Filmmaking / Directing

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Tony Byrd
Feature Films

Why is that some feature length films should've been short films?

Tony Byrd

It's a motion picture that has a length that's not enough to be a feature film.

Erick Freitas

Lord of the Rings :)-

Doug Nelson

Tony - I can't help you.

Tony Byrd

That's ok.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Tony, are you referring to story? Sure, some feature films lack story or drag some and could benefit from better or more effective editing. Overall, though, I disagree with your question’s notion. Som...

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Spencer Ramsey
Corporate video pricing

Hey guys! In your guys' experience, how accurate do you think this article is? https://onemarketmedia.com/2010/03/03/what-does-a-web-video-cost-25-fact... Thanks so much! Spencer...

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VIdeo Production Cost - 35 Factors with cost explained.
VIdeo Production Cost - 35 Factors with cost explained.
The axiom 'you get what you pay for' still holds true in video production. Today, you're getting a bigger bang for your buck as video production cost continues to drop. Video production costs have com…
Danny Manus

yea, that sounds about right.

Spencer Ramsey

Thank you!

James Grant Goldin

Just saw this - tremendously useful.

Ying Jie Wang

Dear Spencer, I wish you happiness!

Willem Lodewijk Elzenga

thanks, useful.

Vi Angeli Zarco Lanot
A Stock Footage Film

Hey there! Hope everything's great today

So this won't take long but I've tried out a challenge wherein I randomly generated a word and from that word, I'd look up only ONE random clip from a stock footage site and make a film out of the 10 clips I've generated.

Does that sound confusing? Well, it i...

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Vi Angeli Zarco Lanot

Thanks, everyone! And would totally love to watch that Karen "Kay" Ross

Matthew Parvin

This is so cool!

Brian Largo

I love it.

I loved the concept of doing something with stock footage, and I started to do a film last month.

The feature film I'm developing right now (40 mins in!) is all done with stock footage!

If...

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Ricki Linksman

This was beautifully done. Great idea.

Ricki Linksman

You would be great making TV commercials that touch the heart.

Jeff Anderson
Day Job/Family obligations.

I have been out of college for two years at the end of 2020 and I am no closer to achieving my goals than I was then. I have written several short scripts and the first draft of a feature in that time, but I haven't gone anywhere. Haven't filmed anything, haven't moved away from my family, haven't b...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

So grateful for the outpouring of support in response to your post, Jeff. Thank you all for your stories and advice! Therein lies my two cents -

1) You cannot approach this industry like any other. It...

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Oscar Ordonez

John Ellis very good words of wisdom. "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." Wayne Gretzky.

Oscar Ordonez

Brian Largo this advice is priceless. Sometimes the key to success is so simple that we refuse to believe that it's just "work". Just do what you need to do and stay driven. Everything you laid out ar...

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Sol Roth

One spec script screenwriters, don't succeed in this industry, because there is nothing for them to succeed with. (why only a draft) You may eventually (with luck) sell your one script, but there is n...

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Paul Rivers

If you have a phone that can capture video you can make film.

All the tools to finish a film are free to download your footage to the cloud, to edit, add sound effects, blur the faces of the haters, an...

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Ray Shab
Choosing a camera for a dramatic short

We're shooting a short this summer and there are so many choices for cameras. It's been a while since I shot a film and it seems most of the new cameras can deliver. Be it full frame DSLRs, Red, Alexa, BM...

Do you pick them for a certain look that you have in mind for the film?

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Ray Shab That is what it says, and that is my understanding, and makes more sense. The AC at the shoot was adamant it was an aps-c sensor, so I didn't argue though I was sure it wasn't the case. Turns...

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Ray Shab

Rohit I saw Honeyland a few months ago and really liked it. Doug I agree that the camera squabble is just that. Especially with all of them being SO good nowadays. I will let the DP make that decision based on the budget (which is low).

Andrew Sobkovich

Ray, Yes you pick the camera that makes shooting your picture the best. Choosing what is best and working with that gear to achieve the best is specialized knowledge. Gained over years of experience....

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Ray Shab

Andrew, Wow, thanks for taking the time. Lots of valuable info. I have used an Arri sr2 16mm back in the day, and shot few shorts with a 3ccd min dv. I was the DP (mainly student type stuff). Also a f...

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Andrew Sobkovich

Ray, having shot with an SR2 says you will approach this with enough thought. I hope then that you will also shoot your piece, it might be therapeutic, or wildly frustrating :-)

Hmmm... shooting on an...

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Peter Roach
Sergio Leone closeups with ....

This is not a complaint but an observation; probably cuz I have a damn good TV now.

Watched a couple of period movies.

On some of the closeups, the contact lenses are clearly visible.

Hard to miss a peg leg pirate with blue contacts or a princess with green contact lenses.

Does the audience care or am I...

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Lydia Kalmen

I've never noticed an actor's contact lenses, ever. As an actor who wears contact lenses and has really bad eye site without them, I hope you're not saying actors who need them for sight shouldn't wear them.

Peter Roach

No Lydia. Not in a movie set today. But if you were playing Queen Lydia vs the Barbarian Horde an extreme closeup that shows your contacts may get a couple people saying "Hey Queen Lydia wears contacts."

Lydia Kalmen

Haha gotcha Peter

Beth Fox Heisinger

Lydia, I wear contacts too. Lol! Perhaps that's why I notice them so easily on actors in film and tv, and in photos. Depending on the brand, prescription contacts tend to have a blue tint and are a ta...

