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

Christopher Seaver
GREETINGS Fellow Filmmaking Warriors

I wanted to finally pop on and introduce myself and give you a general idea of what I'm all about. First off I'm a 43 year old man child with Wife and Teenage Son, who is still very much obsessed with the 80s and the pop culture that came along with it. I'm a genre movie fan and love me some comics,...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Christopher Seaver! My name is Kay, I'm the Community Manager here at Stage 32. Thanks so much for the intro and welcome to the community!

If you haven't met Nick Assunto, our Script Services Coor...

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Lyter Daniel

Ahhh the 80’s! Damn - those were the days

Kevin Deane

Hey Christopher and welcome. Because you have the passion, I definitely would not give up if I were you. Clearly you have been making product and putting in the effort. But I would also look at what y...

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Billy Kwack

I'm also 43 child at heart and love the 80's awesome

Doug Nelson

Did anyone actually live in the '80s? (You can tell it's not my favorite decade.)

Tony Byrd
Putting a feature into your short

Can you put a scene of a feature into your short film? I want to know if you could do it. Thanks.

Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

Yes. If you want to do things legally contact the studio/distributor and ask for their clip and licensing dept. They’ll let you know how much it will cost for however many minutes you need.

Tony Byrd

Ok. Which studio?

Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

How would I know which studio? I don't even know the title of the movie you wish to select the clip from. Find the clip you want to use; it's in a movie; look at the opening credits to see whom released it. That's whom you contact.

Anthony Barry

I'm ready for it but I don't know what to do I don't know the fim

Tony Byrd

The movie is called Scream.

Tony Byrd
Idea for movie title

I'm working on an crime anthology film ala Pulp Fiction. The segments are a Village Called Gravity, French Touch, Detective Jones, Strange, Tokyo, Dark Porno, Perfect Murder and Picking Fights and The Path. I need to find a title. Do you have any title suggestions?

Tony Byrd

A Village Called Gravity - A brother and sister kills a mobster who murdered their father. The characters names are Pete and Daisy. French Touch - A man must team up with a French police officer. The...

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Rutger Oosterhoff

Do these stories intertwine? And at what point?

"Love, Crime, and Money" or simply "A life of Crime"

Tony Byrd

The stories interwine. The point of the stories is that they are in the same state Michigan.

Eric Sollars

How about Motives?

Debbie Croysdale

MISHIGAMI PASSEL. Thought more one liner, MACRO umbrella cos there's too much going on in your script to include everyone's story in log line.

Karen "Kay" Ross
How Filmmaking Changed in 2020

Love this recap by Indy Mogul, but I'd love to hear from y'all! What adjustments did you have to make to keep going this year? Did y'all get any new equipment? What did you already have that you made work? Share below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPy3RwGTD-8...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

"No one is saying The Avengers will be filmed on an iPhone" LOL! BUT... did anyone upgrade their phone just to upgrade their camera?!

Kevin Deane

This year brought very little client work so I’ve spent time working on personal projects or learning new skills. And I did sell a camera and buy another and also 7 vintage prime lenses which I love the look of. I’ll be using them to shoot some short films.

Tully Archer
Anyone currently in southern Minnesota?

Hi all! I visited my brother this summer in Albert Lea, MN and we wrote a short that we intended to film at Seoff park there, specifically inspired by that location. A scheduling conflict made us choose another to shoot that day and the visit ended before we could get back to it.

It's a 7-page horror...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Tully Archer! Sorry I missed this earlier - you can search for Stage32 members via location here: https://www.stage32.com/people Have you posted your script here or on Script Revolution? That cou...

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Tully Archer

I did post it there, thank you! :-)

Tony Byrd
Help with logline

I thought of a logline but had trouble and need help. It's an anthology film about people who discovers cursed objects. Can you help me? Thanks.

Joanne Butcher

What's the logline you have?

Tony Byrd

Here. "Six interwined stories between people discovers everyday objects who are cursed by the unknown."

