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 Agreements/Contracts

What crew agreements/contracts are needed for such positions as DP, sound mixer, script supervisor, and wardrobe for a feature length film? I've googled to find templates, but haven't had luck.

Sam Borowski

Danny, don't you guys have an experienced producer on board, who can bring those things?


JD Hartman

A contract is a legal instrument, not something you use a generic template for.

D Marcus

There are some excellent templets available. Perhaps you used the wrong terms while searching?

Dan MaxXx

it's really simple. Pay for Workers comp, have crew fill 1099 tax forms and generic deal memos.
As a former crew, all I care about is my daily rate, OT, how many days/weeks of shoot, equipment expenses, and when do I get paid.

Loans for films and filmakers. What is it? A new trap or the new forward in financing the movies?

Recently I was bombarded by a bunch of private lenders. Most of them never had experiences  financing movies, no references. Some of them want to treat film projects as a piece of real estate property and ask for personal liability, some (again with no any track record of any kind and presence on IM...

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Vitaly Kozlov

^^Really, Jeff? Loans and gap are as different as apples and oranges. But they are all fruit.

Jeff Lyons

Interest by any other name ... :)

Vitaly Kozlov

The key to remember with scammers/lenders is they always ask for their fee upfront before any work is done and they motivate it with something like that.... "the said fee is required upfront as it is...

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Dan MaxXx

It is easier to get a bank loan thru an LLC company and don't pay. Let the LLC company go belly up, walk away with a salary. Who cares if the movie makes money. You got paid thru the loan.

Vitaly Kozlov

^^^^Not so easy and it's complicated as this biz can be. Banks do not finance film LLCs as far as I know, Banks finance individual film projects but there are strict requirements which are very hard t...

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Interview Questions to Ask Director Before Taking on a Production Coordinator Job?

Stage 32 community, just interested to get feedback on this?

Dan MaxXx

1 - how much does job pay per week and does job pay Overtime or straight salary.

2- Health benefits if any?

3- full time (40hrs a week) or work for hire, 1099 tax form?

4- How long has Director/Company been in business?

James Drago

Ask others who have worked with the director about the way he/she works and how he/she treats their crew.

Vitaly Kozlov

Director is not doing hirings. That is producers job. Ask producers team. And its a different set of questions you can ask if you planning on working studio jobs and indie world.

D Marcus

Hayward, since the director doesn't hire the coordinator are you asking what to ask the director AFTER you have been hired by the producer?

Transgender friendly producers

Hello, So, I have an unscripted series I would love to pitch. Yes, reality shows are very common, but I do believe that now, more than ever, is the time to actually focus on social issues and stories TOLD BY those who are lgbt. However, I am at a lost as to who to pitch to, how to pitch it because of...

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Robert Franklin

Shanika Freeman I am straight. So I do not understand your close emotional issues. But I do understand this......No member of the LGBT should ever be picked on, insulted, or hurt in any way! I hope so...

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Shanika Freeman

thank you, Robert.

Robert Franklin

Welcome!

Royce Allen Dudley

Shanika, my first thought is that all projects need the broadest audience possible to be successful, so maybe ask yourself if the storyline / show in question appeals outside LGBTQ+ community and supp...

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Shanika Freeman

Thank you, Royce Allen Dudley . Great advice!! I have sent you a message and added you in my connections. :) I hope all is well.

How to find a Producer

Hi, guys! I am wanting to start pre-production for my novel adaptation to feature film soon, and everything is going good, except for the part to find a producer. I have no idea where to look, but you guys offer some great advice! The film is Young adult dystopian, a modern retelling of Alice's Adve...

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Jon Bonnell

When you say producer do you mean producer or are you looking at someone to bring in funding (executive producer)?

China tips and brainshare

I am a producer and exec based in Beijing. If anyone is working professionally in this space and wants to connect, please say hi. Also, for those who are curious about the market and working here: on my page I share more info about my (free, of course) podcast that examines the unique lives of forei...

