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Assistant Director on Godfather II Offers Screenwriting Tips for Writers

How does a budding screenwriter get started? What's more, how can he or she improve on their writing? Burt Bluestein was the assistant director on Godfather II and Point Break. Stage 32 caught up with him at Film Con Hollywood where he offered tips for up and coming screenwriters, as well as the power of networking on Stage 32. Give the image below a click to hear what he has to say!   Click Here For Burt's Advice!     Remember, if you haven't subscribed to our YouT…

On the Other Side Of Perfectionism You’ll Find True Creative Flow

You’re in your artistic element, deeply connected to your creativity and performance. Just like a river flowing from its source into the world, it feels right. It’s a connection that transcends flaws, doubts, and fears. Your inspiration, passion, skills, and talents come together into one stream of expression. You’re becoming your song, writing, or your acting. In moments like these, you can feel the ripples of emotions between you and your audience. Time stops……

Coffee & Content - How to Write a Story & Deconstructing Film Lighting

Happy Sunday everyone, and to those celebrating, a very happy holiday weekend.  Hope you're enjoying and participating in another edition of Introduce Yourself Weekend.  Now on to another edition of Coffee & Content. First up this week, I love me a good TEDx Talk and this one from John Dufresne, How to Write a Story, certainly fits the bill.  Get yourself a backup cup of java for this vid as you may just want to watch it twice. Next up, cinematographers and gaff…

How to Handle it When Someone Says: "You're a Writer? I've Got a Great Story You Should Write!"

In my experience there have been three types of people who approach me with ideas:1) Those who have no idea what the creative process entails, nor respect for the creative person. With people like this, I am polite but stay at a distance. 2) Those who really want to write their stories themselves, but are blocked by their own fear and/or denial. With people like this, I am polite but will share advice. 3) Those who want you to write their story for them and are willing to discuss a con…

Why Pro Athletes are Better Actors Than You Are

When we watch the Super Bowl, we often see a huge amount of emotion erupting not only from the fans, but the players. How many times have you seen Titans of Sport weeping like children because they lost a game? Or because they won the game? Fights break out, Gatorade is poured over coaches’ heads, the emotional displays are often unexpected but always completely authentic, spontaneous, and often as compelling as any film. What’s more, the players deliver these kinds of perfor…

How Do I Make My Script Better Before I Send it to a Producer? (with Richard Botto & Jason Mirch)

When it comes to coverage, writers end up with a vast array of responses from seasoned readers, not-so-seasoned readers, producers, and executives. But how does a writer handle the coverage? And what can he or she do to make it better? Ricard Botto and Jason Mirch handle the question for a writer during the free "Ask Me Anything" webinar hosted by both gentlemen. A hint on how they responded? Be receptive to notes and let go of any defensiveness. Click below to hear more.   Click…

Diary of a DP: How to Shoot Interviews & and Get Mad Love in Return

Hello, my fellow creatives. Spring is here and in this survival guide, I will be focusing on a checklist and things to keep in mind when shooting a documentary or good old fashion interviews. These are just my strategies when prepping to shoot a documentary or interviews, so do what works for you. There are many ways to skin a cat, and it is up to you to test and refine what works so you can effectively handle any curve-balls and do your job efficiently while keeping on schedule. Choos…

Coffee & Content - Christopher Nolan on Directing & Kate Winslet Shares Her Acting Secrets

Happy Sunday, everyone.  Hope you're all having a fantastic weekend. I don't know about you, but my coffee is on point.  Let's compliment it with some killer content. First up, it was recently announced that Christopher Nolan's next film has entered pre-production with Robert Pattinson, John David Washington, and Elizabeth Debicki attached to star.  Seems like the perfect time to feature Nolan here on C&C as he waxes poetic on the craft of film directing. Next up, o…

Feeling Deflated? Here's Some Inspiration to Pick You Back Up

I've had one hell of a week. Between producing my own pilot, managing the Stage 32 blog, and still training a rescue dog that clearly had no boundaries or discipline before we brought him home, I'm spent. My ego is shot and my wounds are raw. Angry people, lost opportunities, and rejection are also part of my world right now. It blows.   Winn, my new 3-year old doxie, trying like hell to make me forget he's naughty. But I'll be damned if I'm going to let any of that take me down.…

Does Somebody Owe You Money? [An Actor's Guide To Finding Lost Cash]

If you’re an actor, you may or may not have come to the realization that as the sole owner of YOU, Inc., no one seems to care as much about your company as you. Often, actors believe that once they get a reputable agent, that the agent will make it their sole mission in life to make the actor successful. Even the best agents can’t offer that. Over time, you come to realize that if this company (again, we’re talking about your career) is going to be successful, there&rsq…

What Your Filmmaker CV Says About You

The average filmmaker would not put any thought into their CV or Resume design. Some of you reading this might even believe that having a CV as a filmmaker is a waste of time. Regardless of your film industry job role, it’s likely at the start of your career you will be asked to provide a CV when applying to jobs. The majority of jobs advertised online (and on Stage 32) ask to provide a CV and cover letter attachment.My name is Amy Clarke and I previously worked in the UK film indu…

Dear Bradley: What Kind of Script Piques Studio Interest? [ & 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.…

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