esq., Ipg
"Rust" Armorer Found Guilty, Sentenced To 18 Months

It's been a minute since we had an update on the Rust shooting incident. At the time, if you look back at my posts, my opinion as someone with decades of set experience - and having directed and produced lots of action and stunt sequences - was that the armorer was primarily to blame, as well as the...

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Dan MaxXx

^^^^ leadership or lack of leadership starts at top and flows down. Never up. If you ever worked as crew for money/livilhood, the set is a dictatorship (my experiences).

Stephen Folker

M LaVoie Agree with you 100% on this.

Suzanne Bronson

Thanks Stephen & M!

Pat Alexander

Based on her subpoena'd texts and recorded phone calls in prison, the armorer showed little remorse and a jarring lack of responsibility for her actions.

Xochi Blymyer

No one should ever ever touch a gun on set unless the armorer has checked it first and gives permission to hold to actor. Never. Period. As a 1st AD for a long time, I don't care who's rushing, I stil...

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Maurice Vaughan
Introduce Yourself Weekend

It’s the 3rd day of Introduce Yourself Weekend! Friday through Monday.

IYW is a great time to meet people, build industry relationships/network, catch up with friends, talk about your projects/goals, and share your victories (small or big).

Even if you’ve introduced yourself before, you can reintrod...

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Maurice Vaughan

Blog to check out for Introduce Yourself Weekend:

“Navigating Stage 32's Introduce Yourself Weekend!”

www.stage32.com/blog/navigating-stage-32s-introduce-yourself-weekend-3460...

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Maurice Vaughan

Blog to check out for Introduce Yourself Weekend:

“Take The “Work” Out Of Networking - The Importance Of A Polished Stage 32 Profile”

www.stage32.com/blog/take-the-work-out-of-networking-the-importanc...

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Maurice Vaughan

Blog to check out for Introduce Yourself Weekend:

“How To Present Yourself Online To Book Jobs In The Entertainment Industry”

www.stage32.com/blog/how-to-present-yourself-online-to-book-jobs-in-the-......

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Maurice Vaughan

Blog to check out for Introduce Yourself Weekend:

“How To Attract Allies In The Film Industry”

www.stage32.com/blog/how-to-attract-allies-in-the-film-industry-3706...

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Pat Alexander
Great Interview with legendary director Ken Loach
'Hope Is Political'
'Hope Is Political'
The filmmaker Ken Loach talked to Matt Zoller Seitz about the end of his 60-year career, his last film 'The Old Oak,' and what he's learned about power and the working class. "We don't need the exploi…
Amanda Toney
Stage 32 4-Part Directing Class: Scripted Drama TV Directing Process (with special guests!)

Join us for this NEW four session class will explore the craft and process of directing for scripted drama television. Taught by veteran television writer, showrunner and director Todd Slavkin, you will learn the creative and practical aspects of directing a television episode, from getting the gig,...

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Christopher A Schultz

Is there a zoom session today for the Scripted Drama TV Directing Process?

Sarah Teres

Hey, I'd love to keep in touch with everyone from class. If interested, please "connect," especially if you're interested in the writer's group! Todd is the best! My email is seteres@serqetproductions.com

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