Filmmaking / Directing

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Louis Tété
Interior design tips

Hope you're all doing alright and are safe from the pandemic.

Got two questions, any tips would be appreciated guys.

I got an apt where i'm gonna shoot a horror feature, because my budget is limited i can't hire a production designer. In this apt, most of the furnitures, curtains and so on are dark b...

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Charles Baldwin

Do a Google for color in horror films, then tweak as needed. Additionally, what I have read is it makes sense to have a real room, don't dress one as people pick up that it is faked. And moving compan...

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Dan MaxXx

go on youtube and watch some "D-I-Y" videos.

Louis Tété

Charles Baldwin thank you, much appreciated. Dan MaxXx , thank you as well i didn't think about that option....

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Lia Beltrami
Can make a living doing documentary filmmaking?

I'm Lia Beltrami. I started making documentaries in 1991, 29 years ago. In these years I have shot over 40 documentaries, selected in 169 festivals and won 44 awards. There is a common thread in everything I do: try to bring hope and tell stories of "flowers in the desert". I shot in war zones, foll...

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Lisa R Malone

Hello Lia! I love documentaries of all sorts!

Lia Beltrami

Hello Lisa. If you have Prime, you can watch some of mine: Look Beyond, The Wonderful Tapestry of Life, Ukon the Samurai, Heroes without Capes

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Amanda Toney
Stage 32 + Vail Film Festival Women in Film Panel - Let's keep talking!

What an incredible Stage 32 panel today with the great panelists below! What was your favorite take away?:

-Lesley-Ann Brandt - Actor, Producer (LUCIFER, SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND, SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA)

-Alexandra Barreto - Producer, Director, Actor (THE FOSTERS, MAYANS MC)

-Robin Bronk - Prod...

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Andrea Thompson

"Never mute your authenticity" - that will stay with me forever. Thank you to all of the panelists. Leslie - you were inspiring with your scar story - you made me feel like I can jump through hoops wi...

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Andrea Thompson

Haha Mugs Cahill! We were moved by the same quote at the same time! I loved that line, I wrote that down in my journal.

Matt Greenberg

Very well done ladies. Impressive backgrounds and great information. I didn't know about Creative Coalition and checking that out.

Mali and Ashleigh, I'm getting into more genre projects and would love to talk to you but I don't see you here on Stage 32.

Andi Bee

Really needed to hear the stories of women like these panelists to remind us that wherever we are in life or our careers that we can forge a path into this industry, that failing is ok, and to keep getting up, making connections, and just don’t stop trying.

Olga Kalashnikova

Thank you so much everyone for sharing your stories today. Really enjoyed today's panel.

Florin Şumălan
The Virtual Production of The Mandalorian, Season One

Many scenes from "The Mandalorian" were shot inside "The Volume" (called "Stagecraft" by ILM) - a circular stage with high-def LED panels ceiling and walls that create a reactive environment, which essentially works as an immersive real-time green screen.

“Everything in the volume is designed to both...

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Richard P. Alvarez

It's groundbreaking stuff for sure. Here's another article about it.

https://www.starwars.com/news/the-mandalorian-stagecraft-feature

Karen E Ross
What Does a Director DO?

I found this video, well-shot but rudimentary, and I'd love to know what y'all think:

What does a Director DO?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5ltN70I0hg

Debbie Croysdale

It seems “Institutionalised” as in blue print about who does what, which goes on in a lot of so called big gun studio settings. (I’m not saying its wrong its just norm to some) I work in Indie where t...

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Debbie Croysdale

I had an experience in studio once (non Indie) where I had junior role, which I was proud to do even at my age but the paperwork went on for an inordinate amount of time. I clocked in at 9 and they we...

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Doug Nelson

Pretty much a summation of my What does a Film Director Do seminar scheduled for September. It's a required intro to my 8 week Director's class this Autumn - university level but taught in our studio...If the Governor let's us get together.

Debbie Croysdale

Another situation where Indie is different to studio mainstream is I take it for granted that part of my role is storyboarding, shot listing, blocking and to a smaller extent mood lighting. Yet anytim...

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Brandon E. Brooks
Hello Stage 32 Lounge!

Happy to finally have hit this lounge. Have heard awesome things about the networking that goes on in it. Looking forward to meeting new film professionals from all over the globe. My page on here is stage32.com/sseceobrandon. Come and check me out and say hello. Cheers!

All-indigenous film festival

Still loads of time to catch some intense movie screenings and live music. 2020 is messing with all our festivals, but please do support this unique one out of northern Ontario. Just $35 Canadian gets you all bills for 3 days. https://www.facebook.com/weengushkfest/ I just watched l'eau est la vie -...

