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Development Hell and How to Avoid It

I am sure you have all been here and have your own ideas on this subject, fellow toilers, but, here, today, is just my penny’s worth regarding what Development Hell is, why it occurs, how to avoid it, and some small suggestions for success in collab writing. The producer is the one with the fork. 1) What IS Development Hell? Development Hell is something I hear a lot about. What I hear from my friends and read about as well, is that projects sometimes get stuck.They go around an…

Coffee & Content - Jordan Peele's Advice on Writing Thrillers & 3 Things New Filmmakers Overlook

Happy Sunday, everyone. Miss me?   All apologies for no new Coffee & Content last Sunday. We wrapped filming on Rain Beau's End in Chicago on Saturday and then, well, there was the after party. Enough said. Our shoot couldn't have gone better.  Eighteen days of shooting, nearly a month in Chicago, but it all came together. Our cast, including Ed Asner, Sean Young, Melanie Chandra, Janelle Snow, Amanda Powell, and a host of others knocked the cover off the ba…

A Year of Yes [Shonda Rhimes Style]

Discover the Introvert’s Yes I know what you’re thinking, “Umm, Cheryl, Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes came out in 2015. Eons ago in internet time. Plus it's the beginning of April." But when you find yourself immersed in what is now one of your fav books, all you wonder is, Why the heck didn’t I read this book sooner?In my defense, Year of Yes has been on my Read This Now (aka When You Finally Freakin’ Slow Down) List. It truly feels like it just released t…

Breaking in with 'Break Even' – Part 3: Filming on the Ocean

If you read Part 1  and Part 2 of this series, then you know we're following CJ Walley, an optioned screenwriter who is working with a production crew on his first feature script, 'Break Even,' which was written on assignment. This is Part 3, probably onee of the most colorful pieces yet in his series, which takes us to the other side of filmmaking. It's the not-so-glamorous side.Yet with CJ's edgy sense of humor, it's a story we can all appreciate; especially if we've ever experie…

'The Last OG' Actor Talks About The Growth of Short Films & Actor Networking Advice

Allen Maldonado is an actor who stars with Tracy Morgan in The Last OG created by Tracy Morgan and Jordan Peele. Stage 32 caught up with him at Film Con Hollywood where he offered advice for actors on how to network as an actor, why short films need more attention, and what it takes to persevere in the industry.   Click Here For Allen's Advice!       Remember, if you haven't subscribed to our YouTube page, make sure you do so you don't miss any of our announc…

How Working for Free Changed The Trajectory of My Career

Delayed Gratification: A lesson in show biz. If I was able to teach a seminar in show business to my 22-year-old self it would all come down to two words: Patience and Persistence. Well that and be lucky, don’t be scared to ask for help, and be willing to work for free. A lot. Kindling The year is 2012. For the sake of context, I feel like I need to paint a picture of where I was in my career and mindset when things started to change for me. I spent the better part of a decade…

How We Screwed the Showbiz Culture Up [And How We Can Fix It]

Before I delve into the chronic misdeeds of our industrial showbusiness community, forgive me a paragraph or two to establish my credentials as your professor in this matter. Much of my life in showbusiness until now has been defined by the work nobody in Hollywood actually wants to do, but that everyone would gladly take credit and experience for having done, if they could. For ten years, I learned the risks and rewards of producing by financing other people's indie films with cold-call…

7 Steps for Writing Knights & Dragons Fantasy

Prologue: Venturing Forth The PROTAGONIST. Often a simple, unassuming person at least somewhat content in their everyday life, is given a quest. A journey must be made—both physical and psychological. Leaving the familiar, they cross the threshold into a new and dangerous world, where they will be tested time and again. Allies and enemies abound. The stakes are high. Will they prevail?All fantasy is based on some form of this opening paragraph. Not coincidentally, it is also the &…

Breaking in with 'Break Even' – Part 2

If you read Part 1 of Breaking in with 'Break Even' by C Walley, then you took the first step of our next series post that follows a Stage 32 Screenwriter's Journey. We're following CJ Walley, an optioned screenwriter who is working with a production crew on his first feature script, 'Break Even,' which was written on assignment. Over the next month or so, we'll be taking you along on CJ's journey, starting with his flight from England to Los Angeles, to his experience on set, all the w…

How Do you Vet a Manager for Representation in Entertainment? (with Richard Botto & Jason Mirch)

It's the age-old question that writers, entertainers, and filmmakers ask again and again in one form or another: How do you vet a manager for representation in entertainment? In this special edition of AMA (Ask Me Anything), RB and Jason Mirch, Stage 32's new Director of Script Services, breaks down the how, the why, and the what to finding the right kind of representation. Also, learn what to do if you get a manager and it's not a good fit. Click Here For RB and Jason's Advice! &nb…

How an Amateur Screenwriter Can Improve With These Simple Tips

When Hollywood first started making movies, everyone worked for the studios. Eventually, independent producers started making their own movies and it seems everyone with a typewriter started writing screenplays. Hollywood had to build a wall to keep all those people out they didn’t think belonged, which was just about everyone. That's when literary agents appeared on the scene. Hollywood would rely on agents to filter through all those screenplays to find one they could use. Thing…

Coffee & Content - Quentin Tarantino's Screenwriting Process & Cuts and Transitions 101

Good morning, everyone.  Greetings again from Chicago, where we have just finished work on Week 2 of filming RAIN BEAUS END.  The cast and crew (including over a dozen Stage 32 members) continues to bring their A-game.  I'll be posting some pictures and a summary of the filming here in the near future, but for now if you'd like to see some set photos and stories, you can check them out and follow me for Week 3 on Instagram here. Now let's roll with another edition of Coff…

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