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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Lucas Millhouse
What do you do...

I have a flow of story ideas always popping up, and a limited amount of time to write as I'm usually stuck editing on projects. I recently took up with a writing partner, but that person is more a moral support mechanism when it all comes down to it. What do you all do to keep the ball rolling?

Neal Howard

Good writing is so much harder than most people think. The time and effort it requires is substantial. Especially in the beginning. If it's a spec script you just have to be committed to the idea and...

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Nathan Mccoy

When I'm in doubt I like to research what proven screenwriter's do or have done. Charlie Kaufman says he spends a lot of time distracting himself on the internet... We're all human. I've come to reali...

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Kiril Maksimoski

Write 'em... if you're doing specs, you have all the time in the world...If writing commissioned work deadlines attached, you'll get paid so you can focus on the writing job only...

Tony Byrd
Considering Plots

What's the difference between an narration plot and a linking plot? I want to know the difference. Thanks.

Doug Nelson

Tony, it's just my point of view but I think you ought to read a few screenwriting/story development books where you'll find answers to the many questions you have. Think about your question: Narration vs. linking.

Tony S.

Or Google. Guess it's an Aquarius thang.

Rohit Kumar

Are you talking about Linear and non linear or parallel story structure ?

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Amanda Toney
Aray Brown

Unfortuantely I missed it ;((((( when will it be on demand?

Richard "RB" Botto

Already available, Aray! Here you go: https://www.stage32.com/webinars/Ask-Me-Anything-with-Stage-32-CEO-Richard-RB-Botto-F-2020-Edition

All past editions (for all interested) are FREE to watch and can be found under the Education tab on the menu bar as well.

Aray Brown

Thanks Richie!

E. Lamoreaux

Sorry for my late response. I couldn't attend the AMA live due to technical mishaps on my end. I was able to listen to it on demand and one of the topics that really stood out to me was regarding the...

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Richard "RB" Botto

Thrills me to no end that this was your takeaway, E. Thank you for sharing. To all others reading this thread, the entire AMA is available for free On Demand under the Education tab. Enjoy and feel free to come back here and comment on your favorite takeaways.

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Making films only using my Iphone 6!

https://youtu.be/VnZm7XbIBWk

Thought I could make a decent film only using my Iphone, here is what I got!

Maurice Vaughan

Hi, Adam. Decent short film. I liked it. My favorite part was when the actor's reflection talked to him (2:08 minute mark). That was his reflection, right?

Kacper Skowron

I'm still trying to wrap my head around the concept what do it? Why people choose to shoot on smart phone. Is it just because every one has one? There are so many cheap cameras out there that actually...

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John Ellis

Ha ha! I thought this was great! The mandolin at the end - was like watching The Godfather! Nice work!

Nicole Punday
Qualities of a good director?

Hello everyone! I’m new to the Stage 32 community. I’m curious to see what the responses are to the question “What qualities and/or skills do you think are needed to be a good director?” I want to direct but what’s holding me back is lack of experience. I wasn’t afraid to jump in and produce without...

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Doug Nelson

Asbestos underwear helps too.

Mehmet Gulek

I am not a director yet, and I am quite new in this business; but I think a director has a good understanding of the "meaning" of the screenplay. A director is more likely to be successful if he has written the script himself.

Chris O'Connell

Problem-solving... Especially when it comes to finding creative ways to avoid having to say "fix it in post."

Swati Chugh

Well the essential thing is to be able to articulate your vision to the actors and crew and then trust their skills to get them to meet your vision. I would say learning basics on taking shots in a wa...

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Kacper Skowron

vision, listing skills, determination, and team player.

Tony Byrd
Documentary Anthologies

Anthology films are about fiction. But what about documentaries. Are they are documentary films that are anthologies? If so, let me know. Thanks,

Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

It took me three minutes of searching on Google ... I recommend you Google as well.

Tony Byrd

I don't know either.

Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

I found several when I Googled...

Tony Byrd

Okay, what are they.

Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

Tony, as I mentioned before you need to take the initiative and invest your time in doing things instead of just asking a question and hoping to get an answer. If you are taking time and posting questions here then you can take the time to read and search Google.

Karen "Kay" Ross
To the legacy of 'Coal Miner's Daughter' filmmaker, Michael Apted

What was your favorite Michael Apted film? Share your fondest memories!

https://variety.com/2021/film/news/michael-apted-dead-up-docs-1234881490/

Michael Apted, Director of 'Coal Miner's Daughter' and 'Up' Series of Documentaries, Dies at 79
Michael Apted, Director of 'Coal Miner's Daughter' and 'Up' Series of Documentaries, Dies at 79
Michael Apted, British director of the " Up" series of documentaries, as well as "Coal Miner's Daughter," "Gorillas in the Mist" (1988), James Bond film " The World Is Not Enough " (1999) and "The Chr…
Chris Rodriguez

Heartbreaking news. The Up Series is truly the most profound documentary series in the history of cinema... Michael Apted was one of the greats :)

Hannes Famira
Pitch Deck

Is the pitch deck part of PR or preproduction?

