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

Writer/director collabs

What's up everybody. I'm a young screenwriter based out of LA. I was wondering if there are any directors out there who either don't write or that would like to collab with a screenwriter otherwise. I'm starting to realize that it's going to be hard to break in by just writing screenplays and that I...

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John Ellis

Gabriel Salazar Here's how Scott Beck and Bryan Woods (A Quiet Place) did it:

Ryan Cho (Cho)

Welcome to Stage 32. With writers, a lot of them also do other production work (production assistant, camera work, etc.) to learn more about the the filmmaking process and most importantly meet more p...

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Gabriel Salazar

Thank you all guys for the tips! Much appreciated!

Curtis Lambert

What genres do you primarily write?

Lauren Bartling
Looking for a SCRIPT!!

Hey all! First off, I’m new to Stage 32 and it’s truly awesome so far! Secondly, I was trying to write a little on my own, but not having a ton of luck. I really want to get a project going so if anyone knows of a script that they can bring to my attention or a solid screenwriter, that would be fant...

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Jonathon Blankenship

I’m married with 6 kids. I do as best as I can. Man why are you even on here if you feel the need to act this way?

Stephen Foster

I've had great convo with Jonathon Blankenship Doug Nelson stop being a wet blanket....

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Doug Nelson

Okay.

Author David Seuss

its okay not to have a bio

Tru Entertainment

um have any of you watched this interview: https://youtu.be/kgFxBlFHwuc

Using IMDB to find showrunners and their agents

Hello everyone. As per the subject line, has anyone had success using IMDB pro to source showrunners and/or their agents? After a gauntlet of feedback, it was suggested to be - it's time to find a showrunner for my pilot and packet. Is this even a viable option? Thanks.

Dan MaxXx

no, man. Not a legitimate showrunner. This is a pro league. Anyone good wants to be paid, partner with people with more than an idea.

My advice - find a middle person like an agent, filmmaker, associates who can vouch for you and your talent. Small projects first, baby steps. Good Luck

Abdur Mohammed

Thanks Dan....always valued advice.

John Ellis

Dan is spot on. Deeper research on IMDb will reveal the assistants and associates who might be open to a cold query email.

Abdur Mohammed

Thanks John...I'll be checking that out.

Bear Kosik
Looking for Collaborators

A play I wrote about the 18th century women's rights and abolition activist/playwright Olympe de Gouge was presented in a Zoom performance two weeks ago. The play draws parallels to our current political situation in the USA with the situation just before the Terror in the French Revolution. One of...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai

I would love to see it. I do understand some French. I am adding you into my network!

Debbie Croysdale

Hi @Bear COOL concept, it sounds like you already been your own director and need a film editor and actor or historian do monologue intro. Or do you need someone to direct more zoom room performances...

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Mariana Bicudo Cunha

Hello, I'm francophone (bilingual) and I love this concept. Olympe de Gouges was a fascinating and groundbreaking figure, a feminist icon. I'm not sure what kind of collaborator you would need, but I...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Wow, this sounds incredibly cool and timely! It does sound like a good PBS submission. Do you have any PBS contacts?

Alec Johnsson
Filmmaking on the Spectrum

Greetings!

I have an ambitious long-term goal to produce and direct my own script once I have the time and some finances. Control over my artistic product is important to me, so I have no interest in going to Hollywood. This would mean getting my own guerrilla crew and ensemble, and managing crowdfun...

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Lee Bailes

Hi Alec, I am also atypical. I agree with the others, that your immediate strength could be the writing and that could open doors for you. And as for your dream - It is doable, but it can take time. I...

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John Ellis

Alec, I would start with finding small, local film productions and volunteering. This will not only introduce you to other people in the "biz" (connections), but also allow you to acclimate to the on-...

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Dan MaxXx

Stay healthy- mentally and physically. This is a blue-collar job. My college classmate is a DGA Director and we're the same age, but his hair is all grey from work stress, long hours and no sleep.

Debbie Croysdale

@Dan is right that we need keep mind and body well and in sync in order to keep going with good projects etc. I too am not a fan of social media purely because I am very shy and it was not until I met...

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Alec Johnsson

Thank you! Solid advice all around; lots of stuff I needed to hear. Looks like I have a few avenues to try.

