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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 …

Free AMA with Our Very Own Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto

Let's rock and roll, Creative Army. We've been well overdue to get together live. I've got just the solution. Let's hang AMA (Ask Me Anything) style.   Since the last AMA in May, I've been running all over the globe fulfilling Stage 32 partnership responsibilities, conducting business, exploring creative writing/filming/producing opportunities, and mentoring in such places as Cannes, Budapest, Majorca, Paris, Dordogne, Trinidad and Tobago, London, Munich, Hamburg and, of course, r…

You Are the CEO of Your Creative Career - Take Control!

Greetings from London where we just finished our sold-out screening of our 4th Annual Film Program at the Raindance Film Festival.  It was fantastic to see so many of our educators and executives in attendance, at our afterparty, and during our meetings throughout the week.  We'll be sharing more here on the blog soon. Those of you who know me have heard me stress that too many creatives focus nearly exclusively on their craft.  They don't take the time to keep on top of …

Mid-Year Check In (What Are You Up To??)

For the past few years we've been doing a mid-year check in to see where all of you are at. What kind of projects are you working on?Have you been killing it with auditions?Where are you with writing? Networking? Pitching? Let's take a minute to do a mid-year check-in and see how - and what - you’re all doing thus far. Are you on track? Do you need a push? Did you change direction entirely?   Let's talk about it in the comments section below. And, of course, if there is t…

Diary of a DP: How to Shoot Horror Films [& Scare the Bejesus Out of Your Audience!]

Welcome back, my spooky Stage32 Community!Summer is almost here and in this survival guide, I'll be focusing on a checklist of things to keep in mind when shooting a horror film. It's no surprise that horror films cost less to produce and shoot. A good example is Jordan Peele’s Get Out. James Wan made his career with the SAW franchise. Horror films bring in lots of money at the box office and audiences flock to the screen to get their fright on! With that in mind, lets dive right i…

The Surprising Secrets of the Success of a Viral Music Video

Single cover for Operators. Photo credit: Victoria Somers. One of the greatest aspects of creative projects in any discipline is the synergy and surprising turns that occur in the process. You start with a vision and then one happy accident after another takes you down a rabbit hole to something far beyond expectation. This was exactly true of my re-entry into the music world with the video for my act This Mad Desire's Operators Are Standing By. To date, it has been viewed over 200,000 …

Cannes Roll Call 2019 - Who's Going? Who Has Films? Plus Announcing Stage 32 Events at Cannes!

Cannes is next week! As you all know Stage 32 has has worked directly with and have had an official presence at the Cannes Film Festival Marche du Film for the last 5 years. Also, for the 3rd straight year, Stage 32 is the official education workshop partner of Cannes and the Marche. This year, our role has expanded even further as we'll be helping to bring more of our executives and educators to the festival and conference. In addition every Cannes attendee will be receiving a fre…

3 Time Proven Ways to Break In and Stay In the Film Industry

So you're looking to have someone give you feedback on your reel, get that script read, get that film project off the ground, raise funds for your project, or simply land that job.  Let's face it, we all have goals and will do just about anything to reach them. But that doesn't mean our game plan is sound.  In fact, more often than not, our approach couldn't be more wrong.  And with so much noise out there and attention spans shorter than ever, you only have an instant to…

Free AMA with Our Very Own Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto

What's going on, Creative Army?   It's been a moment since we last had the time to interact in a live setting. Let's remedy that with another AMA (Ask Me Anything), pre-Cannes style.   What do you say we get together on May 8th at 1pm for another inspiring, motivating and energy-packed question and answer session? All you have to do is register, show up and bring your craft and industry questions. I'll cover as much time as possible and try to leave you with tips, tricks an…

The Birth of Poetic Wonders: How One Poet & Lyricist Found Success

The Birth of a Lyricist  From the Ancient Mariner to Poetic Wonders and Everything in Between... Mention poetry and it generally strikes fear in most people. They think about learning it in school and the torture of having to read a passage from Shakespeare to the class. But not me. I was the one who put her hand up, eager to read it out, eager to study it and eager to write it. The kids all hated me, but my teachers loved me. For me, it wasn't about the subject of a piece. It w…

The Final Road - How Gratitude & Passion Rounded Out WHAT LIES AHEAD (Part 5)

For the past month the creators of 'What Lies Ahead' have taken us on a journey of the creation of their film, through to the film's launch this week. In their final post the filmmakers talk about gratitude and passion, two things that are just as important as the filmmaking process itself. If you missed any of the previous posts, here they are: Part 1 Click HERE. Part 2 Click HERE. Part 3 Click HERE. Part 4 Click HERE. 'What Lies Ahead' was put together with no less than a dozen Stage 3…

Behind The Scenes - How the Cast & Crew Pulled Together for WHAT LIES AHEAD (Part 4)

Hello, all. Here's the fourth entry in our blog series chronicling the remarkable ride of What Lies Ahead leading into its theatrical and VOD release on March 1st and March 5th respectively. This has been an incredible journey for yours truly. To see so many Stage 32 members, execs and even management come together to push this film across the finish line has been, as you might imagine rewarding as hell. My thanks once again to all of you who have shown support via email and DM's.…

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