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Coffee & Content - How to Write a Story & Deconstructing Film Lighting

Happy Sunday everyone, and to those celebrating, a very happy holiday weekend.  Hope you're enjoying and participating in another edition of Introduce Yourself Weekend.  Now on to another edition of Coffee & Content. First up this week, I love me a good TEDx Talk and this one from John Dufresne, How to Write a Story, certainly fits the bill.  Get yourself a backup cup of java for this vid as you may just want to watch it twice. Next up, cinematographers and gaff…

Coffee & Content - Christopher Nolan on Directing & Kate Winslet Shares Her Acting Secrets

Happy Sunday, everyone.  Hope you're all having a fantastic weekend. I don't know about you, but my coffee is on point.  Let's compliment it with some killer content. First up, it was recently announced that Christopher Nolan's next film has entered pre-production with Robert Pattinson, John David Washington, and Elizabeth Debicki attached to star.  Seems like the perfect time to feature Nolan here on C&C as he waxes poetic on the craft of film directing. Next up, o…

Coffee & Content - Jordan Peele's Advice on Writing Thrillers & 3 Things New Filmmakers Overlook

Happy Sunday, everyone. Miss me?   All apologies for no new Coffee & Content last Sunday. We wrapped filming on Rain Beau's End in Chicago on Saturday and then, well, there was the after party. Enough said. Our shoot couldn't have gone better.  Eighteen days of shooting, nearly a month in Chicago, but it all came together. Our cast, including Ed Asner, Sean Young, Melanie Chandra, Janelle Snow, Amanda Powell, and a host of others knocked the cover off the ba…

Coffee & Content - Quentin Tarantino's Screenwriting Process & Cuts and Transitions 101

Good morning, everyone.  Greetings again from Chicago, where we have just finished work on Week 2 of filming RAIN BEAUS END.  The cast and crew (including over a dozen Stage 32 members) continues to bring their A-game.  I'll be posting some pictures and a summary of the filming here in the near future, but for now if you'd like to see some set photos and stories, you can check them out and follow me for Week 3 on Instagram here. Now let's roll with another edition of Coff…

Coffee and Content - 15 Screenwriting Lessons People Learn Too Late & The Brilliant Editing of Whiplash

Greetings from Chicago where we are now a third of the way through shooting Rain Beau's End, a feature film which has well over a dozen Stage 32 cast and crew in the mix.  Been a killer first week.  Hoping to share more with you soon.   But for now, let's roll with another edition of Coffee & Content. Our first video today comes from our friends at Film Courage and focuses on lessons that screenwriters should learn sooner than later. Next up, Whiplash…

Coffee & Content - Paul Schrader's Screenwriting Lecture & 7 Simple and Beautiful Editing Tips

Happy Sunday to all. Greetings from a very chilly Chicago where we're prepping our first day of filming for Rain_Beau's End, a feature film I'm producing with more than a dozen Stage 32 members, including my fellow producer and good friend, Joe Orlandino. I'll be making some more posts about that as filming progresses, but for now, it's time to get to another edition of Coffee & Content. First up this week, it's a screenwriting lecture with the legendary Paul Schrader. Tho…

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…

Coffee & Content - Will Smith Acting Advice & Audio Tips for Filmmakers

Good morning, Creative Army. Welcome to March and another edition of Coffee & Content. First up this week, a very inspiring video from Mr. Upbeat himself, Will Smith. It's 5 jammed packed minutes of acting advice designed to push you through your doubts and have you fired up. We all know that there is nothing worse, and budget busting, than trying to fix bad audio in post production. In our second video today, our good friends at DSLRGuide present a variety of tips to assure that y…

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.…

Coffee & Content - Download All the 2019 Oscar Nominated Screenplays!

Good morning, Creative Army.  Happy Oscar Sunday. In honor of the little, naked gold dude, I have a very special Coffee & Content for you this week.  You'll want to brew an especially large pot for this one. I've hunted down the 10 nominated screenplays in both the original and adapted screenplay categories.  You can see them all below. Now, this is a treasure trove of goodness, so please, do me a favor would ya and share the content with your fellow creative friend…

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…

Monday Motivation: Another Stage 32 Writer Lands Representation

Hello Stage 32 fam! This is an especially exciting week to be in the film industry! With the Oscars on Sunday, Hollywood has a lot to be celebrating. At Stage 32, we are proud of our 11 instructors and mentors who worked on Oscar nominated projects this year! (As a side note, there’s still time to get your predictions in for our Stage 32 Academy Award 2019 Contest. It’s a lot of fun and there are some awesome prizes up for grabs. And best of all, it’s totally free!) …

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