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

Brian Kelsey
Producing The Talk Show - A One Man Band

One of the most important things I've learned throughout my career, is that whatever business you're in, you have to be able to do more than one thing. For example, when I started in New York City radio back in the 90's, many of my colleagues were just DJ's, that's it. Well, if anyone who's worked i...

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Doug Nelson

Very informative for the small time filmmaker. I hope that a lot of the young uns watch and learn from it.

Amanda Toney
The 2020 Virtual American Film Market

Really enjoyed Alexia Melocchi breaking down the new virtual American Film Market. What were some of your biggest takeaways today?

Max Edward Woertendyke

Alexia was great -- felt really inspired to get my pass and spend the time really exploring and researching and developing a plan, not specifically for AFM, but for how to start connecting the dots of all the people who will be there and at other markets over the course of the year.

Karen "Kay" Ross

There was an article in IndieWire about sales agencies (CAA, ICM, UTA, etc.) planning on a virtual market to coincide with AFM. We're talking about it in the Producing Lounge: https://www.stage32.com/...

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Laurie Ashbourne

Did anyone get the hand outs that she had?

B.D. Gunnell

No, not yet...

Karen "Kay" Ross
Generating Ideas for Producing GOALS

Hey, Stage-32-ers!

As you may know, next month is typically known as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), but here on Stage 32, we do a "November Write Club" where YOU set a goal for the month and then check in each week with your progress. Keep your eyes out for Jason's blog post launching th...

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Steven Greene
How Do "rookies" Find Credible Representation?

The four, former members (including me) of our company have either been or still are, first responders. We started out in the late 1990's and into early 2000 (until we took a long hiatus due to 9|11), working to produce a true reality show (where the rescuers involved in the clips were interviewed)....

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Doug Nelson

What you describe is an almost universal rookie screenwriter's delema. First off, you've got the cart before the horse. You don't need an Agent (it's highly unlikely you'll find one) - no what you're...

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Steven Greene

Thank you, Doug. I appreciate you taking the time to educate me/us. and what's funny is that in all the years we've been working on these projects, we had never heard the term, "manager," used in this manner. Much appreciated!

John Ellis

Steven Greene I normally don't advocate paying for pitches/notes/mentoring, but in this case I would advise you look at all the execs that offer services here on Stage 32. Look them over and find a co...

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Matthew Faye Terry

Yes, I highly suggest using the many services that Stage 32 has to offer, especially coverages and pitches. It's money well spent. It's paid off for me twice.

Steven Greene

My sincere thanks to both of you, John and Matthew for sharing your advice. Unfortunately, we decided to dissolve the company a couple of years ago. We had practically given up all hope, when out of t...

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Ania Joseph
Line producer

Hello..I am looking for a ljne producer who has done a budget on a supernatural thriller before...need a budget done for an indie film

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi, Anita. Perhaps post your needs on the “Jobs” board found in the upper menu bar. That’s where members post various “want ads” or searches for creative partners, paid or not paid. The Lounge craft a...

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Ania Joseph

Thank you Beth :) I will do that :)

Karen "Kay" Ross
What's the WILDEST Marketing Technique You've Used?

Just when I thought Deadpool was going to take the cake... BORAT 2 makes a float/barge LOL!

Okay, seriously, though... I love hearing about guerilla marketing techniques. Tell me about your wildest marketing strategy! The one that worked and the one that didn't LOL!

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/n...

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'Borat 2' Barge Sails Toronto Waterfront to Promote Amazon Movie Release
'Borat 2' Barge Sails Toronto Waterfront to Promote Amazon Movie Release
Torontonians walking along their city's waterfront were greeted with a giant inflatable Borat statue atop a 110 ft. long barge to promote the launch of Amazon Prime Video's Borat Subsequent Moviefilm…
Nick Assunto - Stage32 Script Services Coordinator
Creature FX Resources

Hey there! Looking for some great resources for practical creature FX for low budget shoots. In this case a horror short. Thanks in advance!

