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Stage 32 Success Story: India & Russia Production Shooting Next Month

As we like to say around these parts, creativity is universal. Many of you who have questioned why you would accept a network request from someone residing in another country have heard me preach that no connection is a bad connection.   I'd like to believe the subject of today's success story, screenwriter Chandradeep Das, would agree. Chandradeep is very well connected in India, but it took him connecting with a Stage 32 member from Russia to finally get financing and a producin…

Exploring The World of 360 Spherical Video And VR

Since I dove into the world of 360 spherical video and VR, I’ve heard a wide range of opinions related to the future of this branch of visual entertainment. “It’s the future!” or “It’s a fad.” Honestly, I really don’t know what the future holds for this space. I just know it’s really cool. I’ve watched 360 videos where I’m seeing the same thing a skydiver, a scuba diver, a wingsuit diver, and dozens of other videos that a…

How to Find a Creative Location For Your Next Shoot

  sponsored Have you ever found yourself scouring the web or driving around endlessly scouting out the perfect location? If this sounds familiar, then you’ve probably felt the frustration that comes with hours of searching with little luck. Many Stage 32 members have found success in Peerspace, a free, simpler location scouting platform, and we’re here to spread the word. Peerspace is an online marketplace that provides access to the best, undiscovered locations.…

Happy Thanksgiving to the Greatest Community on the Planet

On behalf of the entire Stage 32 team, I'd like to wish all celebrating a very Happy Thanksgiving. We're extremely grateful to be connected to all of you and are most thankful for all the inspiration and love you bring to this platform every day.   While today is all about spending time with family and friends and counting life's blessings, I always take a few minutes every Thanksgiving evening to reflect and take stock of my creative goals. With 5 weeks left in the year, I find t…

How Not To Freak Out If You Lose A Crew Member Prior To Shooting Or During Production

Someone recently asked me if I’d ever lost a key cast or crew member during a shoot… and while telling the story, it occurred to me that it might be something worth sharing. After all, if you’re like me, you work in indie film where, very often, we’re flying by the seat of our pants and just trying to keep everything moving. So. I was in early prep on my second feature film as a producer and was getting ready to head to Massachusetts for the shoot. I wasn’…

9 Tips to Take Back Control of Your Emails

Do you often intend to check your emails quickly before your day starts and end up sitting with them for longer than you wanted? Do you feel stressed from the massive amount of disorganization in your inbox and are spending more time organizing them than actually working on your goals? You are not alone. Email technology is amazing, I love it, however as much as it can empower us, it can overwhelm us. Staying in control of your emails allows you to save time and focus on other areas of …

The Stage 32 2016 Women Trailblazers

   /'wɪmɪn//'treil/ /ˈbleɪzər/ [noun]: A female creative that kick ass and take names. They have paved the road for other female creatives that want to kick ass and take names.   Every film and television show is a collaborative effort, it’s not just the stars or directors you see in interviews or on the red carpet. It literally takes a tribe to make the gems we watch on the big and small screen. And an integral part of this tribe are women creatives, who roll u…

The Home Stretch of 2016 - Are You Hitting Your Goals? Creative Check In!

No weekend News and Notes blog this weekend because I'm out of town...However... As we approach the final stretch of 2016 I thought it might be a good time to reflect a little on the creative goals we set for the year. Need a refresher on the goals you set? Here is where we all checked in to start this year. How are you doing? Making progress? Lagging behind? Changing direction entirely? Let's talk about it in the Comments section below. And, of course, if there is the opportunity to a…

Camera Update by PlanetMitch: Mid-Year Progress Report

2016 has been a very interesting year so far. We are just over half way through and we're bound to have some more tidbits coming our way. So what things might you have missed? Nikon? Well, it appears that Nikon is getting out of the professional video arena blog They ended up pulling out of NAB at the last minute. Financial troubles abound for Nikon and we may even see reductions in other areas. Many may argue that they have never had a very large presence in the first place, bu…

The Biggest Secret Film Score Composers Don't Want You To Know

I want to let you in on a secret that no accomplished composer wants you to know. So why am I telling you? Honestly, it’s because I am a teacher and it’s just in my blood to teach. The thing is, I will actually be making my life much harder by teaching you this secret because as many of you know, it is extremely competitive in the world of film score composing. It’s not because there are just soooo many unbelievably talented composers out there, it’s simply becaus…

Becoming a Writer/Director is Hard, But It’s Very Doable!

Making films wasn’t my first thought on what I wanted to do with my life. An artist, sure, but what kind I had no idea. I floundered around up in Santa Barbara for a decade trying to figure this out. After surviving Isla Vista I found myself downtown taking every art course offered at City College. I took about 12 pages worth when I found myself getting a DJ job at a local radio station. One day it clicked, I love sound, all sounds, pictures also, drawn or photographed. I should th…

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The Film Prize of The Robert Bosch Stiftung Opens Call for Film Submissions

The Film Prize of Robert Bosch Stiftung Foundation has announced the call for film submissions for the interested young German and Arab filmmakers. The prizes, each worth up to 60,000 euros, are awarded for film co-productions in the categories: short animation, short fiction film, and short or feature length documentary.   2016 winners of the Film Prize of Robert Bosch Stiftung Foundation   The deadline for submissions is on Thursday the 21st of July, and 12 projects wil…

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