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Starting Out: Don’t Undervalue Your Work

I can’t believe I graduated college two years ago, it feels like it’s been forever. I’ve spent the bulk of my two years applying to different gigs, sending out pitches, entering competitions, and trying to make some money in the film industry (not retail). When I was applying to gigs, I began wondering what’s the right rate to charge with my experience on set. How much should I sell a script for? What should I charge a client to write a script? I had so many ques…

RB's Interview on Rolling Tape Podcast!

Hey Everyone! Today we have a GREAT interview with our CEO, RB, with Forest Day Jr, from the video podcast, Rolling Tape. Whether you are new to the site or if you've been with us forever, you will really enjoy watching RB talk about Stage 32, what the site means to him and how it can benefit members. You can view the podcast below... RB explains what Stage 32 is all about and how he came up with the idea, as well as the importance of regular connecting and networking. RB gives exam…

Cut It Out!

I’ve done it, you’ve done it, everyone’s done it: as you watch a movie or TV show you find yourself screaming “not that again!” or “he wouldn’t do that!” or “that makes no sense!” So now I’m going to list my pet peeves – those things I just can’t stand seeing over and over again in shows or movies. Or those things that just leap out as contrivances that just don’t work. I also reached out to colleagues i…

The Five Most Powerful Tools A Film Score Composer Has

The job of a film score composer is to elicit an emotional response from the audience viewing the film. Bing, Bang, Boom!!! In a nut shell that's it! That's the job description! Sometimes the score needs to terrify the audience or fill them with suspense, other times it calls for a triumphant feeling. Composers are called to make people laugh, cry and even fall in love. Each composer has their own 'voice' and their scores encompass an enormous variety of styles of music, depending on th…

RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (May 20, 2016)

Greetings from sunny Cannes! Welcome to the weekend, everyone.  This will, again, be a quick intro. We’re still out here wall-to-wall with meetings and events. It’s been amazing to connect with so many Stage 32 film creatives! Over 250 attended our rooftop party and we've now learned that 33 Stage 32 members (that we know of) have films at Cannes! You can see all of our Cannes video updates on the Blog. (https://www.stage32.com/blog) One other quick point – …

Stage32.com Party At the 2016 Cannes Film Festival - Meet our Members

 Meet Stage 32 members from all over the world who have had success using Stage32.com!   Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you. As always, we welcome thoughts and remarks on ANY of the content above in the Comments section below...  

RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (May 13, 2016)

Greetings from the Cannes Film Festival! Deep in the planning for our panels, parties and meetups, not to mention a full slate of meetings on the agenda, so no big opening this week. But, fear not! I’ve still collected a wide and varied list of news and information for you to enjoy this weekend. As always, I welcome discussion and debate on any of the content below in the Comments section! Bonjour! RB

From 'Real to Reel': The Three E’s of an Independent Filmmaker

If I ever told my mother that I was homeless when I stayed in Savannah, GA for film school, she would have killed me.  I remember the day I graduated from Virginia State University and thinking to myself… 'What the hell am I going to do now that I graduated school?' I just received my bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management, but I knew that was not what I wanted to do. My heart wasn’t in it at all. I knew what I wanted to do, what I wanted to be, but I just d…

RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (May 6, 2016)

Welcome to the weekend, everyone. Before we get to all the cool content, another round of applause for all who took part in the April Content Challenge. To hear from so many of you who were impacted in a positive way and have now changed your approach to networking and social media in general was a reward unto itself. I’m especially proud of the many Stage 32 members who previously classified themselves as social media introverts who now feel empowered to participate daily. To rea…

Nine Questions That Directors Have For Film Composers

The art of filmmaking is one of the most collaborative projects that exists. So many roles play a part in the making of a film. Communication, camaraderie, and collective skills all play a part in making just one scene on the set. It is amazing that a creative thought that pops into a writer’s head turns into a whole story. Then that story turns out to be a brilliant idea. Now, the story that was in the writer’s head, is being acted out and created by cast members and a …

5 Tips for Aspiring Music Producers and Composers - Digital Audio Workstation

Currently in this day and time, with modern computer technology, there are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to purchasing and using a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). Using a DAW, also means the use of dedicated music software, in conjunction with a personal computer and a separate pro audio interface. Some people still prefer to center their music production around a hardware based DAW, which is an all in one box for sampling, sequencing and looping. Often hardware DAWs ar…

10 Things I’ve Learned as a Scoring Assistant on 'Ride Along 2'

I’ve recently had the pleasure of working as Christopher Lennertz's scoring assistant for Universal Picture’s Ride Along 2 (coming out tomorrow - Friday, January 15th, 2016!). I’ve worked on many projects in this role since then, but being a scoring assistant on my first big studio film taught me many lessons.   1. Always Know What’s Happening/Get CC’d: Try to get yourself cc’d on as many email chains as possible. Sure it makes for a crowded in…

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