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

1st Time Producer

After reading a few posts let me see if I understand what you have to do as a 1st time producer.

1. Get a great script.

2. Put together a great team of film professionals.

3. Put together financials that show investors how they are going to get their money back.

4. Try to get someone well-known attached...

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David Japka

I can help you create realistic a budget and schedule for your business plan. Investors want to know how long will it take to prep, shoot, edit and be ready for market. I project the timeline and cost...

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Vitaly Kozlov

^^^David what do you charge for your budget and scheduling? You can PM me with details. Investors besides what David mentioned concerned most of the time with how you gonna return their money back and...

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Martin Reese

Thanks everyone. Really appreciate the feedback.

Vitaly Kozlov

Martin now you know what has to be done and in what order. Now do it!

Martin Reese

Will do, Vitaly. Thanks. Your thread sparked this.

Spinning Donald

Hi there!I have written a registered synopsis "Spinning Donald", which is I suppose in the vein of "Spinning Boris" comedy. What do you think, is my action comedy actual or we should wait for a moment Trump lefts his post?Oleg Lubske, screenwriter/director/filmmaker/producer

Copyright of old toys

I'm looking to use the classic Fisher Price Chatter Phone toy as a prop in a film. If logo stickers are off and the phone is slightly altered, do you think this would be a copyright issue to be concerned about?

Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

When in doubt, ask for permission ...

David Trotti

If you're just using it as a prop in a passing manner it should be fine. If you're using it as a central part of your story (ie: as "Rosebud" in Citizen Kane, or a magic portal to another realm ala th...

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Short films & money

How do you make money from short films?

Vitaly Kozlov

Shorts never make money!

Michael Rogers

They get made into Features. See 'Buried' 2010. One film makers who wanted to make a one person, one location Short.

Dan MaxXx

David Sandberg directed a 2min short starring his wife while living in Sweden; from a short to directing a feature horror Hollywood movie and is now the King of Horror.

Vitaly Kozlov

First YOU have to finance a short ( never return that money back) and then YOU have to finance a feature which might make money or not. But in any case you have to put your money or the money of your...

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We don't accept unsolicited solicitations!

So I guess I'm partially venting but this is an earnest question to the community, so I'm also seeking your feedback and wisdom. I realize that the words "we don't accept unsolicited requests" is a code word for "I don't want to talk to you or deal with your request to the person I represent". Howev...

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Jeff E. Gregory

for agents, I've written a blog here entitled, "Seeking an Agent."

Emmanuel Pereira

for a business that is supposed to bring happiness to folks... there is not much beauty in the process of getting there:-)

Jeff E. Gregory

You have to research before you contact. Submission guidelines are generally clear and prominent on any agency website. Agencies and agents periodically close to submissions to get caught up; it can t...

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Jaap Ruurd Feitsma

Hi Jeff E. Gregory, where can we find that blog? :) Seems very interesting!

Should the producers work for free for your project?

If you want to bring a REAL producer (track record on IMDB) to the board and add credibility to your project you have to know that they don't work for free. You have to pay them something upfront or figure out another form of payment. And there is very little room for maneuvering and the art of nego...

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James Drago

Love me some Regina Lee knowledge.

Regina Lee

Typically in the US (not sure the norm in other countries)... Producers work for free until the project is sold to a financier. Consultants take a fee up front to get your project ready for the next s...

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Martin Reese

Good information, Regina Lee.


Robert Franklin

As long as the project gets finished!

Vitaly Kozlov

^^^^Robert there is only one guarantee in life - death and taxes. But to cut your losses and minimize your risk in that riskiest biz at least do some due diligence. IMDB pro is a good start and contac...

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Producing short film Non Union

hello, I have my own short script that I am planning on shooting in the summer of 2017. my experience is in film scoring so I am coming here for advice. I have a few folks who are not sag actors who I feel are a great fit for my film. This will be the first time producing and working with actors on...

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Shanika Freeman

thank you! I've edited this script for about 1 yr and have gotten feedback from other writers and a mentor but have not entered in any competitions. the feed back I've received was positive but I coul...

