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Alise Ambaine
Awkwardness of self-promotion?

Hello,

I just finished a short film (2 minutes long) and I decided to create a Facebook page for me to build some kind of curiosity around it (before I show it to anyone, still sending it to various festivals) and any future projects I aim to make. What I find though, is that it feels really awkward...

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Matt Wanicur

There's no getting around the awkwardness. I released 2 novels last year and self-promotion is hard, taxing, but ultimately HAS to be done. If you include a link to your Facebook page I can like it and recommend others to do so as well. That's always a good start!

Alise Ambaine

https://www.facebook.com/aliseambaine/ here is the link, thank you. how many posts per I should aim for? Right now I want to focus on my short (without showing it yet), but it lasts only 2 minutes, so...

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Matt Wanicur

You can show even smaller snippets, 5 or 10 seconds long. Entice the audience with a logline and synopsis. You don't want to overwhelm followers so I'd avoid posting too much. You really just have to go with what feels right!

Pierre Langenegger

Hey Alise, congrats. I'm about to embark down the directing path myself so I'd like to see what you've done once you post it. I'll add you as a friend on fb if you'd like.

Debbie Croysdale

NEVER feel awkward, we live in an era where never before has there been so much opportunity for worldwide self promotion/distribution. My Transmedia guru of the moment is Houston Howard, although I st...

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Anna Maganini
IRONING OUT THE KINKS - Movie Shoot - Day 1

The story of a 13-day cccrazzyyy!!! blog adventure on the making of my micro budget indie movie, ‘Dead Weight’, a desert survival tale that will screen at the Golden State Film Festival at the Chinese Theater, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028 - on Tues., Feb. 25 at 9:30pm.

Tickets - (look un...

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Anna Maganini

P.S - Anyone know of any radio or TV folks who interview women filmmakers???? I would really like to knowwww....

Andres Ramirez
How do you acquire representation as a director?

I've been trying to find a way to get representation or at least know what I'd need to be considered but have unfortunately hit a brick wall. I've reached out to agencies to point me in a general direction but to no avail. Is there a specific criteria to be represented by an agency as a Director? Bo...

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Andres Ramirez

Ben Phelps Thank you so much! I will message you

Royce Allen Dudley

Legitimate, licensed representation for Directors, DPs and Editors is challenging to obtain... even when you are already working full time in that capacity. As director, you will need multiple project...

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Doug Nelson

Royce - a little feedback: You're pretty much dead on.

Representation as a Director is based on your prior work - you really don't need (or want to pay for) an Agent. Nobody in Hollywood is ever hired off a resume; folks get hired off sets & shoots - in person.

Andres Ramirez

Royce Allen Dudley Thank you so much! That was exactly what I was looking for and was sort of already guessing how it worked. I realize the market for representation is changing everyday because of th...

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Royce Allen Dudley

Doug Nelson, I think maybe I was unclear in my descriptive. To rephrase, a director definitely wants an agent.... that's actually the first goal of making a good film after getting it made and seen an...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
What was YOUR Favorite Costumed Film of 2020?

I started following this YouTuber who is a historical costumer, and she's done this fantastic breakdown of the best/worst of the historically accurate costumes from 2020 films.

What was YOUR favorite Costumed Film of 2020? Where did it end up on her scale?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oDGy8Lonaw...

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Derek Reid

The only one I saw was Emma. which I liked, tho I also caught the 90's one with Gwyneth Paltrow and preferred that. Actually Watching Video Edit: Nm. "Little Women" too.

Chab Zikoo Ak

it was a bad year,

Barry John Terblanche

SUPERMAN! No, wait... that was a year before.

Karen "Kay" Ross

Glad to hear you enjoyed it Pidge Jobst! I'll have to check out Ratched Christiane Lange, thanks for the rec! Bridgerton is next on my list Aray Brown ;-)

Ooo, good point Eoin O'Sullivan! I didn't see...

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Aray Brown

yay! Karen "Kay" Ross i was bored at first but it pulled me in

Karen "Kay" Ross
The Production Triangle in Practice

I've often said that the production triangle rules my decision-making (fast/cheap/good), but it really seems to apply in a lot of other instances as well. For example, a big-budget film like Wonder Woman took 10 years to make - this totally makes sense to me as the budget is so large.

What's the fast...

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Patty Jenkins Calls Out New York Post For "Dramatic Headlines" About 'Wonder Woman,' Warner Bros.
Patty Jenkins Calls Out New York Post For "Dramatic Headlines" About 'Wonder Woman,' Warner Bros.
Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins slammed the New York Post on Tuesday for an article that discussed the process of bringing the Gal Gadot-starrer to screen. "Versions of this article seems to be ev…
Karen "Kay" Ross
'Parasite' has paved the way for...

