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Counter-melody

Here's a chance for those of you/us who create music to get down and dirty. I am certain there are multiple opinions on this and no easy answer. Last week I brought in one of my recent scores for review/critique in a composition class I am taking. The feedback I received, suggested that as this was...

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Kerry Kennard

Hi Joel, I would have to hear it. Have a link ?? Was it made for specific film / tv ?? Like you said at end, depends on how low it’s placed in movie for volume. There’s the high frequency which could a ...

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Brian Alan DeLaney

I'm with Kerry Kennard, I'd really have to hear it. Every piece is different.

Horror Genre Crowdfunding?

Hi all! I'm currently running my first crowdfunder campaign for a short WW2 Horror, so far we're only into our second week and have raised 32% of our goal mostly from close friends. That said, I'd love some advice and wondering if anyone has any recommendations/contacts for a good place that is open...

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Ken Koh

My advice would be to save up some money and make a kickass trailer for your crowd funding. Proof of concept, show people what you can do with very little.

Thomas J Campbell

We're going to go out for a test shoot this Friday, so hopefully we can use that.

Ken Koh

Thomas. I would advice you do a proper shoot for your scene and make it as good as you can, it has to sell your talent. Plan, rehearse, storyboard, shot list. Shoot on home video cheaply first, then d...

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Designer / Creative Support - Graphic and Audio - All Custom Made

Hi Everyone! I am reaching out because I may be able to help you with my vast background with graphic design, sound design and additional creative support. I have been doing design for over 17 years and I know how to get things ready quickly and efficiently. I know that there are many designers out t ...

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Robert Alexander

Hi Debbie! Thank you so much for taking the time to write me. It is very much appreciated! I am more than happy to talk to you to see what your needs are and discussing what may be needed - at least t...

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Pat Savage

Welcome to Stage 32 Robert! Your in the right place to connect and share your ideas. Sounds like you have some real skills and much to offer as well as support. Happy networking!

Debbie Croysdale

Hi Robert. MANY THANKS. I will message you here once all my stories have been made into short film, and I have enough copyrighted material to last at least six months. (For web content). I wish to go...

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Robert Alexander

Sounds great Debbie! I am more than happy to message you so we can continue our dialogue. I sent you a request, so feel free to accept so we can connect in that fashion - :)

Robert Alexander

Pat - Thank you so much for your response! Yes, indeed I have some real skills and I am truly excited to serve in the best way that I can. I know that many people have specific budgets (even none) and...

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Pitch Feedback

I just received my first pitch feedback after a month. In her short paragraph, the expert said: " the budget on this would be astronomical, so I'm afraid I am going to have to pass at this time." A few months ago, I had a well known producer and his company do a budget analysis for implementing this...

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Dan MaxXx

thomas, what is "astronomical" ? did you write 20 space ships, blow up earth efxs, big world explosions? Did the exec say anything about story? If you wanna play the pitch game, rewrite pitch & remove any buzz words that suggests "astronomical".

David Welsh

S32 pitches are not worth the paper they are written on. I paid for two pitches and on both occasions received very few comments on my card except for the all too common "The budget is too big" pass....

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Thomas Thorpe

Hi David/Dan: The pitch starts with the protagonist landed on shore of planet, the story basically takes place in two locations, a sugar plantation and in a couple of city buildings, clearly negotiabl...

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David Welsh

Do not bother trying to rationalize the feedback with your screenplay. It is an exercise in futility. Most evaluators do it for political gain with S32, bragging rights, and the poultry fee. No evalua...

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Dan Guardino

If a producer can't tell if a project is low budget or a high budget studio type of a project they don't know what they are doing.

New Kid in Town

I am a screenwriter and novelist, 62 years young. I live in Cape Town, South Africa. I'm an avid golfer and love crafting stories about the sport that can help to change the elitist and exclusive reputation the sport has. Check out my screenplay ideas. I would love your feedback!

Gilberto Villahermosa

Hi Trevor! Welcome to Stage 32. The number of international members is growing quickly!

Pat Savage

Welcome to Stage 32! Your in the right place to connect and share your ideas. Happy networking!

Regarding 3rd Annual Feature Film Screenwriting Contest

Hi everyone! I entered the contest and requested feedback. Do you receive the feedback once the contest is over or is it another time? Thank you for your help and I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. Take care.

