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Coffee & Content - The 10 Best Character Arcs of All Time & Basic Cinematography Tips

Happy Sunday, everyone. And Happy Father's Day to all fathers and father figures across the globe! Hope you're day is off to a fantastic start and that you've been active, contributing, and making those invaluable connections during Introduce Yourself Weekend. Don't miss out, there's still 24 hours to go! As if that wasn't enough to motivate you, here's another edition of Coffee & Content. When we talk with the executives who work with us through Stage 32 Script Services about the …

Coffee & Content - How Aaron Sorkin Wrote The Social Network & Michelle Williams and Patricia Clarkson on Acting

Happy Sunday, Creative Army.  Let's jump right in to another edition of Coffee & Content. First up, for my money, the screenplay for The Social Network is up there with some of the greats of the last decade.  In our first video, the good folks at Behind the Curtain break it down and go to the source to take a look at why it all works so well. Next up, Variety is back with their Actors on Actors series.  This time around it's the great Michelle Wil…

Coffee & Content - How They Wrote Fight Club & Meryl Streep's Top 10 Rules for Success

Hello, Creative Army!  Miss me?  It was a remarkable and rewarding week plus at Cannes this year.  Our Stage 32 events with the Marche were packed to the gills and filled with inspiring, motivational and actionable information.  And it was standing room only at our party at the American Pavilion.  A full recap coming soon right here on the Stage 32 Blog.  In the meantime, if you'd like to see some photos and videos from Cannes 2019, click here. Now it's tim…

Coffee & Content - 10 Tips on Writing Better Dialogue & How to Film Action Scenes

What's up, Creative Army. Happy Sunday to you and to all our incredible moms around the world, a very Happy Mother's Day. As a reminder, we're gearing up for a jam packed couple of weeks at Cannes. If you're attending, remember to RSVP to all our events HERE. Now, whaddaya say we dive in to another edition of Coffee & Content? Everyone likes crackling dialogue in their movies, but for most writers, the practice is easier said than done. And sometimes what's in your head, doesn't q…

Coffee & Content - How Cinematographers Work With Actors & How to Find the Best Camera Angles

Happy Sunday to all. Let's dive in for another edition of Coffee & Content. Much is always made (and tons of content produced) about the director/actor relationship. But what about cinematographers? How do they interact and work with actors. Our first video from CookeOpticsTV breaks it down. Next up, from wolfcrow, a tight, no fat video on how to find the best camera angles when shooting your film. So watch, drink your coffee, repeat, but then remember to share where you can! And…

Coffee & Content - Script Breakdown 101 & Filmmaker Richard Linklater on Patience

Happy Sunday to all. Hope you're all enjoying the weekend and drinking some good coffee.  Because, you know, life is too short to drink shitty java (or wine, for that matter). Let's roll with another edition of Coffee & Content. We get many questions here on Stage 32 about how to go about breaking down a script. Here's a great vid by the guys at Rocket Jump Film School to get you going. Next up, Richard Linklater has been called "The most European American filmmaker working t…

Coffee & Content - How to Write a Story & Deconstructing Film Lighting

Happy Sunday everyone, and to those celebrating, a very happy holiday weekend.  Hope you're enjoying and participating in another edition of Introduce Yourself Weekend.  Now on to another edition of Coffee & Content. First up this week, I love me a good TEDx Talk and this one from John Dufresne, How to Write a Story, certainly fits the bill.  Get yourself a backup cup of java for this vid as you may just want to watch it twice. Next up, cinematographers and gaff…

Coffee & Content - Christopher Nolan on Directing & Kate Winslet Shares Her Acting Secrets

Happy Sunday, everyone.  Hope you're all having a fantastic weekend. I don't know about you, but my coffee is on point.  Let's compliment it with some killer content. First up, it was recently announced that Christopher Nolan's next film has entered pre-production with Robert Pattinson, John David Washington, and Elizabeth Debicki attached to star.  Seems like the perfect time to feature Nolan here on C&C as he waxes poetic on the craft of film directing. Next up, o…

Coffee & Content - Jordan Peele's Advice on Writing Thrillers & 3 Things New Filmmakers Overlook

Happy Sunday, everyone. Miss me?   All apologies for no new Coffee & Content last Sunday. We wrapped filming on Rain Beau's End in Chicago on Saturday and then, well, there was the after party. Enough said. Our shoot couldn't have gone better.  Eighteen days of shooting, nearly a month in Chicago, but it all came together. Our cast, including Ed Asner, Sean Young, Melanie Chandra, Janelle Snow, Amanda Powell, and a host of others knocked the cover off the ba…

Coffee & Content - Quentin Tarantino's Screenwriting Process & Cuts and Transitions 101

Good morning, everyone.  Greetings again from Chicago, where we have just finished work on Week 2 of filming RAIN BEAUS END.  The cast and crew (including over a dozen Stage 32 members) continues to bring their A-game.  I'll be posting some pictures and a summary of the filming here in the near future, but for now if you'd like to see some set photos and stories, you can check them out and follow me for Week 3 on Instagram here. Now let's roll with another edition of Coff…

Coffee and Content - 15 Screenwriting Lessons People Learn Too Late & The Brilliant Editing of Whiplash

Greetings from Chicago where we are now a third of the way through shooting Rain Beau's End, a feature film which has well over a dozen Stage 32 cast and crew in the mix.  Been a killer first week.  Hoping to share more with you soon.   But for now, let's roll with another edition of Coffee & Content. Our first video today comes from our friends at Film Courage and focuses on lessons that screenwriters should learn sooner than later. Next up, Whiplash…

Coffee & Content - Paul Schrader's Screenwriting Lecture & 7 Simple and Beautiful Editing Tips

Happy Sunday to all. Greetings from a very chilly Chicago where we're prepping our first day of filming for Rain_Beau's End, a feature film I'm producing with more than a dozen Stage 32 members, including my fellow producer and good friend, Joe Orlandino. I'll be making some more posts about that as filming progresses, but for now, it's time to get to another edition of Coffee & Content. First up this week, it's a screenwriting lecture with the legendary Paul Schrader. Tho…

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