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Looking to sell animated action show

I've recently written a two-part pilot for an animated action show and I have a series bible as well. I'm looking to pitch it but I'm having trouble figuring out WHERE to actually do that. What companies specifically would be willing to lend their ears to hear my pitch? I've done some digging on the...

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G.R. Barnett

MIPTV.com has a fest every year around the Cannes film festival in France, and they also have one down in Cancun Mexico where you can pitch shows. I'd go myself because I'm looking to do the same thin...

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Jimmy Cuty

David, get coverage from pros here on this site. There's a couple guys who specialize in animation like Aaron Notestine and Daniel Kendrick who can give you advice or might even like it. I've received...

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As a filmmaker you should always pursue quality over quantity?

Yes, from the bottom of my heart, I think so! One Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979) is worth as the entire film production made in Italy over the last 16-18 years. And I'm Italian! To me a filmmaker should always strive for and focus on the quality of his work. Even if it takes a lot of pain and hassle to...

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Daniel Latteo

Thank you Martina. I'm sorry but I'll have to stand behind my comment, and with a vengeance too. I'm positive that I can state with a certain degree of accuracy (and I'm not the only one doing so) tha...

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Martina Cook

No problem, looking forward to see your movie, that will re-establish Italian cinema at the level it was...all the best :)

Daniel Latteo

Thank you Martina. I'll try and we will see.

Dan MaxXx

Daniel Latteo what happened to the movie you were making last year? Did u finish writing a script?

Daniel Latteo

Thank you for your interest Dan. I'm almost done. Not sure how much rewriting I will have to do. I'm also trying to prepare a film package plan; not a very complicated package, just the script, a trea...

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Dialogue and implied action. Is the action line necessary?

Whit gives Jim a list.

Whit
Jim. Here's the list.

Do I need the action line? Or is it implied that she gave him the list?
"Whit gives Jim the list."

Anthony Lucas

so, really say and show it is the way to go?

Laura Scheiner

Actually the action line, rather than the dialogue is usually preferable (film is a visual medium). If you need to communicate to the audience what's on the piece of paper - I'd either do it visually...

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Chad Stroman

Dan Guardino Laura Scheiner What both Dan and Laura said is best practice....

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Steve Brumwell

don't need the dialogue

Doug Nelson

A simple INSERT or a CU could do the job.

Men Dramas?

Since Google is not giving me what I need, let me ask my fellow scriptwriters... Do you know or can recommend any films where there's men on men drama (I do not mean gay, necessarily) more in the veins of male characters having intimate or emotional conversations with other men. I know men typically...

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Martina Cook

“Good will hunting” has great dialogue between Damon/Affleck and Damon/Williams...my favourite scene is when Williams tells Damon about his wife farting...the little things are the ones you remember the most. Great writing (and improvising...) :)

Dan MaxXx

There are 1000s of men dramas. Give us context of what you are researching? Subtext? Theme? What are you trying to say with this one scene?

Owen Mowatt

I'm mildly interested as to what exactly you typed into Google. Also, as Dan said, there's no context here. In fact I'm not sure if one is even relevant to help you. Methinks this is a shortcut questio ...

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Francisco Casals

Wow, thank you EVERYBODY for your suggestions, will look into all these films. In regards specifics, Dan MaxXx and Owen Mowatt , men discussing their child abuse past but through subtext.

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Anthony Lucas

I'd go with Good Will Hunting also, it was my first thought when I read your question. It covers a lot of different emotions. One of my favourite movies

Greetings, One and All

Glad to be part of Stage 32. Been the creative type as far back as I can remember. Drawing and coloring in the younger days. TV and video in the teen years. Acting from then on. Extra work in big budget and indie films. Theatre in college and the community level. Voice-overs have become a specialty i...

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Allen Lynch

Welcome Alex!

Rosalind Winton

Hi Alex, welcome to Stage 32, I think it's great what you have achieved and wish you all the best.

Martyn John Armstrong


Hi Alex, welcome to the site. Hope you have the best
of luck with all your projects :)

Adam Harper

Hi Alex, welcome to the party!

Dan Cassell

Hello and Welcome Alex :)

Writing software

Is Celtx a good software in comparison to Final Draft?

Anthony Moore

I used to use Celtx but WritersDuet is a bit easier for my style of writing. I use Final Draft to edit after I've completed a first draft in WD.

Pete Whiting

writer duet for me

Ingrid Goldberg

Thanks everyone.

Sam Borowski

Ingrid, Final Draft is the BEST SOFTWARE out there. They have all kinds of deals online. Check it out. I use it. (I'm also a Brand Ambassador for them, but I used it for a decade before that.) Trust me, it makes it so much easier.

Anthony Moore

Ingrid, if you can't afford Final Draft, I'd go with Celtx or WritersDuet.

