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Coffee & Content - How to Start Writing & Accent Expert Reviews British Accents in Movies

Happy Sunday Creative Army! What did you create this week? What projects are you excited about? No matter what creative pursuits you are working on right now, I've got some content this week that is sure to stir up some creativity and ideas. Grab your coffee and let's get started.  First up, the folks over at Film Riot have put together a quick video to help you start writing your screenplay. We all shudder in the face of the black page, but this video has some great tips on how t…

5 Things We Learned Working with an All Female Crew, and Would We Do it Again?

When my friend and creative collaborator Caroline Slaughter first pitched me her concept for the short film LAMB in late 2017 at the start of the #metoo movement, my first response was “Hell Yeah!” (actual response censored) and my second was “Here is a chance to create change”. LAMB is about an eager and trusting filmmaker who follows a female assistant from a hotel lobby to a secluded room for “a meeting” with the assistant’s boss... Were thes…

Brain Surgeons and Storytellers: Saving Lives on the Daily

Of all the species on Earth, humans have a unique ability when it comes to communication. We have the gift of stringing together words and phrases into complex ideas that eventually become stories. And we’ve used stories throughout our history as a way to educate, inspire, entertain, and yes, even save lives. The problem, as I see it, is that society can easily undermine the importance of stories and those whose chosen profession is to create them. If you’re willing to join m…

7 Things I Learned From Making My First Feature Film

‘Before the Dawn’ is a dramatic feature film about a young high school teacher who falls for a troubled student and then struggles with the choice of either giving in to her desires or doing the right thing. The film has won a number of awards on the festival circuit and was awarded the ReFrame Stamp by Women in Film and the Sundance Institute for its gender parity both in front of and behind the camera. It is now available on Amazon Prime, Tubi, Roku, YouTube Movies, and Goo…

Record Shattering Month for Stage 32 Members! Over 70 Meeting Requests in June!

Good morning Stage 32 Creative Crew! I hope you’ve had a productive and creative weekend. And I like me, I am sure you are ready to tackle this week and knock out some of your goals. We’re officially in the Summer of 2020 now, and while the year has not gone according to anyone’s plan, there is still a lot of great news for our community. Some of the best news comes directly from our members who shattered records in June. Listen to this, in the month of June, there we…

Coffee & Content - How Directors Work with Actors & Production Designer Breaks Down Movie Mansions

Happy Sunday Creative Army! Here's hoping you had a happy, healthy, and creative week. What is your coffee of choice today? I'm rocking Counter Culture's Big Trouble roast this morning. Let's dive in, shall we? First up, the folks over at The Discarded Image have compiled a top-notch list of directors, and how they have worked with actors throughout their careers. This video essay dives into the work of Alfred Hitchcock, Paul Thomas Anderson, Stanley Kubrick, David Finch…

How to Create a Web Series with Literally Zero Budget

That Darn Girlfriend is a 1960s/70s styled web series done as an homage on classic sitcoms of the era. Our show follows Valerie & Vic, a groovy live-in couple and their wacky adventures. We are currently five episodes in on Season 2 of the series. Season 1 was twelve episodes, with four behind-the-scenes commentary videos. The series is hosted on our YouTube channel which has over 1700 subscribers. That Darn Girlfriend, as well as this blog post, was written and produced in coll…

Ask Me Anything: Embracing the New Normal with Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto Now Available On-Demand!

Happy Wednesday Stage 32 Community! Last week, our fearless leader Richard "RB" Botto hosted one of his signature "Ask Me Anything" webinars focusing on the "new normal" that is the entertainment industry during COVID-19. We were beyond jazzed to virtually host thousands of Stage 32 members tuning in from every corner of the world, culminating in an invigorating two hours of inspirational and no-bs shop talk from RB.   In this Ask Me Anything, RB answered questions …

Over 275 Meeting Requests So Far This Year & More "Double Recommend" Requests Than Ever!

Good morning Stage 32 Creative Crew! I hope you had a great weekend and were able to hit your screenwriting or creative goals. It has been a busy month at Stage 32 and I wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate our members who have been seeing the results of their dedication pay off. As you know, we’re about halfway through the year, and to date there have been over 275 meetings requested by executives after connecting with screenwriters through Stage 32! But even more tha…

Coffee & Content - Making a Short Film Alone & How to Be Your Best Self in Auditions

Happy Sunday Creative Army! First of all, thank you again for an absolutely amazing Ask Me Anything session this past Wednesday. I got to spend time with over 5,000 of you from all over the world, and it was a true honor to answer your questions on all things craft and business. In case you missed it live, worry not, you can watch for free on-demand here. Now, who is ready for some piping hot content with their Sunday morning cold brew? Let's jump right in.  First up, the folks ov…

Now Showing: Vail Film Festival Features, Shorts, & Docs on Stage 32 Screenings

Happy Friday Creative Army! As you all know, Stage 32 Screenings has taken the entertainment industry by storm. Our initiative has been covered by Deadline, Variety, CNN, and dozens more. We are currently screening over 100 features, shorts, and episodic pilots from SXSW, Tribeca, BFI: Flare London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival, and Telluride Mountainfilm Documentary Festival to our network of over 6,000 invited sales agents, distributors, managers, agents, producers, development execs, financi…

10 Things You Need to Know About the New Virtual Theatrical Model

1. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? As a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, theaters around the world were forced to close their doors. Independent and arthouse theaters, in particular, have been deeply affected by these closures. Working in concert with a handful of independent distributors and platforms, the “Virtual Theatrical” model was born as a way for these independent theaters to showcase new theatrical content, connect with their local patrons, and generate revenue. &nbs…

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