Dan MaxXx

David Sandberg's youtube channel has fantastic advice

Karen "Kay" Ross

Hit up my girl Midian of Monster Midian FX - https://www.instagram.com/monstermidian/

Beth Fox Heisinger

Love love love David Sandberg! All his tips are incredible and great for plucky Indie filmmakers. Practical effects with sharp editing and a bit of digital finesse are sooooo fantastic. :)

Sean Kalra
Looking for a Producer for a Spec Commercial Project

Hi Guys,

I am currently based in Vancouver, Canada and work primarily in Visual Effects. I am looking for a producer locally to come on board for a spec commercial project that I wrote and want to direct. I have completed the treatment for it and have a storyboard animatic ready as well.

Since it's mo...

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Doug Nelson

Canada doesn't put out the welcome mat for us film types in the U.S. but we tend to be a little warmer and friendly to you Canadian film folk. Have you thought about coming down to Seattle or Portland?

Sean Kalra

Oh at the moment, I was looking to shoot it locally given the current situation. In the past, I have shot in Los Angeles and have had a good experience as it was easier to put the crew together.

Karen "Kay" Ross

Finding someone locally won't be a problem, in my opinion Sean Kalra. The point you'll need to clarify is what do you need your producer to do? Raise funds, breakdown your script, find a location, hir...

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Brandon J. Miller

If you need any help acting wise, I'd be happy to help as I'm in Vancouver. Be great to connect.

Brandon

John Ellis

Hey, Sean Kalra, I'm not in Vancouver, but I'd still like to connect. I'm intrigued by what it takes to create an animatic.

Heather Grogan
How is everyone coping in this uncertainty?

It's looking like we might be going to Level 5 in Ireland. A film that took me about a year to get off the ground had just been booked and insured for the 1st week of November, 2020. All Covid-19 Regulations catered to. Fully funded, locations booked and ready to rock...and then the levels started d...

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John Ellis

I personally don't plan on getting back on set until next spring. Spending the time writing, rewriting, pre-pro planning (very tentative), querying, pitching, seeking investors (all of these things ta...

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Heather Grogan

I think that's a healthy approach John. I wasn't in a rush. But it was booked and we're pretty close to it. So for me the frustration was in the not knowing with regard to the decision we were waiting on the government to make.

Nick Assunto - Stage32 Script Services Coordinator

Oh you know, ups and downs. Complete existential crises followed by little bursts of hope. Things in the states are going to be tense until after the election and hopefully not for much longer.

Heather Grogan

Must be terribly stressful over there, Nick. I hope your keeping the mental health in check. Too often we plunge into projects and don't come up for air - take some time for yourself too.

Nick Assunto - Stage32 Script Services Coordinator

Working on it :)

Keith Biondi
Writer,actor musician

Hey I have a short thriller script “Damnit..!!!???” That’s won a few awards (latest from “Not Your Mother’s Screenplay Awards”), Produced my last short myself “The Ledge” (10 awards so far). but I have no funds for this one. I have a director with camera & gear interested .Im in LA if anyone needs a...

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Keith Biondi
Writer,actor ,musician

Correction on my last post ,that’s “Not Your Grandma’s Screenplay Award”

Marc Isaacs
Searching for Indigenous Writers/Producers

Hello from San Antonio! As I devote more time to participating in Mohawk teachings hosted on Zoom (I'm First Nations in Canada) and preparing to pitch a historical fiction project focusing on the Comanche people of the 1850's and their battles with Texas settlers, I want to expand my professional ci...

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Marc Isaacs

John Ellis, I'd love to hear more about what you're working on. Karen "Kay" Ross, thanks for another brilliant idea!...

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Sharon Round

Hello Marc,

Our team is currently packaging an indigenous historical drama and I would love to chat with you.

Karen "Kay" Ross

They are working wit...

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Marc Isaacs

Thank you, Karen "Kay" Ross! I'll check it out.

Marc Isaacs

Sharon Round, I'd love to hear more about it.

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