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Branded In L.A.

The Stage 32 member base is diverse in both ambition and experience. Many of our members are still looking for their first break. Many, like Bill Oberst Jr., have been working for years. For either group, one thing remains the same: It's always a challenge. You can never rest on your laurels. In this Stage 32 Blog guest post, Bill speaks about the actor as a product and how branding that product can lead to success. Enjoy. -- RB Check out Bill's Stage 32 profile and his IMDb page.

RIFF Premiere of the 2nd Stage 32 Short Film Program

Stage 32 is honored to premiere the 2nd Stage 32 Short Film Program at the 2017 Richmond Film Festival. This program was curated by the incredible industry executives(3 who won Oscars!) who judged our Annual Short Film Contest and features 6 amazing directors (from 4 countries) all with bright futures ahead. Once again, congratulations to all the filmmakers and the Stage 32 team congratulates you on the screening!  Stage 32 Short Film Program @ RIFF Wednesday, March…

Winners Announced! European Co-Production Match Making Program

Stage 32, US/France-based Little W Productions, Scandinavian Locations, and the European Film Commission Networks (EUFCN) are pleased to announce the eight winning filmmakers of their Global Matchmaking Program. In addition to having the opportunity to present their projects presented at SXSW in Austin Texas during an Official US/European Co-Production panel, these filmmakers will also continue to receive coaching from Truls Kontny & Mikael Svensson, the President and the Gene…

RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (February 10, 2017)

Welcome to the weekend, everyone. Hope you all had a terrific week and are ready to dig into some film, indiefilm & Stage 32 content. As always, I invite you to share this content with other creatives in your realm through social media and any other means possible. And, of course I welcome remarks and feedback in the Comments section below. Have a fantastic and creative weekend! RB

The Silent Majority

What makes a classic film? Ask a hundred people, you'd likely get a hundred answers. For me, it's a movie that is near perfect in every technical aspect - from the writing to the casting to the directing to the editing - and rewards you with every viewing. A movie that no matter when you come upon it, you can't help but be sucked into its vortex. "Groundhog Day" is one of those films, a perfect marriage of high concept, brilliant casting, superior acting and precision execution. It's a …

Top 10 @Femscriptintros Tweets

You may or may not be familiar with producer Ross Putman's Twitter feed @femscriptintros. Ross, having been in the industry for many years decided that he would call out the way that female characters are portrayed in the scripts that he's reading. He takes actual script introductions of female characters and replaces them with "JANE" to protect the writers.  For those of you who don't know Ross, he's a Stage 32 Educator, and a successful producer having recently won the Sundance N…

RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (February 3, 2017)

Hope you all had a fabulous week and are ready for the weekend. Up ahead, my usual collection of news, tips, tricks and more. I do hope you’ll take the time to share the Weekend Blog with those you believe would benefit from the content. And, as always, I welcome your thoughts, musings or rantings in the Comments section below. Have a terrific and creative weekend! Cheers! RB

Stage 32 Announces $20k Winning Script in Short Film Contest

Stage 32 and the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission are pleased to announce the grand prize winner of their Short Film Script Contest, screenwriter/director Tanya Carleton Lovrics for her screenplay DOLPHIN GIRL. Lovrics will be flown to Florida and mentored by Sundance alum writer/director, JT Mollner. Production company, Digital Caviar will manage production. A native of Niagara Falls, Canada, Lovrics is a graduate—with honors—from Sheridan's Illustration Program an…

SXSW Roll Call - Who's Going? Who Has Films?

Hey guys. As we all know, yesterday SXSW announced their 2017 film lineup. For the 5th straight year Stage 32 will be at SXSW. This year is exciting for us as we are part of a panel with the European Film Commissions Network, Scandinavian Locations and Little W Productions featuring 8 Stage 32 filmmakers that we are entering into a Global Co-Production Matchmaking Program (more about that here). If you're headed to SXSW and/or have a film playing at the festival,…

Go Play. Go Shed. Go Create. Go Book. GO BE.

Alysia Reiner is just one of those people. You know the kind. They illuminate the room and leave a vapor trail of positive energy in their wake. Their indomitable spirit infuses all who come in contact. Some people just have "it" ... Alysia has "it" in spades. Alysia is an award winning actress, producer, mother, humanitarian, and outspoken environmentalist. She tackles each of these endeavors with passion, intelligence, determination, and a whole lotta heart. As an actress, Alysia has…

Just Finish The Book!

For the last 30 years I have been writing poetry, lyrics and songs, yielding some great achievements along the way, mostly with my songs, but I have had two poems published in the past and have continued to write for the sheer joy and love of writing. I've always enjoyed poetry and it's a shame that over the centuries, it has dwindled as a definitive form of communication, but people do still enjoy writing it as a way of expressing feelings and events that maybe are difficult to express…

RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (January 27, 2017)

Greetings from what has been a somewhat subdued and extremely snowy Sundance Film Festival. This week I have a wealth of Sundance and Oscar news along with the usual array of tips, tricks, videos and everything happening around the platform and community. So dig in and enjoy the content. As always, I ask you to pay it forward when and where you can by sharing this blog with your fellow creative peers via email, carrier pigeon or social media. I also welcome remarks or musings on any of…