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The Economics of Short Films

You’re a filmmaker, a writer, a director, maybe even an actor. You want to keep working, but the phone’s not ringing so… you decide to shoot a short film. Before you start down the rabbit hole you may want to ask a few questions. Why do I want to shoot a short film? What resources do I have at my disposal? What resources will I need to obtain? And the most impactful question: What’s it going to cost? Anyone who has ever taken on the challenge of shooting …

Coffee & Content: The Wes Anderson Aesthetic & The Psychology of Character Relationships

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, our friends over at Studio Binder recently put together a fascinating breakdown of Wes Anderson's iconic directing aesthetic. This video illustrates Wes Anderson's style throughout the entire filmmaking process including story, production design, color, editing, music, and more. They use ex…

The 7 Most Popular Genres of Voiceover (and What they Pay)

Did you know there are 11 main genres of voiceover? And that doesn’t include the sub genres under each of those. You may be familiar with TV commercials and radio ads, but you may not be familiar with the other genres of voiceover that Voice Actors get paid to work on every day. Today I want to help you understand the 7 most popular genres of voiceover and what Voice Actors can possibly get paid* for each one. 1. TV Broadcast TV commercials or ads that are broadcast include loc…

In the News: How Stage 32 Became A Global Powerhouse By Combining Entertainment And Tech

Happy Monday Creative Army! As you know, Stage 32's continued mission is to democratize the entertainment business and the industry is taking notice in a big way. In addition to our previous coverage in Business Insider (check out the articles here and here), The Wrap, Variety, CNN, and more - I am pleased to announce our recent feature in Forbes.  I had the pleasure of speaking with Forbes Senior Contributor Shama Hyder about growing the Stage 32 community, how Stage 32 has becom…

Coffee & Content: Every 2021 Oscar-Nominated Film on Netflix & Behind the Scenes of "Mank"

Happy Oscar Sunday Creative Army! With the much anticipated 2021 Oscars taking place this evening, naturally, I have some Oscars-themed content for you today. I've got my coffee in hand and your Oscars content coming in hot - grab your coffee of choice and let's dive right in. First up, Netflix UK & Ireland has compiled a full list of 2021 Oscar-Nominated films that are currently available to watch on Netflix. While you likely won't be able to watch all 37 available films befor…

Top 10 Lounge Posts: Check It Before You Wreck It

You’re waiting in the wings before walking on stage, but you’re worried about last looks for hair and make-up. You’re researching locations before submitting a budget, but you’re not sure if filming on location or in-studio is safer or worth it. You’re writing a particularly powerful scene, but you’re not sure if the joke lands to break the tension. Even in our virtual workplace, we still have the ability to gain perspective before making an important …

Dear Actors, You are Enough…

Dear Actors, you are enough… But do you really believe that? Following nearly 25 years of working in the performing arts industry as an actress myself, I have also had the opportunity to assist directors, train with incredible coaches and view the problems that arise for most actors time and time again. It’s an elusive art form acting and what it takes to be a great actor seems to be equally puzzling because great acting looks so simple. But don’t be deluded into t…

"Ask Me Anything" with Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto: The Great Content Gold Rush of 2021 Edition Now Available On-Demand

Happy Thursday Stage 32 Community!   Since 2011, the Stage 32 team has been working tirelessly to help you stay connected, creative, motivated, and informed. As always, we are committed to bringing you networking opportunities, education and mentoring from top-level industry executives and professionals, and access to decision-makers around the globe all from the comfort of your own home. Recently, to celebrate a successful first quarter of 2021, our fearless leader and CEO Richar…

Should People Be Interviewing You About Your Entertainment Career Yet?

I like to pull out the phrase “self-audit” once in a while. We all get so busy and are getting so much done and the achievements, presumably, are adding up. And yes, we should allow ourselves a chance to step back and take pride in whatever our latest accomplishment is. Time should be made to look back on the most recent highlight, but this isn’t one of the many articles that I’m sure you’ve read, encouraging us all to do exactly that. Think about being in …

5 Tips on How to Regain Control of Your Acting Career in Celebrity Culture

You just launched your life-long dream as a working actor – auditioning for roles while continuing workshops with casting directors. Or you graduated from drama school, and, damn, the pandemic started! Maybe your hope for the pandemic to end sooner encouraged you to at least take online acting classes, but now moving to Los Angeles for more job opportunities is complicated with vaccine requirements, border closures, or getting stranded somewhere on the way. Even if you are in Los A…

Instagram Live Series: How to Sell a TV Movie & How to Turn a "Pass" into a Positive Experience

Happy Saturday Stage 32! As many of you may know, I host an Instagram LIVE every week on @stage32 highlighting some amazing Stage 32 members from all over the world. We cover everything from how to shoot a short film 100% remotely to how to how to master the art of a director/composer relationship and more. Recently, I had the supreme pleasure of chatting with two powerhouse Stage 32 members that have been working hard to make magic happen in their entertainment careers in 2021 - and th…

Coffee & Content: The POV Shot & Audition Tips from TED LASSO Casting Director

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, our friends over at StudioBinder did a deep dive into the art of the "POV" shot. The use of a POV shot, or "Point of View" shot, is a way for the audience to view the world through the character's eyes. This camera tool is used in a variety of genres, from romance to horror, to give the aud…

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