Joe Compton
Films that had an impact on your life 10 day challenge

I was doing this on Facebook, challenged by a Facebook Friend, thought it would be fun here to duplicate, feel free to tag yourself in to do as well.

I was challenged Day 1 of 10 pick a movie scene that had an impact on you. No posters no names no explanations.

Debbie Croysdale

Hey @Joe "No words"

Tony S.

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Debbie Croysdale

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Debbie Croysdale

Hi another!

A short film in Charlotte, NC

I'm working on a documentary short film in Charlotte, NC. I'm trying to create a short film about the intersectionalities of the black community in Charlotte, NC as a project for a college program that I am in. Does anyone know someone that could assist me?

James Drago

What are you looking for? Money? Crew?

Collier Ward

How did this project go? I'm in Charlotte, but not really connected to the filmmaking community. I hope things are working out for you.

James Drago

I'm curious too.

Gary R. Winstead
Looking to help

I am looking for someone that might be directing in the LA Orange County area. I finished my short . I am just interested in hanging out and watching how a big production outfit does it. My budget was very low.

Regina Lee

HI Gary, do you have financing in place to hire the director and crew? I am not a director myself, but I might be able to introduce you to some legit commercial directors who would work on a low budget short. Thanks and best of luck.

Mark W. Travis
New Webinars

I've just launched a series of webinars on film directing (not yet on Stage32) that I want to share with my friends at Stage 32 in an appropriate manner. Can someone advise me how to best to do that? Thanks.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi Mark. Post content on your profile page, it will be seen on the home pages of those in your network. And/or post in “Your Stage”—that’s where members share work, solicit, ask for feedback and promo...

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Mark W. Travis

Beth Fox Helsinger. Very helpful. Thanks. I have it posted on"Your Stage' and will check with management about a S32 webinar. And thanks for the tip abut Blogs.

Jay Reeves

You're directing videos on Film Courage and Indie Film Hustle are great. Especially for someone that wants to direct, and hasn't been to film school. Thanks.

Mark W. Travis

Thanks, Jay. I know I'm a bit late in this response ... yet, THANK YOU.

Ihekuna Chimezie Benedict
Production possibilities

I am not new on this platform. Therefore, i would like to re-introduce myself. I go by the names Chimezie Benedict Ihekuna.

Based in Lagos, Nigeria, i am a published author, poet, essayist, voice-over artiste and writer. See my works at amazon.com/author/mrben

Currently seeking producers to option my...

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Chimezie Ihekuna
Chimezie Ihekuna
Published author, essayist, poet, writer, voice-over artiste See my works at amazon.com/author/mrben And general reviews of my books at writingbyalexandyphuong.blogspot.com A couple of my publications…
Karen "Kay" Ross
Sending the Most PC Letter of Complaint

After the announcement of Big Sky, which I didn't realize was about Native abductions and murders (a subject I researched in earnest while earning my degree), they received a very polite letter about how they are appropriating the culture. So... how do you think they handled it? Would you do the sam...

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Indigenous Groups Urge ABC to "Enter Into a Dialogue" About Representation in 'Big Sky'
Indigenous Groups Urge ABC to "Enter Into a Dialogue" About Representation in 'Big Sky'
Several Indigenous organizations have penned an open letter to ABC asking the network to "enter into a dialogue" about representing the outsized number of Native American and Indigenous women who go m…
Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi, Kay. Yeah... I watched the pilot and it was tone death and utterly insensitive to what is truly happening and what has happened to Indigenous women. It certainly felt "white" and ignorant. Extreme...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Karen "Kay" Ross I just don't see this as a cultural appropriate issue (which, in my opinion is not a real thing outside of use as a tool of political polemic). On the contrary, I see this as part of...

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Beth Fox Heisinger

To add, about the letter: Calling it "polite" is incorrect, a mislabeling, and, sorry, even a belittling of the letter writers' point of view and choices, no? The letter is not "polite" rather an effe...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai
Tony Byrd
Into the Dark

I've never saw Into the Dark on Hulu. It's an anthology series having feature films about holidays being released once a month. Have you guys saw it?

Kinney Scott

not yet give more info about it tony

Tony Byrd

The series was produced by Blumhouse.

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