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The place for all producers to discuss, share content and offer tips and advice on raising funds, setting a budget, on set strategies and all other topics related to producing a film, television or theater project

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Cherelynn Baker
Top Gun: Maverick - will the window be 45 or 90?

So, about last night.

Not enough whoa or wow to capture the thrill ride, emotion, nostalgia and boundary of film making pushed when it comes to the flight fight scenes.

Tom Cruise took a long hold position on waiting for the theatrical release.

It was worth it.

My opinion, this film releasing on Memor...

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Dan MaxXx

I saw TG on Tuesday. It was fantastic. Happy to see on IMAX.

writers should study how TG writers drop set up and payoffs. Foreshadowing. Very Hollywood formula, and it still works! Ppl at the theater...

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Dane Johnson

Bob Bakish has a 45-day strategy for Paramount overall, but Tom Cruise reportedly insisting on a full 120-day theatrical window for ”Top Gun: Maverick“.

E Langley

Planning on a view at a drive-in on Sunday (weather). Not a huge fan of TG. It's just a fun night out.

Kiril Maksimoski

I think gonna remain fan of the original one...I was like 7-8 at the time and had kiddo WHOOOA, no subsequent movie can achieve...Kenny Rogers score contributed to that and it was 80s...I mean the real ones :)

Amman M. Said

"My opinion, this film releasing on Memorial Day weekend and officially opening the summer blockbuster season is as good as it gets." I agree. Theatrical is where it's at. I am curious to see the results, and the W.E.H., Whatever Else Happens, when the Net meets TG. And vice versa...

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Cherelynn Baker
PGA - Produced By Conference June 11-12 at Fox

Happy looooong holiday weekend Stage 32ers!

Did you register for the Produced By conference next month?

2 action packed days with lots of in person networking on the Fox lot.

If you are considering building relationships for upcoming markets, this could be a great resource for you!

https://www.produced...

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Kristin Holloway
A Producer's Guide To Understanding and Managing Residual Payments

Hi All,

I wanted to let you know about a webinar coming up called: A Producer's Guide To Understanding and Managing Residual Payments.

It begins on Thursday, June 9th at 1pm PT.

In this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, you will examine residual payments from the perspective of the producer. However, whether...

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Kristin Holloway
Production Insurance 101

Hi Everyone,

I have a wonderful webinar coming up on the Education side called: Production Insurance 101. It begins on Tuesday, June 14th at 1pm PT.

There is no worse feeling than finally getting your project on its feet, only for it to be brought to its knees because you don’t have the proper insuran...

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Drew Crocker
Pitch Deck and what is needed to approach a producer?

I have a great pilot episode that I'd LOVE to get eyes on so that it can go to an audience. What do I need to prepare to make sure that it is a professional presentation of what I hope to create with my series?

Cherelynn Baker

Welcome to Stage 32 Drew Crocker and Maurice Vaughan sent the best link! It's literally got everything you need to start putting together your sales package. Have fun!...

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John Ellis

What do you need to approach a producer? A relationship with that person.

Drew Crocker

True! yes of course :) but I just need to start meeting people I guess. Could you introduce me to anyone who loves producing comedy?

Maurice Vaughan

Continue to interact on here, Drew Crocker. It could lead to you building relationships with comedy producers.

You can also pitch to comedy producers with Pitch Sessions (https://www.stage32.com/script...

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John Ellis

Drew Crocker, you've probably heard this, but the best way to meet people (and begin to develop relationships) is to get on-set (as a volunteer, if needed), be professional, give more than take. In ti...

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Nicole Clinton
Shooting Low Budget Indie Feature in LA vs Europe

Hi Everyone,

I'm a writer-director working on producing my first feature. I've got my script, my look book, my top sheet budget, my investor packet, and I'm currently trying to raise the funds.

My film is set in LA, and therefore I worked with an American line producer to do up my budget based on no...

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Cherelynn Baker

Hi Nicole Clinton and welcome to Stage 32. Great question! I too find that film incentives usually have a budget minimum and that number is not exactly low. May I share some links with you for referen...

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Nicole Clinton

Hi Cherelynn, that's great, thank you so much!

Doug Nelson

Can you incorporate LA stock footage in your film?

J R O'Hara

Welcome Nicole!

Cherelynn Baker
Do you believe these numbers?

Hey Stage 32ers, quick question. When you see numbers like what is in this Deadline article ...do you believe them at face value or interpret as "for marketing purposes"?

I'm particularly curious because many of my inner circle are major film buffs and die hard theater goers ...crickets - and not on...

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Bo. R. R. Tolkien

I think domestic and foreign box office have huge disparity based on politics and propaganda. Some movies in US are not well received but do extremely well in other countries. The standard of success...

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Lee Lennox

I never believe numbers anymore, not after having a private chat with a certain someone about how certain countries tally up the ticket sales from ALL other movies into one or two movies that were paid for by the companies for ratings purposes... Do with that info what you will.

