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A Very Happy Thanksgiving to You All!

On behalf of the Stage 32 team, I'd like to wish all celebrating a very Happy Thanksgiving.  We are all extremely grateful for the members of this community and for the incredible relationships and friendships that have bloomed over the years.  Truly, we feel blessed. As I've mentioned in past Thanksgiving blogs, I like to use the end of each Turkey Day for some quiet reflecting on the year thus far.  What was I hoping to accomplish?  What can still be done with the …

3rd Annual November Write Club: You Know They’re Going to Ask

Turkey. Football. Awkward Family Conversations. Just another normal Thanksgiving. And that means extended family asking you about your screenplays. Some folks love talking about their script. Some people love it so much, you’ll find you don’t even have to ask them about it… or initiate a conversations… or even make eye contact… We get it! Your 7-part Lord-of-the-Rings-meets-Little-Miss-Sunshine epic is a masterpiece and all the producers “just don&…

Which Comes First - The Brand of You or the Brand of Your Content?

Hey guys. As you know, more and more filmmakers, screenwriters, actors and cinematographers are taking matters into their own hands by controlling their own content. This is a strategy that has proven incredibly advantageous for those who are educated on understanding how to build a brand for themselves and their projects. But which should come first: The brand of you or the brand of your content? Today I share my latest article for Medium on this subject. I hope you will enjoy. My onl…

Coffee & Content - Framing Relationships in Fargo & Storytelling Through Editing

Hey guys. Happy Sunday. Today, two more videos for you to enjoy with your morning java. First up, it's a look at how the Coen Brothers used very specific framing techniques to define character relationships in Fargo. I love this one...I think you will as well Next up, I have a brilliant look at editing in storytelling. This video is a piece of art unto itself that will no doubt invite repeat viewings. As always, all I ask in return is that you pay it forward and share this content thr…

How to Maximize Audience Engagement Consistently in Movies

Has science found the answer to maintaining audience engagement consistently during a movie, by eliminating filmmakers 'blind narrative spots?' Although a scientific approach to filmmaking can provide an evidence based framework to maintain audience engagement, many filmmakers perceive a scientific approach to filmmaking as ineffective, which limits creativity. However, scientific research studies can determine what engages audiences, by measuring viewers reactions to different story s…

How I Made "Under the Influence"

You know when you’re a filmmaker and you move to Los Angeles away from all of the resources you’ve worked tirelessly to secure? A fresh start? No? Oh... Me neither...   Just kidding.   Earlier this year, I moved to Los Angeles with my best friend and co-collaborator, Courtney Birk, from Baltimore, Maryland. A 2700 mile drive to further pursue my film career. Being in a brand new city, I was at a loss for cast, crew, and locations. After finally getting settled (…

3rd Annual November Write Club: The Key is to Just Write

The ides of November are here and it's time to count pages. I'm at 44, and have been for about week. I felt stuck and haven't quite progressed in my latest feature. This one is new for me, and it's scaring me a little. I typically write comedy, albeit horror comedy, sci-fi comedy, action comedy, and things that are full of humor and don't take themselves too seriously. I wanted to challenge myself this month by writing one of my favorite genres of all time, the sci-fi adventure film. Yes…

The 3 Step Process to Unlock Your Creativity

One of the biggest challenges filmmakers and screenwriters face is to keep their creative energy fresh and high, while working on projects that ask years of endurance and at times don't feel creative. What often drove us toward filmmaking - the excitement of creating stories - can quickly become the thing we connect with the less as we work toward building our careers: handling deadlines, finding an agent, raising money, applying to festivals, answering casting calls and the 100 other t…

Emerging Filmmakers: Enter your Short Film for a Chance at Up To $50K in Prizes

I've been working with David Okamoto from AT&T for over a year now and have been incredibly impressed with how he is helping short film filmmakers create and move ahead in this growing world of DIY film. When David told me that AT&T was opening up a call for submissions for the next generation of filmmakers to submit their work I was excited to bring it to the Stage 32 community. Not only is AT&T giving filmmakers who have shot a film on a phone a chance, but t…

Coffee & Content - Up Your Storytelling Game & The Art of Creativity

Happy Sunday, everyone.  Let's brew some dark roast and enjoy some content.  How about it? My first video today comes from Teppo Haapoja who lends some thoughts on how to up your storytelling game by grabbing all the shots you need to assure you're not getting caught short in the editing room. Next, I have an oldie but a goodie.  It's a fantastic TEDx talk from visual artist, actor, writer and director Taika Waititi called The Art of Creativity.  Consume, bookmark, …

Literary Editing - Stage 32 Success Story

I received an amazing testimonial recently that really humbled me and gave me such a feeling of success and achievement, that I really feel as though I have 'made it'. There's a saying that says something like... 'Everyone is famous among those they know' and I really do honestly feel like that right now, the testimonial really lifted me and made me feel as though I must be doing something right and I'm so chuffed with it, my head really is too big to get through the door and I am unasha…

Creatives, Prepare to Get Motivated - Film Trooper Podcast

We want to give a huge shout out to Ron Newcomb for having our fearless leader, RB, as a guest on the Film Trooper podcast. This is an inspirational and motivating podcast filled with a ton of advice and information to help you as a creative. RB talks about how many filmmakers get wrapped up in how to "crowdfund". Most filmmakers are too focused on having people give them money to help make their movie. Most filmmakers don't stop and ask, "What can I give back to…

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