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Pre-Production Tips - From Budget to Locations: The Making of WHAT LIES AHEAD (Part 2)

On behalf of the entire WHAT LIES AHEAD team, thank you.   The outpouring of good wishes and support from our community regarding the film (and this blog series) has humbled, inspired, and motivated us all. To feel that groundswell of support, it's as if you're taking this journey with us. We couldn't be more grateful.   Part 2 of our ongoing series detailing how the film came together focuses on the budget, in particular how we were able to keep it down utilizing limited…

Coffee & Content - Introverts & Egotists: Winning Social Media as a Creative & THR's Director Roundtable

Happy Sunday, Creative Army.  Fired up this week to bring you another edition of Coffee & Content. Let's get right after it. Every week, without exception, I receive a few dozen direct messages here on Stage 32 as well as on my Twitter & Instagram accounts from creatives looking for social media advice. Many of the curious identify themselves as introverts.  Also, without exception, I receive dozens of DM's from creatives who have no relationship with me (and man…

The Power of Finding Your Creative Tribe - The Making of WHAT LIES AHEAD (Part 1)

I first met William Viglione right here on Stage 32 back in early 2015.  At the time, and in the manner in which most relationships begin, we engaged in mostly small talk - writing, our goals, our strategies toward success, and so forth.  Eventually, William mentioned a script he had written called What Lies Ahead. Over the next few months, he took advantage of a Stage 32 webinar about distribution, worked with the Stage 32 Script Services and, eventually, we con…

Martin Scorsese on What Makes a Great Screenplay & Richard Linklater on the Director/Actor Relationship

Happy Sunday, everyone. Back from the cold of Sundance and into the rain of L.A. Not complaining, mind you, just stating fact. A huge congratulations to all the Stage 32 educators and members who not only had films at Sundance, but were involved in some of the biggest sales up there this year. We'll be updating you on what went on with the Stage 32 family soon. For now, let's warm up with another edition of Coffee & Content. First up, it's on YouTube, but it's just audio. It's also…

Coffee & Content - Advanced Screenwriting Formatting Tips & 7 Fundamental Steps to Film a Short Documentary

Good day, Creative Army! Let's get after it... First up today, from the good people at Indy Mogul, we have Advanced Screenplay Formatting Tips. If there's one thing we see knock down a screenplay time and time again, it's poor formatting. Let's take it to the next level, shall we? The second video today is by request. Many of you have written in over the last few months asking for some information on shooting documentaries. Ask and you shall receive. Our second video is 7 Fundamental S…

Chris Moore Chooses Stage 32 Over Masterclass

  Chris Moore is one of the most respected producers and sought after speakers in Hollywood today. From Good Will Hunting to American Pie to the Oscar winning Manchester by the Sea, Chris has carved out something rare in this business, a long lasting and lucrative career with huge projects spanning multiple decades. Additionally, as the founder of Project Greenlight and The Chair, Chris has been at the forefront of champion independent filmmakers all across the globe. It’s …

A Full Week of Stage 32 Events at Raindance. All Are Invited!

Stage 32 has partnered with the 26th Annual Raindance Film Festival to bring an impressive lineup of filmmaking talent to London. First up, we'll be presenting the international premiere of our 3rd Annual Short Film Program featuring the incredible films from our talented winners. Following the screening, we'll have a Q&A session with the winning filmmakers in attendance. Later that evening, we'll be hosting another London Stage 32 Meetup. Our last London meetup was not only jammed …

Hollyshorts + Stage 32 Film Conference

Over the past few years, we've been honored to be recognized by many in the industry as the leaders in online education for content creators and film & television professionals. As the education partner for AT&T, Cannes and AFM (to name a few), we've been proud to program a variety of panels, talks and workshops which have been presented to creatives all over the world. Now, we're thrilled to announce we're extending our relationship with Hollyshorts. For the last 3 years, we've…

Coffee & Content - The Screenplays for Sicario, Hell or High Water & Wind River

Hello, creative army.  Happy Sunday. Earlier this week, I published a blog called First Time Screenwriter at 41, Oscar Nominated at 46 which chronicled the journey of arguably the hottest screenwriter on the planet, Taylor Sheridan.  The blog was extremely well received (give a read through the comments section for the wide variety of opinions and personal stories) and served as a source of inspiration and motivation for many. It also led to me receiving numerous emails asking…

First Time Screenwriter at 41, Oscar Nominated at 46

Over the course of nearly 7 years running Stage 32, I have received (literally) hundreds of DM's from creatives complaining about ageism, sexism and just about every other -ism.  The deck is stacked.  The game is rigged.  All that jazz. Anyone who has been around these parts for a while or knows me personally probably have a solid idea as to how I respond:  Content and talent wins the day. Positive energy defeats negative perception. Less excuses, more work. For …

Coffee & Content - Sidney Lumet on Making Movies & How to Write a Fight Scene

What's up, my creative friends?  Ready for some more killer content to push you through the remainder of the weekend and get you fired up for the week ahead?  Good.  Let's roll. For many filmmakers, Sidney Lumet's book, Making Movies, is a beloved treasure.  Today I bring you a fantastic (and rare) interview featuring Lumet speaking about his process.  This is one I have no doubt you'll bookmark for repeat viewings - and deservedly so. Next, one of the bigger l…

Coffee & Content - A Conversation With Legendary Screenwriter Jim Uhls

Hello, creative army!  Miss me?  All apologies for the lack of Coffee & Content these past 2 Sundays.  Cannes was a wall to wall, all out affair - and a very productive one at that.  I'll be sharing some news from the fest and market soon.  We have some extremely exciting opportunities and initiatives in the works that will be of major interest to our incredibly talented members. Today, however, let's get back to consuming some quality content.  This pa…

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