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Sol Roth
How can a team of strangers work together to make a film and ALL benefit?

Hi! I'm attempting to build a collaborative filmmaking team, where a small group of people will work together and create a minimalist feature film with the quality high good enough for VOD distribution. 

I've been vlogging this entire process - current update is here - Can a team of strangers work to...

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Sol Roth

Debbie Croysdale THANKS YOU! The genre has not been finalized yet, but so far, the common link that was enjoyed by all the people I've spoken with is the movie Buried - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt14...

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Amer Darwich

sounds interesting

Daisy White

Sounds great and look forward to seeing what happens!

Kinney Scott

i got location scene idea u can edit in like beach areas and mountains or crowds

Karen "Kay" Ross

Keep doing you, sir! I appreciate the details you are going into to help build this system and the trust it engenders.

Bas Vossen
Ecotopia

One of the books that I really like is 'Ecotopia' by Ernst Kallenbach, and I would like to turn it into a screen play. Is there anyone interested in this project?

Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

Go secure the option or rights!

Doug Nelson

Talk to Ernst or his rep about that.

Karen "Kay" Ross

Yeah, as with Lindbergh E Hollingsworth and Doug Nelson - secure the rights before you assemble the team. Keep at it and let us know how it goes!...

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Tony Byrd
Creating Characters

What do you think of the characters I created named Luna, Nikki, Rayna and Wyld Card?

Eric Sollars

like the names. cool names to build on.

Tony Byrd

Sushi

Eric Sollars

Always been a believer in giving a good name to characters. Back in my days of racing, I'd try to come up with crazy names for the cars. I remember Twisted Tina and Double D Debbie. Great cars.

Eric Sollars

My fastest car was One-Eyed-Gunnie.

Eric Sollars

One-Eye-Gunnie came from my fishing days. My brother, a Gunnery Sergeant, had a great lure he called Gunnie. One time he threw it and it hit a tree and when he reeled it in, it was missing an eye. Forever, One-Eye-Gunny. That became a character in a screenplay.

Gregory Fishwick
Good Old Werner

Some ever useful advice.

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

We all need to internalize this.

Catalina Querida

Thank you for posting this.

Sol Roth
Filmmaking Exploitation - Should you work for free?

I ran into this issue while posting about creating some no budget films and building a collaborative team. I put my thoughts in this video for discussion.

Sol Roth

Royce Allen Dudley I do appreciate hearing your thoughts and I am considering most of the details mentioned in your discourse. Of-course, I'm going to do it anyways, but there is still value in the di...

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Dan MaxXx

I made and sold feature films (to DVD/foreign tv markets. Never theatrical) and I'd suggest you start an LLC, assign Officers. Buyers pay to one person/business entity and it's up to whoever is in cha...

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James Scott

Thanks. That's sounds like wise advice.

Sol Roth

Dan MaxXx Thanks! I am creating an LLC. So I think the best structure for all this is so far (yes i'll talk to lawyer, this is just my initial setup) is have an LLC that does very little other than pa...

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Tasha Lewis

Depends on the project and short and long term goals.

Tony Byrd
Films Supposed to be Anthologies

I want to know examples. Thanks.

Debbie Croysdale

Hell Raiser, Amoros Perros, a couple of films off top of my head and many streams including Twilight Zone, Fargo, American Horror Story and family views like Alfred Hitchcock Presents. If you are doin...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
Make a Goal for Nov. and Let Us Encourage You!

Nov. Write Club is NOT just for screenwriters! What are you trying to accomplish before the end of 2020? I also added suggestions for filmmakers, but I'd love to hear what you have in mind. Storyboards? Shot lists? Look Books?

Let us help you by posting your goals on the blog post (link below) and c...

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Tony Byrd
Doing feature length anthology films

I know anthology films are meant to have short films. But what if it has feature length films? How do I pull one off?

Bill Albert

If I understand your question I think what you need is a common thread that each short will follow. It can be something very specific or even just a genre thread. Twilight Zone the movie is an example...

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Erick Freitas

So the actual film would be very long then no? Maybe too long?

Tony Byrd

What if it was three?

Doug Nelson

Watch New York Stories for some real inspiration.

Tasha Lewis

Research similar project requirements.

Angela Cristantello
Stage 32 "That's a Movie!" Logline Contest

Hey, y'all! I'm not sure if you saw, but Stage 32's running this really really great and FREE contest all throughout the month of September!

Between now and the 30th, you can enter your loglines (literally as many as you like) for a chance to win some awesome Script Services-related prizes. And if yo...

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Martha Caprarotta

Angela, How can we view the live webcasts in October when the panelists pitch their fave logline submissions?

Ismael Judá Moraes Reis Dias

When does the result comes?

Hagop Kane Boughazian

just entered another one. thanks!

Cynthia Garbutt

Logline writing help: https://youtu.be/pMj8xUa1jOA

Tasha Lewis

Is this contest monthly? I advertise it on Alignable.com/silver-spring-Md/the-icc-group.

Tony Byrd
Genres for anthology films

I'd like to know. Thanks.

Debbie Croysdale

Successful anthologies have universal theme with a cross section of characters. Can happen to anyone anytime,/anywhere/anyhow irrespective of social status, race/nationality or geographical boundary....

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Tony Byrd
Segments for anthology films

How many segments can be in these kind of movies?

Tony Byrd

I know but what can be the numbers.

Karen "Kay" Ross

There is a new one coming out soon called Small Axe - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3464896/

Doug Nelson

The hard & fast RULE is that there MUST BE exactly seven.

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Doug Nelson Remember, that's only in straight ahead drama or romance. In horror or action, it can be 4 to 6. Or as low as 3 so long as there is comedy involved. And don't forget that's in American cin...

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Debbie Croysdale

Most anthologies are web series/tv stream although Globe theatre reels off strings of Shakespeare live. Streaming now has time variations Eg ten to thirty minute “commuter views” audience can watch on...

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Tony Byrd
Welcome to the Blumhouse

Welcome to the Blumhouse was on Amazon. It's an anthology series. It had Black Box, The Lie, Evil Eye and Nocturne. What do you think of them? Are you looking forward on seeing the other four?

Karen "Kay" Ross

Ooo, thanks for the heads up, Tony! I haven't seen them yet and have to admit I won't likely be seeing them. Have you seen them yet? We work with Blumhouse executives often, actually. Are you thinking of Blumhouse for your own anthology series?

Tony Byrd

I've seen four of them. Maybe or maybe not.

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