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How to Turn Your Ideas into Movies

Making a film is a 'Big idea" that tends to overwhelm and can be an endless challenge to try and set sail. Where does one begin? This is your dream, after all, and here are a few methods that will help inspire your creative life. Understand that Writing is Everything For as long as I can remember, if I wanted to create something, it would not be discovered without reading about it. In fact, reading is a prerequisite to writing. I think that what you read changes your thoughts and then …

How To Protect the Financier’s Position on Independent Film Projects

The financier has a prominent position in independently produced and distributed films. It may be safe to say that the majority of independent films would not get made, if there was no involved of an external film financier investing equity or providing a production loan. However, despite of its essential role, generally the film financier’s control on the film’s production, distribution and receipt and disbursement of revenues is limited. The producer controls the produ…

Stage 32: An International Actor's Best Friend or “When Schrödinger’s cat got out of the box and went to class”

I’d been a “Schrödinger’s cat” member of Stage 32 for the better part of the last four years. “What does that even mean, Athina?” I hear you ask. Lucky for you, dear reader, I am here to elaborate. Get yourself a cup of tea (and one for me as well - black, with a dash of milk - please and thank you!) and let’s get crackin’. What I mean is, that “member” is a generous term. I’d been more of a passive, background,…

Announcing our 1st Annual TV Comedy Screenwriting Contest

It’s no secret that we’re in a new Golden Age of Television. With audiences’ increasing desires for escapism and purely bingeable TV, there is perhaps no greater demand for new material than within Televised Comedies. Series like TED LASSO on Apple+, PEN15 and RAMY on Hulu, BARRY and INSECURE on HBO, ASTRONOMY CLUB on Netflix, THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL on Amazon, critics and global audiences alike can’t get enough. Not only are these shows changing the way that we…

2021 Stage 32 Global Success Stories (so far!)

Hello Stage 32 Community! Since the beginning of this year, our fearless leader and CEO Richard "RB" Botto has been talking a lot about the Content Gold Rush of 2021 - how development and the need for great stories and content is higher than ever. Well, this notion has been proved time and time again within the Stage 32 community since January. For starters, we have already had 160 meeting requests from entertainment executives looking to connect with screenwriters and filmmakers they h…

Coffee & Content: Creating Beth Harmon from "The Queen's Gambit" & 3 Pre-Production Tips

Happy Sunday Creative Army! I've got my coffee in hand and your weekly dose of content coming in hot - grab your coffee of choice and let's dive right in. First up, Rotten Tomatoes TV recently interviewed Anya Taylor-Joy about how she created her Golden Globe-winning role of Beth Harmon in Netflix's The Queen's Gambit. She talks about the research she did on addiction, how she found common ground with Beth through her own personal life, and more. If you are a fan of The Queen's Gambit,…

Top 10 Stage 32 Lounge Posts - Stepping Back, Regrouping, & Reaching Out Again

Hello, fellow creatives! Whether you are looking for your next gig or in the middle of a shoot, enjoying some extended time outdoors or staying in to crank out that next script, I hope you are continuing confidently forward on your creative journey! But what if you don’t feel the forward momentum? What if you’re feeling the heavy, messy trudge like Atreyu through the mud in The NeverEnding Story? First, don’t stop! Stepping back to reassess how best to progress, however…

Free Online "Ask Me Anything" with Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto: The Great Content Gold Rush of 2021 Edition

Happy Friday, Creative Army! I have been talking about The Great Content Gold Rush of 2021 for the last few months. The entire Stage 32 staff is on the phone everyday with their fingers on the pulse of what is happening in the entertainment industry and the word is unanimous - networks, streaming platforms and producers and other executives need new content. The past three months have proved this notion in spades - we have already had over 155 meeting requests from entert…

5 things I Wish Every Writer Knew About Feedback

I remember writing my first screenplay like it was yesterday. I was 17, outspoken, and very confident in my writing abilities, so when the teacher told us we were having a stage playwriting contest, I nearly jumped out of my chair with excitement. I spent the whole day writing and planning out my screenplay. The next day, I gave copies to almost everyone in my class to see what they thought. One student said it was terrible and tossed it in the garbage. I even had a close friend tell me …

How I Made a Short Film in Eight Languages: Empowering Women's Voices

Back in June 2020 in the height of stay-at-home orders and quarantining around the world, Stage 32 member and actor Solana Paz put together a short film about Father's Day, 100% remotely, featuring 38 actors in over 16 different locations. Be sure to check out her amazing blog about how she did it here. We also chatted about her remote production process on live on Instagram, you can watch our chat here.  Now, in honor of International Women's Day earlier this month, Solana put tog…

Casting: An Actors Perspective - Part 5: Props & Costumes

Hello Stage 32 Community! As you may recall, back in August we launched a blog series called "Casting: An Actor's Perspective" by actor and long-time Stage 32 member Jon Snow. In his first blog, his videos discuss how to "Tell, Don't Ask" and the importance of genuine discovery during auditions. Click here to check out Jon's first blog. Jon's second blog "Tell the Truth" dives into the importance of authenticity during auditions. Click here to watch. Jon's third blog "Switching Roles"…

Coffee & Content: Behind the Scenes of "WandaVision" & Pixar Storytelling

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, The Things has put together an in-depth behind the scenes look inside the Disney+ hit WandaVision. This video talks about how portions of the show were actually filmed in front of a live studio audience, the Marvel easter eggs hidden throughout the series, the pre-shoot "boot camp" the cast…

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