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

Crew profit participation.

I'm curious whether any microbudget producers on Stage32 have used profit participation on their projects. For example, let's say a crew member would normally work for $200 a day on a 12-day shoot and you offered the option instead of working for $100 a day plus two-and-a-half percent of profit. Ass...

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Erik A. Jacobson

Doug, hadn't thought of the all-in or all-out choice, but that makes a lot of sense. More of a team approach. In the past, I've found agents open to partial-payment with profit-participation but have never tried it with crew.

JD Hartman

Your approach, while it has it's potential financial rewards would be a hard sell. Too much like deferred pay and the payoff (non-day rate portion) could be potentially too far down the line to be attractive to some. I'm skeptical, I've been scammed.

Dan MaxXx

Eric
I wouldn't do it. Just pay Crew whatever daily rate they agree to.
Who's gonna wait 1 or 2 years for a payment? People disappear, die, move out of state, quit the biz. Pay em and be done.

Erik A. Jacobson

The more I think about it, the more I believe you guys are right. It might work for a few days, but as the shoot drags on and the days get longer and harder, that "pie in the sky" promise is going to...

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Vitaly Kozlov

I agree with Dan MaxXX. Pay whatever you can afford to pay. Pocket money is good especially right after Christmas when everyone is broke. Feed them well, on time and don't do it over 12 hour shift and...

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I've heard about Executive Producers….

My current project "That's Opportunity Knocking" has done GREAT at film festivals: winning awards, critical praise, audience approval…and everyone is asking "What, next?!" and we have tons of scripts, but don't want to "produce" again without a "true budget". Someone at a film festival suggested an...

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D Marcus

Interesting. The national average for dentists in the U.S is $145,000. Double that for a specialist. Do a lot of dentists fund films? What is the budget range they typically fund? Based on the average...

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Larry DeGala

maybe if the dentist specializes in jewelry/gold

Dan MaxXx

D Marcus The Dentist is a friend of a friend. He is simply a person who loves movies and want to be a part. yes, he made money. My advice- ask anyone. Dentists, doctors, athletes, Parents, internet mil ...

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D Marcus

Can't argue with that advice. But just saying "ask dentists" seems to be leaving out a LOT of information.

Glad your film earned a profit, Dan. What is it? Can we see it somewhere?

J And Courtney Navarro

Hello Stephen, just wanted to check in and see how your search for an EP has been going? Best! Courtney

Apple tv development!

Apple is investing $1B into original TV programming development ... because they can ... and because they're smart ... and because we all need work as writers :) (this is amazing news)
http://bit.ly/2wQzVJz

Apple Is Devoting $1 Billion To Original Series
Apple Is Devoting $1 Billion To Original Series
The streaming wars just kicked up a notch. Apple will devote $1 billion to original movies and series over the next year, according to the Wall Street Journal. That means the tech giant will soon comp…
J And Courtney Navarro

This IS awesome...I guess finding out HOW to access that would be awesome.

James Drago

Love more content! Keep it going.

Next Steps

Hello. I'm a co-writer on a web series and we are getting close to finishing the scripts. I was just wondering if my writing partner and I should just go ahead and hire people on our own or is it worth getting in contact with a producer first?

Dan MaxXx

You don't need permission or a producer to make your web series or anything you want to do.
Have $$$, crew and cast, shoot, edit, promote, stream online.

James Drago

If you have the means to shoot your own content do it!

Lord of the Flies Remake --- WTF Are They Thinking

Male writer, male director, male producers-what could possibly go wrong? http://bit.ly/2iJQHH0

'Someone missed the point': Lord of the Flies 'all girls' remake spawns social media backlash
'Someone missed the point': Lord of the Flies 'all girls' remake spawns social media backlash
A film adaptation of William Golding's 1954 novel Lord of the Flies is in the works but with a major twist that's drawing ire across social media: all of the boys stranded on the island without their…
Dan MaxXx

Studio Execs are saying "How do I keep my cushy studio job?" By doing a remake! BINGO! Reboot a known franchise. Make sure the development phase overlaps the end of Exec contract, get contract renewed...

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Richard "RB" Botto

Tone deaf, as per...

Richie Holland

Gender flipping - nothing wrong with that - Ghostbusters, Tilda Swinton‘s part in”Dr Strange” being based on a character who is male in the comics, Angelina Jolie taking on a previously-Tom-Cruise rol...

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Short films & money

How do you make money from short films?

