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

Ethan Frome
Writers and producers

Outside of the TV world, are there any writers who are also executive producers on the same project?  Are there any politics surrounding getting the credit like in the TV world?

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Me. series and features.

Ethan Frome

Shadow Dragu-Mihai do you know why it's on the rare side to see writers of features with wide releases also be the executive producer? Are there any politics surrounding getting the credit like in the...

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Ethan Frome

Jack Sprat What are the politics that can block EP credit in this context? Is the credit the studio/distributor's leverage for being involved? Is it a "pay your dues and get it later" thing?

Ethan Frome

Jack Sprat One last scenario. Assume I have some years as a writer in the business..If I wrote the script myself, secured distribution with say lionsgate and funded the whole film, am I getting EP credit? What context does a writer get EP credit?

Karen "Kay" Ross

Just to throw a curveball into this discussion - I've been offered EP credit in exchange for reduced day rates, using equipment on set at no cost, and/or funding food/crafty. EP credit often just shows that you were committed to the production beyond your initial role.

Karen "Kay" Ross
Aleisha Brooks
Covid Safety Compliance Officer Certification

What does that mean? Well, when filming opened up in California again, there was a caveat laid in place to ensure that our cast and our crew remained safe throughout production. In order to carry out rules and guidelines laid out by SAG, by the unions and by the mayor, etc...there are pretty stringe...

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New Release
New Release
Cleo Martin walked into her twentieth High School reunion like she was walking into the Academy Awards. She was going to turn heads tonight at her reunion, even if they were balding ones. HIgh School…
Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey Aleisha, this is Karen from the Stage 32 team. I'm sure this post was moved into the Your Stage Lounge because of the link attached, but the value of the information in this post about how to beco...

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Aleisha Brooks

Thanks Kay. :) If others have any questions, they can email me or PM me.

Karen "Kay" Ross
Why Are So Many Crime Dramas Resuming?

Law & Order: SVU is resuming production on its 22nd season, along with several other NBC crime dramas. I know that is in part because NYC got its COVID case numbers under control, but I think it is also because it's easier to keep those costs low. What's your theory?

Also, who better to bravely move...

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'Law & Order: SVU' Begins Filming As Dick Wolf's 'FBI' & 'Chicago' Dramas Gear Up For Production Restart
'Law & Order: SVU' Begins Filming As Dick Wolf's 'FBI' & 'Chicago' Dramas Gear Up For Production Restart
TV's longest-running primetime live-action series, Law & Order: SVU, today started production on its 22nd season in New York. Star/EP Mariska Hargitay posted two behind-the-scene photos on Instagram t…
Dan MaxXx

L & O: SVU is a flagship TV show for NBC network. It's probably $$ more to shoot per episode now. Networks can afford it. Don't know if Execs, Cast, Crew are taking paycuts. Wait and see the content;...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Agree with Dan MaxXx I do believe these shows are generally more, not less, expensive than others. Having worked on several iterations of NCIS and more recent ones, I am pretty sure of that. These are...

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Amer Nazir
Crime Thriller

Looking to build relationships with Producers who love Crime Thrillers and are looking for new projects.

Ty Leisher

Hey! I'm a writer/filmmaker who loves crime thrillers. Would love to connect.

Jason Mirch

Hey Amer! If you're looking for feedback from producers who specialize in Crime Thrillers you can head on over to Stage 32 Script Services. We have an awesome roster of producers who have produced and released thrillers who can be helpful to your process.

Amy Balcomb

Hey Amer! Thanks for connecting

C. D-Broughton
Virtual Events

I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with the online events, since everything has gone "100% virtual" this year?

I was looking at MiPCOM... I'm curious to know if anyone here has registered.

Thanks.

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

All I will say is 250 Euros to attend a digital market... I wouldn't unless I had a hot property to sell.

C. D-Broughton

The actual MiPCOM is probably over €1,000 to attend - & then there are flights, accommodation & spending money on top.

To be honest, given how much writers pay here to pitch to one producer via Skype,...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
When Do You Ask For That Favor?

I found this fantastic video on making a film on different budgets, and most of that comes down to - what is at your disposal? Or who is on your roster and what is at their disposal? How to you enlist thost people and what did it take to earn their love and loyalty?

I know my answers, but I'd love to...

