On Writing : Chicago Newbie by Tanya Hilson

Tanya Hilson

Chicago Newbie

​Hi all, and Happy Holidays to you. I'm a newbie to all of this, and when I say all, I mean ALL (filming/writing industry). I'm an upcoming author, and I've written several books, including two children's books. With that being said, I would like to make a film from one of my works and send it out to festivals and streaming services.  My pieces have received some great feedback from a few Script Analyst and from a festival Screenwriters Awards, and I would like to share my works with the world on film. I'm currently unemployed due to the pandemic and would like to know how I can get actors to help me bring my characters to life. I bought a camera for the first time in my life this year, and my fiancée bought me a nice Galaxy note 20 Ulta Plus phone with a Dolby camera, and I must admit, the phone is a beast. I placed an ad on craigslist and put in the ad that this will be a pro bono project. I received a few hits back, and I look forward to working with others on this project and meeting new people in the industry. Can you guys give me any other advice on how to go about shooting my first film? Buying the camera has really inspired me to put this project together. Your feedback will be very much appreciated on how a newbie like myself can make this dream of mine come true.

Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Tanya Hilson! My name is Kay, I'm the Community Manager here at Stage 32. Nice to meet you and Happy Holidays to you as well! Have you considered starting with a table read? You can host one virtually via Zoom and it would give you a good start for working with your actors. Otherwise, there are a TON of resources about how to make a film (enough to film multiple degrees LOL!).

If you want more guidance, might I suggest one of our webinars? This one is fun with all the hurdles of production: https://www.stage32.com/webinars/Common-Hurdles-in-Pre-Production-and-Pr...

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