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Mad Men Turns 10 - Here's the Pilot Script!

This past Wednesday marked the 10 year anniversary of the debut of Mad Men.  For my money, this was one of the most well written series of the last 20 years.  Rich in character development (particularly the secondary characters), period detail and sparkling dialogue, Matthew Weiner and his writing staff rarely disappointed. In honor of the anniversary of this landmark show, here's the pilot script for Mad Men, the world building Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.  Enjoy, share, dis…

It's Show Reel Share Day - Share Your Reels With the World

Today on Twitter and Instagram, it's #ShowReelShareDay - That means whether you're an actor, filmmaker, cinematographer or other creative with a reel, today is the day to showcase your talents to the world. Let's show the social world that we are the most creative community on the planet! We're asking all our members who have reels and either a Twitter or Instagram account (or both) to help promote Stage 32 while promoting yourselves!  All you have to do is share your reel link her…

Coffee & Content - The Magic of P.T. Anderson & Thelma Schoonmaker

Happy Sunday, everyone. In this edition of Coffee & Content, I have two videos focusing on two masters of craft.  First, it's Paul Thomas Anderson, director of Boogie Nights, Magnolia, There Will be Blood and The Master to name a few.  Next, it's a look at the editing style of Martin Scorcese's go to post-production specialist, the legendary Thelma Schoonmaker. Both vids provide a wealth of information and a deep dive into the thinking of two visionary creatives.  I …

Coffee & Content - The Magic of Stanley Kubrick

Happy Sunday to all.  Hope you're enjoying your weekend. For Coffee & Content this week, I bring you two videos centered around the magic of Stanley Kubrick.  As you know, Kubrick was the complete package - a master storyteller, a visionary in the use of light and sound and, of course, an actor's director. Nearly 20 years after his death, Kubrick's films are gifts that keep on giving and serve as inspiration for film creatives around the world. I hope you enjoy the conte…

Coffee & Content - Storytelling of INSIDE OUT & More

Happy Sunday, everyone.  And for those celebrating in the States, a Happy 4th of July weekend. For Coffee & Content this week, I'm sharing two terrific videos I'm sure you'll all find enormously entertaining and informative. First, it's the Personal Storytelling of INSIDE OUT.  I'm sure many of you are familiar with the painstaking process all Pixar scripts go through from concept to screen.  This video provides some more insight into why INSIDE OUT was Oscar nominat…

Coffee & Content - Blade Runner 2049 & The Revenant

Happy Sunday, 32'ers.  Hope you're all having a great weekend. For this edition of Coffee & Content, I bring you an article looking at how the screenplay for THE REVENANT came to life over the many years the project was in development and a video featuring the cinematography and world building of the upcoming BLADE RUNNER 2049. A little something for everyone.  Grab yourself a dark roast and dig in. As always, we ask that you share this blog entry through with other crea…

Join Stage 32 at Warner Bros. in July for AT&T SHAPE

We've been working with our great friends at AT&T and they have put together an incredible filmmaking weekend at Warner Bros. Studios that we are excited to share with the Stage 32 community. July 14-15, 2017 AT&T is bringing you SHAPE - the ultimate entertainment & tech expo featuring some of our industry's most influential filmmakers. If you can make it to LA, you are in for a real treat filled with lots of learning, creativity, technology and innovation in f…

Coffee & Content - True Detective: Developing Characters

Happy Sunday, everyone.  Hope you're all having a terrific weekend. For this edition of Coffee & Content, I've chosen one of the best videos I've seen lately on writing and developing compelling characters.  The main focus of the piece is on the first season of True Detective written by Nic Pizzolatto.  But the video also covers some weak examples from other films and television shows and offers some sage advice from Aaron Sorkin, John Truby and others. So whether yo…

Coffee & Content - Inspiration, Motivation, Determination

Happy Sunday to all.  Hope you are having a fun, relaxing and creative weekend. As you know, we've been selecting some of our favorite blogs written by members of the Stage 32 community and sharing them with the global audience of Medium.  We always ask our members to share the content we publish here on Stage 32, and by posting these articles on Medium, we're practicing what we preach. Today, we have 3 articles designed to inspire, motivate and educate.  I hope you enjo…

Coffee & Content - David Fincher: Invisible Details

Happy Sunday, everyone.  Hope you are all having a relaxing and creative weekend. Today I wanted to share a video showcasing filmmaker David Fincher.  It's no secret that Fincher uses CGI as a major tool in his creative arsenal.  But unlike most, Fincher uses the technique to enhance the storytelling, and does so with a quiet, but meticulous finesse. So sit back and prepare to be amazed.  I hope you enjoy the video and will share this blog with other creatives you f…

Coffee & Content - Acting, Screenwriting, Filmmaking

Another Sunday, another chance to share some great content.  As many of you know, in an effort to inspire and motivate creatives across the globe, we've been publishing some of our most popular blogs from the last 6 years over at Medium.  Today, we feature some truly interesting content published by Stage 32 members working in the acting, coaching, filmmaking, producing and screenwriting arenas. All we ask from you is that you pay it forward by not only sharing the content, bu…

The Indie Revolution – A24 Upends Hollywood

It’s no secret that the past five years has seen a renaissance in the distribution of quality independent films. No company has been more at the forefront of this movement than A24. Since 2013, A24 has released such critically acclaimed and award winning films as Spring Breakers, Ex Machina, Amy, American Honey, The Spectacular Now, Room, The Lobster, and this year’s Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Moonlight (it’s true Faye and Warren…it really is!)  …

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