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"I am Pretty Pumped for this Next Phase": The Thing All Creatives Must Do Before Leaving this Decade

Good Morning Stage 32 Family! Welcome to December and the month of this decade! Can you believe it?! I have seen so many posts and photos floating around the Socials recently, “Me in 2009 vs Me in 2019.” I find it so interesting that we take great effort to consider how our physical appearance has changed, but don’t really consider how other aspects of our lives - especially our creative endeavors - have evolved over the course of the last 10 years. Granted, it doesn&rs…

Coffee & Content - Hollywood Actors Share their Success Stories, plus How to Direct a Short Film

Happy Sunday Creative Army! The temperature is dropping outside, so I hope your coffee is extra hot today! We have some more great content to share with you on this fine December Sunday. Are you ready? First up, we have an epic video for all of you actors out there - Hollywood Actors Share their Secrets to Success, from Film Courage. This amazing piece of content features dozens of interviews with actors such as James Franco, Miles Teller, Mandy Moore, and Aaron Paul to name a few.&nb…

How to Keep Sane and Healthy During a Busy Festival Season

Rob Margolies, the director of my last film ‘Yes’, likes to tease me by saying that I “hibernate” on my days off. He isn’t wrong. There are so few days off in my life right now that I guess you can call what I do “hibernation.” We started our festival journey in Los Angeles. We premiered the film ‘Yes’ (which I wrote, starred in, and co-produced) for the very first time on June 22nd, 2019 at the world-famous Chinese Theatre in Hollywo…

How My Spiritual Journey Led Me to a New Way of Seeing Three Act Structure

It’s amazing that when the universe wants you to know about something, you will end up learning about it if you take heed of the signs. For years, I had just wanted to be happy, and the universe, or God, as some people prefer, was finally answering my prayer. But first, before I get into all that, I have to start at the beginning. The Beginning of My Spiritual Journey I had been born into a Jehovah’s Witness family, but by the time I was a senior in college, I began to have…

Two New Yorkers in Hollywood: How Do You Approach Someone You'd Like to Work With, but Don't Know (with Richard Botto & Bradley Gallo)

We all know the age-old-adage about show business: "It's not what you know, it's who you know.  So how do you get to know these magical gatekeepers of Hollywood? Do you bombard their office with postcards with your face on it? (No.) Do you Google sleuth to find out their home address and send them homemade cookies? (Definitely not, don't be creepy.) Do you find common ground (alma mater, hometown, etc) and compose a clever, short, personalized message to them? (Bingo.)  In t…

How to Have Successful Q & A’s at Film Festivals

It is thrilling after all your work on a film, to have the exhilarating experience of a dynamic and successful Q & A at a film festival with a packed audience. Conversely, most of us have experienced the shock of seeing a Q &A where no questions were asked. Worse, is having your short screened with others and ending up the only one not having a questioned asked after hearing, “Well, guys, that’s all we have time for as the next film is coming in”. You Can Pack …

Coffee & Content - Directing Tips from Sundance Directors & A Career Retrospective with Eddie Murphy

Happy December Creative Army! I've got my coffee brewing and some white-hot content coming your way. First up, The Take speaks with some Sundance-official directors about the craft of directing films. They answer questions like: What's your process for working with actors? What are some visual techniques you've used? and more! Next, for all you comedy fans out there, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation recently sat down with the legendary Eddie Murphy to talk about his amazing career over…

Happy Thanksgiving! We are Thankful Everyday for You

From the entire Stage 32 team, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. Let me be the first to say, I am incredibly grateful for every single person that is a part of the Stage 32 creative army. I am forever in awe of the amazing connections, projects, and friendships that have grown out of our community.  As always, here at Stage 32, we aim to help entertainment creatives make connections and share their stories with the world. In our 8 years, we have had nearly 2,000 articles writt…

Two New Yorkers in Hollywood: What You'll Learn When You First Get into Entertainment & What Not to Do (with Richard Botto & Bradley Gallo)

New people flock to LA every day with big dreams and their hearts set on "making it". However, as anyone who has moved to LA for entertainment can tell you, no one is going to roll out a red carpet for you just for showing up.  Often times, arriving in "tinsel town" can be a lonely and unforgiving place. Fortunately, our two favorite New Yorkers in Hollywood have teamed up to teach you What You'll Learn When You First Get into Entertainment & What Not to Do. In this clip …

How I Survived the Hollywood Crash

In my blogs on “How We Screwed the Showbiz Culture Up” and “Why I Passed On That Screenplay,” I talk a fair bit of trash about how the ethical and creative practices of Hollywood’s development process have strayed from the fundamentals that made this industry strong. By far, the most common and rational response to the ideas I’m expressing in these rants is that “THIS IS A BUSINESS.” If we get caught up in the creative - or even the ethical…

Coffee & Content - How A Title will Help You Write & How Music Shapes Your Film

A very Happy Thanksgiving week to you Creative Army! This Sunday, we've got some great content for all you filmmakers out there. My coffee's brewing, how about yours? First on the docket, can your project's title shape how you write your story? Writer/Director Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Thor: Ragnarok, What We Do in the Shadows) thinks so! Learn more in his interview with our friends over at IndieWire.  Next up, film editor Tom Cross (La La Land, Whiplash, First Man, Joy) tells …

Screenwriter Review: How Stage 32 Script Services "Makes You a Better Writer"

Hello Stage 32 Community! Today's amazing blog contributor is Rosalind Winton, a writer and editor based in the UK. She wrote a script based on the postcard her great grandfather send to her great grandmother from the Titanic, days before the infamous sinking. (Color me interested!) Throughout the writing process, she utilized Stage 32's script services offers to get notes and advice from our esteemed board of executives, producers, and mentors.  Read on to find out more about R…

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