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Bill Labonia
NY or LA?

Hey guys. I really need some advice.

I'm currently relocating to California to further my career, but I also heard that NY is a great place to write. I absolutely need a car in Los Angeles, but in NY i can move more freely with public transportation. In terms of tv work and writers rooms, where do you think a new writer has more chances?

Tasha Lewis

Resources for housing options hubzu.com and Ocwen.com. If you are looking to buy and qualify as a teacher or public servant, Teacher Next Door Program or Good Neighbor can provide a 50% discount off your mortgage Hud.gov. (Source Funding for Internship and Scholarship Programs).

Dan MaxXx

Santa Clarita is 30mins from downtown LA without traffic at 3am driving 80mph :)

Christine Capone

haha that's true Dan! I've lived in Santa Clarita for several years. If you have to be somewhere by 8am, you have to leave around 5:30, latest. I worked at ABC and if I left later than that, I'd arriv...

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Phil Parker

From what I've read and heard, if you have not yet established yourself in the TV industry, you need to be 'amongst it' to network and attend industry functions. Once you have a name for yourself or regular TV-writing gig, then maybe you can move further out to save money.

Stephen Foster

LA for film/tv

Pete Whiting
Sale or option?

I was just wondering if there is a pro/cons for getting an outright sale versus an option or anything you need to consider before accepting an outright sale that you might not know about.

EG if you sell outright you effectively say goodbye to your work forever and whatever becomes of it then so be i...

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Craig D Griffiths

Sell. An option is sell and may not move into production. I would always take cash (as long as it was the amount I wanted).

Ally Shina

Definitely sell. What would you do with your scripts if all you do is option and keep them? You'd never get anything produced.

Dan Guardino

I agree I would take a sale over an option any day however outright sales are pretty rare. Most producer like to option them and then use them to raise development money and then production money if t...

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William Martell

It's all the same contract. An option is a lease with an option to buy. So all of the details of the purchase are in the contract and agreed on before you sign it. So you will need a lawyer. http://ww...

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Tasha Lewis

See FAQ and appropriate sections in Stage 32.

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Ben Gilani
Important

Hello everyone, my name is Ben and I'm from Iran. A country you may very well know about because of its regime. I'm a film director and writer. But I have not been allowed to work for several years because of my religious beliefs, belief in freedom of speech and belief in human rights, etc. I've bee...

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Ben Gilani

my TV show bible has a hashtag #new_tv_series_bible

Ben Gilani

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ben-gilani-977b8b56/

Ben Gilani

I'll try uploading my work in around 8 hours as it would be early morning here and the internet connection will be faster

Derek Reid

Welcome Ben. Good luck with your Geo-political difficulties... putting it mildly. Best to you!

Ben Gilani

Thank you, Derek.

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Mike Pell
Rockollections: coffee break pt.1

Due to other business I was unable to continue with the Wine Tasting this week.

But for any Lingering Hangovers, I have Coffee!

This was an Impulse Show.

I found out on a Thursday it was National Coffee Day, and the Saturday past was International Coffee Day.

So I said to myself, let's see if I can do i...

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ROCKOLLECTIONS: COFFEE BREAK PT.1
ROCKOLLECTIONS: COFFEE BREAK PT.1
Due to other business I was unable to continue with the Wine Tasting this week. But for any Lingering Hangovers, I have Coffee! This was an Impulse Show. I found out on a Thursday it was National Coff…
Doug Nelson

Ah coffee,,, Black as night & hot as hell... The way it oughta be.

Mike Pell

Hahahahaha, THAT'S how you like it?

My girl is the same way.

I am more of a pest, I like it with Half & Half and Splenda, lol!

Mike Pell

But NO Fancy Drinks, lol!

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Antoinette Williams
Hair Stylist

Hello everyone! It’s great to a part Stage 32 platform. I’m new to this. I’m a Hair Stylist in DMV/Fredericksburg areas. I’m seeking to build credits for film/tv. It’s not too many opportunities for hairstylists.

Antoinette Williams

Hi Donnalyn! Thank you! I really appreciate it. I will keep at it.

Tasha Lewis

Welcome!

Antoinette Williams

Hi Tasha! Thank you!

Allen Lynch

Welcome Antoinette & Good Luck!

Antoinette Williams

Hi Allen! Thank you!

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Tatiana Gordeeva
Hello from Tatiana in Canada!

Hello everyone!

My name is Tatiana A. Gordeeva. I am a music composer from Canada.

In my native Russia I composed for symphonic and chamber orchestras. Since then, with the help of technology, I added many other genres: jazz, techno, rock, pop, ambient, ethnic, etc. Now living near Montreal and work...

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Tatiana A. Gordeeva
Tatiana A. Gordeeva
In my native Russia I composed for symphonic and chamber orchestras, for solo instruments and also for voice/choirs. Since then, with the help of technology, I added many other genres: jazz, techno, r…
Tatiana Gordeeva

Hi Ramsey! Thank you for listening!