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Dan MaxXx

I was working post-production when tv and movies switched from film to digital and dailies looked terrible for a while. Cinematographers and Colorists were learning digital palette on the fly.

Anyways,...

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Rohit Kumar
Just out of curiousity. How many of you know local theaters in your area which are running empty as of now or even before.

I'm working on creating a group for Indie filmmakers from all around, like a community. I wanted to know have you all interacted with theater owners and their issue to telecast your movies? Like for running a feature film how much is good enough money they charge you. And do you know producers association where they are looking for Indie projects?

Doug Nelson

I know & have worked with about half a dozen operators and owners of what I call Neighborhood Movie Theaters in Corvallis, Eugene, Salem and Portland, OR. A couple of 'em offer Pub service. They range...

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Tom Luca
Hello

Anyone here from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York? Comment on my timeline. I may not respond immediately but I will check back because I want to get to know you to build a team. Do hashtags work here on stage32? #NJfilm #NYfilm #PAfilm #teambuilding

Tom Luca

Hello Amer. Good to meet you here for the first time. As I mentioned to another here moments ago, we would like to formally meet anyone prior to a working collaboration on projects. The fact that bein...

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Michael Joseph Kospiah

NYC screenwriter. My feature film, "The Suicide Theory" won an Audience Award at Austin FF, Grand Jury Prize at Dances With Films, US distribution w/ Freestyle Releasings (and worldwide distr. w/ seve...

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Tom Luca

Hello Michael. Good to meet you here. And Congratulations! On your career's success.

Jordan Gerner

Hi Tom. Screenwriter/researcher from PA. Would love to connect on something!

Tom Luca

Hello Jordan. Good to meet you here. When all this covid situation is over we'll get back to business. We make a habit of getting to know people before working together or collaboration on projects. Usually at filmmakers parties, AFM, film festivals, etc.

Brady Watson
Drone question

Hey Stage 32 community, an organization I'm volunteering with is looking to purchase a drone to follow around a politician, film it, and be capable of carrying and dropping props. Any advice on drones/devices that are capable of this? Thanks!

Kerry Kennard

Doesn't the Capital have some of these for the Presidental's outdoor speeches ? ha ha Ok, maybe check renting from CBS, NBC, ABC / affiliates ( in your area). I remember seeing small ones with USB / C...

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Philip Sedgwick

Hire an FAA certified drone operator/cinematographer with a 4K camera onboard and do all your paperwork regarding permits, notifications, insurance - very important especially flying over crowds. Cut...

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Phil Parker

Yeah, I second the peeps here urging caution. Just look at the trouble Egg Boy got into down here in Australia. #longliveEggBoy

Debbie Croysdale

Its easier to drop props from a balloon where ballooning is a legal every day activity on location and film the actor recipients reaction from cameras the ground. I did this on a beach in Andalucia wh...

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Debbie Croysdale

I only ever need drones for above scenic car rides in must have visuals in a scene. Its too complicated to hire a drone for a drop. Or maybe you doing car chase after cash is dropped ground?

Idea but need a producer

I would love to creat an American version of a Korean drama. They are widely popular, easy to produce and I think there’s a real market for it given the popularity of these in US markets. The one I would like to do is called “Accidentally In Love” on Netflix. I think I can pull off the leading lady...

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Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

There's some amazing films and tv shows that are produced in Korea. I know New Line Cinema / WB picked up my favorite Korean action film to do the U.S. remake. You're going to have to see who owns it and nab the remake rights before someone else swoops in and picks them up.

Cailin Boswell

Thank you!

Amanda Toney
5th Annual Stage 32 Short Film Semi Finalists are Announced!

I am pleased to announce the semi-finalists are now announced for our 5th Annual Stage 32 Short Film Contest. The talent this year is off the charts! Please join us in congratulating your talented fellow Stage 32 filmmakers: https://www.stage32.com/contests/5th-Annual-Stage-32-Short-Film-Program-......

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Jimmy Matlosz

Thank you for recognizing Vinyl Child, a special thanks from myself and the crew as well. Best of luck to all the other Semifinalists.

Amanda Jabes

SO PROUD of our short film On The Sidewalk for making it to the Semi-Finals!! Couldn't be more grateful for the support we had from our cast and crew! Thank you for the recognition, Stage 32 :)

Alexander Devrient

First off, hello fellow filmmakers, and congratulations to you all on getting this far!

It has been a pleasure reading through this thread and seeing all your amazing posters.

Secondly, a big thank yo...

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Michael Hull

We, the creators of Pendulum, are thrilled and honored to be among you all as a semi-finalist in the S32 Short Film contest. Thank you Stage32 for the opportunity! Good luck everyone! Fingers crossed for today's finalists.

Paige Locke

So excited to hear the finalists!! Good luck everyone!

-Producer "Misfit M."

Lisa Blaney
Now is the time to do Pre-production

I must be creative as much as I can and waiting for this pandemic to disappear is driving me crazy. Now is the perfect time to get some pre-production done!

Pre-pro in Pandemic

(Pre) Production in a Pandemic World
(Pre) Production in a Pandemic World
Most of the world isn't returning to "normal" just yet, and those in the film and media industry are trying to figure out what to do. Some have been able to buck the trend and shoot their projects ami…
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