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5 Things We Learned Working with an All Female Crew, and Would We Do it Again?

When my friend and creative collaborator Caroline Slaughter first pitched me her concept for the short film LAMB in late 2017 at the start of the #metoo movement, my first response was “Hell Yeah!” (actual response censored) and my second was “Here is a chance to create change”. LAMB is about an eager and trusting filmmaker who follows a female assistant from a hotel lobby to a secluded room for “a meeting” with the assistant’s boss... Were thes…

Coffee & Content - How Directors Work with Actors & Production Designer Breaks Down Movie Mansions

Happy Sunday Creative Army! Here's hoping you had a happy, healthy, and creative week. What is your coffee of choice today? I'm rocking Counter Culture's Big Trouble roast this morning. Let's dive in, shall we? First up, the folks over at The Discarded Image have compiled a top-notch list of directors, and how they have worked with actors throughout their careers. This video essay dives into the work of Alfred Hitchcock, Paul Thomas Anderson, Stanley Kubrick, David Finch…

Ask Me Anything: Embracing the New Normal with Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto Now Available On-Demand!

Happy Wednesday Stage 32 Community! Last week, our fearless leader Richard "RB" Botto hosted one of his signature "Ask Me Anything" webinars focusing on the "new normal" that is the entertainment industry during COVID-19. We were beyond jazzed to virtually host thousands of Stage 32 members tuning in from every corner of the world, culminating in an invigorating two hours of inspirational and no-bs shop talk from RB.   In this Ask Me Anything, RB answered questions …

Coffee & Content - Making a Short Film Alone & How to Be Your Best Self in Auditions

Happy Sunday Creative Army! First of all, thank you again for an absolutely amazing Ask Me Anything session this past Wednesday. I got to spend time with over 5,000 of you from all over the world, and it was a true honor to answer your questions on all things craft and business. In case you missed it live, worry not, you can watch for free on-demand here. Now, who is ready for some piping hot content with their Sunday morning cold brew? Let's jump right in.  First up, the folks ov…

5 Ways to Connect & Network Online in the Stage 32 Lounges

Stage 32 hosts online forums, called Lounges to encourage like-minded professionals to communicate and collaborate. As I've become more familiar with these lounges as the new Stage32 Community Manager, the more I liken them to V.I.P. Filmmakers' Lounges hosted at film festivals. These are the exclusive rooms where creators can step away from the pomp and press to find other professionals… and a stiff drink. These are the "networking opportunities" that so many in the industry scra…

Now Showing: Vail Film Festival Features, Shorts, & Docs on Stage 32 Screenings

Happy Friday Creative Army! As you all know, Stage 32 Screenings has taken the entertainment industry by storm. Our initiative has been covered by Deadline, Variety, CNN, and dozens more. We are currently screening over 100 features, shorts, and episodic pilots from SXSW, Tribeca, BFI: Flare London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival, and Telluride Mountainfilm Documentary Festival to our network of over 6,000 invited sales agents, distributors, managers, agents, producers, development execs, financi…

Coffee & Content - Filmmaking Lessons from the Director of "Shazam!" & Seth Rogan Explains How to Write a Movie

Happy Sunday Creative Army! How has your week been? Here's hoping you have had some time to get creative this week. I've got a nice lineup of content today that will give you a creative jolt to complement your Sunday morning dark roast.  First up, Director David F. Sandberg (aka "ponysmasher" on YouTube) has compiled a couple of lessons he has learned from filmmaking over the years. David uses examples from his own filmography including Shazam!, Annabelle: Creation, and Lights Out…

Find Your Community on Stage 32

Well, hello, there! My name is Karen Ross, but please, call me Kay. I recently took over as the Community Manager here at Stage 32 (but don't worry, Amanda is my Jedi Master, and RB lays down the wisdom like Yoda – I’m humbled to be their padawan). I am so excited to get to know our creative community even better through this new opportunity! I wanted to formally introduce myself - I am an actress, writer, producer, and all-around free spirit. Among other many things, I lov…

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Stage 32 and SeriesFest Partner for the 2020 Virtual Festival

  Happy Thursday Stage 32! The past couple of months have been a whirlwind here at Stage 32. In the wake of the SXSW live screening cancellation, we launched Stage 32 Screenings to ensure the affected filmmakers received the exposure and opportunities their hard work and talent deserves. Our initiative has since been covered by Deadline, Variety, CNN, and more. We are currently screening over 100 features, shorts, and episodic pilots from SXSW, Tribeca, BFI: Flare London LQBT…

Free Online "Ask Me Anything" with Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto

Happy Wednesday, Creative Army!   Over the last few months, the entire team here at Stage 32 has been working tirelessly to help you stay connected, creative, motivated, and informed. As always, we are committed to bringing you networking opportunities, education and mentoring from top-level industry executives and professionals, and access to decision-makers around the globe all from the safety of your own home.   Since the beginning of the quarantine mandates brought ab…

Let's Talk about Auteur Theory

What is Auteur Theory? Technically, it’s just the idea that a director’s vision is more important to the creative identity of a film than the script. When it comes to the culture of cinema, however, auteurism has evolved into the philosophy that directors with a creative vision powerful and clear enough to define every other element of production will likely make better movies, and are generally more worthy of success and acclaim. Branding is everything in the business of bre…

Coffee & Content - Roger Deakins on Cinematography & Studio Executives Roundtable

Happy Sunday Creative Army! I've got my coffee and hand and your weekly dose of content coming in hot - grab your coffee of choice and let's dive right in.  First up, The Hollywood Reporter recently hosted a roundtable discussion featuring executives from the entertainment industry's top companies. This video features Jennifer Salke (Amazon), Scott Stuber (Netflix) Donna Langley (Universal), Jim Gianopulos (Paramount), Tom Rothman (Sony), Alan Horn (Disney), and Toby Emmerich (War…

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