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

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Rebecka Nejderas
Recent Graduate

I recently graduated from the one year producing program at New York Film Academy. I have a roster of short films that I have written which I want to try to produce this coming year but I am feeling a bit apprehensive. The plan is to direct them myself and shoot with my DSLR camera, basically using...

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Audrey Webb

Do the best with what you've got and learn as you go. I've directed and produced two short films, with zero knowledge of how to do either. You've got a leg up on most people! Go in with the expectatio...

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Doug Nelson

Just go shoot the damn thing. It will be full of learning moments (mistakes) - so what.

Karen "Kay" Ross

Yep... "Shut Up and Shoot" is a fantastic motto and book for just that reason LOL!

Oscar Ordonez

Rebecka Nejderas been learning what everyone here is saying-- just do it. It's cliche, but because it's true. You'll never learn what your strengths or weaknesses are without getting in the ring. For...

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Rebecka Nejderas

Wow, I really didn't expect to get this much feedback. You are all awesome :) I am taking your advice and I will channel my inner Nike and just do it!!

Simon Devir
Location - Italy or Martha's Vineyard?

Re-working a feature. Trying to decide on locations. Which is more budget-friendly - Martha's Vineyard or Italian coastline?

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

If you have the budget for either, I have some projects you might be interested in.

Simon Devir

Hi there - No, I don't have the budget. Just trying to determine which place would be cheaper to shoot in....

Simon Devir
Location - Italy or Martha's Vineyard?

Re-working a feature. Trying to decide on locations. Which is more budget-friendly - Martha's Vineyard or Italian coastline?

Regards,

Simon.

Doug Nelson

What's the matter with Ireland?

Simon Devir

Hi Doug, the main character is a Wall Street Guy so I need Sun and some Glamour!

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Brian Kelsey
Producing The Talk Show - A One Man Band

One of the most important things I've learned throughout my career, is that whatever business you're in, you have to be able to do more than one thing. For example, when I started in New York City radio back in the 90's, many of my colleagues were just DJ's, that's it. Well, if anyone who's worked i...

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Doug Nelson

Very informative for the small time filmmaker. I hope that a lot of the young uns watch and learn from it.

Amanda Toney
The 2020 Virtual American Film Market

Really enjoyed Alexia Melocchi breaking down the new virtual American Film Market. What were some of your biggest takeaways today?

Max Edward Woertendyke

Alexia was great -- felt really inspired to get my pass and spend the time really exploring and researching and developing a plan, not specifically for AFM, but for how to start connecting the dots of all the people who will be there and at other markets over the course of the year.

Karen "Kay" Ross

There was an article in IndieWire about sales agencies (CAA, ICM, UTA, etc.) planning on a virtual market to coincide with AFM. We're talking about it in the Producing Lounge: https://www.stage32.com/...

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Laurie Ashbourne

Did anyone get the hand outs that she had?

B.D. Gunnell

No, not yet...

Karen "Kay" Ross
Generating Ideas for Producing GOALS

Hey, Stage-32-ers!

As you may know, next month is typically known as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), but here on Stage 32, we do a "November Write Club" where YOU set a goal for the month and then check in each week with your progress. Keep your eyes out for Jason's blog post launching th...

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Steven Greene
How Do "rookies" Find Credible Representation?

The four, former members (including me) of our company have either been or still are, first responders. We started out in the late 1990's and into early 2000 (until we took a long hiatus due to 9|11), working to produce a true reality show (where the rescuers involved in the clips were interviewed)....

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Doug Nelson

What you describe is an almost universal rookie screenwriter's delema. First off, you've got the cart before the horse. You don't need an Agent (it's highly unlikely you'll find one) - no what you're...

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Steven Greene

Thank you, Doug. I appreciate you taking the time to educate me/us. and what's funny is that in all the years we've been working on these projects, we had never heard the term, "manager," used in this manner. Much appreciated!

John Ellis

Steven Greene I normally don't advocate paying for pitches/notes/mentoring, but in this case I would advise you look at all the execs that offer services here on Stage 32. Look them over and find a co...

