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Coffee & Content: The POV Shot & Audition Tips from TED LASSO Casting Director

Happy Sunday Creative Army! Have you had a creative weekend so far? I have some content here for you that is sure to get the creative juices flowing, so grab your coffee and let's dive in. First up, our friends over at StudioBinder did a deep dive into the art of the "POV" shot. The use of a POV shot, or "Point of View" shot, is a way for the audience to view the world through the character's eyes. This camera tool is used in a variety of genres, from romance to horror, to give the aud…

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Stage 32 and The European Independent Film Festival Partner for the 2021 Festival

Happy Thursday Stage 32! Since 2011, Stage 32 has been a leader in connecting and educating film, tv, and digital creatives and professionals worldwide. With an exclusive library of over 1,500 hours of film, television and digital craft and business webinars and classes, Stage 32 is recognized as the leaders in online education for the industry. We are the proud networking and education partner of the American Film Market, the Cannes Film Festival and many other festivals, film com…

Coffee & Content: Creating Beth Harmon from "The Queen's Gambit" & 3 Pre-Production Tips

Happy Sunday Creative Army! I've got my coffee in hand and your weekly dose of content coming in hot - grab your coffee of choice and let's dive right in. First up, Rotten Tomatoes TV recently interviewed Anya Taylor-Joy about how she created her Golden Globe-winning role of Beth Harmon in Netflix's The Queen's Gambit. She talks about the research she did on addiction, how she found common ground with Beth through her own personal life, and more. If you are a fan of The Queen's Gambit,…

Coffee & Content: Behind the Scenes of "WandaVision" & Pixar Storytelling

Happy Sunday Creative Army! Have you had a creative weekend so far? I have some content here for you that is sure to get the creative juices flowing, so grab your coffee and let's dive in. First up, The Things has put together an in-depth behind the scenes look inside the Disney+ hit WandaVision. This video talks about how portions of the show were actually filmed in front of a live studio audience, the Marvel easter eggs hidden throughout the series, the pre-shoot "boot camp" the cast…

Coffee & Content: Andra Day, Kate Winslet, & Carey Mulligan Actors Roundtable & Best Free Resources to Make Your Short Film

Happy Sunday Creative Army! First of all, congratulations to all of you who have already participated in our monthly Introduce Yourself Weekend! Thousands of connections have been made between entertainment creatives and professionals from every corner of the globe. Whether you are a long-time member, or brand new to Stage 32, take a moment to pop over to the Introduce Yourself Lounge and say hello before the end of the weekend. Now, grab some fresh coffee and let's dive in to this week…

Coffee & Content: How to Write a TV Pilot that Sells & How to Develop Your Visual Style

Happy Sunday Creative Army! I've got my coffee in hand and your weekly dose of content coming in hot - grab your coffee of choice and let's dive right in. First up, our friends over at StudioBinder has put together a great video about how to write a TV pilot that sells. In this video, they use South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone's approach to story structure to illustrate compelling story structure. Like our Christopher Mack does in our Netflix TV Pitch Workshop, this v…

Coffee & Content: Celebrating Women in Entertainment

Happy Sunday Creative Army! As you likely know, it is Women's History Month and tomorrow is International Women's Day. In the past 10 years here at Stage 32 we have had the supreme privilege of working with thousands of powerhouse female voices in entertainment.  Tomorrow, on International Women's Day 2021, we are partnering with Female Voices Rock film festival to bring you an exciting panel and networking happy hour celebrating women in entertainment. Our panel includes:  …

Coffee & Content: The Rise and Fall of Michael Corleone & How a TV Show Gets Made

Happy Sunday Creative Army! Have you had a creative weekend so far? I have some content here for you that is sure to get the creative juices flowing, so grab your coffee and let's dive in. First up, one month ago I featured the first of a 4-part series from StudioBinder about the four classic movie endings: Sweet, Semi-Sweet, Bitter-Sweet, or Bitter. The first video broke down "sweet" endings, and now, they are diving into the "bitter" ending. In this video, they use The Godfather, one…

Coffee & Content: How to Network as an Introvert & 10 Screenwriting Tips from Wes Anderson

Happy Sunday Creative Army! First of all, congratulations to all of you who have already participated in my Introduce Yourself Weekend Challenge! Thousands of connections have been made between entertainment creatives and professionals from every corner of the globe in what has, by far, been our biggest Introduce Yourself Weekend in our 10 year history. Whether you are a long-time member, or brand new to Stage 32, take a moment to pop over to the Introduce Yourself Lounge and say h…

Coffee & Content: The Rom-Com Formula & How to Do Visual Comedy

Happy Valentine's Day Creative Army! Have you had a creative weekend so far? I have some valentine's inspired content here for you that is sure to get the creative juices flowing, so grab your coffee and let's dive in. First up, The Take recently did a deep dive into the romantic comedy genre and outlined the formula for the perfect swoon-worthy rom-com. Both lovers and haters of the rom-com genre will learn a thing or two about writing romance from this video essay. You will see examp…

Coffee & Content: The Making of "Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom" & Can You be an Introverted Director?

Happy Sunday Creative Army! What a week here at Stage 32. We had over 25,000 people from 175 countries register for our Netflix TV Pitch Workshop on Thursday. Christopher Mack, Netflix's Director of Creative Talent Investment & Development, gave over 3 hours of information and inspiration about how to pitch to Netflix. In case you missed the live event, no worries, you can watch the full presentation on-demand here. Thank you so much to everyone who watched and shared this epic virt…

Coffee & Content: How Aaron Sorkin Creates Musical Dialogue & Roger Deakins on Practical Lighting

Happy Sunday Creative Army! Have you had a creative weekend so far? I have some content here for you that is sure to get the creative juices flowing, so grab your coffee and let's dive in. First up, our friends at StudioBinder recently released a video exploring how cinematographer Roger Deakins (1917, Skyfall, Blade Runner 2045, No Country for Old Men) uses practical lighting in his work. This video explains what practical lighting is, how you can achieve a "natural" look on camera, h…

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