Miami-based Writer Hired by LA-based Producers After Connecting Through Stage 32

Miami-based Writer Hired by LA-based Producers After Connecting Through Stage 32

Miami-based Writer Hired by LA-based Producers After Connecting Through Stage 32

Alex Moreno
Alex Moreno
4 years ago

You look down at the DELETE key, sensing its magnet power drawing you in. You sigh, asking why keep going? You hear the echoes in your brain - "This is crap, get rid of it, you’ve been at this for years, give it up…" You move towards the Delete key…asking yourself - "Why do you do this writing lark…?"

I have been a member of Stage 32 since 2015. I’m not much for social media, and initially would tell my friends I’ve joined "Facebook for the Industry."

I am in a quite unique situation as a screenwriter. I have famous friends in the Industry but won’t lean on them until I know my writing has reached the A grade level (recommends/ placing as a finalist in a competition etc.). If you find me on, you’ll see I have been involved in a few cool projects. I enjoy producing, but screenwriting is my first love.

I tend to write every day (within reason- I’m a director at a STD clinic. Someone has to pay the bills -LOL) but when I am just not in the mood, I’m always writing down ideas, reading scripts, read Scriptshadow’s blog, or look out for writing opportunities.

So, I’d like to share a recent story about how you - my peers - can utilize Stage 32 to help you along in your career. The first thing I did, was to form a writer’s group called the Circle (4 of 6 members came from Stage 32); it is going pretty well. Then I decided to use the site a little more, took some cool webinars, and networked. One day - in May 2020 – I responded to an ad on Stage 32 from Absurd Hero Productions asking for pitches.

[The add stated, "We're currently accepting unsolicited scripts from aspiring non-union screenwriters for our 2021 slate. If myself or one of the other Producers like what we see, we'll set up a call in the next week or so to talk discuss further...We're currently focused on creating Proof of Concept films to develop into features... reach out to learn more!"]

They gave criteria such as one location, limited cast size and YA content. So, I sent in one of my ideas: Butcher’s Bill.

Four months later, I received an email from one of the assistants at Absurd Hero Productions. They wanted to schedule a meeting. Wow! I was so surprised because I had just taken a Pitch Deck class on Stage 32 from Ewan Dunbar and thought about putting something together for the Butcher’s Bill idea.

Miamibased Writer Hired by LAbased Producers After Connecting Through Stage 32

Absurd Hero Productions is a Los Angeles based production company founded by filmmaker Matt Boda.

I met with one of the Executive Producers, and he asked for my first episode; I had pitched a YA TV series in Quibi style episodes. After he read that, the other Executive Producer contacted me and invited me on as a writer for their 2021 slate. Our next step is to trim my episode (all of 8 pages) into a tight 6-page proof of concept script. That gets shot. The finished proof of concept is what we use to find financing for the project.

So, my fellow peers, I’m here with sage words of wisdom. Write, write, write.

Everyone who knows me could probably list some good qualities I posses and probably a few more bad ones. I agree my biggest challenge is having patience (it must be the kid in me), but I will leave you with something I heard from [Stage 32 Founder and CEO] Richard "RB" Botto. “Being in the Industry is a long game," RB says.

Remember that (I am working on it each day). Have patience, and in between that keep writing. You just never really know which of your projects may open the biggest door for you.

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About the Author

Alex Moreno

Alex Moreno

Screenwriter, Producer

1994 - Directed Natural Causes "Crazy Mixed Up World" rock video 1995 - Produced & Directed Diane Ward's "The Gift" rock video 2000 - Script consultant on David Frankel's Scenarios USA Project 2009 - Producer of Keepin It Reel - animated movies ( 2012 - Runner up Script V...

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