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

What is independent filmmaking?

How would one go about being an independent filmmaker?

Ken Koh

In the simplest terms it means you get your own money and make your film outside the system. Which is what I now do and always recommend to new filmmakers. Unless you know someone, or your screenplay...

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D Marcus

Independent filmmaking is making a movie without any of the big studios. One goes about being an independent filmmaker by making movies. As a producer find a script you like, put together a budget, fi...

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Where indies and business meet

A must-listen interview by Ron Newcomb with Jonathan Wolf of AFM for filmmakers/content creators who have an eye to commercial markets http://bit.ly/2gJjMPg . (NOTE: AFM is not for everyone - only those who are looking at the truly commercial side of film distribution)

142: How To Sell Your Film at The American Film Market (AFM)
142: How To Sell Your Film at The American Film Market (AFM)
In this episode, Indie Film Coach, Ron Newcomb interviews the Managing Director of The American Film Market (AFM), Jonathan Wolf. Discover what the film market is and how best to utilize the event to…
Looking for micro-budget investment advice for indie film team doing first feature.

Hey folks! I'm looking for some advice on getting funding for our micro-budget feature. We have an experienced crew, I (director/producer) have some clout to my name, and we have an amazing script. What we need is some investment money, and while there are some film grants up here in Canada, I was cu ...

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Doug Nelson

There is Return Of Capital and then there is Return ON Capital which is essentially thought of as Y(e). Every investor wants his capital returned with the only risk (R) being the return ON capital. I'...

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Ken Koh

I did it. Many times. We are talking about micro budget 50-350k, not your capital investors. Low budget micro budget filmmaking where you raise 'small', repeat 'small' cash ($25-1k) from regular folks...

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Chris Brann

I have to agree with Ken. I produced a short for £900. Everybody basically chipped in for a credit in my film, no returns. Basically just wanted the 'glamor' of being involved in a movie. Never went anywhere or made money but no complaints yet. Smallest investment was £5, even £1.

Jake Pasley

Doug. If you want a return on capital don't invest in movies everybody knows that. Your bank will advice against it because statistically it doesn't make money unless you're the big boys. We're talking here about indie, low, low budget filmmaking. You want a return, buy bitcoin.

Ken Koh

Don't know what world some are living in, but this is how independent films are being made everyday single day as we speak.

Christian Producers

I'm a Christian screenwriter/producer. I'm wondering how other producers of faith-based content have met the challenges in the industry.

Kenya Branch

Have you placed an ad in the Stage32 Jobs section? There are creative types who post ads seeking producers.

Corean Strong

ok..i see the jobs tab. I will try that. thanks.

Kenya Branch

I hope that works. I found this online. If you haven't read it it's worth glancing at: https://www.theproducersperspective.com/my_weblog/2009/02/how-to-get-a-p......

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Toni Deaver

As an award winning actress/director/acting coach who quit the industry to rear my children in the Lord. Now they are grown and out of the house, it's been a journey coming back. I'm praying one of my...

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Ani Kyd Wolf

God bless you on your path :)

Filming locations

I see that there is a location link on this site. Unfortunately it currently only includes select cities. I'm sure that more will eventually be added. Until then, does anyone know if there is a site that might list filming locations in the metro DC/MD area? I need something that passes as a nursing home dining room.

JD Hartman

First stop would be the state film commission, DC might have it's own as well.

D Marcus

marylandfilm.org

Any Producers looking for an original idea

Hi all just was wondering if there are any producers out there looking for a Original Idea? I have a tv series that I think can be really great and also a pilot script.

Deion Higginbotham

The series depicts the everyday lives of Loss prevention agents and their employees inside the fictional store " Department Depot " in downtown San Francisco California. Department Depot follows Derek...

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Shawn Speake

My man.... What's good, D! In regards to Ken's question, you've posted a synopsis. Do u have a logline, or do u need to learn how to write one? Either way, we're here for u. Let's turn your original post into a solid pitch. Let's start with your title. What is it?

Deion Higginbotham

Hey yes so sorry about that got excited! The show is called "The Ambassadors" (Working title) the log line is " A dark Dramedy about the everyday lives of Loss prevention Agents and their employees. "

Shawn Speake

No worries, dogg. That's what's up. Take a look at my loglines. They're not perfect, but they're solid examples of what a logline and synopsis should look like. Gotta go now, but I'll be in touch to h...

