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Happy Thanksgiving! We are Thankful Everyday for You

From the entire Stage 32 team, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. Let me be the first to say, I am incredibly grateful for every single person that is a part of the Stage 32 creative army. I am forever in awe of the amazing connections, projects, and friendships that have grown out of our community.  As always, here at Stage 32, we aim to help entertainment creatives make connections and share their stories with the world. In our 8 years, we have had nearly 2,000 articles writt…

Despising The Free Lunch- How to Get Paid Like a Pro

Getting paid for being a filmmaker is an art form and rarely taken to heart, so artists starve for their craft. This image of the "starving artist" must not and should not be perpetuated. Most people believe that the work of a writer, a producer, a filmmaker is based on passion alone, and as a result it is assumed that all artists are meant to work for free, or to get paid later, because their passion for the craft will make them accept work under any condition, including the freebies or…

Coffee & Content - Nailing Cinematic End Credits & The Keys to a Great Story

Good Morning Creative Army! Here's to another cinematic Sunday here at Stage 32. We've got some hot new content for your today. Got your coffee ready? First up, our friends over at Film Riot teach the subtle art of making cinematic end credits. Have you ever heard of a "snorkel lens"? These handy little lenses effortlessly ensure a cinematic vibe. End credits are an often overlooked footnote to an otherwise amazing film, watch this video to make sure your film ends with a bang. Second…

We Get By [In the Film Industry] With a Little Help From Our Friends

I’ve often heard Dan MaxXx say on Stage 32 that you should, “Build your own tribe,” and I couldn’t agree more. It simply means build relationships, build your contacts and it will help you put deals – and productions – together. Unfortunately, I think a lot of people - both on Stage 32, and on a wider scale, those attempting to enter the industry – have failed to get that message. Many newbies – and younger entrants – to the indust…

Our Latest Ask Me Anything Session Now Available On Demand

Hello, Creative Army. A few weeks back, I hosted another content packed AMA (Ask Me Anything).  The members of the Stage 32 community who attended live brought their A-game.  We went for 2 plus hours and covered about 2 dozen questions on film, television and digital related subjects.  And now the entire show is available for you to watch On Demand.   Here's just some of what we discussed: - How to raise financing for features - How to find financiers - How to f…

When Things Don't Go as Planned. Again.

We interrupt our previously scheduled blog post for this month to share with you the gut-wrenching experience I am having that does have a silver lining and pays dividends emotionally, spiritually, and with character-building opportunities and a definite shift in both the trajectory and perception of my life...again. Oh, we are getting the gifts of growth now. A funny thing happened to me on the way to this post. I was fired from what I thought was going to be a great opportunity. Perh…

2 New Yorkers in Hollywood: How Do You Get Yourself Out of a Creative Rut? (with Richard Botto & Bradley Gallo)

You've seen Richard "RB" Botto's free webinar, "Ask Me Anything," right? Sometimes he handles questions on his own and sometimes he teams up with Jason Mirch, Stage 32's Director or Script Services. In this clip from his FREE webinar, RB teams up with Them That Follow film producer, Bradley Gallo. (Bradley does a monthly vlog on Stage 32 called Dear Bradley. It's a must see!) In this short video, Bradley and RB answer the question: How Do You Get Yourself Out of a Creative Rut? C…

Coffee & Content - How to Make a Movie Trailer & Good Trailer, Bad Trailer, The Art Behind Trailers

Good Morning, Creative Army!   Some really good (and maybe not so good) movie trailers from this weekend have sparked my desire to share some videos that can guide us filmmakers to a place where we turn out some really great trailers for our projects. First, coffee. Next, How to Make a Movie Trailer from our friends at Film Riot. Even when you're short on time, these tips can guide you to a powerful trailer that can attract attention. When you've finished watching that, dig int…

Where Can I Find Indie Producers Who Can Help Develop a Series? (with Richard Botto & Jason Mirch)

Why you, why now? Why are YOU the one to write and sell the next big series, and why now? As Stage 32 Founder and CEO Richard "RB" Botto prepares to answer the question, "Where Can I Find Indie Producers Who Can Help Develop a Series?" with Stage 32's Director of Script Services Jason Mirch, RB stresses the importance of asking yourself: Why me, why now? Take a listen at the duo's feedback from RB's FREE webinar, "Ask Me Anything." The answer may move you to the next step with your s…

Coffee & Content - What Is a Line Producer? [The Key Role of Line Producers] & Pitching and Pre-Production: Crash Course Film Production #2

Good Morning, Creative Army!   I love this part of my Sunday morning. I often pour over the trades, sip my fresh brewed bean, and search to find different videos that educate and inspire our creative crew here on Stage 32. This morning, we're digging into the role of the producer and pitching.   First up, What Is a Line Producer? [The Key Role of Line Producers]. There are various producer roles on a film, and knowing who does what is mighty important. Line producers have a…

Should Screenwriters Create and Control Their Own Content? (by Richard Botto & Bradley Gallo)

Should you create and control your own content as a screenwriter? With the industry turning the way it is (and has) for the last decade, it certainly doesn't hurt for a writer to create his or her own content Click the link below to hear what RB and Bradley have to say about writers turning into content creators.   See What RB & Bradley Have to Say!   Remember, if you haven't subscribed to our YouTube page, make sure you do so you don't miss any of our announcements.…

Coffee & Content - Top 5 Reasons Why People Leave the Film Industry & 20+ Film Set Jobs For You

Good Morning, Stage 32 Family! I've got some interesting videos for you this morning. While so many of us work in the film industry, there are reasons we stay and reasons we're no longer a part of it. Take a listen to the Top 5 Reasons Why People Leave the Film Industry. For some, breaking up the amount of time in between gigs is a temporary leave and they come back. For others, not so much. Take a listen to the Top 5 Reasons Why People Leave the Film Industry. Next up, we'll showcase …

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