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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.…

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…

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