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How Independent Filmmakers Build & Manage Their Relationships

I started to work in the independent film business in 2007. I have since, as an employee, consultant, representative, and executive producer worked for and with global service providers, production companies, individual filmmakers, sales agents, and others in this industry. And although knowledge, expertise, and affinity with the industry are certainly and undeniably important elements as well, I have learned that nothing has been of more importance to my career than building and managing my bus...

David Zannoni
David Zannoni
5 days ago
How Independent Filmmakers Build & Manage Their Relationships

How to Win Over an Executive with Your Pitch

So, you’ve written your pilot script and pitch deck and have gotten your submission email in the best shape you can. The next step: Sending it to an Acquisitions Executive. But who is this person, and why is it worth spending some time to consider who they are? Some will tell you that an Acquisitions Executive is a person who relishes every opportunity to say “no,” but happily, this is not the case. These executives are always hunting for the next script/deck/pitch to WOW them. But once they’v...

Ewan Dunbar
Ewan Dunbar
6 days ago
How to Win Over an Executive with Your Pitch

Stage 32 Member Finds Success at AFM After Mentoring with Alexia Melocchi

WOW! Five days of intensive wandering, going up one elevator and down another. Pitching my TV series and three screenplays, meeting old friends, and making new ones. That’s what the American Film Market is all about. This was my second visit in ten years to Santa Monica and the AFM, and I was not disappointed. I was on a mission, and Stage 32 prepared me to meet the challenges all creatives are confronted with. What do I do, what do I say, and how do I say it? First, I was given the opportun...

Lee Shargel
Lee Shargel
7 days ago
Stage 32 Member Finds Success at AFM After Mentoring with Alexia Melocchi

Coffee & Content: Building Your Story with Production Design

Happy Sunday, Creative Army! First, congratulations to all of you who have already participated in our monthly Introduce Yourself Weekend! Thousands of connections have been made between entertainment creatives and professionals from around the globe. Whether you are a long-time member or brand new to Stage 32, take a moment to pop over to the Introduce Yourself Lounge and say hello before the end of the weekend. As you're networking with the Stage 32 community, you'll meet people from all d...

Coffee & Content: Building Your Story with Production Design

Lateral Networking and Education: Two Ways Stage 32 Can Help You to Succeed

One of the best ways to help build a successful screenwriting career is by building a successful network. Thanks to Stage 32, networking doesn’t need to be intimidating or boring. But before we start cold-calling up the A-list, there’s a much easier group of people to contact first - our fellow screenwriters! If you’re still of the mindset that other screenwriters are your competition, let me disabuse you of that notion right now. Your fellow writers ARE your lateral network! Lateral netwo...

Noel Thompson
Noel Thompson
9 days ago
Lateral Networking and Education: Two Ways Stage 32 Can Help You to Succeed

How to Attract Allies in the Film Industry

Have you ever fallen in creative love? Perhaps you idly chat about your favorite director, only to discover that you both love their most obscure film best. Over your first coffee date, you playfully square off about who has the worst set stories, but you share a laugh over the resiliency it takes to keep going. Now you're about to start a project, and your new creative ally is firmly entrenched in your corner. 'How in the world did I get so fortunate?' you wonder. If luck favors the prepared, t...

Karen "Kay" Ross
Karen "Kay" Ross
10 days ago
How to Attract Allies in the Film Industry

4 Reasons Commercial Voiceover Demos are a Voice Actor's Greatest Business Asset

Whether you’re a new or seasoned Voice Actor, you don't get very far into voiceover without hearing about the mighty demo. Why is that? Well, since the beginning of professional voice actor-hood, demos have been used to showcase the vocal range and portfolio of voice talent. Today, demos are used as business cards or calling cards for Voice Actors. It’s one of the only ways potential clients can hear your voiceover chops outside of auditioning, so it’s pretty important to be sure our demos ar...

4 Reasons Commercial Voiceover Demos are a Voice Actor's Greatest Business Asset

Stunt Performing: The Art of Falling

Being pushed and shoved. Getting punched and kicked. Just another day in the office. Being hit by a car. Getting blown up. Just another day in the office. Yes, I am talking about the, for many years, overlooked unsung heroes of the entertainment industry: Stunt actors. I have been privileged to have been part of that unique group of people. Some call us daredevils. Others call us adrenalin junkies. Still, others refer to us as fools. We are none of these. We are actors, and the risks we ta...

Zuzi Fort
Zuzi Fort
12 days ago
Stunt Performing: The Art of Falling

Becoming an Anthropologist with Your Story

Anthropology, simply put, is the study of what it means to be human. A tall order, almost as difficult as the provocation “How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?” from The Sound of Music. Anthropologists, writers, storytellers, and artists are obsessed with finding authenticity. They both know that in order to get to the truth, you have to get deep into the messy zones, the gray areas, and the unknowns. And they are both up for the challenge. To embark on this challenge, anthropologists lea...

Becoming an Anthropologist with Your Story

Announcing the 2nd Annual Action/Thriller Screenwriting Contest

Is there anything more exciting than an Action/Thriller film? Action movies are the new blockbusters, so if you've dreamed of seeing your film in the theater this is the genre for you. Television has never been more action oriented as well - if your script has a superhero, you're on the right track! Don't miss this opportunity to see your story on the big screen. Stage 32 offers access to some of the biggest names in the industry, including executives from Alta Global Media, Aaron Sims Creativ...

Molly Peck
Molly Peck
14 days ago
Announcing the 2nd Annual Action/Thriller Screenwriting Contest