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Join Stage 32 at the NYC Independent Film Festival in May

It's going to be an exciting time in New York City at the beginning of May. If you live in or around the area, come join Stage 32, as we are a proud partner with the 9th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival.   Join us May 7-13 as the NYCIFF presents 27 World Premieres and screens 250 films this year! They will also have a free VR showcase and live sketch comedy performance! The 2018 official selections will be representing 35 different countries, from dramatic feature films to t…

Hey! Whaddaya Say We Get Together and Talk Film?

Hello, my dear, creative friends. It's been a long time since we had a FREE On Stage With RB webcast. I'm appreciative of all of you who have written in asking when the next one was going to air.  It's been a busy few months for yours truly. There have been many project meetings - progress on a few, and a couple of false starts. I've seen and heard much throughout and I'm anxious to share what I've learned out there with you. In addition, so many of you have sent in such incredib…

Coffee & Content - How Werner Herzog Masters Storytelling & 3 Fillmmaking Mistakes to Avoid

Happy Sunday, everyone. Let's get right to the action, shall we? Today I have 2 videos from This Guy Edits, a very popular channel on YouTube. First up, who doesn't love Werner Herzog?  Well, maybe there are some that don't connect with his art, but it's hard not to connect to the person and his passion for storytelling.  How does he get it done?  How Werner Herzog Masters Storytelling explains all. Next, I have 3 Filmmaking Mistakes to Avoid and, well, although the ti…

Are You Ready to Get on the Hustle?

Hello, creative army! You've all heard me preach about the importance of relationships as it relates to accelerating your path toward success.  In my humble opinion, the daily work you put into your craft should be matched by the time and effort you put into building and nurturing relationships.  I'm not alone in this thinking.  Just yesterday, I was having lunch with my screenwriting manager, a guy who has been around and seen it all.  When I asked him the biggest m…

The Biggest Creative, Business & Networking Event of the Year

Hey guys. A quick reminder that Film Con Hollywood (hosted by Stage 32 and the LA Acting Studio) takes place this Saturday at the LA Convention Center. The buzz is high, the stage is set and we’re fired up to bring you a full day of keynotes, panels, workshops, networking, pitching, screenings and more.   Whether you’re an actor, screenwriter, filmmaker, producer, content creator, film financier or are looking to further your career in the film, television or content c…

Coffee & Content - Ridley Scott on Directing & 10 Important Lessons on the Craft of Screenwriting

Hello, my fellow creatives.  Happy Sunday. Hope you are all enjoying and participating in what has been a very lively Introduce Yourself Weekend! Today for Coffee & Content, I'm bringing you some voices with years of experience talking directing and screenwriting. First up, legendary director, Ridley Scott waxes poetic on the craft of directing.  As usual, no pulled punches from Sir Ridley.  Nothing more for you to do with this one than pour yourself a full cuppa an…

AT&T Film Awards Competition Seeks Emerging Creators

We're honored to be working with AT&T for their 4th Annual Film Awards. We at Stage 32 have been so impressed with AT&T's passion and commitment to help emerging filmmakers through education, support and recognition.  Through their various Create-a-thons that allow for hands-on experience learning how to film on set, as well as the recognition for short films with their Short Film Competition, few others share the love and passion for filmmakers like AT&T. Today my colle…

6th Annual Stage 32 Oscars Contest Results

It's the moment you have all been waiting for! It's time to announce the Stage 32 6th Annual Oscars Contest winners! We thank everyone who participated.With more entries than ever this year, we had a grand total of 22 winners! First up, we have a 6-way tie with 12 correct for 3rd place and a 4-way tie with 20 correct for 2nd place. And finally, with a BIG congratulations to our top prize winners, we have a 6-way tie for 1st place with 21 correct! Our thanks to all wh…

Coffee & Content - Making a DSLR Look Like a RED & Toy Story Script to Screen

Greetings from rainy Los Angeles, and Happy Sunday.  Coffee is brewed, let's get to the content. One of the most inspiring dudes I've met over the last few months is filmmaker, Matt Alonzo.  Not only is Matt a ridiculously talented guy who handles just about everything - shooting, lighting, editing - but he also aims to educate and motivate wherever he goes.  The idea of giving back and paying it forward is part of his DNA.  An example of this?  This week, Matt …

The Story of a Painter in Recovery

The way we communicate has changed more in the past two decades, than it has since Gutenburg invented his printing press in 1440. But now Gutenburg's been replaced by Zuckerburg, and we're no longer analogue creatures. We're carefully curated digital representations, information junkies – constantly in the loop, all wired up to The Matrix. You may regard our new digital reality a dystopian wasteland – a bleak place punctuated by selfies, pornography and neon virtue-signaller…

Coffee & Content - 7 Tips From Screenwriters & How to Block a Scene

I know, I know...A little late with the coffee and the content this morning.  I have a good excuse.  I spent a good part of the last few days prepping for my seminar - Crowdsourcing and a Screenwriter's Journey - which I presented to an incredible group of passionate and committed screenwriters yesterday at the Scriptwriters Network.  It was an inspirational and rewarding day I won't soon forget. The video for this event will be available in a couple of months and I'm exc…

All Hail Our Short Film Program Finalists!

Hey guys. We're thrilled to announce the finalists of our 3rd Annual Short Film Contest. It was another record breaking year for entries and as usually is the case, more entries meant there were so many fantastic films to choose from. We have some true visionaries in our midst! The competition for the finals was fierce and our many of our judges took it upon themselves to watch certain films over and over knowing that every point mattered. One judge was so moved by a certain film he pas…

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