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4 Reasons I Never Gave Up As A Filmmaker

Nearly five years ago I started the journey to becoming a filmmaker. At the time I had a great job with benefits, three weeks of vacation, a decent salary, and great co-workers… ...but I was miserable. I wasn’t doing the one thing that burned with an unquenchable fire within me. All I wanted to do was make movies. Now mind you, I am a father of three awesome children and husband to an amazing wife. I have a mortgage, a car payment, and of course your standard American cre…

Stage 32 At The 2018 Austin Film Festival

Next week Stage 32 descends upon Austin, Texas for the Austin Film Festival. We are proud to be involved with the 2018 Austin Film Festival for the 6th year in a row! We invite our Stage 32ers to come join us!   Screenwriters Richard Botto & Shane Black (both managed by David Greenblatt) chat with fellow Stage 32ers at the 2017 Austin Film Festival   Screenwriter's Meetup @ Austin Film Festival We invite all our Stage 32 members for a fun night to celebrate the most …

3 [Frightening] Writing Fails to Avoid in a Horror Script

Writing a script is challenging in many ways. After you overcome the stress of facing the first draft review and all the reviews after that and then you see the job done it is, without a doubt, a very satisfying achievement. During the process we can make mistakes (yes, even writers make mistakes) with the way we tell the story. This is why we must keep reading and or talking about script techniques. Today I want to talk specifically about three things we must not do when we are writing …

Congratulate the Winners of Our 2nd Annual Sci-Fi & Fantasy Screenwriting Contest

We are beyond excited to announce the talented scribes who's scripts advanced to the Finals of the 2nd Annual Stage 32 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Screenwriting Contest. And give a huge congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner John Dummer from Chicago, IL for his script FORGET-ME-NOTS, and to our 2nd place winner Terry Brody from New York for his script THE VR (VIRTUAL REALITY).  We were on the hunt for our most talented writers to bring us mystical, magical and intergalactic wo…

Successful Voice Actors Do Things Differently (And Here's How)

Do you have a great voice you believe can help you book more work? If you’re considering building a career with your formidable vocal pipes, you should know that there are some tips and business building techniques that can help you mold that raw talent into a golden opportunity. Curious to know what strategies successful voice over actors rely on? Voices.com, the world’s largest online marketplace for voice actors, recently compiled survey data from actors and vocal coache…

The Birth of the "Mini Writer's Room." Helping or Hurting?

For many of us here on the Stage 32 platform (myself included), sitting at the table with other writer's to flush out a season for TV is more than just an image glued to a vision board. It's a dream. It's why we get up in the morning and flush out storylines and story arcs and practice the art of bible writing until we're blue in the face. It's why we take the part-time job or work the night shift.It's why we sacrifice living large until our words are noticed. And all the while, as we …

Coffee & Content - Screenwriting Myths: 3 Act Structure & 5 Simple Filmmaking Tricks

Happy Sunday, Creative Army. Let's close out the weekend with another strong cup of java and an equally potent edition of Coffee & Content. First up this week, I've been noticing many threads in the Screenwriting Lounge lately regarding the basics and the merits of writing within a 3 act structure.  One such thread reminded me of a video from Click Imagination I viewed a couple of years back.  I decided to dig it up and present it hear for consumption and discussion. …

Actors With Disabilities: One Writer Makes Room For Everyone

Katie O'Reilly is changing the way the world views people with disabilities. She's writing them onto the stage, leaving their disabled stories out and normalizing them with the same hopes, fears, dreams, and realities that any other human being would face. A hearing-impaired actor uses sign language during a stage performance. The playwright said, "Disabled characters are often metaphors or tropes, representing very negative aspects of what it is to be human. So you’re evil pers…

What Animators Would Really Like Writers to Know (So We Stay Sane)

"Animation is so liberating. I can write whatever I imagine!" We've all heard this sentiment phrased one way or another. It's true that practically anything that can be dreamed up can be animated, but someone actually has to animate it. So, the question is, "Just because you can imagine it, should you write it?" As both a writer and an animation director, I've seen some scripts that make animators as crazy as Daffy Duck. I have actually been guilty of writing such scripts. Animated featu…

Does "Luck" Play a Role in Your Acting Career?

  “Luck” Photo by Erwin More of More Medavoy Every now and again when I hear people talk about actors, it’s not unusual for them utter the word “luck” to reference the reason for the actor’s success. I pause for a moment and then tell those people what luck really is. “Luck is being prepared when opportunity arrives,” I say. “You may not create it exactly, but you sure as hell execute it.” There will always be things t…

Chris Moore Chooses Stage 32 Over Masterclass

  Chris Moore is one of the most respected producers and sought after speakers in Hollywood today. From Good Will Hunting to American Pie to the Oscar winning Manchester by the Sea, Chris has carved out something rare in this business, a long lasting and lucrative career with huge projects spanning multiple decades. Additionally, as the founder of Project Greenlight and The Chair, Chris has been at the forefront of champion independent filmmakers all across the globe. It’s …

How To Write the Very Best Bad Guys and Slimeballs [So You Cringe]

Are your bad guys bad enough?Evil enough?Vile and slimy and downright power hungry?Do they make you cringe when you're writing them? They should. And according to our favorite writers at Bang2Write, the protagonist’s goodness is directly related to how powerful the villain is. That's why we see so many "bad guys" who want all the power while the "good guys" want peace on earth and good will to men. And yeah, yeah, we know the antagonist (hero) is supposed to be the foundation o…

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