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Casting: An Actors Perspective - Episode 1: "Tell, Don't Ask"

Happy Filmmaker Friday Stage 32! I am incredibly jazzed to share with you an incredible video series called "Casting: An Actor's Perspective" by actor and long-time Stage 32 member Jon Snow. Jon has worked with some of the biggest casting offices in Los Angeles as an audition reader for over three years. He has been in well over 10,000 auditions and has had an unprecedented ringside seat to auditions performed by newcomers all the way to name stars.  As an actor himself (you can s…

The Film Composer/Director Relationship: How to Make it a Match Made in Heaven

So you landed a job as a composer for a Film. Congratulations! But now where do you start? I think a good point is to build a positive relationship with your Director. That could definitely contribute to the success of your gig. Like any other kind of human relationship, there are no rules to make it work and there is always room for improvement, but here you’ll find some tips and thoughts, based on my experience, that I think might be helpful. Let’s suppose you have negot…

Screenwriting & Entertainment Law: How the Law Can Increase your Chances of Getting your Project Made

Dr. ScreenLaw: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Law As a screenwriter turned attorney I’ve learned how a screenplay is not just a story: it’s a minefield of intellectual property that could affect the project’s style, budget, sponsorships, and even its distribution. Through this article, you will learn my perspective on how decisions made during the writing phase of an audiovisual project can positively, or negatively impact the legal and financial aspe…

Announcing Our 1st Annual New Voices in Animation Screenwriting Contest

Walt Disney said, "Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive," and in our ongoing mission to discover new talent from all over the world, Stage 32 is thrilled to announce our inaugural New Voices in Animation Screenwriting Contest! Ever since a feisty little cat named Felix first made his debut on the silver screen over 100 years ago, animation has been delighting audiences across generations and all over the world. Whether the hero is an intrepid mouse, a foul-mouthed…

Originally Seen in Deadline Hollywood! Stage 32 Microbudget Horror Screenwriter Lands $5,000 Option, Greenlight Eligibility!

Good morning, Stage 32 Creative Crew! From the day it was announced on Deadline Hollywood that Stage 32 had partnered with Trick Candle Productions and Glass House Distribution to launch the Microbudget Horror Script Competition, this day has been months in the making! In reality, as "RB" Botto stated in the blog he wrote to announce the competition, 'this opportunity all started...at the American Film Market (AFM) [in 2019] when Tom Malloy and Michelle Alexandria of…

Coffee & Content - How to Tell Story with Lighting & 3 Keys to Dark Comedy

Happy Sunday Creative Army! Here's hoping you had a happy, healthy, and creative week. I've got my coffee in hand and some epic content to share with you today. Let's get inspired, shall we? First up, the folks over at Aputure have curated an excellent video with 7 Tips for Telling Story with Lighting. Filmmaking is an incredibly collaborative medium. No matter what discipline you work in, every job on a production is, in one way or another, there to serve the story. This video highlig…

Tyler Perry on Producing Scripted TV During the Pandemic

Happy Saturday Stage 32 fam! Here at Stage 32, we always have our ear to the ground when it comes to industry news. Our mission is to keep our community educated, inspired, and motivated. Naturally, the topic of productions starting back up has been a hot-ticket item in the industry. We were proud to share two Stage 32 member's stories about their experiences shooting during the pandemic. Emily Skye, a director, screenwriter, and cinematographer, shot her award-winning short film River…

How To Hack the Audition Process

Probably the most nervewracking assumption actors make when going into the audition process is that the people they will meet “on the other side of the table” somehow know everything about how the industry works and what it takes to succeed. Certainly, they must know more than you! After all, you’re the one who’s asking them for work! Let’s stop thinking of power, authority, and experience as all being the same thing. Consider, instead, that how much a pers…

5 Common Scene Struggles and How to Fix Them

Do you have a friend whom you dearly love, but who just can’t seem to tell a story that doesn’t leave you wondering what’s for dinner or what you’re going to watch on Netflix? Maybe your friend tells stories like this: “and then...and then...and then...and THEN…” -- as if just raising the pitch and volume of each subsequent “then” raises the intensity of the story? Or maybe they’re so vague you’re not sure you know…

How to Protect Your Film From Piracy in the Digital Age

It’s now 21 years since the birth of Napster and widespread digital piracy of content, and people are consuming content in more unrecognizable ways than ever before. Film consumption has of course evolved wildly over the past two decades, and particularly now in a world dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Streaming services and VOD (Video-On-Demand) platforms are moving to the forefront of film consumption, and film piracy has matched those changes along the way. In this blog, I…

Stage 32 Member Spotlight: UK-Based Writer/Producer Suzanne Garnett

Hey, Stage32-ers! It's been great to meet so many of you, and I love the conversations we've been generating in the Lounges! Sometimes when we chat online, though, we still feel the distance between us. With so much of our social interaction being virtual now, camaraderie's uplift seems more crucial than ever. Luckily, our fearless leader RB Botto and our fantastic team are here to keep you going! As your Community Manager, I want to assure you that our members are real. No matter where…

Coffee & Content - Affordable Tools for Cinematic Filmmaking & Chef Breaks down Cooking Scenes in Movies

Happy Sunday Creative Army! Welcome to August. How was your July? What did you create? I have some great content for you this Summer Sunday that is guaranteed to stir up some creativity. Grab your coffee and let's dive in.  First up, YouTuber ponysmasher (aka David F. Sandberg, Director of Shazam!, Annabelle: Creation, & Lights Out) has put together an awesome video detailing the tools he uses to make his movies - plus even cheaper alternatives that still give you a cinematic …

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