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RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (September 23, 2016)

Full slate of content this week including all the industry news out of TIFF you can handle.  Incredibly busy around the network as well. The Lounge reached a new high in contributions last week – big ups to all those participating. We announced a cool partnership with Screencraft (read more here). 3 Stage 32 composers have created some incredible software and are now looking to spotlight some Stage 32 filmmakers (read about it here). And we announced the next edition of On St…

The '30 Minutes With...' Series - Exclusive To Stage 32 Members!

 Hello friends and fellow creatives! Erik here from the Stage 32 Happy Writers. One of the best parts of my job is that I get so much face time with executives across the industry. I get to watch as writers around the world pitch to them every week, I get to hear their thoughts, their first reactions and read the feedback they send in for each and every pitch. I'm in an extremely lucky position to be able to ask these executives questions about pitching and what they're seeing in t…

Filmmakers - Want Your Film Scored & Seen By Industry Executives?

Today, we have an exciting opportunity for our filmmakers brought to you by 4 incredibly talented, accomplished and visionary Stage 32 composers. Drew Silverstein, Samuel Estes, Michael Hobe and Matt Kabus have been working on their revolutionary composing software, Amper, for more than 3 years and they are now ready to bring it to the public. Being the collaborators they are, they want to take some Stage 32 members along for the ride. I'll let Drew take it from here, but before I do, …

TIFF 16 - It's A Wrap

It’s a wrap! For a “non-competitive” film festival, the Toronto International Film Festival handed out plenty of prizes at its star-studded Awards Brunch this past Sunday. TIFF’s reputation was established as one of the five most important film events of the year because of its great audiences and their People’s Choice Awards presage major Academy Award buzz. The People’s Choice Award this year went to “La La Land” starring Ryan Gosling an…

On Stage With 'RB' (September 2016) Announced!

It’s that time again! Time for the September 2016 edition of On Stage with 'RB'! Every month our Founder & CEO, RB, brings on special guests who work in the industry, such as filmmakers and executives to offer advice to our community in an online webinar. Plus, he discusses the best way to use Stage 32 to help your career. Afterwards, he opens up the floor to you for a live 90 minute Q&A session about anything and everything in the industry. Best of all, this is FREE, exc…

Stage 32 + ScreenCraft - 3 Screenwriting Events in 3 Cities!

Stage 32 has been a featured company at the Austin Film Festival the last 4 years hosting a variety of panels, parties and meetups. This year, we're back again and we're very pleased to announce we're hooking up with ScreenCraft to not only host another huge screenwriting event at AFF, but also 2 more bi-coastal screenwriting meetups in New York and Los Angeles. On Monday, September 26th, ALL screenwriters in the New York and Los Angeles areas are welcome to join us for pre-AFF 2016 Stag…

5 Tips From a Cannes "Official Selection" Filmmaker

On my way back from the Cannes Film Festival this year – the film I directed, Close Encounters with Vilmos Zsigmond, an 80min-documentary film, was an Official Selection (at Cannes Classics) – I was wondering if I could gather some tips (let’s say five) for those who haven’t already made the step to grab a camera and shoot, for those (like me) who have no budget just passion, for those who are dreaming of having one day a film in Cannes. Yes, you can.&n…

Know Your 'NO' People

As an artist, I can always find people that will compliment my work, even when I know it is not worthy. It's always nice to hear great things about our work, but we really need to know what people are really thinking about our films, good and bad. We all have these 'yes' people around us. They tell us what they think we want to hear. They offer praise but no criticism. But we must have the criticism from trusted people to improve our craft. The best way to receive this criticism is to ha…

RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (September 16, 2016)

I’m baaaacckkk…And so is the Weekend Blog. Based on all the emails and DM’s I received, you missed your weekly dose of news, vids, tips and tricks. Truly happy to hear how much many of you look forward to perusing all the content I offer up each weekend. But it does beg the question…Why do so many of you choose not to comment and discuss said content? Let’s remedy that this week, shall we! Let’s hear from you down in the Comments section. Remember,…

Pay It Forward: Another Stage 32 Film Premiering This Week

As filmmakers, we all try to move forward and create our films with the talent, materials and tools at our disposal. Some of these we may have in or arsenal and others we acquire through purchasing, hiring, renting, borrowing or simply putting the “arm” on colleagues. However, apart from a great story and script, some of the most important components of our productions are those resources called humans. Whether above the line or below, these critical creative team members are…

The '30 Minutes With...' Series - Exclusive To Stage 32 Members!

Hello friends and fellow creatives! Erik here from the Stage 32 Happy Writers. One of the best parts of my job is that I get so much face time with executives across the industry. I get to watch as writers around the world pitch to them every week, I get to hear their thoughts, their first reactions and read the feedback they send in for each and every pitch. I'm in an extremely lucky position to be able to ask these executives questions about pitching and what they're seeing in the ind…

Burst Your Bubble: My Journey As A Standup Comic

Burst your bubble. Enjoy the process, the experience and the balance. First, for the sake of contributing something educational, here are some simple tips for standup comedy beginners. Get on stage when they call your name. If you take the mic off the stand, move the stand out of the way. It’s a barrier. If you start to say, “What should I talk about next?” You shouldn’t. Get off the stage. When you see the light, finish your bit and say goodnight. Never go…