Debbie Croysdale

Hey Tatiana. Thanks for the cool share. You have so many diverse and interesting music scores but I just had time to listen to ten tonight cos I'm on the move. You even got "Noir" in there with Hitchcock's Carousel. Welcome stage 32.

Tatiana Gordeeva

Hello Debbie and thank you for your nice comments. I would love to contribute to any of your projects, noir or any other color :)

Aray Brown

Nice to meet you :)

Tatiana Gordeeva

Hi Aray! Nice to meet you too!

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Brian Stoneking
V.o

How many of you have written a script with V.O. narration and is it a bad thing to have in a screenplay?

Stephen Floyd

I’ve used V.O. numerous times. Like any element of screen-craft, there’s a sweet spot between pulling your punches and beating it to death. Depends entirely on the story.

Michael Hultquist

I like to use it sparingly. I recently reread "The Grey", a script that uses it very effectively.

Vital Butinar

I've written a screenplay with V.O. and in the third act you realize it's the main protagonist writing his personal journal as part of his therapy and everything you've been watching is his recollection of events and wasn't real creating a twist in the plot.

Bill Albert

Best example is "The Princess Bride."

Tasha Lewis

I think is a great feature. Countless TV shows and movies use narration to tell a back story.

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David N. Waweru
Hello from Nairobi, Kenya.

I am a Writer/Producer from Kenya, and I am most certainly looking forward to learning from all of you.

I'm really excited.

Thoko Zulu

Hello David and welcome to the network. A fantabulous opportunity to collaborate and grow.

Derek Reid

Hi David! Welcome to the site!

Aray Brown

Welcome to the community!

David N. Waweru

Thank you. Thank you so very much. This is an awesome opportunity.

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Debra Montague
What's in a Name (Title)?

I've been working on a script which has come together very well. I'm on version 5 and about to make another pass through with another check list to see where I might be able to tighten. But there is one issue. I cannot, for the life of me, come up with a decent title. I'm on the third iteration and...

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Tasha Lewis

I wrote an article entitled "Café Connections." It discusses how I use the Café or Library Café as a place to create by observation, place of business and Tax Advantages. You would be surprised at how many ideas you uncover.

Rosalind Winton

You can also name it something that links the story through, for instance my screenplay is called, 'The Postcard'. I know another screenwriter who has titled his screenplay, 'The Letter'. There is a f...

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Jim Boston

Debra, sometimes I name my scripts after their lead characters ("Andrea," "Shorthose and Flaxbeard," "Gayle Strawberry and Her Soda Pop Music Makers").

Other times, I like to get clever when I'm trying...

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Julia Petrisor

I like to title the script based on some aspect of it, whether that's thematically or character-related, etc. And if you like, I'd be happy to brainstorm titles with you if you're willing to share your synopsis with me! I find it easy to come up with nifty titles. :)

Christopher Phillips

I have a process that is similar to how marketing folks will name a product. The goal being to get a name that is short as possible and pretty much spells out what the movie is about before even getti...

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Robert Dill
Pitch Decks

Does anyone have decent knowledge of pitch decks, like ideal formatting and what content should be included therein? Would love to ask you some questions if you have a spare moment. Thanks everyone!

Luis A. Colon

Hey Robert,

In my pitch deck, I included the following:

1. cover page (which includes title and contact info),

2. pitch page (project runtime, genre, and logline of the project),

3. Objective page,

4....

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Amanda Toney

If it's for funding, this is a great resource: https://www.stage32.com/webinars/Putting-Together-the-Perfect-Pitch-Deck... If it's more of a creative look book for funding, this has a great profession...

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Catarina Sousa César

I was about to answer this but Luis A Colon did it just fine. You did not specify which project tho. Documentaries would add a Research page, locations and licenses already signed to shoot/interview....

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Ashley Tyler
Introduction

Hello everyone,

Just wanted to say hi, I am not new to Stage32 but I am new to using it frequently. I'm an Actor, Director and training stunt woman just outside of London.

A pleasure to meet you all and I am looking forward to possible collabs.

Victor Lazarus

Hey Ashley, how you doing? Can I have a word? privately?

Ashley Tyler

Sure. Drop me a message. :)

Tasha Lewis

Welcome!

Balikoowa Joshua
Logline corrections

Hi guys, I have just finished writing a feature. I have come up with a logline here..... "A man from the African country whose destiny is unclear embarks on a relentless mission to find a place called home".

I request you guys to help me reframe or rephrase that logline for me. Do you have ideas whet...

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Jamie Sadler

I feel you're missing the thing that's there to stop him, at the moment it reads like he's working hard, but at what? An "unclear destiny" doesn't chime with the gravitas I expect it needs to. Plus "the African country" seems oddly vague,.

Bill Albert

Did you think about a just cutting it in half? "A man embarks on a mission to find a place called home."

Tasha Lewis

"An African man with an unclear destiny embarks on a relentless mission to find a place called home."

Christopher Phillips

Format: who, what is the situation, rising conflict.

Maybe you can tell us more about what he’s up against.

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