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

Joshua Quincey
New SAG TV Project

I've got a great cast with known actors. I have good scripts and really talented post production people... now I need money. Honestly, I've never been this far into a project without finding before, but everyone is on board, I just need to be able to pay them. The plan is to shoot the pilot and shop...

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Vitaly Kozlov

Joshua, just be aware of what you think is a good cast maybe not so good for selling that film. So do the reverse engineering and talk to SAs and networks first and find out what they (talent) really...

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Joshua Quincey

Shawn Speake Did you get my email?

Shawn Speake

Yes, I did. just needed to think on it. I'll send you an email tomorrow, my man.

Joshua Quincey

Cheers

Shawn Speake

Hey, Joshua! Sent you a PM, bro. Hope it helps. Be in touch

Rachel Yoder
Advice

Hello all! I'm new to Stage 32 and am within my first year of working in entertainment in Los Angeles. I am an aspiring producer who really values advice from those who have lived and worked longer than I have. I would love to know what skills, traits, etc. you think creates a desired, marketable pr...

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Erik A. Jacobson

To start with, Rachel, check out "The Straight Dope", Ryan Maelhorn's post in the Filmmaking/Directing section which includes a Mark Duplass video on becoming a filmmaker. It's simple, straightforward advice on the best way to get started.

Rachel Yoder

Thanks Erik! I will definitely check that out.

Vitaly Kozlov

Action, Rachel. Buy low, sell high, ability to pick up the tab.... Seriously, its endless. Do your due diligence, start with reading the posts in the producer's section.

Jeff Lyons
New Tax Credit now Available in Georgia

Georgia Entertainment Industry Postproduction Investment Act just passed by state legislature... marks up the parent legislation's 20% credit by another 10% if certain postprod expenses are incurred in-state. This is a post production incentive add-on. Hope other states do this... like California!!!...

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D Marcus

Damn them! California is reducing film credits.

Jeff Lyons

Yeah... hard to believe but Cal is...

Christopher Henry

Colorado has been battling this issue for a long time. We're hoping to keep the Rockies as affordable so not to lose out to Canada!

Jonathan Roberts

I wish NC would do a better Incentive

Doug Nelson

It's been beneficial up here in Oregon - but not outrageously so.

Vitaly Kozlov
I am a Producer! What does it mean and take to become one.

I hanged on that site 32 for two years, read a lot of posts, responded to some threads and I feel that a lot of filmmakers or wannabe filmmakers ( by the way I hate that expression!) here and on other filmmaking sites has a misconception about producing. So what is really that process that everyone...

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Doug Nelson

I've come to this discussion late in the game – I don't know if it's active any longer. There are all sorts of Producers out there – so I think you need to more clearly define the term. I'm retired al...

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Vitaly Kozlov

I did pretty well at AFM. That trailer got me a SA. I managed to negotiate a fist dollars deal - which is very hard to get. 50/50 until sales would reach 45k and then 80/20 split in my favor, 18 month...

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Doug Nelson

Yes I fully understand the financing obstructions and pitfalls associated with filmmaking which make it one of the riskier/riskiest investments available – it's a hard sell. I haven't checked the rate...

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Vitaly Kozlov

Film business is a very risky investment. Keep your investors in CDs. Great plan!

Vitaly Kozlov

Good news. My film is going to MIP TV and Cannes with my SA. I keep my fingers crossed for good sales.

Jeff Lyons
Rip chuck barris :(

RIP Chuck Barris :( I had the crazy fun of doing notes on an early draft of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind before Clooney got his hands on it. I gave it a "highly recommend"... the producer passed. Dumb ass. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chuck-barris_us_58d22277e4b02d33b746......

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JD Hartman

What does this have to do with Producing/Production?

Jeff Lyons

Uh... he was a producer! No?

JD Hartman

"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", g...

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Jeff Lyons

Well... I tried to figure out what category might be relevant and this one seemed the most logical. Sue me. I'm still waiting for Stage 32 to create an obituary lounge. Got my eye on the prize.

Bill Costantini

Always will have a lot of love for the creator of The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, and The Gong Show. What a genius Chuck Barris was. RIP.