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Matthew Faye Terry

Yes, I highly suggest using the many services that Stage 32 has to offer, especially coverages and pitches. It's money well spent. It's paid off for me twice.

Steven Greene

My sincere thanks to both of you, John and Matthew for sharing your advice. Unfortunately, we decided to dissolve the company a couple of years ago. We had practically given up all hope, when out of t...

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Johnny K. Wu
Producing a no budget to super low budget indie film in our current Covid state

Hi all, I am going to start this little journey post for anyone that may be interested, this is my current position on filming during the 're-opening' time for a scifi indie film. I will try my best to continue updating this post so at least some of you may find it interesting, obviously probably ma...

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Johnny K. Wu

Karen "Kay" Ross yea, we thought the wire-work part may take a bit longer but it didn't and the talent knows their fight routines so it made it easier.

Johnny K. Wu

This Saturday is Day 7, we have about 5 more days left, Saturday is fairly simple with not much of dialogues but it is spread from afternoon to night as we have scenes that only night times... while i...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Johnny K. Wu How big is your crew? Is this a labor of love or are your talent/crew being paid? I'm asking only because it's broken up over several weekends.

Johnny K. Wu

Karen "Kay" Ross we have about 34 crew and 60 cast, and yes, it is a labor of love and so we decided to film it only on weekends, we have some people stating that the mask (from other groups) looks ri...

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Johnny K. Wu

a screen grab from 10-10 2nd unit.

Ania Joseph
Line producer

Hello..I am looking for a ljne producer who has done a budget on a supernatural thriller before...need a budget done for an indie film

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi, Anita. Perhaps post your needs on the “Jobs” board found in the upper menu bar. That’s where members post various “want ads” or searches for creative partners, paid or not paid. The Lounge craft a...

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Ania Joseph

Thank you Beth :) I will do that :)

Michael Thomas Daniel
Dear AFM Attendees- BEWARE SALES AGENT Phoenix Worldwide Ent (UK)

Guys, we all know of the nightmare of Sales agents, and I have come across some of the worst.

BEWARE, if you attend @AmericanFilmMarket make sure you aren't dealing with soulless people, watch the vid, I have evidence, contracts, pms, whatsApps-- everything... all I need is some help, and to maybe sa...

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Michael Thomas Daniel

posted the video there just in case it doesn't show up

John Ellis

Have you filed any legal charges?

Michael Thomas Daniel

John Ellis sadly John, I live in poverty due to being diagnoses with Stage 4 Colon Cancer right as all this stated a year and a half ago, in fact, I was supposed to be dead last XMAS and they knew tha...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
What's the WILDEST Marketing Technique You've Used?

Just when I thought Deadpool was going to take the cake... BORAT 2 makes a float/barge LOL!

Okay, seriously, though... I love hearing about guerilla marketing techniques. Tell me about your wildest marketing strategy! The one that worked and the one that didn't LOL!

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/n...

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'Borat 2' Barge Sails Toronto Waterfront to Promote Amazon Movie Release
'Borat 2' Barge Sails Toronto Waterfront to Promote Amazon Movie Release
Torontonians walking along their city's waterfront were greeted with a giant inflatable Borat statue atop a 110 ft. long barge to promote the launch of Amazon Prime Video's Borat Subsequent Moviefilm…
Karen "Kay" Ross
Are You Hopeful for the Next Round of Virtual Film Markets?

Saw this article about how sales agencies are planning virtual markets around AFM, similar to Cannes in June. The success of the sales in June was definitely the lift companies were looking for - are you hopeful for AFM and the other virtual film markets?

https://www.indiewire.com/2020/10/american-fi...

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Sales Agencies Plan Virtual Market to Coincide with Online American Film Market
Sales Agencies Plan Virtual Market to Coincide with Online American Film Market
A coalition of sales agencies are coming together for an online market, similar to their earlier Cannes market effort. The major US talent agencies, a coalition of over 30 independent film sales agent…
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