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

Karen "Kay" Ross
Does ANYONE use Monday.com for PMing?

Their new ad is now geared towards Production Management, not just Project Management. To say the least, I'm skeptical LOL!

Do you use it? What has been your experience? Sound off below!

Viknesh Silvalingam

I have used other Project Management platforms( Basecamp) for my production but they are usually very generic and doesn't suit the unique workflow that a film production requires.

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

I have found the online PM experience using several different systems to be self-defeating and to even work against proper management and creative development. Programmers and website designers miss t...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Viknesh Silvalingam Yeah, that's kind of how I feel about them, too. I much prefer software made for the intricacies of the industry.

Shadow Dragu-Mihai Agreed - one and done 'cause no one has time fo...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Karen "Kay" Ross I haven't used their software yet, but I have looked at it carefully and am discussing with them to be a sponsor for a Production Management/Line Producing seminar I am putting togeth...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Shadow Dragu-Mihai Sweet! You should - they have been super easy to work with in the past, or at least were in 2014-15.

Karen "Kay" Ross
Marketing Projects with a Mission: Enola Holmes

Clearly, a female-protagonist film is aimed at a female audience. But equally important in the case of Netflix's Enola Holmes is the notion that the sisters of famous male figures often are overlooked and the female audience needs to know more about those "hidden stories".

Thus, the producers of Eno...

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Netflix Celebrates 'Enola Holmes' Release With Statues Of Sisters Overshadowed By Famous Brothers
Netflix Celebrates 'Enola Holmes' Release With Statues Of Sisters Overshadowed By Famous Brothers
Netflix is celebrating the release of its new Enola Holmes movie by honoring the oft-forgotten real-life sisters of famous men. Enola Holmes, starring Millie Bobby Brown, landed on Netflix today. It's…
Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Karen "Kay" Ross This is an important issue and I would love to do some serious industry dialog on it. (It's good to see Neflix doing something I don't hate for a change.) I take issue with the idea t...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai

...and case in point... after two days, I am the only comment on this post, about female leads...

Karen "Kay" Ross

I see what you're saying, Shadow. I know you know this, but when it comes to hedging one's bets, a production company is going to only account for the audience it can reliably claim will watch. Yes, b...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Karen "Kay" Ross You see, that's the thing: "reliably claim will watch" is garbage - they don't know, especially today in the new environment. It's just outdated industry cultural bias which frankly t...

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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…
Christopher Din Chong

I sure am Karen. I will be attending AFM for the first time this year. I've been to a number of the European Markets but that was of course pre-covid.

Karen "Kay" Ross

So great to hear, Christopher Din Chong! I'd love for you to stop back on this thread and share some highlights! Would love to know how AFM is adjusting and how it is working for you....

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Christopher Din Chong

Will do Karen "Kay" Ross. I'm interested to find out if any other Stage 32 members are attending. Which lounge would you recommend to post such a question?

Karen "Kay" Ross

There is a conversation about it in the Financing Lounge: https://www.stage32.com/lounge/fundraising BUT Lemme see if I can funnel people into one post. Hold, please......

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Christopher Din Chong - we have a post for everyone from Stage 32 who is going can congregate and converse. Join in! https://www.stage32.com/lounge/producing/AFM-2020-Attendees-Comment-HERE...

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Matt Ralston

Hey Cas, I can probably help get you a solid ball park estimate, shoot me a message when you have time.

John Ellis

Hey, Matt Ralston I may want to hire the guy behind you!

Karen "Kay" Ross

Jack Sprat Fantastic response, sir! I was just advising a mentee the other day about figuring out your schedule before attempting the budget because the majority of your budget will be wages for crew.

Karen "Kay" Ross

Great recommendation, Jack Sprat! Actually, if you find those videos, could you start a post with those links? That would be a great conversation-starter!

Karen "Kay" Ross
The Key to Inquiries? Respect, Loglines, Treatments, and Synopsis

I caught this recent interview on Film Courage about why "Producers Don't Want to Read Your Script" with Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Shane Stanley. SUCH good information! AND with a shout out to CJ Walley and Script Revolution!

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with his assessments? How do you ha...

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David C. Velasco

Wow. Great post and video. As a newcomer to this world learned a lot. Thanks for sharing!

Doug Nelson

Tray, your spec script is your calling card. It shows only that you can write - that's about all.

