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Another Stage 32 Success: Mind’s Eye Entertainment options TV Pilot from Stage 32 Writer with Exec Anna Henry Producing!

Good morning, Stage 32 Creative Crew! I hope it was a fantastic weekend and one filled with creative endeavors. Keep hitting those writing goals. What separates those who succeed in this business from those who do not is simply tenacity and identifying opportunities.  In that spirit, I want to introduce you to Angela Uzun - an incredible writer who connected with Television Executive Anna Henry through Stage 32 coverage, and now has a television project optioned at Mind's Eye Entert…

Coffee & Content - Affordable Tools for Cinematic Filmmaking & Chef Breaks down Cooking Scenes in Movies

Happy Sunday Creative Army! Welcome to August. How was your July? What did you create? I have some great content for you this Summer Sunday that is guaranteed to stir up some creativity. Grab your coffee and let's dive in.  First up, YouTuber ponysmasher (aka David F. Sandberg, Director of Shazam!, Annabelle: Creation, & Lights Out) has put together an awesome video detailing the tools he uses to make his movies - plus even cheaper alternatives that still give you a cinematic …

Writing Authentic Characters Through the Lens of Personal Experience

It was 2015 and I was working on an oil rig in West Texas as a roughneck, working 12-hour days in scorching heat for 28 days in a row. At any given moment I was physically exhausted, had torn muscles and aching joints, was wet with mud and oil, and experiencing a level of pain that would send most people to the ER. Though my body was under extreme stress my mind was disassociated from the experience, day-dreaming of sci-fi worlds, and the characters who inhabited them. I was 30 years ol…

Acting in Atlanta: Everything You Need to Know

Welcome to Atlanta! Where the Actors Play. Waaaay back in 2005, if you were living in Atlanta and looking to jump into this crazy business called acting, conventional wisdom would have told you to make the move to Hollywood and start there. And even as recent as 2012, if you came to Hollywood and mentioned you were from Atlanta, you would be met with a shrug of the shoulders, and maybe even a look of disgust. Flash forward to 2020, and if you were to move from Atlanta to Hollywood…

How to Overcome Fear when Pitching a Screenplay or a TV Pilot

One of the most uncomfortable experiences that anyone can have is pitching something that they have written to those who will either accept it or reject it. Just like delivering a speech for the first time, pitching a screenplay can be quite nerve-wracking especially the first time that you do it. All too often, a good screenplay does not get produced because the pitch was not delivered in the right manner. Why We Get Nervous? Why does anyone get nervous when they are presenting the…

How To Produce An International Pilot During COVID-19

Black Creek originated as a writing exercise during quarantine. Now, it’s an independent TV pilot with network actors, Sundance Fellows, and a cutting-edge health and safety solutions company attached. Michael Goitanich and Connor Pannell, the Canadian/American co-production duo behind Black Creek, discuss what they learned throughout virtual development, pre-production, and their plans for on-set protocol in August.

Mental Health & Why it Should Be Part of Your Creative Process

If I am ever in a funk, it is usually because of comparison. Comparison is the thief of joy (Theodore Roosevelt) and it's so true. The minute I begin comparing my ability, my talent, my looks, or my journey to another, I'm automatically spiraling into negative thoughts, which will put me in a funk. If I notice I am doing this, I take a break from social media and focus on practicing gratitude. Social media can be soul-draining at times. It's a wonderful tool for sharing art, thank …

Announcing Our 1st Annual Diverse Voices Springboard Screenwriting Contest

Feature and television projects from diverse writers, and stories with traditionally unheard perspectives, are essential to art, entertainment, and advancing the conversation in a way that has largely been ignored by Hollywood. However, these days, much to our contentment, things are changing. With the powerful evolution of new voices in both features and TV, projects like QUEEN AND SLIM, THE FAREWELL, ATLANTA, CRAZY RICH ASIANS, BLACK-ISH, POSE, LOVE SUGAR, INSECURE are thriving and lea…

Coffee & Content - An Epic Conversation on Creativity & 20 Tips for Working on Set

Happy Sunday Creative Army! Here's hoping you had a happy, healthy, and creative week. I've got some fresh coffee in hand and some amazing content coming in hot. Let's dive in, shall we? First up, The Hollywood Reporter has an all-star roundtable all about creativity featuring some of the biggest names in entertainment. This video features Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton the musical, In the Heights), Donald Glover (Atlanta, Community, and hip hop superstar Childish Gambino), Damien C…

Easily Avoided Crime Screenwriting Mistakes

Over the last few years, I’ve consumed a lot of crime fiction. Between researching novels and pilots, I’ve read mysteries (recently I’ve gotten into Preston and Child), studied real-life forensics reports and procedure, and I’ve watched thousands of hours of crime television shows. And yes, I did say thousands. I’m fairly certain that’s not an exaggeration. As a writer, I’ve learned I’m a lot like a sponge. I need to absorb content in or…

How to Film (Safely) During a Pandemic

I remember sitting on my porch in December 2019 and saying to myself, finally, 2020, a new start. I think the majority of the world pretty much felt that 2019 could take a hike, that is until 2020 really hit us with a Pandemic. Being a filmmaker during this time has struck fear within our industry, as well as the rest of the world. So, the impending question is, how do we get back to set? What does that look like as the bans are lifting and work is kinda moving forward? I’m here …

The Making of "We are Freestyle Love Supreme": Part 3

Happy Thursday Stage 32! As you may recall, back in May we launched "The Making of We are Freestyle Love Supreme" blog series, written by producer, director, and Stage 32 educator, Andrew Fried. Throughout this three-part blog series, Andrew chronicles his epic filmmaking adventure that began in Scotland in 2005 videotaping Lin-Manuel Miranda's pre-'Hamilton' improv hip-hop group, Freestyle Love Supreme. This amazing documentary is 15-years in the making and beautifully illustrates the…

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