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Should Screenwriters Create and Control Their Own Content? (by Richard Botto & Bradley Gallo)

Should you create and control your own content as a screenwriter? With the industry turning the way it is (and has) for the last decade, it certainly doesn't hurt for a writer to create his or her own content Click the link below to hear what RB and Bradley have to say about writers turning into content creators.   See What RB & Bradley Have to Say!   Remember, if you haven't subscribed to our YouTube page, make sure you do so you don't miss any of our announcements.…

Aside From Crowdsourcing, What Gives Me a Competitive Advantage in the Film Industry?

We’ve learned in the Crowdsourcing video series that in order to get ahead with any creative project, you need to have a competitive advantage. Stage 32 CEO Richard “RB” Botto is the best-selling author of Crowdsourcing For Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd, an undeniably powerful book that delves into one of the film industry's best kept secrets: CrowdSOURCING. And the more you discover about crowdsourcing, the more you understand that it truly gives yo…

How Your Favorite Coming of Age Novel Shaped You

Off the top of your head, without thinking, what was your favorite coming of age novel? Mine was, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. I had to read it because all of the junior high school girls were reading it and talking about the "sex scene" it in. And of course, I had to read that sex scene. It would be my first book that dove into sex and I was very excited about learning more. It wasn't that great. But the book was. I remember that. Which is why I felt compelled to share th…

What Kinds of Things Can You Crowdsource for Your Creative Project?

In the next video of our Crowdsourcing series, Richard “RB” Botto, the best-selling author of Crowdsourcing For Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd and Stage 32’s CEO, shares things you can crowdsource for your creative project. If you’ve been following the series, you know that building an audience first can help enhance your crowdfunding campaign because you’ve already taken the time to seek out dedicated followers. But what if you could crow…

What Fish Can Teach Us About [Not] Giving Up

I have a secret to tell you. About two weeks after my pilot shoot, I wanted to give up. And not just for that day. For about 45 days after that. And then forever, really. I was tired, burned out, frustrated with a crew member, and suddenly completely unsure of why I had just invested thousands of dollars to do what I did. I wanted to give up. My other half told me what I was experiencing was natural and that before long, I would be back in the saddle. Turns out what he said is true. B…

How Crowdsourcing Can Work For Your Book, Film, Magazine, or Any Other Creative Venture

Welcome back to one of the more powerful video series we’ve offered here on Stage 32. For the past several weeks we’ve featured videos from Stage 32 CEO, Richard “RB” Botto, the best-selling author of Crowdsourcing For Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd. Each video is powerful in it’s own right. But this one speaks to how crowdSOURCING can work for any creative venture. Whether you plan on launching your film, a book, a newsletter or magazine,…

How Do I Know if Living in LA is Right For Me? (with Richard Botto & Bradley Gallo)

Ready for advice from 2 New Yorker's in Hollywood? For writers and actors all over the world, making the decision to move to LA isn't taken lightly. For some, the move isn't possible. For others, it's been in the cards for a long time. And for even more, it's something they would love to do, but the timing isn't quite right. In this clip from the FREE webinar "Ask Me Anything," hosted by Stage 32 CEO and screenwriter Richard "RB" Botto, RB teams up with film producer Bradley Gallo to d…

Marketing as a Filmmaker, Producer, or Content Creator: Do I Market Myself or My Film First?

If you’re a first-time filmmaker, you should market your film or other project first. This is what Stage 32 CEO Richard “RB” Botto covers in the next video in his continued series that dives deep into crowdSOURCING for filmmakers. Rb is the best-selling author of Crowdsourcing For Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd, and he covers this crucial point in the video below. Most of the time, as a first-time filmmaker or content creator, no one really knows w…

"The Last OG" Actor Talks About What Actors Can Learn Working With A-Listers

If you're an actor, you may be wondering what it's like working alongside A-list actors. What's more, what can you learn from them? Let's find out from a true pro. Allen Maldonado, an actor who stars with Tracy Morgan in The Last OG (created by Tracy Morgan and Jordan Peele) talked to Stage 32 at Film Con Hollywood about what it's like working along side the likes of Denzel Washington and Jennifer Aniston. Allen discovered the value he gleaned from these long-time actors wasn't just tuc…

Can You Crowdfund Without Crowdsourcing Your TV, Film, or Digital Project First?

As we continue to post the Stage 32 CrowdSOURCING video series each week, questions come up from those soaking in the videos. One question that has come up more than once is, “Can you crowdfund a TV, film, or digital project without crowdsourcing that project first?” Stage 32 CEO Richard “RB” Botto, author of the best-selling book Crowdsourcing For Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd, takes this question head on in his book, and briefly in the video…

Why Emotional Intelligence is Crucial in the Film World

We always talk about writing, filmmaking, and other industry aspects here on the blog, but we don't touch base too often with the business side of it. And if you're a writer, director, producer,  or other kind of contracted film worker, you're essentially in business for yourself.   What we do is hard. No question. And it takes a certain level of strength to do it. Not just physical strength, but emotional strength as well. Give the link below a read for a peek into why we …

The Most Unlucky Post You'll Read All Day

If you're superstitious, stop reading. Go read this post instead. (It's fun and inspiring and doesn't include blood.) If you don't have any superstitions about today, then stay with me. Because why not spend your Friday reading about the history of how Friday the 13th came to be a dreaded day? After all, look at all the cool stuff that's come from it: "Long considered a harbinger of bad luck, Friday the 13th has inspired a late 19th-century secret society, an early 20th-century novel, …

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