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Lessons Learned After Reading Over 600 Scripts

If you're a screenwriter, than you've heard (hopefully) more than a ka-zillion times (maybe) that one way to learn the craft of screenwriting is by reading past work. (And plenty of it.) That means reading scripts. Features, shorts, pilots, anthologies, and so on.     I don't know about you, but I have quite a few read scripts under my belt. So does William Gallagher, a screenwriter based in Great Britian. But he's got me beat, for sure. Here's his story on what he learn…

Shooting Cheap & Fast: How This Hollywood Duo is Creating for Less

The Duplass Brothers are writing and producing fast. So fast, they say, that they're saving themselves thousands of dollars per episode on Room 104, an HBO anthology that's starting to turn heads.   They're also opening the doors to filmmakers looking to do something different. And while some writers feel their scripts feel "unfinished," the duo believes the process they're using allows for greater creativity while saving big cash at the same time. “We say, ‘Hey, we…

3 Tips On How to Use Stage 32 to Help Your Film or TV Career (by Richard Botto)

If you're reading this blog post, it's because you want to make the most of this platform. You want to connect with others and take things to the next level.   During RB's "Ask Me Anything" webinar a few short months ago, he answered this very question, offering three tips to help creators like you make the most of the platform to help your film or TV career. Click the link below to hear the rest of what he has to say on how to maximize your potential here on Stage 32:   …

Why No One Read Your Blog Post Today

So you wrote a blog post for us, didja?Or you wrote one for your own site.And it looks like no one read it.You got maybe 3 comments and 2 likes. Frustrated, you decide that your post wasn't worthy and that doing this blogging thing isn't for you.   Before you decide to throw in the towel, here are four reasons why no one read your blog post today: You didn't offer them a solution to their problem. You didn't write the post for them, you wrote it for you. You've never posted…

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Can Learning From Reality TV Help You Market Your Film or Project?

I remember the beginnings of reality TV. It was a phenomenon that had people hooked on other people's lives every Thursday night at 8 p.m. Today we can binge watch those other people's lives. (Like that time I binge-watched Housewives of Beverly Hills one night after a blogging conference in Ohio.) And while it's clear these days that much of the scripts are, well, scripted, there is something to be said for the way these television shows capture our attention. Lisa Marinelli, a crea…

American Horror Story Director Gives Advice to Aspiring Filmmakers

American Horror Story and Mayans director Rachel Goldberg went above and beyond when Stage 32 asked for some advice at the Hollyshorts Film Festival. Listen as she talks about how to build relationships in the industry, as well as how directors can keep their cool on set when things go south.   Click Here For Rachel's Advice!     Remember, if you haven't subscribed to our YouTube page, make sure you do so you don't miss any of our announcements.   Like thi…

Why Multiple Cliffhangers May Not Work for Your TV Series

Leave 'em wanting more.Keep 'em guessing.Leave the door open so the audience walks through. The idea of writing a TV series with irresistible cliffhangers is one that may have some writers confused, especially when it comes to the execution. But Lucy V, Hay of Bang2Write feels that too many mysteries or unanswered questions could mislead the viewer. Don't give them up, she says. Just use them the right way.     "...this is the problem with a good 80% of the TV spec series…

Why Sundance May Not Be That Far Out Of Reach

"...filmmakers with dreams of Sundance should not view the network of festival programmers, nonprofit talent developers, producers, and yes, filmmakers (no recommendations mean more) as a hurdle. In reality, their tentacles spread far and deep searching for talent." It's hard to read the above excerpt and think that it can possibly be true. Of course getting into Sundance offers a series of hurdles. You have to have clout, right? Sure you do. But how do you measure it? And what does it…

Creating Emotional Investment With Your Audience

We want strangers to care. Maybe not when we're out picking up milk or driving to work on any given day, no. We tend to be too wrapped up in our own selves during those times to care about what others are pondering. But when we're writing about milk or driving, we want complete strangers to be emotionally invested in our story. We want them to understand every move our characters make.     Erik Bork, best known for his work on HBO's Band of Brothers, is also a Stage 32 m…

Former Executive from SONY & Lionsgate Gives Advice for Digital Content Creators

With more streaming services emerging and nontraditional content showing up at festivals and on various platforms on the Internet, filmmakers want to know the skinny on where things are going with digital media. Ka Wai Ho, a former studio manager at Studio Crackle and Lionsgate, caught up with Stage 32 at the Hollyshorts Film Festival to offer advice on how one can begin creating content for a digital platform.   Click Here For Ka Wai's Advice!       Remember…

That Still, Small Voice: How Ann Dowd Arrived at Stardom in her 50's

My favorite posts here on Stage 32 are the ones that inspire we creatives, actors, and filmmakers in the "second act" of our lives. Because, let's face it, we live in a culture that holds high the accolades and beauty of young, successful men and women in the industry. Of course we can see now that all of that is changing. Slowly. Actress and screenwriter Paula Jean Hixon made that clear in her comedic short film, "Are You My Mommy," which takes a look at how women of a "certain age" a…

Richard Botto Answers: How Do I Get in Front of Screenwriting Managers and Agents to Pitch?

The dream of a writer is to get his or her script in front of the right people. To pitch it with perfection to the very network that we know would swoon over our story. But how do we writer's get into those rooms? How do we find our way to the table to share our brilliant story? Richard "RB" Botto, our fearless leader and CEO at Stage 32, dives into three ways we can get in front of managers and agents. Here's a hint: 1) Only enter contests that get you into rooms.2) Go to events as of…

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