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Sydneys Buzz: Toronto International Film Festival

  Toronto International Film Festival is the most important film festival in North America as it opens the season of movie celebrations and the film business after a relatively quiet summer. Taking place September 7 to the 17, screening are sold out to the huge numbers of the Canadians who go so far as to take their vacations just so they can watch movies. The festival's People's Choice Award has become a predictor of awards-season success. Past recipients of this audience accolad…

Stage 32 Success Story: The Next Generation of Filmmakers

I've been blessed with the opportunity to speak at numerous festivals and conferences all over the world. Outside of having the opportunity to teach and share my experiences, nothing thrills me more than meeting Stage 32 members along the way and hearing how the platform played a part in their success. A few weeks back, I had one of my favorite moments of any event when I met 17 year old director Matthew Manyak and the cast and crew of his short film After the Fall at Hollyshorts. Wise,…

Stage 32 + Hollyshorts Short Film Program - Q&A With Filmmakers [Video]

This weekend we premiered the 2nd Annual Stage 32 Short Film Program in Los Angeles at the 2017 Hollyshorts Film Festival. In one word, it was inspiring. We had the pleasure of showcasing a program of 7 films representing 4 different countries - all with varying creativity. The audience included Stage 32 members and executives from Lionsgate, Samaco Films, Whitewater Films, Kodak, Legion M, CAA and more who all told us how blown away they were with the talent here in the Stage 32 communi…

LA Premiere of the Stage 32 Short Film Program

Stage 32 is honored to present to you the 2nd Stage 32 Short Film Program at the 2017 Hollyshorts Film Festival. This program was curated by the incredible industry executives who judged our First Annual Short Film Contest and features 7 amazing directors (from 4 countries) all with bright futures ahead. If you live in or around Los Angeles, please join us this Saturday for the Los Angeles Premiere of the Stage 32 Short Film Program which premieres on the closing night of the Hollyshort…

Stage 32 Celebrates 6,000 Creative Locations With Peerspace

If you haven't seen by now, we have launched Stage 32 Locations - Powered By Peerspace. You can find it on the top menu bar. This is an incredible new tool for our creative community that helps you find locations for your film shoots, writing groups, casting calls or production needs.   Stage 32 and Peerspace got together this week to celebrate all the new locations launched in the Los Angeles area, as well as Peerspace reaching a milestone of 6,000 new spaces for cr…

How to Break Into the Film Biz with Stage 32's Richard Botto

We are gearing up for an exciting week at the 2017 Hollyshorts Film Festival. One of our panels takes place tomorrow when Stage 32 and Indie Film Hustle get together to talk about indie film! At this year's Sundance Film Festival, RB and our friend Alex Ferrari from IFH and Sebastian Twardosz from Circus Road Films sat down to chat about how to break into the filmmaking business. This is one lively, fun and information packed webcast. But don't be fooled by the title - Whether you're ju…

Why I'm a Feature Director Making a Short Film

Two years ago, I became ranked in the Top 10 of Up-and-Coming Hollywood Directors Under 40 on IMDb (Internet Movie Database) and was featured on the front page of the Hollywood Reporter. I’ve been fortunate enough to direct many name actors including an Oscar-Nominated and Golden Globe winning actor and am attached to direct several multi-million dollar projects over the next few years. I also co-run LA Acting Studios, which is an intense on-camera, set-like scene study class …

Stage 32 + 2017 Hollyshorts Film Festival - Events All Week!

We have an exciting week of events lined up at the HollyShorts Film Festival beginning this Friday! If you are in or around the Los Angeles area, you are more than welcome to come join us for any one or all of our special Stage 32 panels, parties and screenings!  "HollyShorts is the benchmark most up-and-comers are striving for - and the festival is impressively dedicated to advancing the careers of its filmmakers", says Daniel Sol, Co-Founder of HollyShorts. "We are equally impres…

Dreams, Fears, Communism and My Trip to The Other Side of the World

Dreams are an interesting phenomenon. They are available to everyone to dream them, but there are only a few who go chasing them and fulfill them. Why is that? Why doesn't everyone grasp their dream and be what they want to be or do what they really want to do? Well, in my case, this question came a little later in my life, (let's say I'm not in the first flush of youth), but what's more important for me is that I took my time and efforts to answer it and the answer for me personally was…

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…

Coffee & Content - Storytelling of INSIDE OUT & More

Happy Sunday, everyone.  And for those celebrating in the States, a Happy 4th of July weekend. For Coffee & Content this week, I'm sharing two terrific videos I'm sure you'll all find enormously entertaining and informative. First, it's the Personal Storytelling of INSIDE OUT.  I'm sure many of you are familiar with the painstaking process all Pixar scripts go through from concept to screen.  This video provides some more insight into why INSIDE OUT was Oscar nominat…

Make Your Move

Today's blog comes from one of my favorite people on the planet, my dear friend, Brandi Thomas. Many of you have been touched by Brandi's selfless nature and have formed a unique bond with her through the years. Her positive energy knows no bounds.Brandi has penned a few of the most inspirational and motivational blogs we've had the pleasure of running here on Stage 32. Simply put, she's one remarkable and talented human being. We always ask that you share the content we post, but this …

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