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D Marcus

Yes, $150/day for a short is acceptable. It's actually a very nice rate.

Dan MaxXx

Heck, $150 is fantastic, for Talent or Crew! So many indie shoots offer 0 money - food and BS Credit only. Good Luck!

Robert Franklin

Best to you!

Robert Franklin

Go for it!

Average Joe vs Producer

From an international producer’s point-of-view, which is better: to test your idea and loglines on some hapless passer-by (as suggested in Save The Cat), or to run it by a producer or distributor? The Average Joe/s might think that the idea has merit, but oftentimes it’s not what a producer is looki...

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D Marcus

For the average Joe I believe it is more important to write a script that producers are looking for. The odds of some hapless passer-by picking up a script are zero, even if every single one of them LOVES the log line.

Vitaly Kozlov

I agree with D Marcus. Producers are not looking for ideas, producers are looking for a script and a delivery of this product. And if that script has some legs, viable attachments then you really got attention of producers. That's how it works in their biz.

Gregory Green

My opinion is to write a spec script about what you are passionate about - and craft an amazing script. Several actually. Then find an agent and have that agent get those scripts out there for you. He...

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Vitaly Kozlov

Gregory, there are different ways to skin that cat. For some people getting an agent maybe is an option (however do not spend your whole life on trying to get one!!!!) , for some listening to the prod...

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Gregory Green

You're right, Vitaly. Becoming the producer is a good idea for some who have the ambitions and skills.

Log lines

I have an idea for two stories. Unfortunately, I am having a couple of problems I am having a problem coming up with decent log lines. I find it a lot easier to explain the stories as best as I can. Do any of you have any ideas or suggestions for someone like me who never written one before? In addi...

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Richie Holland

sometimes log lines are not needed with a good title

Sam Borowski

George, coming from an experienced writer-director/producer, my advice is that it sounds like you have to partner with an experienced writer who can help you. But, writers don't work for free. Some wi...

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Patricia Poulos

Just read this request. Ritchie information is not accurate. You need... a Logline to capture the eye of anyone. You need... a Synopsis to explain your story. You need... a Pitch... to sell your scrip...

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Robert Franklin

I;m afraid there are rules to most anything in life. A log line may take weeks to a month to develop. It can be a story GPS for you. It will also be needed for most projects. This is a 1-2 sentence of...

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Brett Goldman

When a ___________________ is ____________, then __________ must __________ in order to __________. More or less, follow this format and see what happens!...

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Crew in China!

Looking for Bi-lingual crew in CHINAHey There People of Stage 32 - do any of you know Chinese crew people and production staff in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou, that are bi-lingual? We are looking for a smart Line Producer, Production Manager and Production Accountant. If anyone has a line into sta...

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Beth Fox Heisinger

Janice, perhaps post in JOBS found in the upper menu bar: https://www.stage32.com/find-jobs. That's where members post various "want ads" or searches for creative partners, paid or not paid. Best to y...

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Funding Feature Films and Submitting your TV Series to Networks:

Funding Feature Films and Submitting your TV Series to Networks: Investors, network and industry executives answering questions and telling the truth about what it takes for independents to get funding for their film or their TV project submitted to the networks. Some of you may have already read this ...

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Jesse D Greathouse

Everything you deep down know is true, but no one want's to admit. Thanks for posting.

Thomas Lee Howell

So it's pretty much F everyone who tries to become more than they are or currently have to remain IE: an unpaid screenwriter (under 40) because of the age discrimination clause at EVERY major producti...

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Vitaly Kozlov

Thomas, there is philosophy and there is reality. I respect Don Quixote mentality at filmmaker's networking events only after two drinks.

Thomas Lee Howell

Yes reality is that there are indie film makers bypassing the BS these (industry pros) spout and spew to ignore the negative remarks then continue producing movies. Not impressed at all. After 50 years in the music business I have seen BS talk and more BS walk. Just make your movie.

Vitaly Kozlov

Thomas, from your own experience selling 2K piece, with your team, with your level of directing, resources at hand (your own limited money!) and your cast just tell me how far did you go in your achie...

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