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On Set Production - How to Overcome Obstacles: The Making of WHAT LIES AHEAD (Part 3)

Another week, another entry in the WHAT LIES AHEAD journey. Once again, I would like to thank all of you who have dropped notes or made posts on Twitter and IG expressing your support. I've shared your messages with the team and we're all most grateful.   In part 3 of our series we move into physical production. Short preparation time and filming in 90 degree weather in Kentucky presented some massive challenges and had the crew searching for quick, logical and non-costly solution…

The 7th Annual Oscars Contest Is Now Live!

It's that time of year again! Time for you to decide who will take a golden statuette home at this years Oscars. Every year we host a contest where you, our loyal Stage 32 members, get to chime in on who you think the winners will be. And you can start choosing your picks right now, as the 7th Annual Stage 32 Oscars Contest is now live!| Oscar winners from 2016 - 2018 Whomever has the most right answers wins. So if you think you've got what it takes, join the party and submit your choi…

Pre-Production Tips - From Budget to Locations: The Making of WHAT LIES AHEAD (Part 2)

On behalf of the entire WHAT LIES AHEAD team, thank you.   The outpouring of good wishes and support from our community regarding the film (and this blog series) has humbled, inspired, and motivated us all. To feel that groundswell of support, it's as if you're taking this journey with us. We couldn't be more grateful.   Part 2 of our ongoing series detailing how the film came together focuses on the budget, in particular how we were able to keep it down utilizing limited…

Coffee & Content - Introverts & Egotists: Winning Social Media as a Creative & THR's Director Roundtable

Happy Sunday, Creative Army.  Fired up this week to bring you another edition of Coffee & Content. Let's get right after it. Every week, without exception, I receive a few dozen direct messages here on Stage 32 as well as on my Twitter & Instagram accounts from creatives looking for social media advice. Many of the curious identify themselves as introverts.  Also, without exception, I receive dozens of DM's from creatives who have no relationship with me (and man…

The Power of Finding Your Creative Tribe - The Making of WHAT LIES AHEAD (Part 1)

I first met William Viglione right here on Stage 32 back in early 2015.  At the time, and in the manner in which most relationships begin, we engaged in mostly small talk - writing, our goals, our strategies toward success, and so forth.  Eventually, William mentioned a script he had written called What Lies Ahead. Over the next few months, he took advantage of a Stage 32 webinar about distribution, worked with the Stage 32 Script Services and, eventually, we con…

How Working as a Cook Prepared Me For Meetings With Producers

Who knew fine dining and the film industry were so similar? I’ve worked as a cook for just about three years now. Working in this capacity has taught me a lot of wonderful things about cooking, design, film, and music. So, what lessons did I learn as I prepped meals? Let’s take a look:   1) Prep - Do The Grunt Work if You Want to Move Up Prep work is such an important job to have. Some see it as grunt work, but I see it as the foundation of the kitchen.You have to…

Coffee and Content - All Your Filmmaking, Screenwriting, Acting, Industry Questions Answered (& More!)

Happy Sunday, everyone. This is going to have to be a quick one. As the official film networking and educational partner of the conference, it's been wall to wall for the Stage 32 team at the American Film Market (AFM), and this morning I am leading a talk on independent film financing with the CEO's of Hyde Park Entertainment, Bold Film, Cold Iron and the President of Millennium Entertainment. So, in short, time has been limited. But you know I wouldn't leave you hanging with just you…

Musicians and Composers: Would You Use AI as a Music Collaborator?

The world's first album composed and produced entirety by artificial intelligence was released in August, pushing the term "music collaboration" to a whole new level. The AI, known as Amper, works in collaboration with a human artist. At least one human artist that isn't afraid to step into the technology is Taryn Southern, a YouTube singer and storyteller with close to 500,000 subscribers. Just drop onto her YouTube channel and you'll immediately get a taste of her brand of music. She…

Hollyshorts + Stage 32 Film Conference

Over the past few years, we've been honored to be recognized by many in the industry as the leaders in online education for content creators and film & television professionals. As the education partner for AT&T, Cannes and AFM (to name a few), we've been proud to program a variety of panels, talks and workshops which have been presented to creatives all over the world. Now, we're thrilled to announce we're extending our relationship with Hollyshorts. For the last 3 years, we've…

Coffee & Content - Why You Procrastinate (And How to Stop) & Creating Meaningful Relationships as a Creative

Happy Sunday, guys!  Hope you're having a great weekend.  It's been an inspiring one around these parts with another lively edition of Introduce Yourself weekend.  If you haven't posted or contributed, you're missing out on what's been a July record for new connections made here on Stage 32.  Join the biggest online networking party here. For Coffee and Content this week, I have two items I think you'll find inspiring and motivating.  First up, I often receive l…

Mid-Year Check In

Well, we are now officially past the mid point of 2018. Incredible. Wasn’t it just yesterday we were all discussing our goals for the year? I thought now would be a good time to do a mid-year check-in and see how 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 the opportunity to assist another member of the community toward accomplishing h…

Why Career Pivots Are More Interesting (To Me) Than Having Singular Focus

I have resented the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” from as early as I can remember, which lands me in my sixth grade play wearing a tennis outfit, surrounded by classmates dressed up as doctors, lawyers, teachers and other professions that were sure to evoke prideful smiles from their parents, beaming at them from the audience. How the hell was I supposed to know? I was twelve. I liked tennis. I was good at it. And, having just returned to California afte…

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