Jeff Lyons
"Rotten Apples Is the Destruction of Our Business ..."

Do you agree?  Do you care?  (if any thinks this isn't related to producing... think again... producers care about this stuff... and should... just sayin) http://ew.com/movies/2017/03/23/ratner-tomatoes-scores/...

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Emile M. Hobo

I don't want to misquote anyone, but according to some the audience's response is key, even in determining what ending you use for a movie. And that's just a single viewing with a single audience. Rot...

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C Harris Lynn

I'm not down with using focus groups to write a film, but Emile's point stands. You give me $250mn and I'll show you a movie as big as Supes vs. Bats that's 10x better - and I'll walk away with $150mn before the film opens.

Vitaly Kozlov

Producers and film executives I know do not care about Rotten tomatoes scores. And they have a huge list of very impressive IMDB credits. They prefer box office success to that "destruction" for the viewers.

D Marcus

Producers should care about these scores. Many people use them to decide what movie to pay to see in a theater. And that's how the achieve box office success. Ratner can be full of shit and this artic...

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Vitaly Kozlov

Everything so fake nowadays. Including the scores. And manipulations around it. People tired listening to BS. They rely on their instincts and opinions. Producers follow that trend.

Jeff Lyons
Ramsgate Film Fest This Week!

If your going to the Ramsgate Film Fest. this week, be sure to check out this film... I was the story consultant on this one... :)   https://mphmovies.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/flytrap

Jorge Sotolongo
Hispanic Themed TV Series

Hi guys, My name is Jorge Sotolongo jr, I am a TV Writer/Producer. I have 17 years of experience as Creative Writer for Univision, NBC Telemundo, and SBS Group, among others. I have a team of writers and I am interested in Pitching a 13 Episode Series for TV to a Production house or Television Chann...

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Dan MaxXx

Curious why don't you pitch your series to the Bosses at Uni & Telemundo? You're already in their rolodex.

Jorge Sotolongo

Already did. I am looking for other options...

Eddy Duran

Would you entertain pitching an already produced pilot to the channels you have access to and attach yourself to it, then set yourself up to pitch your own show based on the success of the pilot?

Sarah Kellett 2
Let's Talk Military Experiance

I'm looking for any and all individuals who were or currently in the military who would like to talk about their experiance. I'm also interested in hearing from spouses and children of current and former military members.

JD Hartman

Why not go to the source if your looking for stories? VFW, American Legion, etc. Maybe even a VA hospital if you have one in you area?

Ange Neale

Or there are plenty of veterans' groups and active military groups on FB, too.

Sarah Kellett 2

I thought I would try this website also.

Slavica Bogdanov
Need help finding the right person

I wonder if anyone here knows if there is a person or entity in this field who takes a synopsis to different producers and gets them sold. I ask because I have a few very good ideas for movies but I would love to sell the concept before i spend time writing the full script.

Chad Stroman

Dan and others are right. If you are an unknown, unproduced and don't have access to directors, producers, prodco's, etc then there isn't really an avenue to just make money on ideas alone.

Mark Ratering

Many Products won't expect ideas. They are afraid that they will develop an idea and have trouble with a person who put a thread into a final project.

Annie Mac

We've all been there! Slavica, show your determination, confidence, and focus, by writing the first draft of the screenplay with the one idea closest to your heart, there are dedicated people here that can help you get started... Best of luck!

Shahnawaz Shaan

I am myself looking for interesting concepts that can be set/adapted to India. Do you feel we can take this forward?

Annie Mac

Way to go, Shahnawaz & Slavica - hope something comes out of it!

This is my message to producers :)

Work closely with teams with different experts from different cultures. A film is not only a budget report, it's a cultural project. 4 types of promising productions: mega-productions and co-productions with advanced technology (ex.: The Wall); documentary film (ex.: Boston); cultural innovation (ex...

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Jeff Lyons
Thank You PGA!

Honored to be invited back to teach story development at the PGA's Power of Diversity Producers Workshop--my 6th year! Always a challenge and fun--love these people :) http://www.producersguild.org/?page=pga_diversity...

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