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How Writing a Stage 32 Blog Helped Me Get Distribution for My Transmedia Film Project

Today's success story comes from Las Vegas-based filmmaker and transmedia producer, Owen Ratliff. Back in October, Owen wrote a blog for the Stage 32 community about his experience developing his transmedia film project Black Salt.  Now, Owen is back with an extremely excited Stage 32 Success Story - he procured distribution for his project after connecting with an agent who had read his blog on Stage 32! As the blog editor here at Stage 32, these success stories simply make my hea…

Coffee & Content: What Makes a Great Screen Villain & How to Book and Nail Meetings

Happy Sunday Creative Army! First of all, 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 every corner of 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. Now, grab some fresh coffee and let's dive into this week'…

How to Attract Allies in the Film Industry: The New Approach to Goal-Setting

Have you ever fallen in creative love? Perhaps you idly chat about your favorite director (like this fun getting-to-know-you post), only to discover that you both love their most obscure film the most. 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 fo…

How To Handle Advice and Critique

Happy New Year, Stage 32! Last month, I wrote a pilot and a feature in my labors as a script doctor and ghostwriter… and in the final tally, I wound up writing 6 pilots and nine features in 2021. Just one of these films was under my own name. Going into 2022, my goal is to make enough headway with my own spec sales, films in development, and transmedia projects that I can charge more, work less, and focus on what I have to give the audience. If I can get my sci-fi heist feature …

How to Use Speaking to Brand Yourself & Network

The inclination nowadays is to try to promote yourself online as much as possible. However, while there – understandably (and unfortunately) – are still some locales in varying forms of lockdown, more events are (back) out there where you can go speak! Getting in front of people opens a new lane for you to get your name, face, and what you do “out there” while also providing opportunities to make valuable new connections. Let me immediately nip something in the b…

Authority Magazine: 5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me When I First Became A Filmmaker, an interview with Richard “RB” Botto of Stage 32

Happy Wednesday Stage 32! Since 2011, the Stage 32 team has been working tirelessly to help you stay connected, creative, motivated, and informed. As always, we are committed to bringing you networking opportunities, education and mentoring from top-level industry executives and professionals, and access to decision-makers around the globe all from the comfort of your own home. Recently our efforts have been noticed by the media in a big way. We are incredibly proud and honored that St…

So, You’ve Joined the Stage 32 Writers' Room, Now What?

Congratulations on taking an important step to becoming a professional screenwriter by joining the Stage 32 Writers' Room! And if you haven't joined yet, be sure to check it out here! In all career paths there is the need for continual education, and screenwriting is no different. Whatever natural talent we have must be strengthened through education and networking, because after all, we could have written the greatest scripts in the world, but if no one sees them, it’s as if they…

Announcing the 1st Annual Female Driven Screenwriting Contest

There is nothing more important in the entertainment industry today than lifting up unique and diverse voices. For our first contest of 2022, we chose to focus on stories centered around female characters. While Hollywood may have made some strides forward over the last few years, the industry is still dominated by men. Help us achieve our goal of promoting female driven content by submitting your screenplay today! Female driven content has been on the rise, proving that audiences love …

Coffee & Content: Behind the Lyrics of Disney's ENCANTO & Electro Effect from SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME Tutorial

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 have put together an epic tutorial on how to make the electro effect from Spider-Man: No Way Home. This tutorial uses Adobe After Effects and will add some major production value to your projects.  Next up, Walt Disney Animation Studios recently shared a be…

8 Tips to Help Make Your Feature Film a Reality

Small feature films are roads to much bigger projects. A positive, proactive attitude will propel your work. Here is what you need to give your film a fighting chance against the competition. 1. Aim For Attention Successful projects happen when you adopt a realistic approach to their completion. Don’t think too big too soon. Storytelling as a filmmaker is a lifelong learning curve but a positive attitude is everything. A feature film carries the kudos and longevity that short-for…

The Importance of Sales Projections for Your Film

Long-time Stage 32 member, blog contributor, webinar teacher, and international film & distribution aficionado, David Zannoni has series of exclusive Stage 32 blogs and vlogs to keep you up-to-date on the business of film across the globe. In this vlog article, David is covers the importance of sales projections for your film. Take it away David!

Film Funding: The Independent Producer And the PPM/LLC

In the late 1990’s, I was asked to be involved with a film that was to be funded via a Private Placement Memorandum/an LLC. My company was to be the worldwide sales agent for the film, which was budgeted at about $1.2 million. I read the script and also reviewed the film package (writer/director/actors/producers etc) and the production budget. I did my due diligence on the film project. I liked the project, the genre and pace of the script etc., so I was happy to provide revenue …

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