Beth Fox Heisinger

My loose understanding... it may depend on when you sent in your entry. For example, someone who made the 'early bird' deadline may receive requested feedback before the contest ends, as opposed to so...

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Chandra Gerson

Thank you so much Beth. I will do that. Have a great weekend and take care!

David Welsh

Chandra, You should have received an email with all of the info regarding the evaluation of your pitch. Here is a portion of the "Stage 32 Confirmation - Your Pitching Information Inside" email I rece...

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Chandra Gerson

Thank you for your help David but this is not regarding a pitch session. This is regarding the Screenwriting contest. Take care.

David Welsh

Ah, sorry. I miss read. All contests should have a details link as does this example - https://www.stage32.com/contests/2nd-Annual-Stage-32-Short-Film-Contest - Good luck....

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Talking as Santa

I have a character(Jim) that dresess as Santa. Do I head the dialogue with Jim or Santa when Santa speaks?

Roxanne Paukner

If he's not always dressed that way, then JIM, with his garb in the scene's description.
If he always dressed as Santa, but people use his real name, then I'd go with
SANTA (JIM) or maybe SANTA/JIM
or vice-versa. I think the reader will get it, which is the point.

Dan MaxXx

If Santa is a secret identity you could use both names separately for the same character.
Thats what Chris Nolan did for Batman/Bruce.

Pierre Langenegger

Unless he's channeling Santa, Just use JIM, it's just an outfit. If Jim was wearing a clown costume, you wouldn't use the character name of BOZO when he talks, you'd still use JIM.

BIBLE how-to sources

Hey, can you tell me websites, books, online examples (free to download), or even stage32 webinars to help get started on writing a Bible for Television ????

Beth Fox Heisinger

Also... Here's the Duffer Brothers' pitch series bible pdf for STRANGER THINGS (then titled Montauk): http://www.zen134237.zen.co.uk/Stranger_Things/Stranger_Things_-_Bible.pdf. ;)...

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Dan MaxXx

Duffer bros knocked it out of ballpark with their bible pitch. Here are samples from Emmy Writer Javi Grillo Marxuach. http://okbjgm.weebly.com/downloads.html

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John Ellis

A bible is absolutely necessary when you have a TV series you're trying to get produced. But we're finding is that no execs want to read it - they want a one-pager that refines the bible down to a sin...

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Cherelynn Baker

thank you @bethfoxheisinger

Hi, I'm Evana

I'm Evana, from Brazil. I'm an author and have published some stories for online magazines, and anthologies published in my home country. A few years ago, I used to be part of the crew of a Brazilian website named "Tele Dossie", in which we wrote about soap operas and other TV shows (as TV has alway...

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Clare Keogh

Welcome Evana

Evana I. Ribeiro

Thanks! :-)

Shoghi Aqdas

welcome

James Drago

Hello and welcome!

Will those days ever return?

I've read about the years(80s and 90s) when studios were interested in spec scripts, and some writers even got to see their movies in theaters!:) Many deals were made then, and some writers became known. Screenwriting money was good(I was mindblown when reading about these deals of the past). Could th ...

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CJ Walley

It's easy to look back with rose tinted glasses but the 80's and 90's were pretty dark times in the movie industry. This was when the corporatisation of HW really kicked into gear and studios found th...

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Dan MaxXx

Stop the doom talk Vitor. Eff the 80s and 90s. Who here actually had a Industry job 30 years ago? It is the same type of banter folks say about NBA basketball, old guys keep talking about Bird, Magic,...

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Dan Guardino

It has always been difficult to sell spec screenplays. Today there are more opportunities that ever because there are more markets you can write for. It seems to me a lot of aspiring screenwriters are...

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Looking for intelligent horror scripts that can be done for under 1 million.

I am looking for intelligent horror scripts that can be done for under $1 million. Ideally it would have a twist at the end. Interested in cabin in the woods type stories but not exclusively. We (me and my company Chariotdrive) are looking to develop and low budget horror feature and then pour a bunch ...

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Jon Shallit

Tell me what you want and I'll write one on demand for you-locations/actors/props/etc.

John Ellis

You can "Browse" loglines here on S32, and refine the search with filters to look for horror.

Cherelynn Baker

Ian James Smith Thanks for asking - @MichelleUllman would this be a good fit for your AFM projects?

Dan MaxXx

seriously, you are in Los Angeles. If you are set up financially (which every agent will return your call), you can walk into any local Agency and pick and choose WGA writers. Not only would you be pa...

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