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Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Brendan Davis Do you have any WANDA connections that would make both of us some $$$? I have (3) copyrighted screenplays posted on my LOG Line page. Plus I have 23 one page treatments in my drawer. Gen...

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Dicky Tanuwidjaya

Would love to develop a project for Australia-China Co-Production. Currently our government offer significant tax incentives for co-productions.

"Line-Producing"

What is your take on utilizing a line -producer? I understand they assist in giving your script a dollar figure amount per page. I have someone interested in providing this service but they have recently graduated and frankly have not been in the industry long enough in my opinion. Thoughts?

Rome Mubarak

Thanks Lindbergh E Hollingsworth that helps my understanding completely. I am only trying to do a short to package up along with my synopsis, script and log line. More of a "proof of concept " tool. I...

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Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

You can create a budget in Excel if required.

D Marcus

Rome, people gotta start somewhere. I think you should use this person. Someone who has just graduated will be hungry to do a great job. You've never used a Line Producer before so you you will learn something, too. Win-Win!

Michael Patrick Ford

I wouldn't hire a line producer who hasn't been an AD & UPM a lot, like for a few years at least. If anything, offer an AD or UPM a line producing gig at a cut rate. Line Producer needs to know everything & have experience.

Rome Mubarak

Both of you guys are sound in your rationale and I appreciate the feedback.

Out the frying pan into the fire!

So frustrating when you get a possible investor saying we might be able to help but we need sales predictions from a distributor then the distribution companies will only say we will give you estimates when we see the completed film/ Well how the smeg are we meant to get the film finished to show di...

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Wayne Thompson

I am real Vitaly and I already know everything you say but that dont stop me getting frustrating. I always do my homework as do my team. I also disagree with stop dreaming. We have to dream and follow...

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Vitaly Kozlov

Wayne, if you know the biz you shouldn't be frustrated. You know what is coming your way. You are ahead of 99 percent of filmmakers here! I agree - determination is the key. If you have enough personal powers you gonna accomplish it. Good luck, bud.

Wayne Thompson

Exactly Claude :)

Royce Allen Dudley

Finishing funds can be difficult; a request for finishing funds immediately red flags the questions "did you have a budget, did you go over budget, did others pull money, why isn't it all in place". A...

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Wayne Thompson

I agree with you totally Royce. Yes I have answers but like you say not always the best position to be in.

How to Raise Money to Make Your Film.
How To Access The Secret Film Investing Club
How To Access The Secret Film Investing Club
In this week's filmmaking question, a reader asks the following about investing in a film. Question: I'm doing a film and I am distributing to iTunes. I'm not launching till at least Feb when everythi…
Gabriel Lee

We can possibly help with funding your project. No budget limit and this is not a loan. We have access to a grant and there is no restriction on the type of film. Feature, short, doc and any genre is...

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Yaser Moinfar

Hi. I am Yaser Moinfar from Iran. I have made 6 short animations in the past 2 years ago and my films accepted in more 30 international film festivals and one of my films selected as The Best short an...

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Production Insurance Companies

Any recommendations on companies for general liability insurance for film?

Royce Allen Dudley

Truman -Van Dyke comes to mind. There are boutique and smaller agents (you can PM me for a specific referral out of L.A.)

Make sure you get all the insurance you need, as GL is only one of the insurances in " production insurance" and actually excludes much of what you may need.

Hiring an indie Director and Distribution

Hello all. Just a general question (posted the same one in "Directing..."). I am meeting with some investors very soon about a script that I wrote. The producer/Director that I usually work with is not super excited about this script and, although I know he will still be a huge support when it comes...

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Jo Henriquez

I think once you know a ballpark for your budget, you'll have a better idea of what kind of director you can find. If you have a decent enough budget, you should have no problem finding a great indie...

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Rob Kelly

Get onto Terry Gilliam... seriously

J G Blodgett

Rob, why Terry Gilliam?

Robert Franklin

Best to you!

Royce Allen Dudley

Striking while the iron is hot is a time proven technique to locate directors, DPs, actors and others who have a well received film in multiple festivals right now ( or possible premiere screenings).....

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