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Jennifer Rolle

Thanks Kay! This is so helpful. Not having tons of money is no excuse for not making movies.

Karen "Kay" Ross
Multi-Cam COVID Guidelines - "MOM" Season 8 Gives Preview

You never think about how "set guidelines" change for a studio set up versus a traditional "on location" set up, but with prolonged exposure and regular weekly interaction, it seems almost more imperative.

https://deadline.com/2020/09...

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Allison Janney Gives Fans Preview Of 'Mom' Season 8, Shows New COVID Measures: "It's A Whole New Territory"
Allison Janney Gives Fans Preview Of 'Mom' Season 8, Shows New COVID Measures: "It's A Whole New Territory"
With brand new COVID-19 measures and guidelines, season 8 is finally underway. "Hi everyone, we are all back at Mom on our first day with the new COVID protocol," a masked Allison Janney says in a Twi…
Tasha Lewis

I'm a fan of the show. The Mom character has some traits like my Mom that make me laugh. If they are similar to the ones on Young and the Restless and Bold and the Beautiful, working with manniquenns.

Karen "Kay" Ross
How Much Does a Music Video Cost?

Someone recently asked about the rates for a DP and I've often gotten into debates about whether to film on location or in-studio. This breakdown is a FANTASTIC example of how you save money and where to spend money and when.

What is your favorite part? Did you learn anything new from the breakdown?...

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Dan MaxXx

entertaining YT video to watch but unrealistic. The first music video the two hosts said could be done for less than $500 actually cost closer to $4000.

Karen "Kay" Ross

Dan MaxXx - Yeah, that first one was more like HOW to make it $500 and his answer was basically "call in favors". But in that way, he's not wrong. I've made shorts for the price of dinner before. You...

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Doug Nelson

I recently had a local musician approach me with a $500 offer to produce a music video for him. I politely declined but gave him the name of a young'un who shoots weddings. He accepted and I saw the product this afternoon; an' you know what? ... It looks like a $500 video.

Bob Couttie
Transgender-positive producers

I'm developing a sort of transgender coming-of age film with my transgender son - was my daughter. Obviously a harder sell than other concepts. I'm wondering what producers their are with positive attitudes towards trans-themed films. They seem to be thin on the ground but they must be out there.

Bob Couttie

Yes, after many years in, and association with, the industry, I agree. The story does have a strong hook and it is somewhat farther along than my initial post might suggest (A synopsis is under the lo...

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D Marcus

Maybe this was a hard sell three to five years ago. Not today. It's exactly what many producers, prodCo's and studios are looking for.

Bob Couttie

I tend to agree with Vitaly, it remains a difficult sell.

Bob Couttie

Thanks Joseph, I've been in contact with Transgender Talent and we're talking.

Aleisha Brooks
Certified Covid Safety Compliance Officer Available

Hey, I'm a certified covid compliance officer now. :) I can help our film sets stay in production! Yay!

Lilo Grunwald-Pearlman

Congrats!

Karen "Kay" Ross

That's awesome, Aleisha Brooks, congrats! What all was required for you to become a COVID compliance officer?

Aleisha Brooks

Karen "Kay" Ross I answered this in a new post. I don't see it, though. Did you see it?

Erick Freitas

Congratulations! Good luck!

Daniel Kenney
Getting it made finding co-producers

I have a newly formed production company based in Cyprus. Though the industry here is so small and most of my network is in the UK where I used to live. As a new company, I have been working with new writers to develop their script ideas and my own with the aim to get a bed of work ready to get into...

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Tasha Lewis

I'm interested. Contact me so I can see how I can help.

John Ellis

Co-producers will be tough to find, Daniel Kenney. Other prodcos will have their own slates looking for funding. Everyone is passionate about their own projects, not so much about others'.

A business p...

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Daniel Kenney

John great advice. I am progressing business plans for each currently and agree getting others to like my projects is hard to start with. But i am willing to put in the extra effort as i know its wort...

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Daniel Kenney

Tasha, thanks for the interest let me reach out to you over the weekend. Any support i can get would be greatly appreciated

Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Daniel Kenney! Have you reached out to our Director of Script Services, Jason Mirch? J.Mirch@stage32.com He is excellent at matching projects with potential executives.

We have more than a few exe...

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