Award season has shifted, and not just because of COVID. What new films are contenders because of Parasite, do you think?

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/oscars-has-parasite-ushered-in-a-......

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Oscars: Has 'Parasite' Ushered in a Golden Age of Odd Films?
Oscars: Has 'Parasite' Ushered in a Golden Age of Odd Films?
Parasite has blown open the doors of the international feature category, long thought to be the purview of "serious message movies," to the experimental and the strange. If a movie about a family of S…
Kiril Maksimoski

Not necessarily... Lynch got Mulholland drive nominated best pic several years ago and it's pretty weird movie

Dan MaxXx

i don’t think the Oscars will be happening in Feb or March 2021. Too many movie releases were postponed in 2020.

Anyway, Parasite is a one of one. Same as Lynch, Tarantino, Barry Jenkins, Waititi, Gerw...

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Tony Byrd
Pitching an Black Christmas anthology film

I know this may never happen because of the three remakes, including one by Blumhouse. Let's turn Black Christmas into an anthology series and get audiences into seats every December. What do you think? If so, what pitches do you have for a Black Christmas anthology film?

Tony Byrd

My pitch is about a young couple discover windows to spy on their neighbors on Christmas only to discover their stuff they were stolen.

Hank Biro

Every Die is Christmas - A frustrated and cunning mall Santa lashes out at shoppers, and an inexperienced SWAT team is called in to stop his murderous rampage.

Hank Biro

Your pitch idea gave me another idea:

Once a Year - A married couple who love Christmas take their obsession too far when they intrude on other families' holiday celebrations.

My concept differs from y...

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Tony Byrd

A group of people who is in a deadly game show during Christmas.

Tony Byrd
Starting a franchise based on pre-existing IP

I watched Black Christmas, the one in 2006. I never watched the one that came out in 1974 nor the one that came out from Blumhouse. I want to turn Black Christmas into an anthology series. What do you think of the idea?

Beth Fox Heisinger

You can’t. It’s under copyright. You do not own the IP. However, you can be inspired, but would need to come up with your own original take on a similar but different idea. ;)

Tony Byrd

I'm thinking it should be either a series of shorts or feature length films.

Karen "Kay" Ross
Mood-Boosting Suggestions

Hey, Stage32 Filmmakers!

I saw this recommendation on IMDb for Mood-Boosting Gems (and I can concur with Never Have I Ever - it's quite fun and heart-warming), and thought - what would YOU suggest?

Admittedly, I'm bouncing between the last two seasons of The Big Bang Theory (which aren't as funny as o...

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"What to Watch" Mood-Boosting Comedy Gems (TV Episode 2020) - IMDb
"What to Watch" Mood-Boosting Comedy Gems (TV Episode 2020) - IMDb
With Jeff Luppino-Esposito. Discover the latest comedy series you can stream to boost your mood. Whether you're looking for a silly sketch show, a rom-com from Mindy Kaling, an over-the-top musical co…
Neal Howard

Kim's Convenience - leads Paul Sun Hyung Lee and Jean Yoon are terrific, Derry Girls is a bit of Irish brilliance and The Other One is laugh out loud outrageous.

Karen "Kay" Ross
Filmmaking With NO Money

Hey, Stage32 Filmmakers!

I hope you all are taking some time to reflect on what you've accomplished this year - and be gracious with yourself! We're all struggling, so count every victory!

But as you start revving up for the New Year, consider what you already have to make your next film - don't just...

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Kevin Deane

I’ve written three short scripts to shoot in early to mid 2021. Just holding off for the post holiday COVID surge. But I do have all the gear and a small crew.

Adam Garcia

I wrote 2 scripts while I had Covid, I just need to find actors to help me get it done.

Karen "Kay" Ross

Awesome, great to hear Kevin Deane and Adam Garcia! Adam - you could post and comment in the Acting Lounge to meet and mingle with talent here on Stage32: https://www.stage32.com/lounge/acting...

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Courtney James
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Debbie Croysdale

My answer/comment would depend on what “context” you meant it in, of which there are a few.

Courtney James

Happy New Woof.

Tony Byrd
Animation Anthologies

Animation anthologies are great. How many animators can it be? I want to know. Thanks.

Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

Tony, I'm going to honest with you. You really need to go research these things for yourself. Go to IMBD.com, and use the search function. It's free though sometimes you will have to have IMDB Pro. Yo...

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Tony Byrd

Can it be one or more animators?

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