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Why Writing For a Single Audience Member Could Be the Key To Success

I have to share something with you that unfolded with another screenwriter last week. It happened in a Facebook Group when the screenwriter posted:"How do you stay motivated to write everyday when you're not getting paid?...I'd treat it like a job and be at my desk everyday at 9am, a hour for lunch at 1pm, back at 2 and finish at 5. Really, I would. But writing for free, having no idea if anyone is going to buy your script? In my mind the voice that says "GET A PROPER JOB!" gets louder …

Embracing New Technology in Filmmaking with Michael Hobe

Music Composer, Musician, and Sound Designer Michael Hobe has been on set with other talented crew members with films like: The Dark Knight, Sherlock Holmes (1 & 2), Inception, Rango, Pirates of the Caribbean IV, and The Dark Knight Rises. Being on set of these massive productions has taught him a number of things, including the plus side of keeping up with all that the Digital Age has to offer us.Michael caught up with us at the Stage 32 offices to talk about why filmmakers need to …

Why Your Day Job Isn't Shameful (And What The Rest of Us Do To Make Money)

Okay, by now most of us have heard about the pictures of actor Geoffrey Owens working at Trader Joe's that went viral. Many people attempted to shame Owens, completely misunderstanding that an actors life isn't just "one level" or one status, nor is the job a money-making-machine. There are many levels of acting (and writing and filmmaking), some of which require the creative to work other jobs outside of what viewers see on TV. Yet the general public doesn't understand that. Your sid…

Don't Overthink Your Creative Choices - With Director Alex Ferrari

When writer, director, and producer Alex Ferrari created the website and podcast Indie Film Hustle, he did it knowing that the "hustle" is what it's all about. Alex has been in the film industry for over twenty years, working on over 1000 feature films, shorts, commercials, music videos, network promos, documentaries, and webisodes. His own personal films have been screened in 500+ film festivals around the world.  Alex also recently directed On the Corner of Ego and Desire which f…

Got a Problem in Your Script? Fix it With These Tips

There are a ka-zillion teachers, 5 billion books, and 60 million webinars out there to teach you how to become a better screenwriter. There are even writing coaches to guide you. All of them make some really valid points.And all of them have feedback that may be more subjective than anything.Everyday on Stage 32, different questions regarding writing and formatting pop up. And, because we have so much experience here, our writers and other creatives jump on board to answer. (Which we lo…

Share Your Rejections: What Are Your Most Memorable?

I don't know if you're on Twitter at all, but if you are, you may have seen the #shareyourrejections campaign that flew through the Twittersphere recently. The posts look something like this: I loved it. I loved it so much, I captured some of the very best rejections from filmmakers, screenwriters, actors, and authors with the intention to share them here. You'll recognize some of the names. At the very least, hearing how these creatives were given "the hand" only to come out on top,…

Unconscious Writing To Make You Conscious Again

I was sitting in my brand new Papasan chair a little while ago, whining to my cat (who could care less whether I live or die) that I didn't feel like writing something that had a deadline. After he sauntered away completely disinterested, I got up quite reluctantly and started writing. This little blurb is what came out of me. And for the record, I'm not going to go back to copy edit it, because I'm doing a warm-up exercise as proposed by James Rush, an award-winning playwright who st…

How to Avoid Bad Audio on Set by David Rountree

  The very best way to learn the art of directing is from those who have learned from the very best. David Rountree, an award-winning feature film director (108 Stitches, CUT!) stopped by the Stage 32 offices to share some sound advice.   David Rountree is the President of Psyco Rock Productions and is a director, producer, screenwriter, and actor based in Los Angeles. He is listed in Hollywood Reporter and IMDb as a Top 10 Up-and-Coming Hollywood Director Under 40.  …

Tips to Writing Short-Form Serialized Content

Last week I published a post that talked about the launch of a subscription based service for short form video. That same week, my writing partner sent me a link to an article about an app called BlackPills, another platform for short form content. He did this because we're in the midst of our creating a 10-episode web series called OutSkirts and we're looking for different ways to garner attention. Yes, we'll do the festival circuit. Yes, we'll chase producers down at Starbucks. (No, w…

Actors, Stop Giving So Much on Set. Less is Actually More.

If you’ve shot a film and either edited it yourself or watched an editor do it, than you know that editing different shots together can create a whole new meaning not already present in the original shots. It’s called the Kuleshov Effect, and when it was birthed in the early 1920’s by soviet filmmaker Lev Kuleshov, it changed the way filmmakers told their story. According to independent filmmaker Mark Duggan, actors can learn from this historic, cinematic effect, and a…

New Subscription Based Service for Shortform Video: Will it Work?

If you’re not familiar with Jeffrey Katzenberg, you will be very shortly. Briefly, Katzenberg was the chair at Disney for a decade, moving on from the position in 1994. From there he co-founded and was CEO of Dreamworks Animation. Today he spearheads WndrCo, a new media and technology company looking to change the face of shortform media. Basically, he wants to stream short films, web series, and other “bite-sized” media on your phone for a small fee. Currently called…

The 20th Century Fox Merger: A New Beginning? Or a Tragic End?

Family feuds, bad blood, near bankruptcy, and stories that would shake the #metoo movement today, all aided in what author Leonard Maltin calls the Death of 20th Century Fox. His words come after the July 27th sale of Fox to Disney. Maltin recollects the massive movies made on today's Century City lot with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Movie attendance was at an all time high after the Second World War, but sank incredibly after the introduction of television. But is the acq…

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