Amman M. Said

Well, for context, numbers like these (Marvel Movies) have been reported regularly by the press before 2020. Didn't doubt them then.... It's a good and eeky question. ;)

DD Myles

I totally agree, Amman. I live abroad in Asia for 15 years. Countries like China, Taiwan, Indonesia, and S. Korea are swayed heavily by Western Culture in entertainment. Movies that China deems very f...

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Cherelynn Baker

Big shout out and thanks to all the comments. You have provided much food for thought on the yays and nays of what these numbers say. Thank you!

Kathryn Wasson
Pitch Deck

I have finished my pitch deck, now what? Thanks in advance for any direction.

Maurice Vaughan

Hi, Kathryn. Would you like feedback on your pitch deck?

Shadow Dragu-Mihai, Esq

Now send it to your list of producers who might be interested in producing it.

Cherelynn Baker

Are you planning to attend a market with your pitch deck? Who is on your target list for your genre/budget/audience/distribution?

Doug Nelson

Producers who might be interested in producing it = research.

Amman M. Said

Put on your Producers hat. If you believe you're a great talent, you should produce your work.

Jonathan Kramer
Anyone successfully optioned a book?

I recently finished a hilarious book by a best selling author and feel it would make a great film or TV series due to the contemporary elements of the story and its broad appeal. Never having optioned a book before, is there anyone that could help or be interested?

Jonathan Kramer

Royer Franck I appreciate the offer but what I'm after is how optioning gets done since I've yet to take this direction with projects. That said, I'm in the US so I'll keep you in mind if you fund projects here. Thanks

Dane Johnson

Jonathan Kramer, if the book is a best seller, the author is likely represented by an experienced literary agent. Working through counsel to propose, negotiate, and document a deal for an option/purch...

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Jonathan Kramer

Dane Johnson Thanks..its a recent release by a best selling author from Ireland but not necessarily a best seller..its a major departure from his other books which have been mysteries and YA genre..I...

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Dane Johnson

Jonathan Kramer, not legal advice, but thanks. if it’s a story you think has good potential to get set up somewhere or is one you can finance, optioning could be smart. Option and purchase agreements...

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Jonathan Kramer

Dane Johnson Great advice..truth be told, I've been developing an outline for a sitcom that bears similarity to the story by replacing characters and situations to match the brand of humor that appeal...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai, Esq
Producing Apprenticeship Program(s) Coming

The IIPG (independent producers guild - independentproducersguild.org) wants to hear from all independent producers and filmmakers regarding it's developing apprenticeship programs.

There are very few meaningful professional training programs in the film industry. Film school is helpful for some but...

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Amazing Kacee

thanks so much for sharing!!!

Cherelynn Baker

Yey you for opening the door and making a place for people to train up in the industry!

Shadow Dragu-Mihai, Esq

Thanks!

Till Olshausen
Casting Director for Action Thriller Drama

Dear community,

We are currently packaging a deep and gory martial-arts Action Thriller and Urban Drama with a female lead and a first pass budget of about $21M.

The pitch deck, including detailed budgeting, shooting schedule and shortlist, will be ready next week. We now look for a casting director...

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Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

Do you have money to provide deposits? If you're CD can get A-listers, then you'll have to drop a deposit to hold them. The first thing the agent will ask, "Is it set up somewhere or funded?" Meaning is it with a studio or the like? No set up, not funded, no deposit, no a-list talent.

Till Olshausen

Thank you for commenting. You precisely identified the problem. The plan is to create a shoppable package including the LOIs of A-Listers to make the project hard to turn down by a studio.

It's diffic...

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Cherelynn Baker

This conundrum makes the chase of packaging fun! Good luck - don't give up til you get what you want!

Shadow Dragu-Mihai, Esq

I do have a question. Attaching A-listers will entail both pay-or-play and signing bonuses. Do you have cash in hand for that? I can certainly connect you with a casting director who can attach such p...

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Till Olshausen

Dear Shadow Dragu-Mihai, Esq,

thank you very much for your comment.

The plan is to create a package which is to good to turn down by reputable studios, adding value with talent. As the pitch material,...

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Cherelynn Baker
Cannes 2022 - hope for independent films?

Hey Producers,

So that's a wrap on Cannes 2022. Back in person for the win! Now - what's your greatest take away from the event?

Personally? A return and revival in independent film with a focus on the audience. Top 3 below. Comment what your best take aways are from the event!

#1. All That Breathes (...

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Maurice Vaughan

RB said Stage 32 accomplished some great things at Cannes. He also said they'll be sharing them with the community in the coming months.

Cherelynn Baker

Hi Maurice Vaughan ! I saw that post! So happy to hear the good news and looking forward to an update!

Maurice Vaughan

The videos RB has been sharing are great, Cherelynn Baker. Cannes is buzzing.

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