THE STAGE 32 BLOG Subscribe

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

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…

Going From Shorts to Features

I first began putting short films online in 2002, very shortly after graduating high school. It was a simpler time, before YouTube existed and individual, low-quality mpg or wmv files had to be uploaded to your very own website for people to, get this, right click and save to their computers! It was also a time when, if you told someone your goal was to be a filmmaker and that you made movies of your own, they would give you a very impressed, “Wow, really?” reaction, and be a…

Coffee & Content - Screenwriting, Filmmaking, Acting, Financing, Distribution & More!

Hey guys!  Happy Sunday. The past week has been consumed by Cannes prep (see all the details here), so I have something a little different for Coffee & Content this week.  And it's something for everyone.  How about we cover ground on all the following topics: - Why you need to cut the negativity out of your life- Today! - Why you do not need to be micromanaged as a screenwriter or a filmmaker - How you can bring value to every meeting - What I'm hearing …

Hey! Whaddaya Say We Get Together and Talk Film?

Hello, my dear, creative friends. It's been a long time since we had a FREE On Stage With RB webcast. I'm appreciative of all of you who have written in asking when the next one was going to air.  It's been a busy few months for yours truly. There have been many project meetings - progress on a few, and a couple of false starts. I've seen and heard much throughout and I'm anxious to share what I've learned out there with you. In addition, so many of you have sent in such incredib…

Coffee & Content - How Werner Herzog Masters Storytelling & 3 Fillmmaking Mistakes to Avoid

Happy Sunday, everyone. Let's get right to the action, shall we? Today I have 2 videos from This Guy Edits, a very popular channel on YouTube. First up, who doesn't love Werner Herzog?  Well, maybe there are some that don't connect with his art, but it's hard not to connect to the person and his passion for storytelling.  How does he get it done?  How Werner Herzog Masters Storytelling explains all. Next, I have 3 Filmmaking Mistakes to Avoid and, well, although the ti…

Coffee & Content - Ridley Scott on Directing & 10 Important Lessons on the Craft of Screenwriting

Hello, my fellow creatives.  Happy Sunday. Hope you are all enjoying and participating in what has been a very lively Introduce Yourself Weekend! Today for Coffee & Content, I'm bringing you some voices with years of experience talking directing and screenwriting. First up, legendary director, Ridley Scott waxes poetic on the craft of directing.  As usual, no pulled punches from Sir Ridley.  Nothing more for you to do with this one than pour yourself a full cuppa an…

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…

Mad Men Turns 10 - Here's the Pilot Script!

This past Wednesday marked the 10 year anniversary of the debut of Mad Men.  For my money, this was one of the most well written series of the last 20 years.  Rich in character development (particularly the secondary characters), period detail and sparkling dialogue, Matthew Weiner and his writing staff rarely disappointed. In honor of the anniversary of this landmark show, here's the pilot script for Mad Men, the world building Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.  Enjoy, share, dis…

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…

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…

register for stage 32 Register / Log In