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Casting: An Actors Perspective - Episode 1: "Tell, Don't Ask"

Happy Filmmaker Friday Stage 32! I am incredibly jazzed to share with you an incredible video series called "Casting: An Actor's Perspective" by actor and long-time Stage 32 member Jon Snow. Jon has worked with some of the biggest casting offices in Los Angeles as an audition reader for over three years. He has been in well over 10,000 auditions and has had an unprecedented ringside seat to auditions performed by newcomers all the way to name stars.  As an actor himself (you can s…

The Film Composer/Director Relationship: How to Make it a Match Made in Heaven

So you landed a job as a composer for a Film. Congratulations! But now where do you start? I think a good point is to build a positive relationship with your Director. That could definitely contribute to the success of your gig. Like any other kind of human relationship, there are no rules to make it work and there is always room for improvement, but here you’ll find some tips and thoughts, based on my experience, that I think might be helpful. Let’s suppose you have negot…

Screenwriting & Entertainment Law: How the Law Can Increase your Chances of Getting your Project Made

Dr. ScreenLaw: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Law As a screenwriter turned attorney I’ve learned how a screenplay is not just a story: it’s a minefield of intellectual property that could affect the project’s style, budget, sponsorships, and even its distribution. Through this article, you will learn my perspective on how decisions made during the writing phase of an audiovisual project can positively, or negatively impact the legal and financial aspe…

How To Hack the Audition Process

Probably the most nervewracking assumption actors make when going into the audition process is that the people they will meet “on the other side of the table” somehow know everything about how the industry works and what it takes to succeed. Certainly, they must know more than you! After all, you’re the one who’s asking them for work! Let’s stop thinking of power, authority, and experience as all being the same thing. Consider, instead, that how much a pers…

5 Common Scene Struggles and How to Fix Them

Do you have a friend whom you dearly love, but who just can’t seem to tell a story that doesn’t leave you wondering what’s for dinner or what you’re going to watch on Netflix? Maybe your friend tells stories like this: “and then...and then...and then...and THEN…” -- as if just raising the pitch and volume of each subsequent “then” raises the intensity of the story? Or maybe they’re so vague you’re not sure you know…

How to Protect Your Film From Piracy in the Digital Age

It’s now 21 years since the birth of Napster and widespread digital piracy of content, and people are consuming content in more unrecognizable ways than ever before. Film consumption has of course evolved wildly over the past two decades, and particularly now in a world dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Streaming services and VOD (Video-On-Demand) platforms are moving to the forefront of film consumption, and film piracy has matched those changes along the way. In this blog, I…

Stage 32 Member Spotlight: UK-Based Writer/Producer Suzanne Garnett

Hey, Stage32-ers! It's been great to meet so many of you, and I love the conversations we've been generating in the Lounges! Sometimes when we chat online, though, we still feel the distance between us. With so much of our social interaction being virtual now, camaraderie's uplift seems more crucial than ever. Luckily, our fearless leader RB Botto and our fantastic team are here to keep you going! As your Community Manager, I want to assure you that our members are real. No matter where…

Another Stage 32 Success: Mind’s Eye Entertainment options TV Pilot from Stage 32 Writer with Exec Anna Henry Producing!

Good morning, Stage 32 Creative Crew! I hope it was a fantastic weekend and one filled with creative endeavors. Keep hitting those writing goals. What separates those who succeed in this business from those who do not is simply tenacity and identifying opportunities.  In that spirit, I want to introduce you to Angela Uzun - an incredible writer who connected with Television Executive Anna Henry through Stage 32 coverage, and now has a television project optioned at Mind's Eye Entert…

Coffee & Content - Affordable Tools for Cinematic Filmmaking & Chef Breaks down Cooking Scenes in Movies

Happy Sunday Creative Army! Welcome to August. How was your July? What did you create? I have some great content for you this Summer Sunday that is guaranteed to stir up some creativity. Grab your coffee and let's dive in.  First up, YouTuber ponysmasher (aka David F. Sandberg, Director of Shazam!, Annabelle: Creation, & Lights Out) has put together an awesome video detailing the tools he uses to make his movies - plus even cheaper alternatives that still give you a cinematic …

Writing Authentic Characters Through the Lens of Personal Experience

It was 2015 and I was working on an oil rig in West Texas as a roughneck, working 12-hour days in scorching heat for 28 days in a row. At any given moment I was physically exhausted, had torn muscles and aching joints, was wet with mud and oil, and experiencing a level of pain that would send most people to the ER. Though my body was under extreme stress my mind was disassociated from the experience, day-dreaming of sci-fi worlds, and the characters who inhabited them. I was 30 years ol…

Acting in Atlanta: Everything You Need to Know

Welcome to Atlanta! Where the Actors Play. Waaaay back in 2005, if you were living in Atlanta and looking to jump into this crazy business called acting, conventional wisdom would have told you to make the move to Hollywood and start there. And even as recent as 2012, if you came to Hollywood and mentioned you were from Atlanta, you would be met with a shrug of the shoulders, and maybe even a look of disgust. Flash forward to 2020, and if you were to move from Atlanta to Hollywood…

How to Overcome Fear when Pitching a Screenplay or a TV Pilot

One of the most uncomfortable experiences that anyone can have is pitching something that they have written to those who will either accept it or reject it. Just like delivering a speech for the first time, pitching a screenplay can be quite nerve-wracking especially the first time that you do it. All too often, a good screenplay does not get produced because the pitch was not delivered in the right manner. Why We Get Nervous? Why does anyone get nervous when they are presenting the…

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