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Weengushk International Film Festival
Weengushk International Film Festival
The Weengushk International Film Festival (WIFF) is pleased to officially announce the program for our 2020 festival! For the first time, from July 9th to 12th, 2020, we will be moving the festival on…
Amanda Toney
5th Annual Stage 32 Short Film Finalists are Announced!

I am pleased to announce the finalists are now announced for our 5th Annual Stage 32 Short Film Contest. These talented filmmakers are in the running to advance to be selected into the 5th Annual Stage 32 Short Film Program...please join us in congratulating them! https://www.stage32.com/contests/5t...

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Karen E Ross

Congrats to all the finalists! Great work, y'all!

Grace Yee

Thank you Karen!!

Congratulations to everyone!!!!!

Tayo Amos

Thank you Stage32 team for selecting A BLOSSOM IN THE NIGHT as a finalist!! Definitely validating to see a story that showcases a black girl in sci-fi be chosen. Fingers crossed to be selected and con...

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Seamus Waters

Hey all! Hope everyone's having a super weekend! We've just released the trailer for 'The Invisible Boy'. I've left it below if anyone wants to take a look.

https://vimeo.com/398484511...

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Maurice Vaughan

I like the trailer, Seamus Waters. It's shot very well.

Becoming a creature

I was encouraged to write about my experience so here goes. I was cast to portray a tusk warrior elder in Netflix Cursed. The process was extraordinary and I had the pleasure of being worked on by an extremely talented team. It took 4 hours on the first day. I had to have the skin on my face and upp...

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Karen E Ross

This may be the coolest job I've ever heard of! Do you work on body language as well to help sell the character? Or is it more like background acting? Although, sometimes background actors are left to do whatever they want and sometimes they are given very specific instructions.

Naomi Kuagben

I was guided in how to walk and present myself as this creature on Cursed. I was given alot of background information with regards to plot, the relationship I have with other characters and how I am a...

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Vital Butinar
Do things that actors do ever surprise directors during a take

Hi guys!

So we're in the middle of shooting a TV series pilote episode that we're actually financing on our own dime because the TV network that wants to pick it up said that they need a proof of concept before they sign up for anything. Which means no money yet but we decided to shoot.

So a couple of...

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Damian Lloyd

This is less usual in network TV, due simply to the need to pump out the episodes. I was interested to learn from Writer Ken Levine that Diane greeting Norm as "Norman!" when he entered "Cheers" was a...

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Karen E Ross

I'd like to offer up this article on the growing need for Intimacy Coordinators to expand this conversation. Thoughts?

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/oct/06/safe-sex-on-screen-......

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John Ellis

Sorry, I don't mean to hijack this thread, but if a network wants "to pick it up," what do they need a POF for? Do they believe in the show or not? Sounds a bit off to me.

Erick Freitas

Good luck out there!

Vital Butinar

Damian Lloyd very interesting point. Well like I said these two actors are friends in real life and from the get go they said they signed up for it and that they were willing to put everything they co...

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I was working on green screen for the first time

Is it common for chroma keying to Make video noisey?

https://youtu.be/H71OPUzGFsk

Damian Lloyd

Hm ... On second thought, I might blame the camera. Are you shooting with a DSLR or consumer camcorder? 4:2:0 subsampling just doesn't contain enough colour information to pull a clean key, and you mi...

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Doug Nelson

I suspect closeness to the green screen and lighting are the issues. 4:2:0 is pretty much the norm in consumer grade DSLRs although I've seen some 4:2:2 subsampling in a few newer full frame DSLRs. I...

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Carl Pepper

With everything being shot digitally yes, you have to go to digital green or whatever the DP has in mind for his thought process....Film still is and will have the best saturation for color! Even through DI....

Karen E Ross

Damian Lloyd Yeah, standing too close the the green would be the first step in troubleshooting, and so I'd also say that's likely the culprit. This may be a great way to start checking your camera set...

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Andrew Sobkovich

At a guess, the noise certainly seems likely to have originated from colour contamination from the background causing the problem. Perhaps using a different, and more accurate, keying program and keep...

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Actor Safety/Distancing on set (ideas and suggestions)

I came up with ideas and suggestions for actor safety/distancing on set. I thought of these ideas and suggestions as I rewrote my latest feature script. They might be useful for you all. Some of these ideas and suggestions are simple. Some are outside of the box. Some are cheap. Some might cost more...

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Maurice Vaughan
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