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Doug Nelson

TV content wanted

I'm not sure I should post this on S32, or if I can – in what forum (I'm not hiring anyone). As some of you know, I'm involved with a couple little local cable networks and it's become abundantly clear to me that they have no/very little worthy program content. After a few years here on S32, I've become aware of a number of new/upstart Indie Filmmakers who are stymied when it comes to screening their work without paying a fortune and gambling their hard earned money on some film festival.

It seems simple to me: I got a network with no content, you got a film with no screening – why not put 'em together? (Seems logical to me.)

I'm developing a program called the Indie Filmmaker Showcase as a prime time weekly. I'll start with a half hour slot and grow from there or trashcan the whole notion – depending on participation. What say you? I've done it before on my NW Independent Filmmaker's Showcase, but I discovered that we don't have enough filmmakers here in the NW (who weren't so ashamed of their work as not to want it screened) – I trashed it then but I'll give it one more try. There will be all sorts out there in the peanut gallery who will say that it can't be done for all manor of reasons (real & imaginary). Maybe/maybe not, but let's try...eh?

I'm looking for shorts in the 10 minute category (plus/minus a few) in almost any genre. Obviously I'm not interested in porn nor am I interested in blood & guts horror. A good thriller is fine. Situational comedy, Rom-com, fantasy, Family drama, on & on are all good. Since it's Prime time tv, I have to ask for no 'F' bombs.

So, anybody want to give it a try? Let me know.

Thanx

Debbie Croysdale

Hey Doug I really hope this kicks off. Who could look this gift horse in the mouth? I won’t have any new shorts ready until August but if your channel is out there and up n running will definitely participate. The peanut gallery, well they are small LOL

Justin Smith

Hi Doug, that sounds like a fantastic opportunity. I'm working on a pilot now, but it own't be ready until June at the earliest. Unfortunately it won't fit in your time slot as it's a 1.5hr show not really designed for that format, but if my schedule lines up with yours maybe we can work something out.

Brian Graf

I think this is a great idea. I am currently in development stage on a feature film project which wont fit your specs, but if your program is still in circulation later this year I might either know of projects that could fit or may even be involved with one. I hope this works because it's ideas and programs like yours that offer the exposure that is sometimes needed to get traction.

Bryan Carrier

Hey Doug, I have a few tv pilots ready to go. Where can I e-mail them or what is the next step? Thanks...Bryan c

Doug Nelson

Bryan: have they been shot/edited and ready to go? If so, I'll accept your invite; if not, I won't. I prefer them in .MP4 file format (but I am flexible) Give me a little more info, genre, RT... Thanx

Richard Buzzell

Doug - Sounds like a great opportunity. What about people who have a web-series? Would you consider material like that?

Rob Jones

Sounds like a great idea. I'm not good with shorts but I have a few talented friends who are and have some. I'll let them know. Keeps us a posted.

Oscar Moreno

Sounds good! Is there a deadline?

Casey Nicholas Price

Hello Doug. Thanks for posting. I have several shorts and links to share with you and sent you a message. Cheers.

Doug Nelson

Richard - gotta see it first, you got a link? Rob, yeah just let 'rm know. Oscar; no deadline. Casey, if you sent me some links, I'll take a look.

Tyler W. Moore

How about this? https://vimeo.com/272456777

Doug Nelson

Casey, lookin' good. Send 'em to my dropbox, thanx

Oscar Moreno

All right, there's a short I'd like to show but we're still in post. Once it's done, I'll send it!

Casey Nicholas Price

Copy that and thank you, Doug!

Doug Nelson

Casey, got 'em, thanx. I'll run one in each week's episode.

Scott Young

I represent a library of nearly 50 short films made by northern Nevada filmmakers, myself included, that would probably fit into your network nicely. There are a few F-bombs, but they can be bleeped if absolutely necessary. A tentative, "Count us in," but contact me please so we can further discuss details and such.

David Downes

Doug Nelson Brilliant! Now I've just got to get my two shorts made. But if your project is ongoing, I know who to reach out to when ready! Congrats and good luck in this endeavor.

Doug Nelson

Scott - I declined your invite because you are in Bisbee AZ, not Nevada and you have no bio.

Vishal Rajput

Hello Mr. Doug,

I would love to introduce your good selves to my friends in Lahore, Pakistan who are graduates of a filmschool. They have numerous graduate students who have a diverse range of topics. Out of these, many you may find up to the quality for cable broadcast?

