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How to Film Safely During COVID

Happy Saturday Stage 32! As many of you may know, I host an Instagram LIVE every week on @stage32online highlighting some amazing Stage 32 members from all over the world. Recently, I have had the distinct pleasure of speaking with two of our members that have successfully filmed (COVID-free!) during the pandemic.  First up - cinematographer, director, and screenwriter Emily Skye shot her proof-of-concept short film River back in May 2020 in North Carolina. The short has already b…

How to Unleash the Power of Storytelling - Stage 32 Welcomes Angela Cristantello!

Hello, Stage 32! Allow me to introduce myself: My name is Angela Cristantello. I’m an actor and writer living in Los Angeles, and I’m psyched to call myself the new Script Services Manager for Stage 32. Jason Mirch and I are working together to strengthen our ties within and bring even more opportunities to our amazing community. I genuinely couldn’t be more excited about it if I tried. I’m here for all of your suggestions regarding coverage, contests, community …

Casting: An Actors Perspective - Part 2: "Tell the Truth"

Hello Stage 32 Community! As you may recall, back in August we launched a blog series called "Casting: An Actor's Perspective" by actor and long-time Stage 32 member Jon Snow. In his first blog, his videos discuss how to "Tell, Don't Ask" and the importance of genuine discovery during auditions. Click here to check out Jon's first blog.  Jon has worked with some of the biggest casting offices in Los Angeles as an audition reader for over three years. He has been in well over …

Variety Insight and Stage 32 Join Forces to Provide Industry Creatives and Professionals Data, Analytics and World Class Education

          Good morning, Creative Army.  I'm thrilled to announce yet another exclusive Stage 32 partnership, this time with one of the oldest and most respected brands in the industry, Variety and Variety Insight. Under the partnership, VBI’s flagship product, Variety Insight, will be the Official Entertainment Industry Database Partner of Stage 32 and Variety Insight members will receive a credit toward education courses on Stage 32. In return Stag…

Film Composers – Your Attention Please! (Part 1)

There is a great feeling of satisfaction in seeing a film go through its various stages of completion and having it placed in your hands knowing that, through your efforts, the sonic landscape created will be able to convey the deeper emotions of what is being portrayed onscreen. Film Composers are in fact storytellers and our tools are sound.That being said there are a lot of steps that has to be covered before the Director trusts you with the work, vision and effort that it took to rea…

Life with Acting. Acting with Life.

Let’s face it, balancing work and life, especially in the arts, is no simple task. What if, however, that imbalance is exactly what an actor needs to create vibrant, charismatic, three-dimensional characters? Today, I will explain the importance of an actor bringing his or her own life experiences, emotions, and overall “mess” to each character they play. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Curtain up! EARLY BIRD GETS THE… CAFFEINE It’s 5:43am. I’ve on…

Coffee & Content: The 4 L's of No Budget Filmmaking & Lawyer Breaks Down Courtroom Scenes from Movies & TV

Happy Sunday Creative Army! Have you had a creative weekend so far? I have some content here for you that is sure to get the creative juices flowing, so grab your coffee and let's dive in. First up, the folks over at Film Riot recently sat down with indie filmmaker Zach Ramelan to talk about his recent short film The Statement starring Zachary Levi (Shazam, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Chuck). Zach shot this film during quarantine with a cast and crew of 3 people: one actor, a cine…

Top 10 Stage 32 Lounge Posts to Get You Inspired & Creative this Week

Hey, Stage 32 Collaborators!   This week in the lounges, we've had a fantastic mix of requests for information and advice offered, of fun and engaging "getting to know you" questions, and straight-up requests for links. Even if you're dedicatedly one occupation (e.g. Screenwriter, Actor, Animator, etc.), I would highly recommend joining in conversations in adjacent roles. Screenwriters can pop over to the Acting Lounge or the Producing Lounge for insight into characters or pitchin…

David Lynch and the Two Hollywoods

How does a person succeed in Hollywood? Many of us, if not most of us, are on this site because we’re looking for some generally agreed upon, at least somewhat proven strategy for navigating our bewildering, often dehumanizing career path. Doing theater back in high school and college, breaking in was a pretty reliable, pretty straightforward process with a single, very frustrating twist thrown in: Trying to get involved in the productions upper-classmen are working on seems like …

Producing Projects in the "New Normal" with Oscar-Nominated Producer Chris Moore & Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND!

Happy Thursday Stage 32 Community! Recently, our fearless leader Richard "RB" Botto had an epic chat with Oscar-Nominated producer Chris Moore (Manchester by the Sea, Good Will Hunting, The Adjustment Bureau) focusing on the "new normal" that is the entertainment industry during COVID-19. We were honored to have virtually hosted thousands of Stage 32 members from every corner of the world, and are happy to provide top-notch information that is sure to educate and inspire.  No…

Stage 32 Member Spotlight: Writer/Director Diego Cantu

Hey, Stage32-ers! As the summer winds down, I am reminded of the importance of passion but also allowing others to ignite that fire from within. Whether it is a new friend or old, a peer or mentor, a fan or critic, we all need a little spark to keep our love of the craft alive. Strangely enough, finding ways to help others during this uncertain time has in turn helped ourselves keep going. I was so energized and enlightened by my next guest that I had to take a little extra time to divv…

How to Run a Fully Remote Voice Over Business

Working remotely has become synonymous with Zoom meetings and wearing pajamas. While this year has been wild in terms of life and work for people across the globe, I’m fortunate to have been working fully remotely for over a year as a voice actor. Voiceover started as a side hustle for me - something I enjoyed doing in my spare time. After some pretty decent success, I decided to pursue voiceover a little more intentionally. After about six months of working on my remote voiceove…

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