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How to Create a Docu-Series that Intrigues (The Making of 'Make it Work') - Part 1

  Hello, Stage 32 Family -Today I want to present to you a short video blog series from one of our own Stage 32 Educators and Hollywood producer, Kip Konwiser. In the micro videos presented below, Kip and his brother Kern 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 power of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to solve real world problems…

See a Hollywood Screenwriter Write a Scene in 7 Minutes

Sitting next to a seasoned screenwriter to watch how they execute a scene can work wonders for a writer. That's why I'm sharing this post. From BoingBoing contributor Joe Sabia created a video for Vanity Fair that ended up circling the 'net fast and hard, as screenwriter Emily Carmichael whipped out a sci-fi scene in only seven minutes.   It's a fascinating watch. For me, watching and listening to how another writers made choices not only gave me permission to write freely, but …

How Do I Get a Meeting in Hollywood?

So you want a meeting. The kind that can change the trajectory of your career. I get it. If you ask the majority what an actor needs to do land a part, one might say, “Get an audition.” We’ve all seen those moments play out in film and TV, where the ingénue is standing on the empty stage, giving it everything she’s got as we see the light fill the director’s eyes as he realizes he’s found his star. These are great scenes. But like most movie m…

How Can I Maximize My Social Media Presence as a Screenwriter? (by Richard Botto & Jason Mirch)

If you're a writer without a manager, your social media presence is crucial. Actually, it's crucial all the time. Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto & Director of Script Services Jason Mirch address how a writer without a manager can put themselves out there using social media. Stage 32 is a massive social media platform and educational site created to help creatives in the film world succeed. Listen as the duo discuss what you can do to grab the attention of producers and directors …

Lights! Fame! Well, a Job Would Do

I reckon there are four main ways in which you can get some film work and then carry on in your chosen career. Please don’t nail me to these, however, as they are only my own deductions. I am hoping, though, that they may give you some help. The Production Route The production route is followed by people who want to be junior or senior producers, or who want to get so far, and then veer off into directing. This ladder, of course, starts off with Production Assistant, progresses t…

Coffee & Content - 10 Tips on Writing Better Dialogue & How to Film Action Scenes

What's up, Creative Army. Happy Sunday to you and to all our incredible moms around the world, a very Happy Mother's Day. As a reminder, we're gearing up for a jam packed couple of weeks at Cannes. If you're attending, remember to RSVP to all our events HERE. Now, whaddaya say we dive in to another edition of Coffee & Content? Everyone likes crackling dialogue in their movies, but for most writers, the practice is easier said than done. And sometimes what's in your head, doesn't q…

The Rules About Screenwriting [And Why There Are No Rules]

One of our most active members, Philip Hardy, posted a link in one of our lounges recently and it resonated with me as a screenwriter so much that I felt compelled to share it with our 500,000+ members. So often in our threads, there is great discussion about "breaking" screenwriting rules or what works best when writing a script. Debate is always a part of these discussions, which is never wrong and always welcomed.   I imagine the post I'm going to share from Phoenix Screenwr…

7 Weird Things to Do At Networking Events [So You Don't Feel Awkward]

For some, networking can be a nightmare. Not everyone is Guy Smiley with gleaming teeth and a handshake already started before they walk in the door. Most people feel a little out of their comfort zone in social situations, but networking is where it counts. In many ways, networking should be considered as an approach to life. I've personally picked up my largest contracts standing in line at food trucks or having a random casual chat in a store that led to a more in-depth meeting later…

7 Tips To Make Your Stage 32 Profile Work for You

So you have a profile here, do ya? But you secretly think it’s a waste of time because nothing comes of it. You have minimal connections and those you do have don’t interact with you. No one seems to care about your work and hell, you’re not a famous writer/actor/filmmaker/author yet. I get it. But listen - this site can work wonders if you work the site. There’s a reason there are so many success stories and half a million members. So don’t give up just …

How Do I Get My Book Made Into a Movie? (by Richard Botto)

It seems the trend these days in Hollywood is taking existing IP and turning it into a movie or series. Just reading this very sentence has, no doubt, brought some shows to mind. (Game of Thrones, You, The Handmaid's Tale, etc.) It has authors asking: How do I get my book made into a movie? Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto answers the question during his free "Ask Me Anything" webinar. And what's more, he offers the author asking the question some key things to think about before she con…

How to Be A More Fulfilled Artist

As an artist, you live to express your creativity. You have a calling. You must transform your inner world into art. Through your art you bring to life stories of hope and love. You tell stories of defending and conquering. You make stories of redemption and justice be heard and seen. You follow your heart and your passion. You dream big. You play big. But most of all, you feel you have something important to say. And there is only one language that can communicate the depth, richness,…

Coffee & Content - How Cinematographers Work With Actors & How to Find the Best Camera Angles

Happy Sunday to all. Let's dive in for another edition of Coffee & Content. Much is always made (and tons of content produced) about the director/actor relationship. But what about cinematographers? How do they interact and work with actors. Our first video from CookeOpticsTV breaks it down. Next up, from wolfcrow, a tight, no fat video on how to find the best camera angles when shooting your film. So watch, drink your coffee, repeat, but then remember to share where you can! And…

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