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Coffee & Content - How to Film Yourself & How to Film and Edit on Your Smartphone

Good Morning, Creative Army! This morning as I brew with a french press, creating videos while flying solo comes to mind. Most of us have done it, want to do it, or could use some tips on how to improve our self-tapes or tutorials. Even shooting a short film starring ourselves can be tricky. So while we brew, let's dig into the first video today from Peter McKinnon, How to Film Yourself. Even with zero budget, you can create a great video with just a few tools. The short video below s…

What is the Difference Between Drama and Non-Drama?

When we settle in to watch a television show, we're looking to get pulled into the story. The last thing we want is a series of facts or other information to drive the story engine. Yet it happens. It makes for a bland episode. And it could be detrimental if not addressed. After David Mamet's show The Unit was cancelled, Mamet sent a memo to his writing staff. Here's how it started: "Almost a decade ago, celebrated playwright, film director, screenwriter, author and producer David Ma…

Hollywood Is A Small Town, Even When You’re Not There

Welcome back! When we last parted, my friend Brian gave up two hours into the day. I made sure not to tell my mother that he ditched me for fear she would not let me go back to the set alone. I am not sure I actually lied about it. Well,l I guess there are lies of omission, so maybe I did lie. But I did tell her I saw people using things I considered to be toys as equipment on the set, and I was obsessed with these man-children and their toy box. Boys and Their Toys How many of yo…

Mid-Year Check In (What Are You Up To??)

For the past few years we've been doing a mid-year check in to see where all of you are at. What kind of projects are you working on?Have you been killing it with auditions?Where are you with writing? Networking? Pitching? Let's take a minute to do a mid-year check-in and see how - and what - you’re all doing thus far. Are you on track? Do you need a push? Did you change direction entirely?   Let's talk about it in the comments section below. And, of course, if there is t…

Are Streaming & Cable Two Separate Markets for Writers to Approach? (by Richard Botto & Jason Mirch)

Movies and TV habits are changing with the advent of streaming video services, including Netflix. So what does that mean for writer's looking to pitch to executives? Does streaming now create two different avenues for pitching? Or are the markets the same? Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto & Director of Script Services Jason Mirch address this question in the FREE webinar "Ask Me Anything." Listen as the duo discuss how writer's should approach these markets.   Click Here For …

Filmmakers & Producers: 5 Tips for Communicating With Talent

Though filmmaking and production are an art and a craft, they’re also a business, especially if the project is a commercial or industrial. So being as professional as possible in your written communications to talent is important and will further your working relationships. Your goals should be to make it as easy as possible for actors (and crew) to work with you and show them you know what you’re doing. 1) Ensure All Communications are Well-Written and Clear What you write…

Coffee & Content - The Problem Solving of Filmmaking & Movie Mistakes: When Does Film Continuity Really Matter?

Hello, Stage 32 Family!From filming on set in Chicago with Rain Beau's End this past spring to mentoring other screenwriters at a writing retreat in Dordogne, France (and everything prior and yet to come), I've seen and will continue to see my share of continuity mistakes in filmmaking. And as I pour myself a hearty 'cupajoe this Sunday morning, I bring to you another edition of Coffee & Content that covers this very problem. We've all watched films where we've been able to pick up …

Success Isn't About Money (It Never Was)

I have spent all of my life (and I mean all of it), striving for success. Even as I write this, I just wrapped a 5-day shoot of an original pilot I wrote, and am wading through the throes of post production, including a crowdfunding campaign to raise the cash I exhausted shooting it. So basically, I'm broke. Yet I feel so damn successful. High level executives don't know about the project yet.Yet I feel so damn successful.My name isn't on the screen yet boasting - Written and Created b…

Adventures in Background Acting

Extra, extra! Read all about it!I wasn't always such a twisted and depraved soul. In many ways, it was the world of background acting that opened me up to the fun and fascinating film industry and all the sordid bits that entails. For those who are curious about what goes on behind the scenes or want to get involved, let this serve as an introduction (or perhaps an admonition) to those considering making the leap into the wild world of background acting. For the legions of people who …

Following Flaubert's Advice: Survival Skills for the Writer

Some time ago, an acquaintance at my local coffee house made the following comment about a writer’s life, quoting Gustave Flaubert: “Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.” I had been living this way for some time. As I worked and put myself through graduate school, I made time to write. Writing had been part of my life for over a decade. So what does it mean to be “steady and well-ordered in life so that you…

Dear Bradley: What Does it Take to Break into Acting? [ & Other Filmmaking Questions]

Hi, Everyone! Welcome back to the Dear Bradley Vlog. Every month I'm going to be answering your most burning filmmaking questions. If you have one, please submit your questions in the comments below or via Instagram @Bradley_Gallo. Be very specific and I will personally answer your question the best I can. Some answers will come in long form and others in a lightening round (multiple questions with 15 second answers). Some of you will have the same question and so we will combine those.…

Vulnerability, Strength, and Resilience in the Life of the Artist

As an artist, you live in a very unique world. You get to express the fullness of who you are. You have the opportunity to leave something meaningful behind that will impact generations. It’s a privilege to bring value to the world simply by expressing and living your passion. At the same time, you take on unique challenges. Your artistic life is filled with pressure, rejection, competition, and unknowns. You have to have courage, show up, and take risks... You also have to know …

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