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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…

The Birth of a Hashtag Awakened by Writers vs Agents in Hollywood

As a writer, getting your content out there in the media can be a long shot in the dark on a sunny day with 3-D glasses on. Your sense of direction can be lost on which path to take that actually pays off. But that could all be changing very soon due to an uprising that has led to quirky hashtags on Twitter. If you could log onto social media then add a hashtag and pitch your writing to Studio Executives – Would you? This is what happened when the drawbridge to the Writers’ …

Dear Bradley: How Do I Finance My Pilot? [ & 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.…

How I Shot a No-Budget Ghost Comedy Feature in One Week

When I was 10 years old, I stayed home sick from school (totally faked it) and watched 'Army of Darkness' on the USA Network. Little Nick's mind was blown. Since then, I've wanted to make movies. Specifically, wacky sci-fi/horror comedies. If you know me, you know I'm a writer, and I spend a good amount of my time focusing on my writing. I have scripts out to production companies for the first time in my life, and the waiting can start to feel like a very long time. So I started out 201…

What Do Showrunners Look for When Staffing a Writers Room?

What do showrunners look for when staffing a writer's room? The ability to write, yes.The ability to play well with others, of course.But there's more. Much more, especially with the situation with ATA-WGA creating a level of anxiety with writer's both old and new. It's not just about story arcs and solid portfolios.Click the link below to learn what four showrunners are looking for when it comes to getting butts in seats.   Read More Here: What 4 Showrunners Look for When Sta…

How do I Sell My Movie? [An Objective Look at Distribution]

So you made a movie. You even have an offer from a sales agent to sell it worldwide. You are excited. Your film is selling in Cannes! It’s selling at the American Film Market! It’s screening at Berlinale! You're having viewing parties with friends and family, showing off the brochure or the listing of your movie in the Trades. You dream about the new movie you will make or the house you'll buy with the profits from the first one, and you're sure there will be so many dollars …

How to Create a Docu-Series that Intrigues (The Making of 'Make it Work') - Part 2

  Hello, Stage 32 Family!On Tuesday, I presented to you the first part of a short video blog series from one of our own Stage 32 Educators and Hollywood producer, Kip Konwiser. In that first post - and in the second and final installment below - Kip and his brother Kern, through a series of micro videos, take us through the process of how they successfully created a four-part documentary series for Legendary Digital Studios. The series is called MAKE IT WORK, and it explores the po…

Talent Agent Offers Advice for Actors

What does it take to break into Hollywood as an actor?   Tracey Christian is a talent agent with TCA Management. Stage 32 caught up with her at Film Con to ask what kind of advice she could offer up and coming actors and actresses. Take a peek at the video below to gain access to her tips on making waves as an actor or actress in the industry.     Click Here For Tracey's Advice!     Remember, if you haven't subscribed to our YouTube page, make sure you …

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