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Why Your Reputation Is More Important Than Your Talent

There is no Business like Show Business. And possibly that is true, as there is no place, other than politics, that a good or bad reputation can travel faster than a supersonic jet. You have to treat your reputation as your most prized possession in Hollywood. There seems to be a misunderstanding about what reputation truly means. A solid reputation is built on professionalism but even more so on how good a human being you are on a solid ground of authenticity and I, for one, quote more than...

Why Your Reputation Is More Important Than Your Talent

4 Elements To Consider When Selecting Script Topics

I recently uploaded my 85th feature script onto my loglines page on Stage 32. In a subsequent exchange of comments, RB suggested that I write a blog about how I develop my ideas for scripts. My kneejerk response was, “That’s easy. For me, it’s like making popcorn." Below are the four elements I consider when selecting script topics. With a recent example of the four elements at work from my most recent script.   1) Stay True To Your Core Values   Oscar Wilde may have said, “Be yourself; e...

Tom Stohlgren
Tom Stohlgren
2 days ago
4 Elements To Consider When Selecting Script Topics

To Have Or Not To Have Production Insurance?

To have or not to have production insurance- the most important question. Short answer? YES. Always, yes. Production insurance is a necessary part of the production process that many independent creators love to avoid, whether to “save” money or avoid all the paperwork. However, much like car, health, and any other business insurance, it is a MUST! What does production insurance do? It covers rentals, liability, injuries while on set, vehicles operated on set, and even copyright claims. If...

Stephanie Moore
Stephanie Moore
3 days ago
To Have Or Not To Have Production Insurance?

Coffee & Content: Showrunner Glen Mazzara On What Stands Out In A Spec Script

Happy Sunday, Creative Army! Have you had a creative weekend so far? I have some content here for you that is sure to get the creative juices flowing, so grab your coffee, and let's dive in. First up, in this video from the Writers Guild Foundation, acclaimed showrunner Glen Mazzara (THE ROCKIE, THE DARK TOWER) discusses the challenges of being a screenwriter, advice for new writers, and the importance of including fun in a spec script. It's great insight into what a showrunner looks for whe...

Coffee & Content: Showrunner Glen Mazzara On What Stands Out In A Spec Script

5 Warning Signs For Parents Of Child/Young Adult Actors

Let's set the records straight for parents of young, and specifically, young adult actors (~16-24) in the entertainment industry. While there is a lot of content about sexual predators in the Industry, there’s very little about other types of abusive, manipulative, and predatory behaviors involving young actors. In an unnatural arena where profit, investment, careers, and social status rely on our kids more than ever, we, as parents, need to remain vigilantly aware that while “magic” exists i...

Adam Feinsilver
Adam Feinsilver
5 days ago
5 Warning Signs For Parents Of Child/Young Adult Actors

How The Hero's Journey Became The Guiding Force In Disney Animation

Many of you are likely aware of the book, The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler. You might also be aware that it’s based on the writings of Joseph Campbell and it applies Campbell’s ideas on the Hero’s Journey to cinema in general and screenwriting specifically. Many of you may have even read Vogler’s book or Cambell’s writings, or both. But did you know that The Writer’s Journey started as an internal memo at Walt Disney Animation Studios while developing The Little Mermaid and Beauty and...

Brian Smith
Brian Smith
6 days ago
How The Hero's Journey Became The Guiding Force In Disney Animation

Decoding The Script Recommendation Process

To wrap up my recent blog series on understanding script analysis and coverage, I'm delving into the inner workings of the recommendation process and exploring the factors that industry professionals consider when deciding which scripts to recommend. From the potential impact of a positive script recommendation on a writer's future in the industry to the significance of script grading as a deciding factor for acceptance or rejection, I aim to provide new screenwriters with a comprehensive unders...

Miquiel Banks
Miquiel Banks
7 days ago
Decoding The Script Recommendation Process

Sandstone Artists Signs Writer Discovered On Stage 32

I'll admit, I was a bit skeptical of Stage 32 at first. But I figured, why not? I've tried pretty much everything else. Joining Stage 32 ended up being a game-changer for my career. It wasn't like anything I'd experienced before. For once, people were reading my work not because they had to judge it for a competition, but because they were genuinely interested. The feedback I got from industry pros was eye-opening and, honestly, exactly what I needed. My screenwriting journey has been quite an...

Sandstone Artists Signs Writer Discovered On Stage 32

Navigating Business & Legal Affairs For Independent Film Projects

Independent film projects deal with business and legal aspects all the time. Bigger production companies generally have an in-house or external business and legal affairs manager. This is however less common for small production companies. In this article, we will discuss the role of business and legal affairs in independent film, and explore the areas covered by a business and legal affairs department or manager.     Business and Legal Affairs in Independent Film Business and le...

David Zannoni
David Zannoni
9 days ago
Navigating Business & Legal Affairs For Independent Film Projects

Announcing the 4th Annual TV Comedy Screenwriting Contest

Hey, Stage 32 Community! The best comedy TV shows seamlessly blend clever scenarios, relatable characters, and impeccable timing to consistently deliver laughter and resonate with audiences. Classic network comedies like THE SIMPSONS or IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA are some of the most watched shows by fans new and old, both live and on streaming. Current shows like ABBOTT ELEMENTARY and TED LASSO have fans waiting on the edge of their couches for a new season. Aud...

Pat Alexander
Pat Alexander
10 days ago
Announcing the 4th Annual TV Comedy Screenwriting Contest
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