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Coffee & Content - Christopher Nolan on Directing & Kate Winslet Shares Her Acting Secrets

Happy Sunday, everyone.  Hope you're all having a fantastic weekend. I don't know about you, but my coffee is on point.  Let's compliment it with some killer content. First up, it was recently announced that Christopher Nolan's next film has entered pre-production with Robert Pattinson, John David Washington, and Elizabeth Debicki attached to star.  Seems like the perfect time to feature Nolan here on C&C as he waxes poetic on the craft of film directing. Next up, o…

Coffee & Content - Jordan Peele's Advice on Writing Thrillers & 3 Things New Filmmakers Overlook

Happy Sunday, everyone. Miss me?   All apologies for no new Coffee & Content last Sunday. We wrapped filming on Rain Beau's End in Chicago on Saturday and then, well, there was the after party. Enough said. Our shoot couldn't have gone better.  Eighteen days of shooting, nearly a month in Chicago, but it all came together. Our cast, including Ed Asner, Sean Young, Melanie Chandra, Janelle Snow, Amanda Powell, and a host of others knocked the cover off the ba…

Coffee & Content - Quentin Tarantino's Screenwriting Process & Cuts and Transitions 101

Good morning, everyone.  Greetings again from Chicago, where we have just finished work on Week 2 of filming RAIN BEAUS END.  The cast and crew (including over a dozen Stage 32 members) continues to bring their A-game.  I'll be posting some pictures and a summary of the filming here in the near future, but for now if you'd like to see some set photos and stories, you can check them out and follow me for Week 3 on Instagram here. Now let's roll with another edition of Coff…

Coffee and Content - 15 Screenwriting Lessons People Learn Too Late & The Brilliant Editing of Whiplash

Greetings from Chicago where we are now a third of the way through shooting Rain Beau's End, a feature film which has well over a dozen Stage 32 cast and crew in the mix.  Been a killer first week.  Hoping to share more with you soon.   But for now, let's roll with another edition of Coffee & Content. Our first video today comes from our friends at Film Courage and focuses on lessons that screenwriters should learn sooner than later. Next up, Whiplash…

Coffee & Content - Paul Schrader's Screenwriting Lecture & 7 Simple and Beautiful Editing Tips

Happy Sunday to all. Greetings from a very chilly Chicago where we're prepping our first day of filming for Rain_Beau's End, a feature film I'm producing with more than a dozen Stage 32 members, including my fellow producer and good friend, Joe Orlandino. I'll be making some more posts about that as filming progresses, but for now, it's time to get to another edition of Coffee & Content. First up this week, it's a screenwriting lecture with the legendary Paul Schrader. Tho…

Coffee & Content - Will Smith Acting Advice & Audio Tips for Filmmakers

Good morning, Creative Army. Welcome to March and another edition of Coffee & Content. First up this week, a very inspiring video from Mr. Upbeat himself, Will Smith. It's 5 jammed packed minutes of acting advice designed to push you through your doubts and have you fired up. We all know that there is nothing worse, and budget busting, than trying to fix bad audio in post production. In our second video today, our good friends at DSLRGuide present a variety of tips to assure that y…

Coffee & Content - Download All the 2019 Oscar Nominated Screenplays!

Good morning, Creative Army.  Happy Oscar Sunday. In honor of the little, naked gold dude, I have a very special Coffee & Content for you this week.  You'll want to brew an especially large pot for this one. I've hunted down the 10 nominated screenplays in both the original and adapted screenplay categories.  You can see them all below. Now, this is a treasure trove of goodness, so please, do me a favor would ya and share the content with your fellow creative friend…

Coffee & Content - Dan Harmon Writing Advice/Avoiding Procrastination & Editing in Storytelling

Good morning, Creative Army. Welcome to Sunday and another edition of Coffee & Content. First up this week, writer/showrunner Dan Harmon has never been shy about expressing his opinion or documenting his struggles as a creative. Here, he provides some writing advice and how to avoid procrastination. There are some great nuggets in here - "It doesn't have to be good - it just has to exist." - is one that stuck with me. Be sure to grab something to write on as you listen! Next, …

The 7th Annual Oscars Contest Is Now Live!

It's that time of year again! Time for you to decide who will take a golden statuette home at this years Oscars. Every year we host a contest where you, our loyal Stage 32 members, get to chime in on who you think the winners will be. And you can start choosing your picks right now, as the 7th Annual Stage 32 Oscars Contest is now live!| Oscar winners from 2016 - 2018 Whomever has the most right answers wins. So if you think you've got what it takes, join the party and submit your choi…

Coffee & Content - Introverts & Egotists: Winning Social Media as a Creative & THR's Director Roundtable

Happy Sunday, Creative Army.  Fired up this week to bring you another edition of Coffee & Content. Let's get right after it. Every week, without exception, I receive a few dozen direct messages here on Stage 32 as well as on my Twitter & Instagram accounts from creatives looking for social media advice. Many of the curious identify themselves as introverts.  Also, without exception, I receive dozens of DM's from creatives who have no relationship with me (and man…

Martin Scorsese on What Makes a Great Screenplay & Richard Linklater on the Director/Actor Relationship

Happy Sunday, everyone. Back from the cold of Sundance and into the rain of L.A. Not complaining, mind you, just stating fact. A huge congratulations to all the Stage 32 educators and members who not only had films at Sundance, but were involved in some of the biggest sales up there this year. We'll be updating you on what went on with the Stage 32 family soon. For now, let's warm up with another edition of Coffee & Content. First up, it's on YouTube, but it's just audio. It's also…

Coffee & Content - The Best of Sundance Screenwriter Tips & Sundance Director Techniques and Advice

Greetings from Sundance. It's cold up here! Time to keep warm and informed with a Sundance special version of Coffee & Content. Today, I have two videos from our friends at ScreenPrism. First up, a slew of screenwriters who have had their work screen at Sundance offer their advice on writing, festivals and navigating the business. Next, we turn our attention to directors who have had their films play at Sundance and their advice on techniques, tips and tricks when directing an ind…

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