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Coffee & Content - How to Write a Story & Deconstructing Film Lighting

Happy Sunday everyone, and to those celebrating, a very happy holiday weekend.  Hope you're enjoying and participating in another edition of Introduce Yourself Weekend.  Now on to another edition of Coffee & Content. First up this week, I love me a good TEDx Talk and this one from John Dufresne, How to Write a Story, certainly fits the bill.  Get yourself a backup cup of java for this vid as you may just want to watch it twice. Next up, cinematographers and gaff…

Top 20 TV Dramas Since the Days of Tony Soprano

I remember seeing the trailer for Breaking Bad when it came out and thinking, "That looks dumb." Eight years later, I couldn't get enough of it. (Disclaimer: I may have been in a sh*t frame of mind when I saw the trailer, so...) There have been dozens of shows before it, since it, and after it, that have garnered tremendous attention and have become prime examples in TV writing classes all over the world and in blog posts. In this post, The New York Times gives their list of the Top 20 …

How Do I Make My Script Better Before I Send it to a Producer? (with Richard Botto & Jason Mirch)

When it comes to coverage, writers end up with a vast array of responses from seasoned readers, not-so-seasoned readers, producers, and executives. But how does a writer handle the coverage? And what can he or she do to make it better? Ricard Botto and Jason Mirch handle the question for a writer during the free "Ask Me Anything" webinar hosted by both gentlemen. A hint on how they responded? Be receptive to notes and let go of any defensiveness. Click below to hear more.   Click…

Diary of a DP: How to Shoot Interviews & and Get Mad Love in Return

Hello, my fellow creatives. Spring is here and in this survival guide, I will be focusing on a checklist and things to keep in mind when shooting a documentary or good old fashion interviews. These are just my strategies when prepping to shoot a documentary or interviews, so do what works for you. There are many ways to skin a cat, and it is up to you to test and refine what works so you can effectively handle any curve-balls and do your job efficiently while keeping on schedule. Choos…

Coffee & Content - Christopher Nolan on Directing & Kate Winslet Shares Her Acting Secrets

Happy Sunday, everyone.  Hope you're all having a fantastic weekend. I don't know about you, but my coffee is on point.  Let's compliment it with some killer content. First up, it was recently announced that Christopher Nolan's next film has entered pre-production with Robert Pattinson, John David Washington, and Elizabeth Debicki attached to star.  Seems like the perfect time to feature Nolan here on C&C as he waxes poetic on the craft of film directing. Next up, o…

Feeling Deflated? Here's Some Inspiration to Pick You Back Up

I've had one hell of a week. Between producing my own pilot, managing the Stage 32 blog, and still training a rescue dog that clearly had no boundaries or discipline before we brought him home, I'm spent. My ego is shot and my wounds are raw. Angry people, lost opportunities, and rejection are also part of my world right now. It blows.   Winn, my new 3-year old doxie, trying like hell to make me forget he's naughty. But I'll be damned if I'm going to let any of that take me down.…

What Your Filmmaker CV Says About You

The average filmmaker would not put any thought into their CV or Resume design. Some of you reading this might even believe that having a CV as a filmmaker is a waste of time. Regardless of your film industry job role, it’s likely at the start of your career you will be asked to provide a CV when applying to jobs. The majority of jobs advertised online (and on Stage 32) ask to provide a CV and cover letter attachment.My name is Amy Clarke and I previously worked in the UK film indu…

Dear Bradley: What Kind of Script Peaks Studio Interest? [ & Other Filmmaking Questions]

Hi, Everyone! Welcome back to the Dear Bradley Vlog. Every month I'm going to be answering your most burning filmmaking questions. If you have one, please submit your questions in the comments below or via Instagram @Bradley_Gallo. Be very specific and I will personally answer your question the best I can. Some answers will come in long form and others in a lightening round (multiple questions with 15 second answers). Some of you will have the same question and so we will combine those.…

Development Hell and How to Avoid It

I am sure you have all been here and have your own ideas on this subject, fellow toilers, but, here, today, is just my penny’s worth regarding what Development Hell is, why it occurs, how to avoid it, and some small suggestions for success in collab writing. The producer is the one with the fork. 1) What IS Development Hell? Development Hell is something I hear a lot about. What I hear from my friends and read about as well, is that projects sometimes get stuck.They go around an…

Stage 32 Writers Meet with Producers, Managers, and Financiers in March

Good morning Stage 32 Fam! We’ve got a big month of creative endeavors ahead of us. Executives who work with Stage 32 are currently in production on projects and there are even some Stage 32 members who are prepping for shoots to go in the upcoming weeks! We’re all in this together and a success for one is a success for all. In that spirit, we want to congratulate everyone who had success with a pitch or project in the Month of March. Your hard work and dedication to the …

Coffee & Content - Jordan Peele's Advice on Writing Thrillers & 3 Things New Filmmakers Overlook

Happy Sunday, everyone. Miss me?   All apologies for no new Coffee & Content last Sunday. We wrapped filming on Rain Beau's End in Chicago on Saturday and then, well, there was the after party. Enough said. Our shoot couldn't have gone better.  Eighteen days of shooting, nearly a month in Chicago, but it all came together. Our cast, including Ed Asner, Sean Young, Melanie Chandra, Janelle Snow, Amanda Powell, and a host of others knocked the cover off the ba…

YouTube Ducks Out of Race With Netflix & Amazon

Following the heartbeat of Hollywood and streaming video can be mind boggling, to say the least. One day we learn of a new streaming service and the next, we learn of one that doesn't want to play in the same sandbox. That's what we're learning with this blog post. Any plans that YouTube had for streaming noteworthy shows may not actually come to fruition. According to sources (and we all know how that goes), the Google-owned company has stopped accepting pitches from producers. So w…

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