The Budget Guide To Screenplay Success

I wish to reach out to fellow screenwriters on how to achieve success; WITHOUT breaking the bank to do so... Any low cost or free contests to enter....How to get an Agent at reasonable prices....And how social media can help spread the word...

Anthony Moore

My 2 cents: If you're going to write screenplays then don't use Office or Libre, Celtx and WritersDuet are two free online screenwriting softwares. I've used both with very professional results.

Sam Borowski

Anthony, I have do disagree with you, Final Draft is what the pros - myself included - use. There is no substitute. You do have to be willing to spend a little dough on your career.

Charles Mathews

It's good you're talking about screenwriting, but have you noticed their plots are changing! What I recommend is, because I have used both celtx and final draft (which basically is not only film but ge...

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Charles Mathews

...n now, for you record, there's no Zero budget film. I tried it once with a 90 minutes screenplay I spent good time perfecting, the result I headed up slashing it to 15 minutes, yet took me more tha...

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Anthony Moore

Sam, I agree that Final Draft is what the Pros use. But Markus asked what to do if you're starting out and broke. I've been there. I had no way to afford FD when I started. I entered as many free and...

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Dance Film Festivals

Hello 32ers!

I hope everyone is doing great. I was asking if anyone can help me get acquainted with upcoming Dance Film festivals to submit to in USA or Canada. 

I attached the video for better judgment.

Thanks in advance!

Omar Nabil

Hi Nada!
Did you check www.withoutabox.com ? you'll definitely find a couple of good festivals for your film.. Good luck!

Nada Badra

Hey Omar Nabil, thank you so much for your consideration. Actually withoutabox looks amazing! I found my way to this website too while doing my search; https://filmfreeway.com/festivals and we submitte...

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Omar Nabil

Thank you Nada Badra and good luck, Your film is awesome and very interesting!

Quitting is for wimps!

I ran across this quote today: “If you can quit, then quit. If you can't quit, you're a writer.” ~R.A. Salvatore. Not only is this guy a prolific writer, he's a person that happens to be correct. I keep trying to hammer home this point to my writing friends. If you're not in this for the long haul then ...

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Brad Johnson

I haven't even quit going to see films much less writing.

Sam Borowski

I once asked Sam Sherman, who produced 40+ films, if he ever thought about quitting during the tough times. He smiled and said to me, "Sure, I thought about it - then I thought, what else would I do?"...

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Uncle Phil

Sam: I do love it. And, the more positive vibes and work you put into the ether, the better.

Sam Borowski

Phil, Once again we are in agreement! I love it, as well. There's nothing else I'd rather do. And I agree about positive vibes and work. GOD BLESS and STAY FRESH! ;) <3 ;)

Charles Mathews

Yeah, you're right. It's not YOU who drive the screenwriting motive but it's the screenwriting that drives YOU, 'cause it's in your blood, part of your DNA and if you really are a true screenwriter, quitting isn't an option because the screenwriting zeal will still wake you at night!

Nice to mee all of you!

Hey guys, I hope this finds you all in a day full of peace and joy! Please let me introduce myself. My name is Tarran, signing on here for the first time after a friend informed me of this website. I am newer to this industry, but have had the passion my entire life! I am from a small town in Indiana ...

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Rosalind Winton

Hi Tarran, lovely to meet you. Welcome to the site and good luck with all your projects :)

Charles Mathews

Welcome Tarran

Martyn John Armstrong

Welcome Tarran and all the best with your current and future projects :)

Adam Harper

Hi Tarran, welcome.

Geoff Hall

Greetings Tarran, and welcome to our community on Stage32. Forget about the naysayers and enjoy the yaysayers right here!

TV, movie or what?

How can you know if the story you are writing is best suitable as a movie, screenplay or TV series? I may have potential ideas with a misplaced format.

Steve Trautmann

There is a way to usually tell the difference between a movie premise and TV idea. The following video is from my sitcom course, but it's roughly relevant to hour length shows as well. https://youtu.be...

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Pierre Langenegger

Will it take 100 pages (feature) to tell your story or 6000 pages (TV series) to tell it?

Charles Mathews

I think it falls back to how long and well your story can be told precisely to completion fully satisfying the elements of visual storytelling and your viewers.

Walking characters.

What should the heading me when, for example, a character is outside a building first (EXT. A CONVENIENCE STORE - NIGHT) and then he has to continue to walk to the street (EXT. STREETS - NIGHT- WALKING?) from that spot outside the convenience store. I sometimes get confused about this. Another insta...

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Pierre Langenegger

Yeah, I think you're over thinking it. EXT. CONVENIENCE STORE - NIGHT Bob leaves the store and walks down the sidewalk and approaches the mall. INT. MALL RESTROOM Bob washes his hands. INT. MALL Bob leaves ...

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Neo Bryce

Pierre Langenegger thanks! I’ve always wondered about this.

Charles Mathews

some screenplays write EXT/INT is that also correct?

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