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Cannes Roll Call - Who's Going? Who Has Films?

Hey guys. The 70th Cannes Film Festival is right around the corner, so stay tuned for an update of Stage 32's happenings at Cannes.   In the meantime, we'd love to hear from all the Stage 32 members who are planning on attending the fest along with those who will have films playing in the festival. Last year we had an incredible 33 Stage 32 members who had films screen at Cannes - 2 of those films went on to compete for Oscars: Toni Erdmann and My Life as a Zucchini.…

Never Let Rejection Define You

If you've been around Stage 32 for any length of time, you know we believe that a positive mindset is paramount to finding success as a creative. We must draw inspiration and positivity from like-minded individuals who fully understand the challenges of the creative journey.   As you also know, we're big believers in paying it forward. Nothing is more rewarding than sharing our experiences and knowledge with others. To us, this is a major aspect of the collaborative process. &nbs…

Coffee & Content: Podcasts & Webcasts

To all celebrating, a very happy Easter to you. (And a very happy Sunday to everyone else!) I always believe the holidays are for sharing, so I wanted to take a minute to post some podcats, webcasts and interviews that I hope will provide some inspiration today and as you move along in your creative pursuits. There's something here for creatives of all disciplines and all those multi-hyphenates out there!   National Screenwriters Day with Spencer Robinson, Caytha Jentis, Rich…

13 Pearls of Wisdom From Writer/Director Alexander Payne

Yesterday, I was speaking with a producer friend of mine and he mentioned that the buzz around Alexander Payne’s upcoming film Downsizing was quite strong. (A huge shout out to our teacher Jason Roberts who AD'd the film.) That got us talking about our favorite Payne movies and his estimable skills as not only a writer, but as an actor’s director. At one point, I recalled an article I read in MovieMaker where Payne laid down some knowledge. Through the power of Google, I fou…

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Artists

Prepared to be inspired. To get you motivated and keep your creativity flowing this weekend, I'm sharing a terrific video from the good people at the Blender Foundation (Blender Guru). Entitled The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Artists, this well designed talk will inspire thought and introspection. Here are the 7 habits discussed: 1 - Daily Work 2 - Volume Not Perfection 3 - Steal 4 - Conscious Learning 5 - Rest 6 - Get Feedback 7 - Create What You Love Chances are you're alread…

Winners Announced: 2nd Annual TV Writing Contest

Wow...What a contest. And what a difference a year makes. Our 1st Annual TV Writing Contest saw some incredible scripts, but this year, the ante was raised. So many of our feature writers decided to try their hands at TV writing both with original scripts or specs based on existing material. The results were overwhelming and the competition was as fierce as we've seen it for any contest. In the end, however, there can be only one Grand Prize Winner and this year the honor goes to Danny …

How to Build a 30-Year Career in the Industry

This past Saturday, we were proud to welcome 30-year film industry veteran, Jason Roberts, DGA AD, as he hosted a free 60-minute Q&A webinar for hundreds of members of the Stage 32 community.  In his over 3 decades in he business, Jason has amassed 70 credits as an Assistant Director or Second Unit Director. Just some of the big budget blockbusters, indiefilm darlings and well respected television shows Jason has worked on include Jurassic World, Batman v Superman: Dawn of…

Quentin Tarantino's INGLORIOUS BASTERDS Screenplay - The Elements of Suspense

Hey guys. Happy Friday. Also, Happy Introduce Yourself Weekend. I wanted to share a video I found most intriguing. It's a look at the elements of suspense within Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds screenplay, most notably its 17-minute opening scene. What makes this scene so effective? Why does it work so well? I look forward to your thoughts in the Comments section below.     Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email…

Two Stage 32’ers Go For Oscar Gold Today!

While today’s Oscars are shaping up to be a LA LA LAND love fest, there is still some intrigue involved in watching today’s ceremony: Stage 32’ers Michel Merkt and Max Karli are up for a total of 3 Academy Awards. Michel is nominated for producing Best Foreign Film nominee, TONI ERDMANN, which has won dozens of awards throughout the last year, including the Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film yesterday. Michel and Max are both nominated as producers for Bes…

RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (February 10, 2017)

Welcome to the weekend, everyone. Hope you all had a terrific week and are ready to dig into some film, indiefilm & Stage 32 content. As always, I invite you to share this content with other creatives in your realm through social media and any other means possible. And, of course I welcome remarks and feedback in the Comments section below. Have a fantastic and creative weekend! RB

RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (February 3, 2017)

Hope you all had a fabulous week and are ready for the weekend. Up ahead, my usual collection of news, tips, tricks and more. I do hope you’ll take the time to share the Weekend Blog with those you believe would benefit from the content. And, as always, I welcome your thoughts, musings or rantings in the Comments section below. Have a terrific and creative weekend! Cheers! RB

SXSW Roll Call - Who's Going? Who Has Films?

Hey guys. As we all know, yesterday SXSW announced their 2017 film lineup. For the 5th straight year Stage 32 will be at SXSW. This year is exciting for us as we are part of a panel with the European Film Commissions Network, Scandinavian Locations and Little W Productions featuring 8 Stage 32 filmmakers that we are entering into a Global Co-Production Matchmaking Program (more about that here). If you're headed to SXSW and/or have a film playing at the festival,…