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

Joanna Bloem
Translator needed

Does anyone here speak Hindi? I need a translator ASAP for an Indian film funder/distributor who's interested in my project MOSAIC. Joanna Bloem

Karen "Kay" Ross

Thanks for sharing, Adite Banerjie! That's really good to know!

Adite Banerjie

Welcome. :)

Cornell Hampton

hi Karen. the easy way around this is go to your local college and get a teacher that specializes in that language. They will love to help you, free of charge. cornell.....

Joanna Bloem

Thanks for all your suggestions. Much appreciated. I found a really good translator who's also a Director's assistant. She spoke to the Hindi-speaking possible Funder in Hindi. She found out his terms...

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Sayed Rohani

Hi Joanna,

I hope you are in good health. As you are dealing with films, let me explain something, which, I am sure, you are aware of too. I have seen films, which have incurred huge budget but their s...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
TV Talk Podcast

Deadline put together a fantastic podcast discussing the recent Emmy nominations including the path to victory for HBO's Succession.

https://deadline.com/2020/07/emmy-nominations-podcast-tv-talk-netf...

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TV Talk Podcast Emmy Noms Edition: Netflix's Dominance, 'Succession's Path To Victory, 'Schitt's Creek' Last Hurrah & The Downside Of Going Virtual
TV Talk Podcast Emmy Noms Edition: Netflix's Dominance, 'Succession's Path To Victory, 'Schitt's Creek' Last Hurrah & The Downside Of Going Virtual
With nominations now out for the 72nd annual Emmy Awards, we give our take on what it all means as the race for TV gold enters its final phase in the most competitive and certainly challenging season…
Karen "Kay" Ross

All right, Richard "RB" Botto, you know I don't tag you often, but after your discussion with Chris Moore about how much you LOVE Succession, I had to link you to this!

For those of you who missed it,...

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Lauren McKean
Location Scouting

It's been awhile since I've been on here but wasn't there a location scouting option on here where venues, rentals, etc could list places to rent for shoots? Has that service been discontinued and if so how do you normally find locations in your area?

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

If there is, or was, I don't know of it. Might be a good idea.

Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Lauren McKean! Start with your state film commission. Some cities have their own film commission as well. There are a few other sites that are like AirBnB for creatives. Peerspace was the go-to f...

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Doug Nelson

Lauren - you're in Portland, what are you looking for and how far away are you looking?

Lauren McKean

We did the shoot already, found an incredible location, but I appreciate everyone's feedback! That program must have been discontinued but I'd love to see it come back.

Jake Richardson
During these covid times ... what works now?

While i'm on hold for my current feature due to our pal covid 19, I wrote the long gestating script i intend to direct as a followup feature. I think it has a built in audience/ fundraising base via crowd funding of one sort or another.

I know there's something of a development boom going on with eve...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai

At Facet.tv/On Demand Global, we're winding down our internal development boom, though of course that is a forever ongoing thing... now we are interviewing producers and investors, and prepping for shoots, many with soft start dates from October through next winter.

Dan MaxXx

I’m gonna request a credit increase from Visa, Apple, Mastercard. My goal is Black card status- so I can fund my hobbies like making movies.

Karen "Kay" Ross

GREAT questions - definitely check out RB's AMAs, which touch on a lot of this. He recently spoke with Chris Moore which was very eye-opening: https://www.stage32.com/webinars/on-demand/25487213021647...

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Tasha Lewis
Creative Financing

Instead of having just one main producer, create a team of producers that bring a variety of creative and diverse ways to finance the production.

Your thoughts?

Doug Nelson

"ROI is crystal clear" Where can I find that crystal ball? My old crystal ball is getting a bit hazy when it comes to ROI, Y(sub e), NOI, PR and all those other little matters. I remain sceptical.

Tasha Lewis

The additional items can be factored into the final agreement by substituting some expenses. (ex. sponsorships, reciprocal advertising, insurance on the production -source Stage 32 Blog article.).

Doug Nelson

Sorry but I'm old school. Sounds to me like you're using those new fangled millennial accounting procedures - I remain sceptical.

Dan MaxXx

Has anyone produced a theatrical released Movie? (Say 100 screens globally). Show us a piechart breakdown on expenses & profits and timeline - how many years.

