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Coffee & Content - Stephen King's 3 Levels of Horror & 15 Essential Camera Shots

Good morning and a very happy Sunday to you all. This week for Coffee & Content, I have two videos I think all can gain from.  First up, with the global success of It, now seems like a great time to take a look at why Stephen King's storytelling and horror expertise has stood the test of time.  You'll get some insight from the master himself with Stephen King's 3 Levels of Horror. Next up, for all the filmmakers, cinematographers and those who are looking to control their…

SydneysBuzz: Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF): What Was Hot

TIFF has come and gone. Masses of Canadians attend the festival which is what gives it such a special atmosphere. In Cannes, only the industry attends the festival; the public sets up chairs and ladders to watch the red carpet galas and take pictures. But here the public is as much a part of the festival as the industry.        The industry action which consists of buying and selling of film rights takes place at the Hyatt Hotel on King Street West. The screenings…

Coffee & Content - The Actor/Director Relationship & The Art of Suspense (Blue Ruin)

Happy Sunday to all.  Hope you are having a fabulous weekend. Today, I bring you two videos I think you'll truly enjoy.  First up, it's a look at how directors can get the most out of their actors by avoiding "Result Direction.” Next up, we look at one of the hottest indie directors of the last few years, Jeremy Saulnier.  Jeremy's first two films, Blue Ruin and Green Room, were not only critical darlings on the festival circuit, but also lauded by storytellers and…

Indiefilm & the Power of the Crowd - Here's the Cover!

Hey guys! Last week, I published a quick blog of the photo RB posted of the final proofs for Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers - Indiefilm and the Power of the Crowd. You can read that entry here. Today, I'm excited to share the final cover proof for the book and announce that the scheduled release date is now set for September 22nd.   As a reminder, this is the very first book to be published on the subject of film crowdsourcing. Here's what's being said about the book:   I…

Coffee & Content - Tarantino on Finding Your Voice & The Cinematography of Moonlight

Happy Sunday, everyone. Another two videos this week for you to enjoy with your favorite roast. First up, it's Quentin Tarantino speaking about how films can inspire and influence, but how you can go about finding your original voice. Next, cinematographer James Laxton takes us behind the scenes on the making of Moonlight.  It's a fantastic look at the mind of a terrific artist.  Think you'll find it quite insightful. As always, I ask you to share this content with those yo…

Want To Make Your First Feature? Read This First.

There are about 34,000 films made every year worldwide. And that number is growing. Why are so many films being made these days? Well, one reason is that since the dawn of the digital revolution (about 16 years ago) anyone with an idea and an HD camera or smartphone can now make a film for about $1.25. Did you know that 13,782 films were submitted to Sundance this year? Yep. That's not a typo.   Don't get me wrong. I think this digital revolution is a great turn of events. For s…

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,…

Coffee & Content - Adapting The Shining & Developing the Characters of True Detective

Happy Sunday, everyone.  And for those celebrating in the States, Happy Labor Day weekend. In this edition of Coffee & Content, I have two videos I believe you'll find most informative.  First up, it's Stanley Kubrick and The Shining.  It's well documented that Stephen King was not on board with Kubrick's adaptation of his epic novel.  In this video we see how and why Kubrick made his choices in what he included, expanded upon and what he left behind. Next up, a…

Ready to Build an Audience for You, Your Brand or Your Film?

  Hey guys. Wanted to share this photo RB posted on his Instagram account (@RBwalksintoabar) last week. It's the final proofs for his upcoming book, Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers, which is being published by Focal Press under the American Film Market (AFM) Presents banner next month.  This book was the result of over 100 interviews and 2 years of research and writing (and, boy, do we know, we had to live with it all in the office!) It will be a must read if you are lo…

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…

Creating 'In Loving Memory' - A Cross-Continent Film (Russia & India)

I love the smell of success in the morning. While spending some networking and connecting time in the Stage 32 Lounge, I came across a post from producer Bhavana Goparaju from Mumbai, India. Bhavana shared a story from the New India Express about her film In Loving Memory which came together through connections made on Stage 32 and which involved members from Russia and India - How cool is that?  Even cooler, the entire Memory team was generous and thoughtful enough to credit …

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