Anthony Moore

What intertwines the stories? Are the truly intertwined or do the just have a common theme? Does each object have the same curse or a different one? Try this:

"Six tales of unsuspecting people falling...

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Tony Byrd

They have a common theme. It's the same curse.

Anthony Moore

Then try this: "A curse travels from one everyday item to another and ruins six lives that may not survive if they can't figure out how to remove it."

Karen "Kay" Ross
Scorsese's Doc - Premieres Jan. 8

As if reviving the interest in docs (and he could do it), Martin Scorsese is releasing a new Fran Lebowitz Doc on Netflix. I'm not sure it's that big a surprise considering all his work with MUBI. What is a surprise is the tone - it seems... light-hearted. And fun! What is happening?! LOL!

Also, I th...

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'Pretend It's a City' Trailer: Martin Scorsese's Surprise Fran Lebowitz Doc Heads to Netflix
'Pretend It's a City' Trailer: Martin Scorsese's Surprise Fran Lebowitz Doc Heads to Netflix
Netflix has unveiled the trailer for Scorsese's latest, which will premiere January 8, 2021. Netflix subscribers will be getting a late Christmas gift in the form of a "Pretend It's a City," a Martin…
Ying Jie Wang

Dear Kay, Welcome to visit for you!

Rohit Kumar
Just loved this trailer, and thought to share and wanted to know if anyone part of DOGWOOF team here

I just loved this trailer, concept, and thought to share. If anyone from DOGWOOF Team here, please comment. Would like to connect.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lvfxzht9KUA

Sherry Lee Peterson

Poweful trailer. I will watch this for sure!

Rohit Kumar

Sherry Lee Peterson Yeah. I had this instant feeling like it got a festivals worthy standards. Kudos to the filmmakers.

Tony Byrd
Directing Anthologies

I've seen anthology films by both by one or more directors. How does these films can have either or? Thanks.

Rohit Kumar

Chapters each directors pick bases on their interests.

Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Tony Byrd - this feels like a good question for the Filmmaking Lounge: https://www.stage32.com/lounge/directing...

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Tony Byrd

I changed it.

Philip E. Odiete
Filmmaking Apprenticeship/Intership Program

Hello Everyone

I’m a screenwriter and an aspiring movie director looking forward to developing and improving on my Writing and Directing skills. I need your advise recommending any reputable Filmmaking Apprenticeship Program or any Intership opportunities that might be available anywhere within the...

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David Trotti

There are many. Most are geared towards developing diversity hiring within the networks, studios, WGA and DGA.

Here are a sample selection from ABC, NBC, CBS and the DGA.

https://www.disneyabctalentde...

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Philip E. Odiete

Thank you David. I deeply appreciate this.

Tony Byrd
Directing Anthologies #2

What might be the reasons directors wants to direct anthology films? I want to know why they want to do these kind of films. Thanks.

Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

Like anything else a director does: it's the story.

Tony Byrd

It's like one or more writers want to experiment.

Karen "Kay" Ross

I would think it's a way to explore a theme without committing to a set of characters over too long a time.

Tony Byrd
Short films turned into features

I've seen films of all lengths. Both features and short films. Don't get me wrong. I saw short films turned into features. Why is that I see reviews about films that should've been anthology segments or episodes?

Tony Byrd

I already knew about XX. I heard that Black Box and The Lie should've been 30-60 minute episodes.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Heard from who? I saw both films. I read many reviews of both. Most were about the story. I liked Black Box but I didn’t like The Lie, however, the length is not an issue, rather the concept and lack of believability is. Short, a feature, whatever, I’d feel the same regardless.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Tony, if you feel so strongly about short film anthology collections, then I assume you are working on your own, perhaps? Maybe produce your own short films that share a common thread. Or maybe reach...

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Tony Byrd

It's more like The Twilight Zone and Night Gallery.

Beth Fox Heisinger

So... an anthology tv series? Or maybe an anthology web series? Or an anthology short film series? Whatever “it” is—best wishes!

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