Tasha Lewis

Doug Nelson I use resources from my book Funding for Internship and Scholarship Programs. (Fact Checked)

Rosalind Winton
Music for script - advice

Hi

I have been asked to write some songs for someone, who has written a script where the characters form a band and songs are played throughout the story.

My collaborator is worried about the implications of this if the script is made into a film, as the politics and people involved in music for film...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai

In my opinion - don't bother. You have no idea when of if this will be made. Script sales and options do NOT normally include anything related to the music. That is a very different creative function...

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Rosalind Winton

Thank you Shadow, that is great advice and it all makes sense, I very much appreciate your reply.

Karen "Kay" Ross
Are Female Film Critics CRITICAL?

Saw this study reported by Variety, and it was interesting to see that there was a boost in female film critics from 2016 to 2019, going from 1 in 4 film critics are women to 1 in 3. There is such a demand for diverse stories now, it makes me wonder - what role do female film critics play in advocat...

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Male Film Critics Continue to Outnumber Female Critics Nearly 2 to 1, According to New Study
Male Film Critics Continue to Outnumber Female Critics Nearly 2 to 1, According to New Study
The arena of film criticism continues to look like a man's world. A new study shows that in early 2020, male film reviewers outnumbered their female counterparts by nearly 2 to 1, before the coronavir…
Vincent Paterno

FilmWeek on KPCC is roughly half-female, and they know their stuff. Today, female critics don't stick out by gender, unlike the Pauline Kael era, and that's a plus.

Karen "Kay" Ross
Earning Trust in Development

All right, my Stage 32 Producers - it's time to put on your thinking caps! Most of my experience is in production, and while I am knowledgable about the process of development, it seems to me that the process of building relationships during development is VASTLY different. You don't have the same c...

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Tasha Lewis

I don't think there is one formula. Things have changed so dramatically with the new normal. Some key traits would be driven, hardworking, flexibility, honesty, understanding, supportive, loyalty and...

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Shyina Crayton

As an independent writer, a person should allow us to look over a project first. I like to use zoom to speak with you to ask a few questions to make sure I want to work with the person.

If I choose to...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Karen "Kay" Ross This is an interesting question, but I am not sure what you are really asking. What are you referring to about trust building? Because the development process is, as you point out, di...

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John Ellis

Regardless of the circumstances (on-set, in dev, whatever), I decide if I want to work with someone by:

How much they talk about themselves - some is good to get to know the person; if it goes into the...

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Doug Nelson

By that look in their eye.

Pietro Barana
Budget breakdown for Netflix Italy

Hi, do we have here an Italian producer that would like to read my feature script, that I already pitched to Netflix Italy (and they liked it)? They just need a budget breakdown to decide if they will finance the project, which is a high budget one. Thanks

Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

Head over to IMDB.com. Do a search on Italian movies for the last two years to present. Find the UPM and figure out how to contact them. You will have to pay him, her something.

Karen "Kay" Ross
Variety VIP on Tuesday?

Did anyone else join Variety's VIP COVID Impact on Media Zoom this past Tuesday? What were your thoughts?

I thought it was interesting how much hinges on the Super Bowl - who knew?!

Nanushka Wegard
Seeking a Producer

I'm a newbie so I'm not sure if this is the right venue but I'm looking for a producer who can take my movie idea to the big screen. I have an exclusive, one-of-a-kind movie that would be fantastic to produce. I'm hoping to make contact with Antonio Sabato Jr's new production company for which he's...

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Tasha Lewis

Visit Stage 32's Blog, Education, Lounge and Script Services for How it works here.

Cannon Rosenau

Hello! Do you just have an idea or do you have the script written? It's very common to not get a reply. Try other companies. Good luck!

Erick Freitas

Keep learning and keep working!

Cherelynn Baker
Who is your favorite entertainment attorney in Los Angeles?

I'm looking for a referral to tighten up my contracts - anyone have a fave they recommend?

Kurt Patino

Arine Harapeti: http://www.arinelaw.com

Cherelynn Baker

Kurt Patino Thank you so much for sharing a referral. I appreciate you!

John Ellis

Tifanie Acosta (Jodeh) at Entertainment Law Partners. She's a straight shooter.

Cherelynn Baker

John Ellis Thank you for the referral!

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