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Breaking in with 'Break Even' - Part 1

In 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. You may remember CJ for his outspoken, yet truthful posts, including this one: How This Rejected Writer Optioned a Goddamned Feature Script. Over the next month or so, we'll be taking you along on CJ's journey, starting with his flight from England to L…

From the Writer of Jigsaw: 8 Rules For Creating Online Content

I've had the pleasure of working with Pete Goldfinger, one of the talented scribes behind the film JIGSAW of the SAW franchise (and many, many more studio and indie feature films and TV shows)! I was talking with him recently and he's embarking on an exciting journey as the writer/creator for a CW Seed show, which is a new frontier for him as a screenwriter/creator. The best part? He wanted to share his experience with the Stage 32 community. For those who may not know, the CW has expan…

7 Screenwriting Misconceptions [& Other “Back to the Drawing Board” Homework Assignments]

Getting into the movie business can plunge you down an endless drain of self-doubt and feelings of worthlessness. At some point, you begin to wonder whether you’re behind the learning curve, missing something, or just plain dumb. Then there comes the complex, then another failure, and then the invisible curse that now seems to follow you around no matter what you do. They don’t call it the Midas touch in reverse for nothing. But enough of the pity party. The one thing I have …

Coffee and Content - 15 Screenwriting Lessons People Learn Too Late & The Brilliant Editing of Whiplash

Greetings from Chicago where we are now a third of the way through shooting Rain Beau's End, a feature film which has well over a dozen Stage 32 cast and crew in the mix.  Been a killer first week.  Hoping to share more with you soon.   But for now, let's roll with another edition of Coffee & Content. Our first video today comes from our friends at Film Courage and focuses on lessons that screenwriters should learn sooner than later. Next up, Whiplash…

Think Like an Ad Man [Using Creative Agency Techniques to Build Project Identity]

One of my favourite TV series is Mad Men. When Don Draper walks into a room with his ideas and visual pitches for a potential client, he does it impeccably, and with as few images and slogans as possible to sell the product. His theory has proof in the pudding: “You are the product. You feeling something, that’s what sells.” Which is precisely why we all are glued to our television screens during Super Bowl to watch the commercials that make us tear up or incite some …

True Success is About Giving [A Theory to Elevate You To The Next Level]

There is a quote by Winston Churchill that perfectly sums up why I have such fervor about giving, and it goes a little something like this:“We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”  - Winston ChurchillSuccess is often measured by the amount of money one has, the title or status they carry, and the level of power they exude. Yet money, status, and power are merely social measures and don’t actually equate to true success. To me, success is b…

Agent From Gersh Gives Advice on How to Work in Entertainement

Barbara Halperin is an agent with the Gersh Agency and manages the Features and Television division in the Production Department. As an agent, she gets asked regularly how one can "break in" to the business. Stage 32 caught up with her at Film Con Hollywood to offer advice for creatives looking to find their way into the entertainment industry.   Click Here For Barbara's Advice!       Remember, if you haven't subscribed to our YouTube page, make sure you do s…

When Writing, Focus on the PLOT, Not the Points

Structure is one of the most discussed and important words in fiction writing. In scriptwriting, there are many theories of what exactly structure is. Screenwriting texts and experts, for example, often declare that structure is the proper placement of plot points or the use of sequences and acts. These organizing principles are essential to a script but they relate, I believe, not to structure - but to form. Form is the external shape of a script, of how its content--its events and scen…

Monday Motivation: Stage 32 Members [Producer & Writer] Connect to Create "Adjustments" Pilot

Happy Monday, Stage 32! Each Monday we share the success of different Stage 32 members who have come together in collaboration to create something incredible. This Monday is no different. It's the story of how writer Gregory Houghton and producer James Tucker came together to create a new pilot called Adjustments. Greg is represented by Babz Bitela of the Bitela Agency, who is also an active Stage 32 member. The development is an exciting one for Greg Houghton.     Gre…

Coffee & Content - Paul Schrader's Screenwriting Lecture & 7 Simple and Beautiful Editing Tips

Happy Sunday to all. Greetings from a very chilly Chicago where we're prepping our first day of filming for Rain_Beau's End, a feature film I'm producing with more than a dozen Stage 32 members, including my fellow producer and good friend, Joe Orlandino. I'll be making some more posts about that as filming progresses, but for now, it's time to get to another edition of Coffee & Content. First up this week, it's a screenwriting lecture with the legendary Paul Schrader. Tho…

How I Partnered with Producers of The King's Speech & What I Learned Along the Way - Part 3

Part 3 -In The Steps of a King If you've already read part Part 1 and Part 2 of my series, than you know I was fortunate enough to partner with the producers of The King's Speech and The Tudors to write a series called Magna Carta. As much as I love history, I didn't know much about King John. It wasn't until I picked up a book at the local library that the history of the King began to tug at me. He wasn't the nicest guy, I learned. From all accounts, he was rather evil. And while the …

Introducing: The 'Dear Bradley' Monthly Vlog [Answers to Your Most Burning Filmmaking Questions]

Hey guys, I’m excited to announce a good friend of mine, Bradley Gallo, who’s going to start doing a monthly column called Dear Bradley right here on Stage 32. Bradley is an award-winning producer who’s most recent film, Them That Follow (produced with Gerard Butler and featuring Oscar winner Olivia Colman), just sold at Sundance 2019. So if you like what you see and you've got a question that you want answered, drop it in the comments below or PM Bradley on Instagram …

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