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Three Things in the Entertainment Industry You Shouldn’t Take Personally

Today's blog comes from our fearless leader Richard "RB" Botto. Over on his Medium he has put together Three Things in the Entertainment Industry You Shouldn’t Take Personally and he is sharing them exclusively to you, the Stage 32 community. He has posted this exclusive information over on his Medium account, and we've provided an excerpt below... Enjoy Creative Army!

Announcing the 9th Annual Search for New Blood Screenwriting Contest

Ready to be frightened? We are! Horror films are always popular, and in recent years we've seen a huge uptick of interest in horror with a deeper meaning, in films like GET OUT, IT FOLLOWS and MIDSOMMAR. Low-budget horror isn't going anywhere either; they're the easiest films to make with the biggest rewards. And we can't forget that streaming services love a good fright. Hits like FRESH on Hulu and THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE on Netflix are carrying horror into the 21st century. So how c…

Cannes 2022 Roll Call: Announcing The Official Stage 32 Schedule - Who's Going? Who Has Films?

The Cannes Film Festival in France is next week! As you all know Stage 32 has has worked directly with and have had an official presence at the Cannes Film Festival Marche du Film for the last 5 years. From education initiatives, partnerships and parties, Stage 32 always has our finger on the pulse of the world's biggest film festival and market.  Also, for the last 5 years Stage 32 is an official education partner of the Cannes Marche du Film. This year, our role has expanded eve…

Coffee & Content: How they Shot the Spinning Hallway Scene in INCEPTION & VFX Tutorial from DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS

Happy Sunday Creative Army! Have you had a creative weekend so far? I have some content here for you that is sure to get the creative juices flowing, so grab your coffee and let's dive in. First up, our friends over at StudioBinder recently released a fascinating video about how Christopher Nolan shot the iconic spinning hallway scene in Inception. They dive into the cinematography, rotating set design, and stunts that went into creating such a unique and visually interesting scene - w…

Don't Be Afraid of Descriptive Writing

This blog may be stating the obvious and I don't want to come across as condescending, but I just thought I would impart a piece of advice I gave to a client of mine. I have found while doing my job as an editor, that I have a great responsibility, not just to the authors I work with, but to the work itself. It's not just about spelling and grammar, it is also about what is best for the story and looking at something from the point of view of the reader. I do know, of course, that autho…

How to Throw Out A Project And Start Fresh

It’s a fact of writing that projects need multiple drafts. But that’s not what I’m talking about in this article. Instead, sometimes you might need to completely take apart a project, throwing out every previous draft, and starting over. Sounds extreme? It is. But it’s something I recently experienced. To properly explain this, I have to give you some background on the project in question. I’ve been working on the sequel to my third book since 2017. At…

How I Got a Hollywood A-lister Interview

Keeping in mind the old expression that “it takes ten years to become an overnight success,” as much as we all would love a shortcut, a golden ticket, a Fast Pass, the truth is that you DO have to put in the time and get the reps. BUT, the good news is that along the way you’re starting to build the foundation to eventually make a successful pitch from, to whoever it is that you’re trying to get in front of. I’m not only talking the talk, but walking the wa…

How Guild Residuals are Calculated and Paid: the Roles of the CAM and the Payroll House

This is the next article of series of blog posts presented to you by Stage 32 and Fintage House. David Zannoni is an expert in Collection Account Management for Independent Film & Television Productions, and has written and recorded several blogs and vlogs exclusively for the Stage 32 community. Additionally, David has taught several Stage 32 webinars sharing his vast knowledge of film finance and distribution. In this article, David explains how Guild Residuals are calculated and…

Announcing the 7th Annual Stage 32 Short Film Contest

For the past 6 years I've been really proud to oversee our Stage 32 Short Film Program. This has become one of the most anticipated programs of the year for all the industry professionals including development executives, managers, producers, agents and financiers that we work with on a day to day basis. Being a part of the Stage 32 Short Film Program is like joining a special tribe. If you make the final program not only do you get the honor of screening at the prestigious Hollyshorts …

Coffee & Content: THE MANDALORIAN Without CGI & THE NORTHMAN Locations

  Happy Sunday & Happy Mother's Day! I've got my coffee in hand and your weekly dose of content coming in hot - grab your coffee of choice and let's dive right in. First up, since "May the 4th Be with You" was last week, I thought it would only be fitting to share some Star Wars content. Scene Spotlight has a fascinating behind the screens video covering the innovative virtual backgrounds that were used to film The Mandalorian. In this video, they talk about the tech…

Everything You Need to Know About Acting in Atlanta

Welcome to Atlanta! Where the Actors Play. Waaaay back in 2005, if you were living in Atlanta and looking to jump into this crazy business called acting, conventional wisdom would have told you to make the move to Hollywood and start there. And even as recent as 2012, if you came to Hollywood and mentioned you were from Atlanta, you would be met with a shrug of the shoulders, and maybe even a look of disgust. Flash forward to 2022, and if you were to move from Atlanta to Hollywood, ears…

Just Write: Creativity and Fear

We have many different names for the fear that comes along with creative pursuits. Sometimes we call it “Imposter Syndrome.” Sometimes we call it “Resistance” (because, I think, sometimes we hit writer’s block because we’re listening to fear). Sometimes we call it “The Inner Critic.” But no matter what we call it, the effect it has is the same: it’s Snow White’s poisoned apple, that creates a paralyzing slowness that congeals un…

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