Karen "Kay" Ross

I would say the pitch deck is actually a development tool to sell the project, and the series bible is a pre-prodction tool, and ALL development materials are subject to PR use LOL!

Hannes Famira

Ah, I see. Thanks Kay.

Chris Rodriguez

Cooper Union in the house! Your font work is great, Hannes :)

Wayne Hazle
Wrapped Production

Principal photography has wrapped on my short film THE JUBILEE CAKE. Big congrats to the cast and crew The film was shot December 5th and 6th, wrapping just hours before the restrictions went into effect. We are now in post and hope to have a cut ready to show January 2021.

www.waynehazle.com...

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Wayne Hazle

I am very very proud to say that the shoot was 100% safe. Cast and crew was very small. We all tested before. We stayed masked the whole shoot unless actors were doing a take or we were eating. We sta...

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Kevin Deane

Looking forward to seeing it. Keep us posted.

Wayne Hazle

Just to update everyone, the first trailer is here at:

or

https://vimeo.com/497720437...

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Diana Becronis

Congrats. Awesome. Cheers to you!!! Watched your trailer now! Loved the three strong women and diversity!!! Whooo hoo!

Chris Rodriguez

Congrats on wrapping "The Jubilee Cake", Wayne! :)

Short Films!

I am a writer with a gaggle of short stories that are being turned into short films. They are thriller/horror. The scripts are being written, as I write. Anyone interested in producing these projects?

Sean Wright Neeley

We're shooting for a series, like The Twilight Zone, Black Mirror, or The Creep Show. And shorts are sometimes critically acclaimed.

Doug Nelson

I'm a strong advocate of the short film but it's true that there is little chance of economic profit from them in an open and completive market. There is however an economic market for industrial and...

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Sean Wright Neeley

Thanks, Doug.

Erik A. Jacobson

Curious. What are you planning to do that Quibi didn't, including A-list talent like Sam Raimi and Jason Blum, $100,000 per minute budgets, and a pandemic when folks are desperate for something to wat...

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Sean Wright Neeley

We haven't worked out the particulars with marketing yet, Erik. I just know we have good stories; really good stories. The rest can be worked out. Professionals know how to do that. And frankly, your dream-killer attitude is not welcome.

Karen "Kay" Ross
American Black Film Festival and IMDb host "Hollywood Homecoming" in Feb

I love this initiative to showcase "iconic films that showcase Black humanity and provide balanced portrayals of the African American experience" - sign me up! They are starting with "The Best Man", which I've not seen (but I will in FEB!), but I'm a huge fan of "The Last Holiday", "Beauty Shop", an...

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American Black Film Festival Partners With IMDb for 'Hollywood Homecoming' Digital Series (EXCLUSIVE)
American Black Film Festival Partners With IMDb for 'Hollywood Homecoming' Digital Series (EXCLUSIVE)
The American Black Film Festival and IMDb are teaming up for a special celebration of Black film with a new digital series, titled "Hollywood Homecoming." Jeff Friday Media is producing the series, wh…
Erik A. Jacobson

No look back at ground-breaking black filmmakers would be complete without showing classic films such as Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" (1989) and Mario Van Peeble's "Sweet Sweetback's BaadAass Song...

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Dan MaxXx

New Jack City, Paid In Full, Love & Basketball,

Aray Brown

Love And Basketball, Dead Presidents, New Jack City, Love Jones

Amy Connerley
Favorite Directing Books or Training Materials?!

Hi!

I am an actress looking to start getting more into directing for film! I have done a lot of choreography and movement direction, but I would love to hear any of your favorite books, articles, youtube videos or whatever to get more knowledge on film directing!

PS: I am in NYC if you know of any c...

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Angie Walls

Check out the YouTube channel for StudioBinder. They have tons of videos on pretty much everything, direction, production, coloring, camera movement, with great examples.

Amy Connerley

Cory Roth Okay! I'll check this outtt!! :)

Amy Connerley

Angie Walls oh I will subscribe now! Yas! Thank you!

Mark W. Travis

Amy, a bit of self-promotion here. I recommend my two books "Directing Feature Films" and "The Film Director's Bag of Tricks." And, beyond that, check out my interviews at Film Courage at https://bit....

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Ruth Ducker

Im a bit late to this party... but I recommend 'Making Movies' by Sidney Lumet. A must read for all aspiring directors. its a small book and might be considered dated by many, but it goes through each stage and demystifies the process, giving filmic examples of each point.

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