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Editor & 1st AD looking to edit and 1st AD

Hello Everyone! I've been working as a freelance editor since 2012, and over the last year or two, I've gotten more and more into preproduction. This started as a request from a director friend who saw something about Martin Scorsese "shooting for the edit" and asked me if I could think of a way to do ...

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Nicholas Gautschi

I've worked solely through referral up until now. I'm adding links to my profile as I write this, though! Please feel free to click on my most recent work.

Vladislav Nogin

Hello Nicholas, welcome!

Bobbi Iervolino

Beautiful work, Dude! Editors seam to be really under appreciated for what they do, am I wrong?

Nicholas Gautschi

Thank you so much! I appreciate the kind words, and I'll be returning them after I look around your profile. And don't get me started on freelance editors! Used to be, everyone just needed some things...

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Nicholas Gautschi

Hello Vladislav! Thank you for reading my post

Pitch Sessions

So the email I received today states 'Proven Execs Seek Female-driven Feature Scripts'. I was intrigued to see what that entailed was after reading the email, I clicked out here to Stage 32. So, there are various interesting pitch sessions being offered, but.... you have to pay 30 dollars for them....

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Patrick Freeman

Just a few thoughts. 1)Everyone says "the script is the thing" and "nothing happens without a great script". So, I have the script. That makes me the seller. They're looking for a script. That makes t...

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Wayne Mathias

You're on a roll tonight, Patrick! I should mention that one of the execs I recently pitched to works for an A-list company, and he himself was written up in Variety as one of the "up & coming" sort....

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Brian Shell

I agree with the speed dating analogy Wayne, and the reason a pass was worth it Patrick is that it caused me to get on Skype and talk with my Dad on it for the first time as practice for the pitch. I...

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Hans Nielsen

I just signed up for my third or fourth written pitch. I kinda forget which. The last one landed a read by a well respected film pro who gave me a full rundown on what he liked and didn't like about a...

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Brian Shell

Has anyone signed up for a second pitch with the same film exec who passed the first time? My drum teacher's daughter debated me today and said I should pitch the guy again who didn't get my concept t...

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Eliza Agudelo
Film Pitch Deck advice

Hello Everyone, Hope you've had a nice weekend. I've created a pitch deck for a short film that I am looking for, both collaboration and money, and I've never really done a pitch deck and I wanted advice, critique or words of wisdom from anyone here who has experience creating them and pitching them ...

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Erik A. Jacobson

Eliza, here are a couple of good pitch decks you might want to use for comparison:

http://pdfdocs.s3.amazonaws.com/MickeyMichelle-Pitch-Deck-...

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Jeff E. Gregory

do you have a treatment/synopsis/log line? Those would be a great start.

Shawn Speake

One Page!

IIf I find $50,000 to shoot my film in New York City? What is ALL the equpment I will need? And what is the minimum crew I will need?

I put this thread in a few weeks ago, I got a DETAILED report from a very experienced Assistant Director, But after searching my posts I cannot find it. If anyone has a link or if that Assistant Director reads this can you get it to me again?

Rutger Oosterhoff

Of course you are right, my link is there just to start the thinking process. We all need to start somewhere with thinking about what has to be done in pre-production.

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

I want to thank all the members of the fellowship for commenting on my thread question. In addition to Rutger I am confident that more links will appear from articles that will help me.

Debbie Croysdale

I remember the post well and nearly printed it. Wish i had now that a lot if useful posts have gone since server glitch. Im hunting for it in my history and will send link if i retrieve it to @Steven.

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Debbie Croysdale Thank you!! "Who's better than you?"!!

JD Hartman

..."server glitch." It's a software issue, it's always been a software issue.....

Newbee Actress

Hello everyone, stopping by on my first day here at Stage 32. Looking forward to making new friends and getting some good advice. Please feel free to stop by my Stage 32 Page under Migdalia Torres.

James Grant Goldin

Hi there!

Migdalia Torres

Hello and thanks for stopping by.

Christopher Henry

Welcome aboard, Migdalia!

Wayne Jarman

Hello, Migdalia. All the best!

Mad hatter writers

Are there any novel writers in this group who would love to connect with other novel writers? Reason I ask is because I am not trying to sell anything or find funding right now anything - I am simply looking for a group of writers to talk about the art of writing a novel. Not a pitch group, not fund...

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Izzibella Beau

Hey, TJ, good to meet you. I've written eleven novels so far and am in the process of developing them into screenplays. I mainly write in the romance genre for new and young adult age range. I also wr...

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TJ LsuDad

WOW! The main question I have (being that you have blazed so many pages ) when are you starting your editing process? Reason I asked is because I have four unpublished manuscripts, and I just started...

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Christian Conte
Dialogue/Action

Question about formatting. Say a character is being interviewed by a cop. She begins to speak, but as she speaks, we cut away to the actual action that she is narrating. So her narration and the action are happening concurrently. How do you format that? Anyone have a script I can reference? I appreciate the help!

