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Branding Yourself Without Breaking Yourself

Because every blog is someone’s first blog, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Tennyson E. Stead, and I’m a regular contributor here on Stage 32. I’m a screenwriter with more than 50 screenplays under my belt, I’m a director, I’m a producer, I’m an old-school theater guy and I’m a cutting edge transmedia creator. My biggest credit to date is for writing a dark future gladiator tentpole called Atlas: Uprising for Emagine Content, and I&rsquo…

How To Make Deals in Hollywood without Getting Hustled

Hello, readers of Stage 32! My name is Tennyson E. Stead, I’ve been working in entertainment all my life, and I’ve written more than 50 screenplays - many of them as a ghostwriter, which means a vastly disproportionate portion of my writing is both paid and uncredited work. In fact, a huge number of my professional decisions have involved compromises that I think a lot of writers would balk at, and certainly I’m constantly making decisions that draw rigorous, interrogat…

How To Network Without Using People

Happy “Valentimes,” Stage 32! My name is Tennyson, I’ve written more than 50 screenplays, I’ve helped produce some movies, I direct and edit, I’m a working script doctor, and I’ve been working on stage since I was 13 years old. For the last few years, I’ve been blogging for Stage 32 more or less monthly… and this week, we’re going to talk in a little more detail about why I do that. EVERYBODY NEEDS HELP Showbusiness is, and has a…

How To Handle Advice and Critique

Happy New Year, Stage 32! Last month, I wrote a pilot and a feature in my labors as a script doctor and ghostwriter… and in the final tally, I wound up writing 6 pilots and nine features in 2021. Just one of these films was under my own name. Going into 2022, my goal is to make enough headway with my own spec sales, films in development, and transmedia projects that I can charge more, work less, and focus on what I have to give the audience. If I can get my sci-fi heist feature …

How to Get Creative Control

Welcome back, filmmakers of Stage 32! Most of you know me by now, either for my achievements or for my infamy, so I’ll spare you the branding prologue. If anyone needs a little reassurance that I actually do know what I’m talking about, I can tell you I’ve written two screenplays since my last blog and that I was paid to my satisfaction for both of them. If you’d like to check my receipts a little more thoroughly, I’ve got a brief bio and a list of all the a…

How to Adapt Stories from the Page to the Screen

Welcome back to another Stage 32 Blog, filmmakers! Your host today is a master screenwriter and a master worldbuilder, an award-winning director, and a leader in the independent film community. My name is Tennyson E. Stead, and today’s the day we talk about adapting other people’s stories for the screen. When I agreed to write this article a month ago, I had no idea what September had in store for me… but as fate would have it, I wound up getting hired to run my pitch…

How To Make Money in Screenwriting Without Representation

Welcome back, citizens of Stage 32! For those who don’t know me, I’m an award-winning writer, director, and producer who has written more than 50 screenplays and sold or optioned somewhere around 10. My day job right now is as a script doctor and ghostwriter, I’m developing a sci-fi heist movie called Quantum Theory (which I already have a composer for, but thanks guys!), I’ve been a development executive for 15 years, and I’ve been in showbusiness since bef…

How to Cure Writer's Block with Active Structure (Part 2)

Welcome back to part two of "How to Cure Writers Block with Active Structure". If you are just joining me here for part two, please read part one here first. Now, on to part two! PREPARING TO WRITE Now that we have an outline, there are two more steps we need to undertake before we’re ready to start actually writing the movie. Remember, we’re taking that big, huge action that defines the story’s arc as a whole, and we’re breaking it down into pieces that are sma…

How to Cure Writer's Block with Active Structure (Part 1)

Welcome back, dear readers of Stage 32! By now, most of you know me pretty well. Because I’m eager to dig into the meat and matter of this article, I’m going to skip the part where I try to sell you on myself as an authority in the field of film development. If anyone needs a breakdown on my achievements and status within the industry, there’s a little bio at the bottom of the article which nobody ever reads. In her wisdom and foresight, Taylor the Stage 32 Content Qu…

3 Things I Wish They Taught in Film School

Allow me to clarify, right upfront, that I did not go to film school. My education was in classical theater. I’m writing this article because there have been countless moments in my career where I’ve identified a problem that my film colleagues assured me was of no concern, only to discover I was right when the production fell apart in precisely the manner I had predicted. When this happens, I think it’s polite practice to let my colleagues simply chalk the problem up …

Can Someone Tell Me What Producers Even Do?

My name is Tennyson E. Stead, and I’m a showperson with thirty years of stage experience, fifteen years in film development, and more than 40 screenplays under my belt as a writer. I’ve survived fraudster film producers, I’ve survived a crippling brain injury subequent to having an actor accidentally beat my head in with a prop sword, I’ve survived homelessness, starvation, and even employment as an Arclight Cinemas usher and concessionaire in order to make my dre…

Inspiration and the Will To Work

Happy February, Stage 32! By now, I think most of the readers on this site know me pretty well! For those who don’t, I’m a screenwriter, a playwright, a director, a producer, a script doctor of growing repute, a game designer, a novelist, and in all respects a worldbuilder and storyteller. By now, I’ve worked as an executive for more than a decade and I’ve written more than 40 feature film scripts.  My personal backstory is a bizarre and twisted odyssey of l…

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