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Coffee & Content - Sidney Lumet on Making Movies & How to Write a Fight Scene

What's up, my creative friends?  Ready for some more killer content to push you through the remainder of the weekend and get you fired up for the week ahead?  Good.  Let's roll. For many filmmakers, Sidney Lumet's book, Making Movies, is a beloved treasure.  Today I bring you a fantastic (and rare) interview featuring Lumet speaking about his process.  This is one I have no doubt you'll bookmark for repeat viewings - and deservedly so. Next, one of the bigger l…

Coffee & Content - Orson Welles on Acting and Directing & David Lynch on Auditioning Actors

Happy Sunday, Creative Army.  Hope you are all taking advantage of Introduce Yourself Weekend and building those relationships that matter. First up this week for Coffee & Content, the one and only Orson Welles.  As many of you know, Welles played an integral part as to why this platform is named Stage 32 (if you're not familiar, you can read about it in our Mission Statement).  In this video, Welles discusses acting and directing and, as always, brings the goods. Ne…

Coffee & Content - The Structure and Pacing of Heat & Composing Movement W/ Akira Kurosawa

Happy Sunday, everyone.  Hope you're all having a cool, creative weekend. First up for Coffee & Content this week, an analysis of one of the greatest cat & mouse films ever made, Heat.  What makes Heat such an epic film?  Well, truthfully, there are many factors, but at the top of the list is the structure and pacing.  This is a meticulously crafted film and our first video takes a look at how writer/director, Michael Mann, got the job done in spades. Next u…

Coffee & Content - How to Motivate Yourself to Write Every Day & 50 Tips for Filmmakers

Happy Sunday, everyone.  Let's get after it. This week for Coffee & Content, another two videos designed to instruct, motivate and inspire. First up, it's How to Motivate Yourself to Write Every Day from Diane Callahan.  Whether you're writing screenplays, novels, short stories or even blogs, I think you'll find this one to be a kick in the ass. Next, from our friends at DSLRguide, it's 50 Tips for Filmmakers.  This one covers a ton of ground from the craft to the b…

1 Important Tip When You Get Hired As a Creative

As creative artists one thing we often do is work tirelessly on our craft. One thing that sometimes get lost is the "business" of the business. Today, on our YouTube channel we released a video from Stage 32ers Sam Estes and Michael Hobe who are sound designers on films such as INCEPTION, THE DARK KNIGHT, INSIDE OUT and more. In this video Sam and Michael go over an important tip on how to get hired as a creative.  And, remember, if you haven't subscribed to our YouTube page, make …

Stage 32 Joins Forces With National Lampoon to Find the Next Great Comedy Writer!

I know you treat reading the trades as part of your job, so I'm sure you saw the news on Deadline this morning!   Read more here We're thrilled to be partnering and joining forces with National Lampoon to find the next great comedy writer.  National Lampoon is, of course, one of the most iconic names in comedy and the new ownership of Co-CEO's Raj Singh, and Kevin Frakes and award winning producer, Robert Barnum, are ready to take the brand to new heights.  The National…

Coffee & Content - A Conversation With Legendary Screenwriter Jim Uhls

Hello, creative army!  Miss me?  All apologies for the lack of Coffee & Content these past 2 Sundays.  Cannes was a wall to wall, all out affair - and a very productive one at that.  I'll be sharing some news from the fest and market soon.  We have some extremely exciting opportunities and initiatives in the works that will be of major interest to our incredibly talented members. Today, however, let's get back to consuming some quality content.  This pa…

Coffee & Content - Screenwriting, Filmmaking, Acting, Financing, Distribution & More!

Hey guys!  Happy Sunday. The past week has been consumed by Cannes prep (see all the details here), so I have something a little different for Coffee & Content this week.  And it's something for everyone.  How about we cover ground on all the following topics: - Why you need to cut the negativity out of your life- Today! - Why you do not need to be micromanaged as a screenwriter or a filmmaker - How you can bring value to every meeting - What I'm hearing …

How About Some FREE Content?

Hey guys, On the AMA last week, many of you asked a number of questions that I have answered on various podcasts over the last few months.  Additionally, some of you asked where you could find certain podcast appearances.  Allow me to be of service!  All of my recent podcasts as well as numerous other webcasts and video content can be found by clicking on Education on the top menu bar and then choosing podcast.  You'll find dozens of hours of FREE content you can lis…

3 Ways You Can Create Meaningful Social Media Relationships Today

If there was one subject that dominated the questions asked during my recent Stage 32 AMA, it was about best practices on social media.  Many of you wanted to know how to go about creating meaningful relationships that would help accelerate your path to success.  You know my feelings on this subject as it relates to launching and maintaining a career in film and content creation: Relationships = Reads Relationships = Jobs Relationships = Financing Relationships = Champions …

Coffee & Content - How Should Characters Talk? & 10 Favorite Rule Breaking Films

Happy Sunday, guys.  Before we get to the coffee and the content, a reminder that I will be a guest on Scriptchat tonight at 5PM PST.  We'll be talking screenwriting for at least an hour.  You can find all the details on how to join here. First up, they say that all dialogue should sound natural and specific to that character.  Are there exceptions?  The good people at Now You See It break it down with their Dialogue in Film - How Should Characters Talk? video. …

Let's Talk Screenwriting!

Hey guys, You all know I love to talk, but there are few topics I enjoy talking about more than screenwriting.  And based on many of the questions submitted for the AMA this past week, many of you are looking for some direction, clarity and productive strategies as it relates to the craft and business of screenwriting. That's why I'm excited to announce that I will be returning as a guest on Scriptchat this coming Sunday at 5PM PDT.  What's Scriptchat?  Well, it's an hou…

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