Tray Powell

Thank you Doug Nelson and John Ellis

Derek Reid

Been to a couple of Shane's live chats and he is such a nice guy.

Karen "Kay" Ross

Derek Reid He really is, and so passionate about giving back to the next generation of filmmakers.

Brian Kelsey
Talk Show Pitch Format

Wondered if anyone had advice on putting together the written portion of a talk show pitch. I’ve been actually doing the show for about 6 months, and while I’m sure showing the episodes are helpful, I’d like to put together a complete, formal pitch. I know the general format for a television series...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Wow, what spectacular timing! Did you see we JUST had a webinar on writing for Late Night TV? https://www.stage32.com/webinars/Breaking-Into-Late-Night-TV-as-a-Writer After learning how to script podc...

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Brian Kelsey

Holy cow - THANK you Kay! Sooo helpful!

Karen "Kay" Ross

You are most welcome, Brian! I look forward to hearing how it goes!

Cherelynn Baker
Slated: your opinion?

Have you used Slated and the script system for deciding if the film will be "certified fresh" or award winning? Have you had a positive production experience with the website? I've been on the site more lately and just curious if any of you have a testimony of working with the site/projects from Slated?

Dan MaxXx

Slated seem so ancient like MySpace website.

You know the old gambling saying, “The House always wins.” Maybe in this decade, it is “The website always wins.”

Good Luck!

Karen "Kay" Ross

Slated was recommended to me by a PGA friend, but I've had more enthusiastic reports from Script Revolution (https://www.scriptrevolution.com/) and The Black List (https://blcklst.com/)...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

It's worth noting that if you submit your script for coverage with Stage 32 and it receives a double recommend (both for script and writer), then it goes onto a list that is circulated to all of our e...

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John Ellis

What Dan said. They want around $1K to grade your script.

Christopher Morrison
Looking for a Producer/Production Company in the UK/Wales

Howdy folks. I'm looking for a UK based (preferably Welsh) producer or prod co. I'm a produced and distributed content creator for film/TV/VR that has a TV project I'm looking to get in front of the BBC Wales or BBC 3 through their open-submissions programs. It is a horror anthology that has a parti...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

You should reach out to Suzanne Garnett - https://www.stage32.com/profile/779056/about

Gene Biagio Adesso
Adesso's Runaway Cure = "awesome" from screencraft!

Does anyone know how I can get hired w/my great docudrama script = "AWESOME" according to screencraft w/out paying them any money like a consultant. I believe to definitive prerequisite is get/apply to 10 grants/script competitions and win then a 3rd party doc prod film co. may hire you and you don'...

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Dan MaxXx

Work on something small you can do with your circle of friends & Peers. Finish the project to show other Peers. Then, swing for the fences with your docudrama screenplay. Give yourself 5-years to do.

Gene Biagio Adesso

Dan Thank you but if I should for gold I may get a bronze...Is it better to stay with a 45 - 55 min./page docudrama whereas the former allows eclectic tv opportunity and later a silver screen or shoul...

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Gene Biagio Adesso

Dan I contacted Spike Lee & I disappointed w/ him and film editor/producer etc. Why is because I sent them my docudrama script to get hired by them of which their phone indicates they take scripts...b...

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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.

Simon Devir

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

Doug Nelson

Martha's Vineyard is anything but budget friendly and except during the high season, it's usually cold, foggy and damp. Unless you speak fluent Italian, I wouldn't even attempt to work with an Italian...

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Barry John Terblanche

Guinness Beer!! Yum.

Jeff Zampino

To piggyback on Doug's comment. I have filmed/lived in both locations. Southeast Florida is great but expensive. Try Tampa/St. Pete. It's actually prettier and you can film sunsets instead of sunrises...

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Brent Bergan

That’s quite the pairing... I’d go for Italy just for the food. I worked in Costa Rica for 3 years... right now, everything is really, really cheap.

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?

Simon Devir

Food for though - Thanks guy! Now, where did I leave that Bellini Cocktail......

Claude Gagne

Shooting for a Xmas special is being shot in our city of North Bay Ontario Canada. A boom for filming here at the present time.

Amy Balcomb

If you’re looking for a diverse & exciting new composer please do consider me. Happy to send more information.

Christiane Lange

Consider Greece. They offer a good rebate and it's an easy climate etc.

Andrew Williams

I'll go with Martha's Vineyard.

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