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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!)  …

Success! TV Contest Finalist Signs with Kaplan-Stahler & Heroes & Villains Entertainment!

We are 1 week away from announcing the winners of our 2nd Annual Comedy Contest, and if the success of our past winners and today's news is any indicator, those placing high will have a bright future ahead. Screenwriter Duane Piedmont from Studio City, California was a finalist in our 2nd Annual TV Contest for his TV spec "Savages" and today we're proud to announce that he has officially signed with Kaplan-Stahler Agency and Heroes And Villains Entertainment. The com…

Looking for Your Next Location? Stage 32 Joins Forces With Peerspace!

During a podcast interview a few years ago, I was asked what the future held for Stage 32.  My response was that we hoped to steer the platform in the direction of becoming the Home Depot for film creatives.  To accomplish this, we would have to align ourselves and partner with companies and organizations who shared our values and the spirit of our mission while complimenting our services.  Since then, we've been proud to partner with such amazing brands as AFM, Cannes Fil…

Coffee & Content: Something for ALL Film Creatives

Happy Sunday, everyone.  As you know, we love to share great content on Stage 32.  In fact, we make it a point to share as much timely and inspirational content as possible across all our social media channels.  It's an easy way of paying it forward (something that's pointed out in the So You Think You Have Nothing to Offer on Social Media? article below).  All of the blogs below were written by Stage 32 members and are now featured on Medium.  Enjoy them at you…

The Writers Guild Settlement. Who Won? Who Lost? What's Next?

Early this past Tuesday morning, after months of posturing and negotiating, the WGA and AMPTP reached a 3-year deal. Among the core issues at the crux of the negotiations were a new pay formula for short-order TV shows, Pay TV residuals and improvements to the existing health plan. So what were the agreed upon terms? What was it like in the negotiating room? Who won and who lost? What does this all mean for TV and feature writers? I’ve collected some of the best reporting on the …

Kickstart Your Creativity – 30 Tips!

A recent poll of creatives found that 37% experience the greatest dip in their creativity on Saturday. But not you, right? You’re going to use today to start, continue or shore up that creative project. Even if that’s not the case, or if you’ve lately found yourself in a creative lull, courtesy of our friends at lifehack.org, here are 30 inspiring and motivational tips to kickstart your creativity. Enjoy!   Surround yourself with creative people.Hang out wit…

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…