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Coffee & Content - Get Your Short Film Screened at Festivals & Editing: Holding Long & Cutting Short

Happy Sunday to all my creative friends.  Hope you're all having an awesome weekend.  First up for Coffee & Content this week, with so many Stage 32 members creating short films and short form digital content, I thought it might be worth having a look at Filmmaker IQ's recent video How to Get Your Short Screened at Film Festivals.  Certainly interested in hearing your thoughts on this one! Next, from our friends at Cinefix, yet another comprehensive video.  This…

Optioning My TV Series & Signing a Shopping Agreement From Outside of L.A.

I’m sure many people in this industry outside of Los Angeles wonder a lot about whether or not they should move to the West Coast to make their dreams come true. While I can continue to complain about the fact that my commute to work takes almost 2 hours and things spontaneously combust into flames over here, I completely get it. When you think about L.A., the images of red carpets, talented celebrities, and studios as far as they eye can see come vividly, and it basically is the …

Coffee & Content - How Werner Herzog Masters Storytelling & 3 Fillmmaking Mistakes to Avoid

Happy Sunday, everyone. Let's get right to the action, shall we? Today I have 2 videos from This Guy Edits, a very popular channel on YouTube. First up, who doesn't love Werner Herzog?  Well, maybe there are some that don't connect with his art, but it's hard not to connect to the person and his passion for storytelling.  How does he get it done?  How Werner Herzog Masters Storytelling explains all. Next, I have 3 Filmmaking Mistakes to Avoid and, well, although the ti…

Are You Ready to Get on the Hustle?

Hello, creative army! You've all heard me preach about the importance of relationships as it relates to accelerating your path toward success.  In my humble opinion, the daily work you put into your craft should be matched by the time and effort you put into building and nurturing relationships.  I'm not alone in this thinking.  Just yesterday, I was having lunch with my screenwriting manager, a guy who has been around and seen it all.  When I asked him the biggest m…

Coffee & Content - How 3-Act Screenplays Work (and why it matters) & Making Your Editing Better

Happy Sunday, everyone.  And for those celebrating, a very Happy Easter Sunday. Today for Coffee & Content, another 2 detailed videos designed to make you think and inspire you to take action. First up, from Lindsay Ellis, a most righteous and comprehensive video on 3-act structure within a screenplay.  This one delivers the goods, I promise you. Next up, do you think one tip could be so good, it would drastically improve your editing?  This Guy Edits does and so do…

Coffee & Content - How to Act on Camera & Creating the Ultimate Antagonist (The Dark Knight)

Happy Sunday, everyone.  Trust you're all having a great weekend?We're still buzzing from what was a remarkable and inspiring day at the Stage 32/LA Acting Studio's 1st Film Con Hollywood.  We'll have more updates about and some cool video from the event coming soon.  Until then, let's get to this edition of Coffee & Content. First up, how about 2 dudes talking acting?  It's Film Acting Tips: How to Act on Camera, with Chris Mack.  I love the conversational …

Coffee & Content - Ridley Scott on Directing & 10 Important Lessons on the Craft of Screenwriting

Hello, my fellow creatives.  Happy Sunday. Hope you are all enjoying and participating in what has been a very lively Introduce Yourself Weekend! Today for Coffee & Content, I'm bringing you some voices with years of experience talking directing and screenwriting. First up, legendary director, Ridley Scott waxes poetic on the craft of directing.  As usual, no pulled punches from Sir Ridley.  Nothing more for you to do with this one than pour yourself a full cuppa an…

Coffee & Content - Making a DSLR Look Like a RED & Toy Story Script to Screen

Greetings from rainy Los Angeles, and Happy Sunday.  Coffee is brewed, let's get to the content. One of the most inspiring dudes I've met over the last few months is filmmaker, Matt Alonzo.  Not only is Matt a ridiculously talented guy who handles just about everything - shooting, lighting, editing - but he also aims to educate and motivate wherever he goes.  The idea of giving back and paying it forward is part of his DNA.  An example of this?  This week, Matt …

Coffee & Content - Michael Caine on Acting for Film & Overcoming Writer's Block

Good morning, 32'ers.  Happy Oscars Sunday. Don't forget, it's not too late to get your Oscars ballot in.  Prizes and bragging rights are at stake.  Fill out your ballot here. Leading up to the ceremony, I have two more videos for your enjoyment as part of this edition of Coffee and Content. First up, a classic and extremely celebrated video of Michael Caine discussing acting in film.  Next, from Actualized.org, comes a terrific video on overcoming writer's block.…

Have You Read the Oscar Nominated Screenplays Yet? Let's Discuss!

Hey guys! Last month, I posted the 10 Oscar nominated screenplays right here on Stage 32.  Since that day, over 50,000 of you have hit the page!  Good on you for investing in yourself by using your valuable time to read and explore these acclaimed works. As much as we learn from reading great screenplays, we can learn even more by discussing them.  So whaddaya say we do that today and this weekend leading up to the broadcast on Sunday. Which screenplay was your favorite…

Stage 32, the Coen Brothers + Jeff Bridges Walk into FestForums

Well, we are really, really excited to announce a new relationship with Fest Forums in Santa Barbara. If you are not familiar with FestForums it is a festival conference for food, beverage, music and film festival industry leaders that takes place biannually in Santa Barbara, CA and New York City. FestForums brings together festivals and events of all sizes including representatives from such great organizations as Toronto International Film Festival, Seattle Internat…

RB Featured in The Huffington Post - Prepare to be Inspired!

We're excited to announce that our fearless leader has been featured on The Huffington Post with an in-depth interview from journalist Yitzi Weiner. In the interview RB talks about his background in the industry, his recent book that has just been published, Crowdsourcing For Filmmakers: Indie Film and The Power Of the Crowd, building a brand and an audience, the Stage 32 platform, the importance of community for all creatives and best practices toward achieving your goals.&nbs…

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