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Coffee & Content - 29 Screenwriter Mistakes & Roger Deakins' Connection to Cinematography

Happy Sunday to you all.  Hope you're also enjoying and participating in Introduce Yourself Weekend! Today, I have two immersive videos for you to enjoy.  First up, it's a collection of 29 screenwriting mistakes from our good friends over at Film Courage.  Next, Roger Deakins gives you an intimate look at his personal connection to cinematography. Brew yourself a nice cuppa, kick back, and enjoy the content! Cheers! RB 29 Screenwriting Mistakes   Roger Deakin…

Coffee & Content - Lessons From Blade Runner & The Hero's Journey

Jacked up on some serious Ethiopian dark roast this morning.  Pretty jacked up about the content as well. On this fine Sunday, I'm bringing you two fantastic videos I think you might want to watch more than once. First up, lessons from the script of the original Blade Runner.  The sequel is now upon us and it seems as good a time as any to revisit what made BR work and why it's had such a lasting influence not only for film geeks, but for those writing sci-fi as well. Next, …

Coffee & Content - Stephen King's 3 Levels of Horror & 15 Essential Camera Shots

Good morning and a very happy Sunday to you all. This week for Coffee & Content, I have two videos I think all can gain from.  First up, with the global success of It, now seems like a great time to take a look at why Stephen King's storytelling and horror expertise has stood the test of time.  You'll get some insight from the master himself with Stephen King's 3 Levels of Horror. Next up, for all the filmmakers, cinematographers and those who are looking to control their…

SydneysBuzz: Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF): What Was Hot

TIFF has come and gone. Masses of Canadians attend the festival which is what gives it such a special atmosphere. In Cannes, only the industry attends the festival; the public sets up chairs and ladders to watch the red carpet galas and take pictures. But here the public is as much a part of the festival as the industry.        The industry action which consists of buying and selling of film rights takes place at the Hyatt Hotel on King Street West. The screenings…

Coffee & Content - The Actor/Director Relationship & The Art of Suspense (Blue Ruin)

Happy Sunday to all.  Hope you are having a fabulous weekend. Today, I bring you two videos I think you'll truly enjoy.  First up, it's a look at how directors can get the most out of their actors by avoiding "Result Direction.” Next up, we look at one of the hottest indie directors of the last few years, Jeremy Saulnier.  Jeremy's first two films, Blue Ruin and Green Room, were not only critical darlings on the festival circuit, but also lauded by storytellers and…

Coffee & Content - Tarantino on Finding Your Voice & The Cinematography of Moonlight

Happy Sunday, everyone. Another two videos this week for you to enjoy with your favorite roast. First up, it's Quentin Tarantino speaking about how films can inspire and influence, but how you can go about finding your original voice. Next, cinematographer James Laxton takes us behind the scenes on the making of Moonlight.  It's a fantastic look at the mind of a terrific artist.  Think you'll find it quite insightful. As always, I ask you to share this content with those yo…

LA Premiere of the Stage 32 Short Film Program

Stage 32 is honored to present to you the 2nd Stage 32 Short Film Program at the 2017 Hollyshorts Film Festival. This program was curated by the incredible industry executives who judged our First Annual Short Film Contest and features 7 amazing directors (from 4 countries) all with bright futures ahead. If you live in or around Los Angeles, please join us this Saturday for the Los Angeles Premiere of the Stage 32 Short Film Program which premieres on the closing night of the Hollyshort…

Stage 32 Celebrates 6,000 Creative Locations With Peerspace

If you haven't seen by now, we have launched Stage 32 Locations - Powered By Peerspace. You can find it on the top menu bar. This is an incredible new tool for our creative community that helps you find locations for your film shoots, writing groups, casting calls or production needs.   Stage 32 and Peerspace got together this week to celebrate all the new locations launched in the Los Angeles area, as well as Peerspace reaching a milestone of 6,000 new spaces for cr…

How to Break Into the Film Biz with Stage 32's Richard Botto

We are gearing up for an exciting week at the 2017 Hollyshorts Film Festival. One of our panels takes place tomorrow when Stage 32 and Indie Film Hustle get together to talk about indie film! At this year's Sundance Film Festival, RB and our friend Alex Ferrari from IFH and Sebastian Twardosz from Circus Road Films sat down to chat about how to break into the filmmaking business. This is one lively, fun and information packed webcast. But don't be fooled by the title - Whether you're ju…

Why I'm a Feature Director Making a Short Film

Two years ago, I became ranked in the Top 10 of Up-and-Coming Hollywood Directors Under 40 on IMDb (Internet Movie Database) and was featured on the front page of the Hollywood Reporter. I’ve been fortunate enough to direct many name actors including an Oscar-Nominated and Golden Globe winning actor and am attached to direct several multi-million dollar projects over the next few years. I also co-run LA Acting Studios, which is an intense on-camera, set-like scene study class …

Stage 32 + 2017 Hollyshorts Film Festival - Events All Week!

We have an exciting week of events lined up at the HollyShorts Film Festival beginning this Friday! If you are in or around the Los Angeles area, you are more than welcome to come join us for any one or all of our special Stage 32 panels, parties and screenings!  "HollyShorts is the benchmark most up-and-comers are striving for - and the festival is impressively dedicated to advancing the careers of its filmmakers", says Daniel Sol, Co-Founder of HollyShorts. "We are equally impres…

Coffee & Content - Screenwriting, Filmmaking, Cinematography (and More) Tips!

Happy Sunday, everyone. I have two truly insightful videos for you this morning. First, for all our filmmakers, cinematographers, content creators and those simply interested in just telling stories through visuals, you'll want to check out The 4 Best Reasons to Use POV Shots. For our screenwriters, authors, producers, filmmakers and, well, fans of Sherlock, I have the creator of that fine show, Mark Gatiss, waxing poetic on all things writing.   As always, I ask you to share thi…

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