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How to Navigate the Craft and Business Sides of Your Creative Pursuits

Hey guys. Very often, I hear from members of the community who are having a difficult time navigating the business side of the industry.  Honing their craft, no problem.  Building relationships, winning champions and getting past the gatekeepers, a challenge that not only puts many through the wringer, but dampens their creative spirit as well. I'm here to tell ya, the fear, the resistance, the reluctance can all be overcome.  And it doesn't take much.  In fact, jus…

And The Oscar Nominations Are In....

  The nominations for the 90th Annual Academy Awards were announced yesterday and we're proud to recognize some of the amazing execs and companies we work with whose films received much deserved nominations. This year as we all watch the Oscars we have 7 films we can root for that have been worked on by our execs & their companies! Please join us in congratulating the amazing group of talent in the Stage 32 family. And, we'll be launching our Oscars contest on Stage 3…

Happy New Year! What Are Your Goals?

On behalf of the entire Stage 32 team, I'd like to wish you all a very Happy New Year!    So what are your goals for the year? Have you laid them out? Broken them down? Arranged them in a sensible fashion which will make the journey fun and rewarding as opposed to filled with pressure and anxiety? I'd love to hear what you're looking to attain in the coming 12 months. Further, for those willing, I'd also love if you'd share your strategies designed to set yourself up for…

Stage 32 + Hollyshorts Short Film Program - Q&A With Filmmakers [Video]

This weekend we premiered the 2nd Annual Stage 32 Short Film Program in Los Angeles at the 2017 Hollyshorts Film Festival. In one word, it was inspiring. We had the pleasure of showcasing a program of 7 films representing 4 different countries - all with varying creativity. The audience included Stage 32 members and executives from Lionsgate, Samaco Films, Whitewater Films, Kodak, Legion M, CAA and more who all told us how blown away they were with the talent here in the Stage 32 communi…

How to Break Into the Film Biz with Stage 32's Richard Botto

We are gearing up for an exciting week at the 2017 Hollyshorts Film Festival. One of our panels takes place tomorrow when Stage 32 and Indie Film Hustle get together to talk about indie film! At this year's Sundance Film Festival, RB and our friend Alex Ferrari from IFH and Sebastian Twardosz from Circus Road Films sat down to chat about how to break into the filmmaking business. This is one lively, fun and information packed webcast. But don't be fooled by the title - Whether you're ju…

It's Show Reel Share Day - Share Your Reels With the World

Today on Twitter and Instagram, it's #ShowReelShareDay - That means whether you're an actor, filmmaker, cinematographer or other creative with a reel, today is the day to showcase your talents to the world. Let's show the social world that we are the most creative community on the planet! We're asking all our members who have reels and either a Twitter or Instagram account (or both) to help promote Stage 32 while promoting yourselves!  All you have to do is share your reel link her…

Coffee & Content - Storytelling of INSIDE OUT & More

Happy Sunday, everyone.  And for those celebrating in the States, a Happy 4th of July weekend. For Coffee & Content this week, I'm sharing two terrific videos I'm sure you'll all find enormously entertaining and informative. First, it's the Personal Storytelling of INSIDE OUT.  I'm sure many of you are familiar with the painstaking process all Pixar scripts go through from concept to screen.  This video provides some more insight into why INSIDE OUT was Oscar nominat…

Make Your Move

Today's blog comes from one of my favorite people on the planet, my dear friend, Brandi Thomas. Many of you have been touched by Brandi's selfless nature and have formed a unique bond with her through the years. Her positive energy knows no bounds.Brandi has penned a few of the most inspirational and motivational blogs we've had the pleasure of running here on Stage 32. Simply put, she's one remarkable and talented human being. We always ask that you share the content we post, but this …

Coffee & Content - Blade Runner 2049 & The Revenant

Happy Sunday, 32'ers.  Hope you're all having a great weekend. For this edition of Coffee & Content, I bring you an article looking at how the screenplay for THE REVENANT came to life over the many years the project was in development and a video featuring the cinematography and world building of the upcoming BLADE RUNNER 2049. A little something for everyone.  Grab yourself a dark roast and dig in. As always, we ask that you share this blog entry through with other crea…

Join Stage 32 at Warner Bros. in July for AT&T SHAPE

We've been working with our great friends at AT&T and they have put together an incredible filmmaking weekend at Warner Bros. Studios that we are excited to share with the Stage 32 community. July 14-15, 2017 AT&T is bringing you SHAPE - the ultimate entertainment & tech expo featuring some of our industry's most influential filmmakers. If you can make it to LA, you are in for a real treat filled with lots of learning, creativity, technology and innovation in f…

10 New and Undiscovered Locations for Your Production Shoot

Whether you’re planning for a film shoot, product shoot, or casting call, every production project is different and comes with a various set of needs. While aesthetic is important, we know that budget, noise, and location are additional factors to keep in mind. Instead of scouring the web or driving around for hours, Peerspace has thousands of hidden gem locations to choose from all in one place and we’re adding new spaces daily. That’s why every month, we’ll…

Coffee & Content - True Detective: Developing Characters

Happy Sunday, everyone.  Hope you're all having a terrific weekend. For this edition of Coffee & Content, I've chosen one of the best videos I've seen lately on writing and developing compelling characters.  The main focus of the piece is on the first season of True Detective written by Nic Pizzolatto.  But the video also covers some weak examples from other films and television shows and offers some sage advice from Aaron Sorkin, John Truby and others. So whether yo…

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