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Coffee & Content - Hollywood Actors Share their Success Stories, plus How to Direct a Short Film

Happy Sunday Creative Army! The temperature is dropping outside, so I hope your coffee is extra hot today! We have some more great content to share with you on this fine December Sunday. Are you ready? First up, we have an epic video for all of you actors out there - Hollywood Actors Share their Secrets to Success, from Film Courage. This amazing piece of content features dozens of interviews with actors such as James Franco, Miles Teller, Mandy Moore, and Aaron Paul to name a few.&nb…

The 100 Greatest Comedies of All Time

If laughter is the best medicine, then somebody write me a prescription for a good comedy! If you are in need of a little pick-me-up, or just want to spend an hour and a half with some of your favorite characters, look no further than your favorite comedic film.  Need some funny film suggestions? The BBC asked over 250 film critics what their top ten picks for best comedy of all time were - and the folks over at BBC compiled their answers to bring you the Top 100 Comedies of All Ti…

How to Keep Sane and Healthy During a Busy Festival Season

Rob Margolies, the director of my last film ‘Yes’, likes to tease me by saying that I “hibernate” on my days off. He isn’t wrong. There are so few days off in my life right now that I guess you can call what I do “hibernation.” We started our festival journey in Los Angeles. We premiered the film ‘Yes’ (which I wrote, starred in, and co-produced) for the very first time on June 22nd, 2019 at the world-famous Chinese Theatre in Hollywo…

Two New Yorkers in Hollywood: How Do You Approach Someone You'd Like to Work With, but Don't Know (with Richard Botto & Bradley Gallo)

We all know the age-old-adage about show business: "It's not what you know, it's who you know.  So how do you get to know these magical gatekeepers of Hollywood? Do you bombard their office with postcards with your face on it? (No.) Do you Google sleuth to find out their home address and send them homemade cookies? (Definitely not, don't be creepy.) Do you find common ground (alma mater, hometown, etc) and compose a clever, short, personalized message to them? (Bingo.)  In t…

How to Have Successful Q & A’s at Film Festivals

It is thrilling after all your work on a film, to have the exhilarating experience of a dynamic and successful Q & A at a film festival with a packed audience. Conversely, most of us have experienced the shock of seeing a Q &A where no questions were asked. Worse, is having your short screened with others and ending up the only one not having a questioned asked after hearing, “Well, guys, that’s all we have time for as the next film is coming in”. You Can Pack …

Coffee & Content - Directing Tips from Sundance Directors & A Career Retrospective with Eddie Murphy

Happy December Creative Army! I've got my coffee brewing and some white-hot content coming your way. First up, The Take speaks with some Sundance-official directors about the craft of directing films. They answer questions like: What's your process for working with actors? What are some visual techniques you've used? and more! Next, for all you comedy fans out there, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation recently sat down with the legendary Eddie Murphy to talk about his amazing career over…

Read Some 2020 Oscar Contender Screenplays

With 2020 just around the corner, we are all speculating potential Oscar contenders. We all have our guesses, but the folks over at Entertainment Weekly have already put together their 2020 Oscar Nomination Predictions.  This list details everything from "Top 5" to "longshots" in the categories of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Adapted Screenplay.  Read More: Enter…

16 Best Thanksgiving TV Episodes and Specials Ever

We shared a table full of food, family, and friendship yesterday - but there is still more of Thanksgiving left to love. Instead of battling the Black Friday madness at the mall, feast on leftovers at home and soak up the last bit of Thanksgiving spirit with the 16 Best Thanksgiving TV Episodes and Specials Ever brought to you by The Wrap.  From unforgettable Friends episodes (...Turkey on Monica's head - iconic) to Turkey-day episodes of Bewitched, The Brady Bunch, Bob's Burg…

How I Survived the Hollywood Crash

In my blogs on “How We Screwed the Showbiz Culture Up” and “Why I Passed On That Screenplay,” I talk a fair bit of trash about how the ethical and creative practices of Hollywood’s development process have strayed from the fundamentals that made this industry strong. By far, the most common and rational response to the ideas I’m expressing in these rants is that “THIS IS A BUSINESS.” If we get caught up in the creative - or even the ethical…

Coffee & Content - How A Title will Help You Write & How Music Shapes Your Film

A very Happy Thanksgiving week to you Creative Army! This Sunday, we've got some great content for all you filmmakers out there. My coffee's brewing, how about yours? First on the docket, can your project's title shape how you write your story? Writer/Director Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Thor: Ragnarok, What We Do in the Shadows) thinks so! Learn more in his interview with our friends over at IndieWire.  Next up, film editor Tom Cross (La La Land, Whiplash, First Man, Joy) tells …

The 15 Best Thanksgiving Movies

It's the weekend before Thanksgiving, and all through the house, every creature wants Turkey and a holiday movie to watch with their spouse. (Or friend, family member, or dog - but c'mon had to go for the rhyme) You have your favorite Christmas movies at the ready, but what about the holiday that kicks off the season? With the smell of stuffing in the air and grocery store lines forever long, spend some time inside this weekend snuggled up with some Thanksgiving classics. Check out&nbs…

Screenwriter Review: How Stage 32 Script Services "Makes You a Better Writer"

Hello Stage 32 Community! Today's amazing blog contributor is Rosalind Winton, a writer and editor based in the UK. She wrote a script based on the postcard her great grandfather send to her great grandmother from the Titanic, days before the infamous sinking. (Color me interested!) Throughout the writing process, she utilized Stage 32's script services offers to get notes and advice from our esteemed board of executives, producers, and mentors.  Read on to find out more about R…

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