THE STAGE 32 BLOG Subscribe

Welcome to the Stage 32 Blog. Browse the archive, browse by tags, or search to get started...

Tune in for Cannes Film Festival Updates - Live Behind the Scenes

  And...we're off! The 2022 Cannes Film Festival is in full swing and Stage 32 is all over the Croisette! For those of you who weren't able to make it to France this year we want to make sure that you, too, are part of the action.  Stop what you're doing right now, pick up your phone and go follow our fearless leader, Richard "RB" Botto, and Managing Director Amanda Toney: @rbwalksintoabar and @stage32   @rbwalksintoabar and @stage32     https://www…

Cannes 2022 Roll Call: Announcing The Official Stage 32 Schedule - Who's Going? Who Has Films?

The Cannes Film Festival in France 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. From education initiatives, partnerships and parties, Stage 32 always has our finger on the pulse of the world's biggest film festival and market.  Also, for the last 5 years Stage 32 is an official education partner of the Cannes Marche du Film. This year, our role has expanded eve…

Three Things in the Entertainment Industry You Shouldn’t Take Personally

Today's blog comes from our fearless leader Richard "RB" Botto. Over on his Medium he has put together Three Things in the Entertainment Industry You Shouldn’t Take Personally and he is sharing them exclusively to you, the Stage 32 community. He has posted this exclusive information over on his Medium account, and we've provided an excerpt below... Enjoy Creative Army!

Coffee & Content: How they Shot the Spinning Hallway Scene in INCEPTION & VFX Tutorial from DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS

Happy Sunday Creative Army! Have you had a creative weekend so far? I have some content here for you that is sure to get the creative juices flowing, so grab your coffee and let's dive in. First up, our friends over at StudioBinder recently released a fascinating video about how Christopher Nolan shot the iconic spinning hallway scene in Inception. They dive into the cinematography, rotating set design, and stunts that went into creating such a unique and visually interesting scene - w…

How I Got a Hollywood A-lister Interview

Keeping in mind the old expression that “it takes ten years to become an overnight success,” as much as we all would love a shortcut, a golden ticket, a Fast Pass, the truth is that you DO have to put in the time and get the reps. BUT, the good news is that along the way you’re starting to build the foundation to eventually make a successful pitch from, to whoever it is that you’re trying to get in front of. I’m not only talking the talk, but walking the wa…

How Guild Residuals are Calculated and Paid: the Roles of the CAM and the Payroll House

This is the next article of series of blog posts presented to you by Stage 32 and Fintage House. David Zannoni is an expert in Collection Account Management for Independent Film & Television Productions, and has written and recorded several blogs and vlogs exclusively for the Stage 32 community. Additionally, David has taught several Stage 32 webinars sharing his vast knowledge of film finance and distribution. In this article, David explains how Guild Residuals are calculated and…

Announcing the 7th Annual Stage 32 Short Film Contest

For the past 6 years I've been really proud to oversee our Stage 32 Short Film Program. This has become one of the most anticipated programs of the year for all the industry professionals including development executives, managers, producers, agents and financiers that we work with on a day to day basis. Being a part of the Stage 32 Short Film Program is like joining a special tribe. If you make the final program not only do you get the honor of screening at the prestigious Hollyshorts …

Coffee & Content: THE MANDALORIAN Without CGI & THE NORTHMAN Locations

  Happy Sunday & Happy Mother's Day! I've got my coffee in hand and your weekly dose of content coming in hot - grab your coffee of choice and let's dive right in. First up, since "May the 4th Be with You" was last week, I thought it would only be fitting to share some Star Wars content. Scene Spotlight has a fascinating behind the screens video covering the innovative virtual backgrounds that were used to film The Mandalorian. In this video, they talk about the tech…

Free Online "Ask Me Anything" with Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto: State of the Industry, Where We Are Headed

Hello Creative Army! Read any of the trades right now and our industry is in a rapid state of change. From streamers in the race for original content, to companies making acquisitions and, of course, the Great Content Gold Rush still in full force, it's a lot to keep up with. The entire Stage 32 team is on the phone every day to keep their fingers on the pulse of what's happening. It's exciting time for you as a content creator - whether you work in film, television or digital - and it…

A Guide to Social Media Marketing for Filmmakers

  Whether you are making Hollywood blockbusters, indie darlings, or passion projects in your back yard marketing your film on social media is incredibly beneficial. However, you may not be sure where to start. This article hopes to give you a guide offering tips and advice on using social media as a filmmaker. Create a Plan Work out what you are wanting to share and when you are wanting to share your posts. Take time to work out your target audience and post at the best times fo…

Lateral Networking and Education: Two Ways Stage 32 Can Help You to Succeed

One of the best ways to help build a successful screenwriting career is by building a successful network. Thanks to Stage 32, networking doesn’t need to be intimidating or boring. But before we start cold-calling up the A-list, there’s a much easier group of people to contact first - our fellow screenwriters! If you’re still of the mindset that other screenwriters are your competition, let me disabuse you of that notion right now. Your fellow writers ARE your latera…

Writing Duo Signs Shopping Agreement with Whitewater Films!

We have written, directed, and edited most of our films. In the past five years, we have been producing short films and music videos in the Horror/Thriller genre with very successful festival runs. We have had to make every film from the ground up and taught ourselves to work under many hats. It’s beyond difficult to make films and we are proud to say that our work has been featured on CryptTV, ALTER, Omeleto, and even the costume brand, Spirit Halloween. In 2019, when we sat down…

register for stage 32 Register / Log In