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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…

The Pros [& more Pros] of Intuitive and Analytical Writing

An Either–Or World. (Cue the sad face.) In the twenty-first century, debate is all the rage. I’ve been saying (lamenting, really) for nearly a decade that Confrontation is the new Communication.Wherever you look, even in Arts and Entertainment, it’s all about “Them and Us.” Otherness, and Alienation. And right along with this dysfunctional approach to life is the inclination to look at techniques, structural models, and other tools for your creative toolbox…

Can Hollywood Make Movies that are "Good?" [A New, Proposed Filmmaking Formula]

"Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” - 1997 Apple Ad Can Hollywood think differently? Or will remakes, reboots, sequels, and series still top the box office in 2030? How long will Sci-Fi and Superhero franchises dominate the industry? Call me "a crazy one,"…

3 Time Proven Ways to Break In and Stay In the Film Industry

So you're looking to have someone give you feedback on your reel, get that script read, get that film project off the ground, raise funds for your project, or simply land that job.  Let's face it, we all have goals and will do just about anything to reach them. But that doesn't mean our game plan is sound.  In fact, more often than not, our approach couldn't be more wrong.  And with so much noise out there and attention spans shorter than ever, you only have an instant to…

Free AMA with Our Very Own Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto

What's going on, Creative Army?   It's been a moment since we last had the time to interact in a live setting. Let's remedy that with another AMA (Ask Me Anything), pre-Cannes style.   What do you say we get together on May 8th at 1pm for another inspiring, motivating and energy-packed question and answer session? All you have to do is register, show up and bring your craft and industry questions. I'll cover as much time as possible and try to leave you with tips, tricks an…

Using Your Sensitivity to Be a Powerful Actor

“I was a highly sensitive child... I think most actors are highly sensitive people.” - Nicole Kidman Many creative people including actors have the personality trait of high sensitivity. The technical term for the trait is sensory processing sensitivity, and is present in about 20 percent of us. It includes being unusually responsive to sensory and emotional stimulation, and often being more aware of other people's emotions.   What is High Sensitivity? What is high s…

Coffee & Content - Script Breakdown 101 & Filmmaker Richard Linklater on Patience

Happy Sunday to all. Hope you're all enjoying the weekend and drinking some good coffee.  Because, you know, life is too short to drink shitty java (or wine, for that matter). Let's roll with another edition of Coffee & Content. We get many questions here on Stage 32 about how to go about breaking down a script. Here's a great vid by the guys at Rocket Jump Film School to get you going. Next up, Richard Linklater has been called "The most European American filmmaker working t…

What Happened When I Used Trust as an Agreement - Instead of a Contract [7 Lessons I Learned]

I use contracts with everything. The books I ghostwrite, the blog posts I create, and the scripts I work so hard on for others. But I messed up recently. I had the contract in hand and shared it with the other party. He dragged his feet. And it's not his fault. It's mine. Because I let him. I was pissed at myself for weeks. I was pissed for so many reasons. I wanted to write a scathing blog post and share it with the world so I would feel better. Me. Several times over a period of week…

How One Man, One Speech, and a Series of Letters Shaped a Hollywood Career

For as long as I can remember, the relationship I had with my father Mike was complicated. For starters, he was legendary in Hollywood. And because he was a well-known agent, executive, and producer, the father-son bond I waited for was often put on the back burner. Things at home weren’t stable.
 I changed schools in my teen years a handful of times.
 When I started working, my father took the Bill Gates approach to parenting; make your own way without favors from one of the most …

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