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Coffee & Content - The 10 Best Character Arcs of All Time & Basic Cinematography Tips

Happy Sunday, everyone. And Happy Father's Day to all fathers and father figures across the globe! Hope you're day is off to a fantastic start and that you've been active, contributing, and making those invaluable connections during Introduce Yourself Weekend. Don't miss out, there's still 24 hours to go! As if that wasn't enough to motivate you, here's another edition of Coffee & Content. When we talk with the executives who work with us through Stage 32 Script Services about the …

Answering The Call [Your First Shot On Set]

There are those who answer the call of duty by joining the military, becoming a doctor, or pastor or something else noble. Like me, there are those insane enough to work in the entertainment business. Even crazier, some actually thrive in it and enjoy it. Well, mostly. But once you are in it and experiencing the reality of the challenge of making a consistent living, one can’t help but think, “What in the world am I doing?” I am not exactly sure when I heard the call …

How to Get Better as an Actor (5 Questions to Get Your There)

Everyone loves a good superhero. And if you put them all in the same room, you'd see that they all have the same superpower: The ability to improve. Their commitment to getting better is one of the biggest reasons we root for superheroes. From Rick Blaine in CASABLANCA to King T’Challa in BLACK PANTHER, we root for these heroes as they charter new lands and a journey of growth; a growth that has them constantly working toward bettering themselves. So is the case in real life. We…

'Cyborgs' Director Offers How to Be a TV or Film Director Today

Stage 32 had the incredible opportunity to meet dozens of creative leaders at Film Con Hollywood, including 'Cyborgs' director Leonardo Corbucci. Leonardo has worked on a number of TV and film shows. In the clip below he answers the question of what it takes to become a film or television director today. Take a listen!   Click Here To Hear More!   }   Remember, if you haven't subscribed to our YouTube page, make sure you do so you don't miss any of our announcements…

Love or Money: The Only Paths to Getting Your Project Made

Catchy title, right? But it is the honest, simple truth. There are only two roads that lead to success in getting your film made. Love or money. No matter how you slice it, it comes down to those two.   What's Love Got to Do With It? If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me to fund their passion project, well, I wouldn’t be writing this blog post. I’d be off making a movie. Perhaps the biggest CATCH-22 of the industry is how to get funded, right? One …

Coffee & Content - How Aaron Sorkin Wrote The Social Network & Michelle Williams and Patricia Clarkson on Acting

Happy Sunday, Creative Army.  Let's jump right in to another edition of Coffee & Content. First up, for my money, the screenplay for The Social Network is up there with some of the greats of the last decade.  In our first video, the good folks at Behind the Curtain break it down and go to the source to take a look at why it all works so well. Next up, Variety is back with their Actors on Actors series.  This time around it's the great Michelle Wil…

How to Write a Fight Scene in 5 Minutes

A few weeks back, I shared a link to an article where screenwriter Emily Carmichael whipped out a sci-fi scene in only seven minutes. If you took the time to watch it, you saw how a seasoned screenwriter builds a scene in a way that is certainly not linear. So now let's look at something different. Today, we're going to look at how to write a fight scene in five minutes. In the video below, watch screenwriter/producer SC Lannom write a fight scene from scratch on StudioBinder.   …

How Connecting To Reality Can Further Your Creative Dreams

As an artist, you live in a dreamworld. It’s a world filled with creative ideas, passion, and fantasy. In that world you meet characters, you hear music, you envision the stories that you want to create. You love your dreamworld. It’s where all your creative ideas are born and where your big career dreams come to light. This is where you feel most at home. Living in the dreamworld comes naturally, but that might mean that reality feels like a strange and challenging territ…

The Surprising Secrets of the Success of a Viral Music Video

Single cover for Operators. Photo credit: Victoria Somers. One of the greatest aspects of creative projects in any discipline is the synergy and surprising turns that occur in the process. You start with a vision and then one happy accident after another takes you down a rabbit hole to something far beyond expectation. This was exactly true of my re-entry into the music world with the video for my act This Mad Desire's Operators Are Standing By. To date, it has been viewed over 200,000 …

Can Foreign Screenwriters Break Into the U.S. Market?

Global writers often ask: Is there a U.S. market for foreign screenwriters? Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto offers a free webinar called 'Ask me Anything' on Stage 32. During the webinar, this screenwriter and actor fields questions from Stage 32 members to help them on their own creative journey. In this particular AMA, he and Director of Script Services at Stage 32, Jason Mirch, answers the question: How does a writer outside of the states break into the US market? The answer may sur…

What is Spectacle in Filmmaking? [And How Can Indie Filmmakers Use it?]

In my inaugural Stage 32 blog, entitled Reality Checks from an Inspirational Cripple, I discuss the extent and the price of my insight into film development. For the sake of brevity (hah!), let me say here that I was a Development Executive for nearly a decade, that I’m now working as a screenwriter on some high-profile projects, and that I’m building a film company with the support of many of independent Hollywood’s best and brightest. Just as the title of that first S…

Coffee & Content - How They Wrote Fight Club & Meryl Streep's Top 10 Rules for Success

Hello, Creative Army!  Miss me?  It was a remarkable and rewarding week plus at Cannes this year.  Our Stage 32 events with the Marche were packed to the gills and filled with inspiring, motivational and actionable information.  And it was standing room only at our party at the American Pavilion.  A full recap coming soon right here on the Stage 32 Blog.  In the meantime, if you'd like to see some photos and videos from Cannes 2019, click here. Now it's tim…

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