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

Raymond J. Negron
Hello Producers

Looking to see what producers look for in working writers. I believe this isn't a question most writers will ask. I figured this would be a great lesson in what writers should pack in there tool kit. In advance, thank you producers for answering.

Doug Nelson

Cooperation is high on the list.

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Speed. And as Doug said, cooperation. If you are a staff writer, your are writing to someone else's requirements so you cannot have an ego about anything.

Dan MaxXx

a concept that's been done successfully but with a new twist. (fish out of water in Wakanda, Die Hard in a tree house)

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Producers want to make money from your script. If they can they will work with you. That in my opinion is the bottom line.

Ryan McCoy

Spoiler alert...there are actually some producers out there that are just looking for a great fucking script. If you’re a screenwriter, then you should have 5-6 scripts ready to go into production bef...

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Joe Orlandino
Cannes 2018

Who is going?

Joe Orlandino

Katharina, I am on Cinando. Let's connect. I have a feature comedy I am working on with director Anna-Katharina Schröder in Berlin. Perhaps there may be a fit.

Ryan McCoy

Joe, is there a trailer I can see for your film? Best of luck in Cannes!

Jessica Capone

Jealous ... need to go to Cannes again...

Daniel Lyddon

I'm headed out on Saturday for a week...

Kate Post Spitser

I'll be there next week (May 16-20) shopping two projects.

Carol Lee Hall
Finding out if Universal has the rights to a person's story

Hi Everyone,

I wrote a screenplay about a certain deceased local public figure and got permission from her estate to write it. Now I want to produce it myself. But I heard from a well-known director who had put together a package to tell the story in 2010 that Universal has the rights to the woman's...

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Royce Allen Dudley

You should absolutely have an entertainment lawyer versed in biographical rights contact not only Universal, but also contact whatever trustee or heir of the estate is actually able to legally grant permission... never trust what heresay related parties may believe.

Jack Binder

you can also check with the mpaa title registration office to see if anything has been registered (by Universal, etc.) with the name of the person, could be a giveaway. But yes, an attorney should be consulted before any effort expended.

Sandrene Mathews
Playing board games - what is fair use

Hello everyone,

Sorry if this has been covered but the search feature only shows me 3 post results.

I am working on a new web series and our characters play a board game in one of the scripts. The game is discussed specifically and then they play while the story continues.

One of my producer friends sa...

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Beth Fox Heisinger

Here's the definition for "fair use": (in US copyright law) the doctrine that brief excerpts of copyright material may, under certain circumstances, be quoted verbatim for purposes such as criticism,...

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David Trotti

Beth is correct, this does not sound like fair use is applicable in this instance. I've done TV and Film for a very long time and if you're going to feature this game, you must get it cleared. It's le...

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Sandrene Mathews

Thanks Beth and David. That's what I thought, although I'm still curious how so many people can get away with using the games. I'm guessing game designers probably see it but don't mind the free press...

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David Trotti

Sandrene,

I would imagine most filmmakers who use copyrighted art and materials without permission are not worried about it because they figure they will never be called on it and even if they are, and...

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Ryan McCoy

Sandrene, I would suggest you create your own board game that is a knock-off of the game you want to use. Kind of like what Asylum does with their movies. If you change just a few details, you can get...

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Vasco Saraiva
Non comercial rights?

Hello fellow 32ers!!

I have a small question, it might seem obvious to some... but here it is:

I have the non comercial rights of the songs I use in a short. What do I put on the credits instead of the "all rights reserved" ?

Can anyone help me please?

David Trotti

You'll probably still use the phrase "all rights reserved." But the reference won't be your ownership of the rights, but the actual rights holder. An example of a licensed song credit in a film would...

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Vasco Saraiva

Thank you very much David for that clarifying response. I'll go and update my credits then.

Joe Orlandino
The only thing that's constant is change.

The following quote from Preston Sturges got me thinking about an interesting trend I'm beginning to see in the entertainment world.

"By the very nature of his art, which depends on invention and innovation, a story teller must depart from the beaten track and, having done so, occasionally startle an...

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Doug Nelson

I generally agree with your observation but I think what you're calling a trend is more of an evolution. Hollywood no longer makes FILMS; they now only make money gobbling big ticket profit making MOV...

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George Pierson
Looking at published material for new projects.

I have a question for all of you producers out there. If someone gets their first story published and lets you guys know about it for your consideration, what is the likelihood of any of you at least looking it over or having someone look it over for you? 

George Pierson

It was a general question. Just pick whatever publisher, publishing company, and book you like.

Dan MaxXx

Producers care about book sales and every major book publisher has a movie division.

George Pierson

Well, I am still working on my first story and plan on self publishing it. I guess that unless it does well in book sales, and the story is good, it is pretty much a hit or miss.

Royce Allen Dudley

If you have a published novel with a current buzz and following that can be verified (not just sales numbers but an online fan base I can reach in social media) I'm interested. And so will everyone else be. Short of that, no. No more than unpublished work.

Cheryl Lynn Sherman

I've based my pilot & scripts series on my award winning Ocean Depths novels about the gods & goddesses in conflict as they live, love & vie for control of Earth's waters. My female audience is gainin...

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Claudio Anthony Morizio
Looking for studio exec producer

Hello everyone, I am a toronto-based actor writer comedian producer looking for a studio exec producer to produce my ideas for a game show, a sitcom and several movie script ideas. please contact me through stage 32 I am ready willing and able to negotiate. thank you for taking the time to read my p...

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Jeff Lyons
Gotta love public domain

Think of all of the film clips that will now be inserted into films without paying a footage license!

https://theatln.tc/2J3mZVV

A Landslide of Classic Art Is About to Enter the Public Domain
A Landslide of Classic Art Is About to Enter the Public Domain
Throughout the 20th century, changes in copyright law led to longer periods of protection for works that had been created decades earlier, which altered a pattern of relatively brief copyright protect…
Doug Nelson

I have mixed feelings about this but basically, I see it as a good thing for Indie Filmmakers. It further democratizes the Indie film industry. What do you think?

Cherelynn Baker
What is the average cost for producing a 30 minute tv cooking show pilot in New York city?

Hey Stage 32'ers, does any one here have any specific cable tv show pilot experience for producing a cooking show? I'm pulling together a line item budget and would appreciate any input!

Thank you in advance!

Steven D. Snyder
Producer Seeking Award-Worthy TV Series’

I am a writer who just wrote my 9th tv series and my first screenplay. I am searching for a producer who is looking for new and award-winning material as my scripts have won several awards. Thanks! Steven

Chereze Booysen
Author/ Screenwriter

Hi, my name is Chereze I am 29 years old, and I am from South Africa. I just finished a new project. It is a reality show. What is my approach to selling my show? I hate reality tv more than anyone. But I decided to write something worth watching. Instead of just watching people doing nothing. Now t...

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Martyn John Armstrong

Hi Chereze, I'm living in SA as well. I'm not 100% sure where you would pitch a reality show, but I can make a couple of suggestions for you to contact.

1 - WGSA - the Writers' Guild may be able to po...

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Chereze Booysen

Thank you, you were very helpful. I appreciate it.

Jerry Edmund

Hi Chereze, it gets complex if you don't use a film pitching agency, their are several of them, go on search online. Much of them are international but you could also try to search for local ones. Als...

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Ryan McCoy

I suggest you tape the show yourself using your smartphone if you don’t have access to equipment, and then you have a concept video you can post on YouTube and gain a following there. Then you can tak...

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