Best Regards

Vishal Rajput

Also that, there are numerous filmmakers in Regina, Saskatchewan who are really pushing boundaries of cinema, content wise, that I will be very happy to introduce your good self too.

Vishal Rajput
Doug Nelson

Tyler - Thanx, it's in the pipeline, should be screened in about 2 weeks.

Doug Nelson

Thanx guys, I got enough stuff to keep me busy for a couple of weeks (I haven't shot the intro yet). I'll put a call out for more shorts in a week or so.

Richard Buzzell

Doug - when you get the chance, here's the link to "Nobodies of New York"

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJTqcVRNVlQHv-U0DHGuxyQ

Doug Nelson

How many episodes do you have? I'll send you an invite & we can talk. Thanx, Doug

Debbie Croysdale

Hey@Richard Nobodies of New York looks cool, love the cat!

Florica Cimpoies

Hi Doug, if you still look for ideas, here a link to a nice one : https://www.slated.com/films/201586/ Thanks a LOT!! And Cheers !!!

Tyler McAlister

I'd be willing to put my new short in if you're interested!

Doug Nelson

Hi one and all. I've got a solid three weeks of 'stuff' to work with right now, so I'm not looking for more 'stuff' to add to the mix right now. If & when I pull all this together and get the show up & running; I will be asking for more material. I'm trying to keep this showcase focused on sponsoring S32 filmmaker's work. Keep it flowin'.

Doug Nelson

I ran a screen test on myself - I'm just getting to old and ugly for this. I'll begin looking for a host pretty soon.

Zane Wickman

If I had a television network or online service (i.e. NET FLIX, HULU, etc.) I would in a heartbeat, no question about it. I've worked throughout the industry (mainly in video games, with musicians, and as a graphic & traditional artist) and I've seen great stuff from "no name" talents get passed-up for idiotic reasons (pride, no track-record, too unique - can't measure risk VS. reward, arrogance, lack of vision...). I've stopped watching television all together, don't have the time and I lose interest in the sea of copycat content; i still enjoy going to the movies but not as often.

I typically find myself on Social Media & YouTube, checking out the videos by the public, mostly the funny or circus-like stunts. I have found some very cool indie shorts that make me say "Man, I wish this was a show or movie, I'd watch it!" or "Why hasn't anyone picked this up for a major motion picture?!" If you host a network full of good to great shorts I'd watch, I wish I had a film-short to send you to. I'm love to see someone produce a series with episodes that were no more than 15 minutes long, no-filler, all grade-A content. Regardless a platform like this will allow the "Diamonds in the rough" to shine, and there are plenty of diamonds out here just waiting for a chance. Do it :)

Florica Cimpoies

Zane Wickman : Right on the target. I do not watch TV anymore for the same reasons...

Doug Nelson

Zane, maybe/maybe not; but I'm sure as hell gonna find out just how many Diamonds are capable/able & willing to shine. Grade 'A' content is hard to find (I have a little), but I'll keep looking for awhile.

Debbie Croysdale

Hey Doug Don’t look for new host! The “Brain” wins all in this game.

Debbie Croysdale

Dang Doug! LOL Reckon you fishing for compliments with “Too old and Ugly”. Reckon you want answer “Chiselled featured producer who can do.”

Vishal Rajput

Hello Mr. Doug

Sorry to bother

Sir but does the following short qualify?

Doug Nelson

No, to long.

Vishal Rajput

Sorry Sir just re read your post. I will look for 10 minute films, can 12 to 13 minute qualify? Or strictly 10 minutes Sir?

Shawn Speake

I shared your post on Facebook, Doug Nelson .thanks for what you’re doing. U rock. I hope to have something for u soon. All of my work has f-bombs. Gotta fix that!

Doug Nelson

To one & all; it's a half hour time slot on a couple of PEG networks. So there is no advertising (and thusly no money). I need about 2 min for intro/header (28 min left). I like to include three films per episode with two longer films separated by a short film. So a 10 min RT, followed by a 4 min RT, followed by an 8 min RT film (22 min total) is pretty good in that it allows time for brief intros. Obviously the format changes for each episode, but it has to fall in that 30 min slot. It's a jigsaw puzzle but it doesn't take a lot of rocket science to figure it out.

I'll talk to you all in a couple of weeks when I'll need more stuff. Thanx

Rachel Walker

Hi Doug! What a great idea! What about music videos? Also we are working on an indie movie...:-)

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