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Ron Newcomb

If you have a Fantasy or Sci-Fi we are hosting a pitch session: https://www.stage32.com/happy-writers/pitch-sessions/Pitch-Ron-Newcomb-S... Would love to hear what you have!

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Would this type of technology be useful to producers and agents?

I'm working on a passion project to try to solve a problem that I've seen in the film industry and I'm curious to hear feedback to see if I'm on the right track. Here it is: silverwit.com For those of you who are producers or agents, how challenging is it to find great scripts and screenwriters? And ...

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D Marcus

Right now the method to find great scripts works. It's not perfect and it DOES make it difficult for new writers. But the harsh truth is most scripts are terrible. There are dozens of on-line sites wh...

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Edward Saavedra

Thanks for the feedback guys, really appreciate you taking a look. The concerns are totally valid, and I personally don't think AI will ever completely replace creative judgement. Instead, my two main...

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Dan MaxXx

Your biggest hurdle is you have 0 credibility. Are you a WGA, SAG, PGA, DGA, Academy member, IATSE union member, ex-Studio Executive, ex-Manager, ex-Agent? How are you gonna get Strangers to pay you $...

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D Marcus

Edward, an excellent script can have "too many characters/locations". A writer/director may write what you call "excessive camera directions" and still have an high quality script. Your filter may dis...

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Ken Koh

In truth, nobody is 100% sure. That's why there's so much crap. In 30 years, I haven't found a great script that hasn't already been optioned or made. Finding one would be like hitting the jack pot. But I'm still looking.

Selling a film

Good day folks, I hope this is the right topic I have chosen to post my question. If not please be kind direct me on this. I have started pre-production on a feature film posed to shoot in the summer of 2018. Without saying who (because I can't right now) the film does have some known talent. "known...

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Janet Elizabeth Swainston

Vitaly....my pleasure....hope they have what you need

D Marcus

Randy, when you are 6 weeks or so from shooting hire a publicist. Get the word out that you are in production with (name the names). Contact distributors who have movies similar to yours. Those international stars will have some contacts - use those. Look into the film markets.

Regina Lee

Domestic and international sales agents.

Ken Koh

Advertise your pre-production in the industry trades like Hollywood Report and Variety. Let the world know you have a film in the making, studio acquisitions execs. check them every week. They'll call...

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Randy Mars

Thanks everyone. Such great advice here and very helpful. Very much appreciated

Jessica Jones Season 2


According to Women Film Directors every episode of JJ Season 2 will be directed by a woman. Can't wait to see that list when it comes out. :)

Fiona Faith Ross

Oh goody! I look forward to the next season.

Seeking for funding for a film to be shot in Malaysia

I must confess that the information available on how to seek funding gets me lost in a vast ocean of data. I am planning to direct my first feature film, and since I'm a Malaysian, have decided to shoot it here in Malaysia. It's a low budget English speaking psychological horror film with Malaysian...

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Vitaly Kozlov

Read as much as you can on this site about what the producers do. Relationship first before you start asking for the money! Producers are not a charity event! Good luck!

Ravishanker Rajagopal

Thank you for this feedback, Vitaly.

How to Find a Producer


Good read. I think a lot of people don't understand the relationship side of it all.

Agree? Disagree? Additional thoughts or perspectives?

http://ow.ly/WFRv30fAhdy

How to Find a Producer | Filmmaker Magazine
How to Find a Producer | Filmmaker Magazine
"How do I find a producer?" It's a question asked by many first-time independent writer/directors, and there's good reason this seemingly simple query is so vexing. Screenwriters selling commercial sc…
Dan MaxXx

same old stuff.

James Drago

I don't know Dan MaxXx Some good nuggets in there.

D Marcus

This was written 2 and a half years ago and it's the same insight and info that was written in the past. Nothing new. But James, you're right, there is some good stuff in the article. Independent prod...

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Vitaly Kozlov

Without a relationship in place, which takes time, there is no way to find a working producer. Leg work!

My Director needs a Producer

Hi fellow Stagers, I am a screenwriter with several options and 2 in pre-production - I have a female director attached to 2 low budget horror Indie projects set in Cornwall UK who is in need of a producer, many actors attached, just needs that kick in the butt to get going. have a great weekend all!!

Michael Rogers

Hi Simon! Good to see you outside of Twitter-sphere!

Vitaly Kozlov

That kick in the butt from the producers would start if you put your own skin in the game. Money or bankable talent. Start do some leg work and get results before asking producers do their heavy lifting job. Good luck.

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