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Coffee & Content - Directing Tips from Sundance Directors & A Career Retrospective with Eddie Murphy

Happy December Creative Army! I've got my coffee brewing and some white-hot content coming your way. First up, The Take speaks with some Sundance-official directors about the craft of directing films. They answer questions like: What's your process for working with actors? What are some visual techniques you've used? and more! Next, for all you comedy fans out there, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation recently sat down with the legendary Eddie Murphy to talk about his amazing career over…

Coffee & Content - How A Title will Help You Write & How Music Shapes Your Film

A very Happy Thanksgiving week to you Creative Army! This Sunday, we've got some great content for all you filmmakers out there. My coffee's brewing, how about yours? First on the docket, can your project's title shape how you write your story? Writer/Director Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Thor: Ragnarok, What We Do in the Shadows) thinks so! Learn more in his interview with our friends over at IndieWire.  Next up, film editor Tom Cross (La La Land, Whiplash, First Man, Joy) tells …

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…

Coffee & Content - What is a Script Treatment & How to Write a Killer TV Show Treatment

Happy Sunday, Creative Army! I've got my coffee in hand and the content is coming in hot.  First up, What is a Script Treatment? The entertainment industry is constantly rewriting industry standards (remember when headshots were only acceptable in black and white?). However, when it comes to writing a treatment, the overall idea tends to remain constant. This first video explains what a script treatment is, and the basic elements that should be included.  Secondly, How to Wr…

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…

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…

Coffee & Content - Every Story is the Same & 6 Bizarrely Specific Scenes Hollywood Won't Quit Using

Hello, Creative Army! Is your coffee pipin' hot and ready to go? If not, I'll wait while you get it. Today we're talking about story. You've heard it said that every story told in film has been told before. In our first shared video, Every Story is the Same, we dig deep into where story structure was born, and how the mind of Joseph Campbell and the Hero's Journey expounded on it. Listen to what screenwriter Dan Harmon (Community and Rick and Morty) has to say about Campbell. Next up,…

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 …

Coffee & Content - How to Get Your Short Screened at Film Festivals & What Film Festivals Should You Submit to First?

Happy Sunday, Creative Army. Let's jump right in to another edition of Coffee & Content. First up, How to Get Your Short Screened at Film Festivals. Many of us here on Stage 32 are looking for ways to get noticed. Networking at film festivals is a great way. And if you're know ahead of time which festivals to submit to and what to expect, you're ahead of the curve. Piggy backing that from our Friends at Indie Hustle, What Film Festivals Should You Submit to First? Some of us have o…

Coffee & Content - What does a Producer ACTUALLY do? & Advice for 1st time Producers

Good Morning, All - The coffee is hot, the company is good, and the content only compliments it. So lets get started with this week's edition of Coffee & Content, which focuses on producers and those of us who want to become producers. First up, answering the question: What does a Producer ACTUALLY do? There are many people that go on set either as an actor or crew member, and they really have no idea of the producer hierarchy on set. In this first video created by Crimson Engine, …

Coffee & Content - How Much Do Music Videos REALLY Cost & How to Make a Music Video on a Budget

Good Morning, Creative Army! Happy Sunday to you all. Today's edition of Coffee & Content focuses on the cost of creating a music video. Our friends at Indy Mogul have some really great video content out there that delves into ways to save and still put out a high quality music video. First up, How Much Do Music Videos REALLY Cost. This content talks about what is needed to produce, prep, and plan the creation of a video, regardless of your budget. After that, take a look at …

Coffee & Content - Actor Learns a Boston Accent in 6 Hours & Learn the Cockney accent with Jason Statham

Good Morning, Creatives! This morning's post is inspired by those of you prepping for auditions that require an accent or regionalism. It also comes on the heels of one of our more unique blog posts from Idit Tekeli, How Not to Mess Up Your Auditions When You Have an Accent. In Idit's case, she's not American and needs to learn to be. But no matter where you're from or what your accent or regionalism is, help is always just a Stage 32 blog post away. First up, Vanity Fair shows us an a…

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