Producing

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

Student wanting to make a pilot for a series

Everyone, A film student has approached me to help produce a pilot for what he hopes we become a series for a streaming channel. After some research I am not sure if he would be better off to concentrate shopping his script to distributers who work with these groups instead of insuring the cost of p...

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Documentary on Transgenders in India

Entertainers India Email : entertainersindia@gmail.com This Documentary is about Section 377 pertaining to criminalization of LGBTQ community in India and the debates and deliberations going on in this regard. Recently the Supreme Court of India has also agreed to review its earlier decision of overtu ...

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When is a film considered in profit?

When you go to Boxofficemojo it shows the production budget and shows how much the film grossed internationally and domestically. I always thought that a film had to make at least 2 times its production budget just to breakeven. Is this true? Example is Green Lantern. It cost $200 million, but only...

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Martin Reese

I am a little confused by the P&A. Is it $4 million and you still give 50% of the gross to the exhibitor?

D Marcus

It's not always exactly 50% but that's a good general number to use. The theaters return that 50% of the box office to the production. So cut the Box Office Mojo in half - it grossed $201 million so t...

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Dr. Ronald D Pate

You can also define it as a "Multiple" of "Negative Cost".

David Trotti

I wouldn't dwell too hard on trying to apply box office numbers versus estimated budget to studio profit/loss calculations. Even within the same accounting system there are many different sets of numb...

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Martin Reese

Thanks for all the comments. This has been very helpful in my understanding production budgets and profits.

Berlinale 2018 Are you going?

Anyone going to Berlin?

Stage 32 participation

I find the amount of non-participating members on Stage 32 amazing. You can only benefit from this platform by making it a companion to your IMDB Pro account, LinkedIn, your social media facilities, and your website. Get here at least 3 times a week and CONNECT!

Rogue Thomas

An Instructor introduced me to this site and I have been slow to get going, but find that there is a lot of useful information. The networking capability for a new film maker is extremely open and I love it.

Brandon Hawkins

hey david

Vitaly Kozlov

David Huff is a goner. He was banned from this site once.

Doug Nelson

Evidently, once was not enough.

Vitaly Kozlov

I think he is looking to trinity.

Anyone from UK or wanting to make a UK movie?

I have completed a 1980s based sci-fi thriller script based on UK novel from established UK author. ( I own rights). The script has received positive feedback from several credible sources and was a semi-finalist in the 2017 Stage 32 Screenplay competition. One agent from a highly credited and well...

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Dan MaxXx

Reps tell me the same thing here in USA, "come back when I have $$$, producer, studio director, attachments, tangible partners and assets." That is all the work done.

Vitaly Kozlov

That language is universal. Get the money, prepare the package and we'll roll in. Sweet song.

Ken Koh

Write a character driven simple script that you can fund and make yourself that makes money, then someone will invest their money in your higher budgeted script. You need a track record to raise big m...

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Vitaly Kozlov

Agree 100 percent with Ken. Unfortunately that wisdom comes very late or never. Everyone wants to make it first on somebody's dime.

Co-Productions in Japan

Anyone here have experience with Production of CoProduction in Japan for a Japanese Language Film?

New to Producing

I am a screenwriter that has been pulled in as a producer on one of my features that is in preproduction. The crew really wants to bring my vision to life so they are really listening to my opinion in regards to casting. So far being apart of the casting has been amazing! Filming starts this spring...

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Gordon Clatworthy

David must have gotten to her. it's too late for us. to be a good producer you need to understand a lot of legalese, get a lot of permissions, and understand the business end of show business. you nee...

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Krista O'Connor

Erik- The Director is very involved with the casting. I used the word crew lightly, I am referring to the director, assistant director, casting director and other producers. At some point every produc...

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Erik A. Jacobson

Krista ~ Despite your lack of experience, I sincerely hope your film is a success. Yes, writers can be producers, but usually they learn the business side first on a short film with much less money at...

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Vitaly Kozlov

Krista, as a producer and as a person who finances the movie you need to know all the details. Everything. Casting starts when you have money on board for your production or you know 100% that you wil...

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Dan MaxXx

I'm gonna be Mr. Positive and say, go for it. It's only a movie and money, but don't make the movie into a 30-year home mortgage. Have fun, learn, make mistakes, then do it again, make another movie....

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Our industry's sometimes disturbing double standard

Interesting article on our industry's sometimes disturbing double standard.
http://bit.ly/ITonyaFilm

Ken Koh

It's a pump and dump. We saw it in the dot com and 2008, and millions will get their savings wiped out. Don't forget the over 200 trillion bond bubble that is not sustainable. 2008 sub prime was just...

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James Drago

Can't find a pussy hat on Amazon!

Crowd funding for short thriller - RUNNERS

Hey All. Just thought it might help to post this here. There's less than a day to help and contribute to this short thriller. Any little bit can help. Click and give if you can. Thanks! - JD. https://www.seedandspark.com/fund/runners#story...

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When an Interview Subject demands editing control of their interview, what do you do?

Hi. I am set to interview a doctor for a documentary a week from now, and just received this message: "One more thing before we meet. I would like to have in writing that I will be able to see the product after you put it together but before release and be able to have parts changed if I believe that ...

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Vitaly Kozlov

Find another more flexible doctor. And yes they all have to sign a release form with YOUR terms. Get a lawyer who can help you with that.

Dan MaxXx

Who has the leverage here? Who needs whom more, you or the doctor? Can Doctor be replaced? It's a standard contract for some folks with reputations. They want to make sure you ain't messing with their character.

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