Christian Conte

Do you know of any scripts I can get online that show that technique?

Doug Nelson

I can't think of one off-hand but when it comes to basic format issues you can't go wrong reading The Screenwriter's Bible by Dave Trottier; (he's known as Dr. Format and an all round nice guy.)

Kelly Krause

'The Usual Suspects' uses V.O. (Verbal Kint/Kevin Spacey) regularly to describe action scenes/flashbacks: http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/usualsuspects.html

Dan Guardino

Like Kelly said 'Usual Suspects' would be a great one to look at.

Anne Pariseau
Getting Your Mojo Back After a Break

So, I've taken an extended break from all things film making for about 9 months. I know, it was sacrilege. Chalk it up to temporary insanity. During that time, I seemed to lose my inspiration. I'm wondering, what are some ways that you re-invigorate your passion after a lapse like that? What gets yo...

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Phillip E. Hardy

Go up to the tallest mountain in your area. Then meditate for a few days. Come back down and have a McDonald's Happy Meal. Then drink a few expressos and begin writing.

Bill Costantini

"Regaining inspiration"....or "fitting writing in with the rest of my life, which at times/all the time is quite busy and even chaotic?" If it's the latter...life indeed can be quite chaotic and busy. ...

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Christopher Henry

As for writing, I force myself to write. Every day. Even if it's garbage or has no purpose (like just a daily account). Eventually, things start to flow again. Same with editing - if the hiatus has be...

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Patrick Freeman

Phil, E. H, that made me laugh.Of course now I'm going to have The Beatles' "Fool on the hill" stuck in my head.

Wayne Mathias

Hi Anne, it's hard to trace precisely what I did or what happened to me that caused my return to writing after a long interval, as it was a gradual thing, not like throwing a switch. I read books, wat...

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Jamie Jones
New Screenwriter Here!

Hi there! University student specialising in screenwriting here! If anyone has the time, I'd like to gather a bit of insight from the community by asking a couple questions based around writing, the first being what skills/talents would you personally say are needed to succeed as a screenwriter in t ...

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Kelly Krause

Welcome, Jamie! : ) I'm new to screenwriting myself, so I don't feel that I have any useful advice to offer you sadly, but I look forward to seeing you grow as a writer and hope you'll share your progress here with the Stage 32 crowd... Go get 'em! ; )

Wayne Mathias

Hi Jamie, though I can't quit my day job yet, I'm among the more experienced writers here, and have won a few contest awards over the years. Among the abilities essential to turning pro, I would inclu...

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Chad Stroman
Doh!

Just hitting a "giant mechanical spider" moment working with a real green, first time producer. After facepalming I've got to figure out a way to nicely tell him that in a serious true-life biopic that at the end you don't want to have a statue of a famous person come to life and interact with the l...

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C Harris Lynn

ROFL. I would watch that.

Dan MaxXx

Tell him after the check clears bank

Anthony Cawood

Let him film it so he can see how stupid it looks and then remove it from the edit.

Simon Keirn

This works if at the beginning the historical character is turned into a statue by people not knowing the truth about their life. Then our storyteller tells the story, bringing the statue back to life.

Dan Guardino

Dan M. If he is a first time producer there probably won't be any check. I avoid first time producers.

When you come up with an idea for a screenplay, how do you know it's a good one?

“I tend to do projects I’ve had in mind for two years, so they’re slowly boiling on the stove like stock. And by slowing yourself down, you only write stories that really resonate. I’m always choosing between three films I’d like to make and I always choose the one that means the most to me.” — Rich ...

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Dustin M. George

absolutely agree with this. I wrote my first screenplay over the span of a year and a half. While it isn't perfect and part of the lag was writer's block/newness to the platform, giving myself so much...

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Kelly Krause

I test the idea with my closest friends and family and gauge their reactions. If anyone is confused and/or bored by the initial concept, then it will need a lot of work or will just be scrapped comple...

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Shawn Speake

Pitch, pitch, pitch. Anybody, anywhere. Random people give the best feedback.

Patrick Freeman

I'm still laughing about Phil's fire hydrant script

Ryan Maelhorn

I think it's important to note that what Curtis is talking about here isn't writing a screenplay in a month or two and then simply sitting on it for two years. He's talking about continual refinement...

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Shawn Speake
Screenwriters' bible

What's good, Sexy Screenwriters! I'm Shawn. Great to have you with us. If you don't already own a SCREENWRITERS BIBLE, pick one up. This is A1 if you're going the school of hard knocks route. We can't write a script for the current spec market, if we don't know what one looks like. Hope this helps....

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Chad Stroman

That cover has got to change. It's been the same 90's era font and look and feel forever and I think I have a 1st edition of it that looks the same. Should make the cover look like an old leatherbound...

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C Harris Lynn

I have the one from the '90s! :D

C Harris Lynn

I opened it to the formatting section and it reminds me not to use a dot matrix printer. The rest of it seems pretty okay, I guess. I'm watching the eBays for a more recent copy.