Vitaly Kozlov

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0018867/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Nice suit and tie, pops. Thrift store? If you need some clothes I can donate some. And you don't need to wait for Christmas.

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Joseph F. Alexandre

LoL, is that it Vittorio? that all u got? lol, don't you know you keep pissing on your leg:) Well, the F, like many European Catholics: Italians, French, Irish of whom I descend from, it stands for Fra ...

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Vitaly Kozlov

How old are you, pops? 78? You sure look like that on all your photos in your exclusive suit from Target. Oops, I just checked - you are 48 year old. What happened? You are so... old. Hard life in the...

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Richie Holland

wtf a troll on stage 32?

Joseph F. Alexandre

Lol!

Setting the Budget

I have recently produced my first feature film called The eVil in Us which is being distributed right now in over 30 countries so somewhat of a success...just waiting to get some money:). It is a horror film with no named cast or director. How are you guys setting your budgets? I did this one for re...

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Dan MaxXx

Hey Vitaly How did folks make money before the era of streaming services like Netflix or the internet? Also can a filmmaker today make profit from a $1mil budget without a theaterical release? I talked ...

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David Trotti

Dalj, the trailer looks great. Congratulations. That's the sort of film there's always a global market for and I can see why it's getting snapped up. The 1-3 million range is pretty deadly for indie f ...

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Liam Finn

@ Dalj - Numbers are a moving target and no one wants to share them publicly. There's a good article that sums up how to structure the monies for those who participate in profits. You'll find it at Pr...

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Vitaly Kozlov

Dan MaxXx: I bet you friends didn't budget it and package it properly. That is why after 7-8 years they are still in the recoupment mode. In old times 90s we ( European distributors) were making money...

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Dalj Brar

Thanks for your comments and advice Vitaly! I have a great SA out in Canada who I will be discussing my options with for the next 2 films, a horror and a drama. I hope they can maybe get some presales...

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Miami Location

Hi, I have a lovely Key West/Art Deco house in Miami that I'm advertising as a possible location for film shoots. Do you have any particular sites to recommend for me to advertise at? Right now I'm the only Miami location at Peerspace, am on Setscouter and a couple of local Miami location sites. I ca ...

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Got one of the biggest bands in the world attached to my short, how do find producer?

I have a pretty large band attached to score my short film. Large as in they've sold between 20 million and 100 million records. I managed to sell them on my screenplay as it's around a topic they've wanted to be involved in for a while. The thing is, the most important thing for me to do now is attach ...

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Any issue letting DP use shots for reel before film is released/sold?

My DP asked if he could use a couple of shots from our feature for his reel before the film is sold/released. Would there ever be an issue with this to a distributor when trying to sell?

D Marcus

So it isn't so much that no footage or behind the scenes photos should be released, or used, until your film is released but more that a producer should be careful. Is it discouraged to allow some foo...

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Andrew Sobkovich

If you have the footage use it. Reels are only to provide excuses for not hiring you. In decades I have NEVER been asked what project shots were from. If part was from a not yet released picture how w...

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Royce Allen Dudley

I have shot 47 released features. Produced a few too. Any smart DP gets use of footage spelled out in his contract, so this is ironed out before the shoot, not after. That said, since there has in the ...

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D Marcus

Royce, do you see any issues with distribution if a producer allows the DP of their unreleased feature to use some of the footage for their reel?

Michael Rogers

I love feeds that just turn into an education.

Is payroll company mandatory?

Do I necessarily have to go through a payroll company if I'm working with all non union cast and crew? If not, how do I pay them properly?

Gregory Green

You could hire a local accountant.

Dan MaxXx

everybody fills a 1099 tax form, pay cash or check. doesn't matter. Have receipts. turn in your tax forms to whoever is doing your final budget/bookkeeping.

Danny Villanueva Jr.

Thanks Dan!

Royce Allen Dudley

If you want to avoid tax or wage and hour nightmares later, just hire the payroll company. Seriously.

Worst Summer for HW in 25 Years

Worst summer for HW in 25 years ... does it matter? Do you care? Is it a sign of the rise of streaming original programming on other platforms? Gremlins?
http://bit.ly/2vENQE1

Box Office: Hollywood Faces August Death March and a Bummer Summer
Box Office: Hollywood Faces August Death March and a Bummer Summer
Call it the August Death March at the domestic box office. Over the Aug. 11-13 weekend, revenue plunged 32 percent behind the same frame last year sans a successful August tentpole such as Suicide Squ…
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