Hey Fellow Filmmakers, I just finished a micro budget (contained) Sci-Fi thriller. Anyone knows the first steps of finding someone that could help me produce this thing? Thanks!
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Check out any Home Depot ... they have these canopy areas where producers congregate waiting for scripts. Be prepared to haggle and it's best if you know how to speak "fast talk." :)
^dumbass response Jeff you're not funny. Steve, I recommend you produce part of it yourself, even just one scene and promote it on a website/instagram and then just try to get as many fans of the concept as you can. You could also post the script on inktip which is big on this kind of genre as far as I know. But it's a process I think
Dave--sorry you were offended. My humor gets me in trouble.
There are lots of producers hanging out on S32. Go to your home page, click the "Connect" tab and filter for producers. Then ask any that appear interesting to you connect with you. Build your own network of producers and start asking them questions.
What Patrick said...
I wrote a bunch of articles on this sort of subject - check out www.anthonycawood.co.uk/articles
Thanks for sharing, Anthony.
No problem RB
I would like to know more about the project let's talk email me Chrisw@gatecitymanagement.com
Thanks so much for the helpful suggestions Dave & Patrick specifically. Anthony, looks like you have a lot of helpful material as well that I will definitely check out. Chris, I will be in touch.
Stephen - I get e-mails from Jerrold at Inktip which have included requests for single location or 'minimal location' scripts of the type which you mention. You can check them out yourself. There may be a fee involved.
Stephen, you’re looking for a Producer and there are lots of Producers out there looking for you too. The trick is just to get you all together in the same place at the same time. Stage 32 is about as good a place as you’ll find. I notice that you’re in New York; I bet there’s a zillion Producers there (look local). Also, just get yourself onto some local sets, be a PA if you have to – just get yourself into circulation.
Stephen - Another place to look is Infolist. It's free, however, they don't focus on requests for screenplays. They publish all kinds of entertainment related requests, so you'll have to sort 'the wheat from the chaff'.
I think hes looking for money which is different than "Line Produer"
Another option might be to post your logline on Stage32 and ask how you could improve it. That would generate interest. And for $60 - for four months - you could subscribe to InkTip's weekly producer newsletter, which lists requests from producers for specific types of scripts. In yesterday's newsletter, I believe, a producer requested a contained sci-fi script.
Steven – what you say is correct; Producers come in all shapes and flavors and I don’t know that Stephen knows/understand that – I doubt that many “filmmakers” do. The Executive Producer is the guy that brings financing to your project – usually his investors but he will put some skin in the game – he lives/dies on return on, and of, investment capital (they must be fairly risk adverse by nature). The Line Producer is the guy on set who’s responsible for getting the project in the can on time and under budget – check me out on IMDB. They work for a piece of the action/and/or a flat rate and may/may not be investors. The term Producer – by itself – is meaningless. An Associate Producer is essentially nothing more than an assistant to the Executive Producer or the Line Producer. So Stephen – what are you looking for? If you are looking for an Executive Producer; you better have a dam* hot scrip. If you’re looking for a Line Producer, yhou better have some bucks in your pocket.
Steven - thanks so much for the reading tips. I will definitely check those out and research more and in the meantime, try to connect with producers here. Erik - thank you for the link to Inktip...you are not the first person to suggest this, so maybe I should get the hint and sign up already lol. Doug - appreciate the breakdown - this definitely clears up these terms for me and points me in the right direction. I'm hoping I have the "dam* hot script" as you say since I don't have the funding! Thanks again for everyone's advice and input!
Stephen - Not knowing the nature of your story or the specifics of your use of 'microbudget, I can't comment for sure. But i will mention that I'm working with a filmmaker who is literally making a movie (sci-fi/horror) mostly in his garage. If you'd like more information on what he's doing, message me. In this case, he brings a good deal of his own knowledge and experience with FX, particularly in camera effects, puppets, miniatures, etc. to the project. In essence, to me, it all turns on the nature of your basic idea and the execution of your script. If those are there, I think you have a good chance to find people to work with.
I would be willing to review your project. Email: DarkCityMediaGroup@gmail.com
Since my company got listed in KFTV, I get writers and musicians and even producers sending me emails with pitches. There are directories like the Blue Pages in the USA. The problem is not so much finding a producer (or agent), but pitching the project the right way. Most of the stuff I get looks like junk mail. I don't respond unless they at least say my name or my company's name, or I met them somewhere. There's nothing worse than replying to someone who doesn't know who you are, so I don't do that any more. When you do pitch something, tailor the message a bit. Find out about the producer or director, and why you want to pitch to them. (You don't want just any old producer, you want one that you like the work of.) It's like sending a resume/CV for a job. You don't want to work with just anyone.
Vasco - AMEN!