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Self-Tape Audition Tips from Casting Directors

Hello Stage 32 Fam! I have some hot tips for all my fellow actors out there on how to rock your next self-tape audition. Even before stay-at-home orders and social distancing became the daily norm, self-tape auditions accounted for over 85% of all auditions, according to SAG-AFTRA. Trust me, I love bringing the in-person charisma as much as the next person, but now more than ever, it is essential to learn how to bring that same charm and energy to your digital auditions.  For…

Now Showing: SeriesFest Pilots on Stage 32 Screenings

Happy Friday Creative Army! As you know, back in March, we announced and launched Stage 32 Screenings to help filmmakers who were impacted by the cancellation of their live screenings at film festivals all over the world. Stage 32 Screenings is a unique platform that allows filmmakers to get their films seen to a concentrated audience including thousands of distributors, sales agents, producers, financiers, development execs, and more decision-makers here on Stage 32. We are currently s…

Music Licensing vs. Music Scoring

These days there’s a pretty interesting battle raging between composers scoring films, and filmmakers using prerecorded tracks in their projects. Both can work, and either one can be cheaper, or easier to use. As a composer who makes tracks for music libraries, and scores films, I can give you some ideas about when and why you might use one versus the other.     1. Hiring a Composer Hiring a composer can be cheap or expensive, depending on their experience, busines…

How I Shot A Multi-Camera, Multi-Location Film During Quarantine

Producing a video for Father’s Day that would be both special and memorable was something I had set out to do…in just two weeks! Here’s how I managed to accomplish it and how it all came about.     The Challenges Yes, there were some challenges straight out of the gate. These included: So many things beyond my control because of Shelter in Place Casting Quality of videos submitted Remote directing Tight timeline The Idea I had produced a vide…

How to Build Your Creative Support Network

Friends, family, project collaborators, social media connections—I’m sure your network is abundant. But in all likelihood, you’re missing out on a mastermind group—a creative support network of individuals who guide each other through professional challenges. Mastermind groups are well known in the business community, yet rarely used by filmmakers, writers, actors, and other artists. Personally, I think it’s time creatives start leveraging this idea for th…

Stage 32 Connects More Creatives Around the World: UK-Based Screenwriter Hired by Filmmaker in Afghanistan

Good morning, Stage 32 Creative Crew! We're kicking off a brand new week with a very cool motivational story for you! As you know, part of our mission at Stage 32 is to connect like-minded creatives from around the world, so they can collaborate and bring shared visions to life. Today, I am excited to introduce Stage 32 member Nick Brown, a UK-based novelist and screenwriter who was hired by Stage 32 member Jordan Bryon, a filmmaker based in Kabul, Afghanistan, to write an action sc…

Coffee & Content - Jordan Peele Breaks Down "Get Out" Fan Theories & How to Shoot Epic B-Roll

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, Cinecom.net has a great way for you to stay creative between gigs - shooting a library epic B-roll. In this video, they give you 10 simple steps to shoot really extraordinary B-roll footage of literally anything you have lying around your house. Cinematic footage of a coffee cup is su…

The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Screenwriting

Artificial intelligence is radically changing the world and it will RADICALLY change screenwriting. Elon Musk predicts that over half the cars sold in 2030 will be autonomous. This requires artificial intelligence capable of observing and reacting like a driver does today— only better. Musk says that by 2040 cars with steering wheels will be like people riding horses today. It will be for those who enjoy something historical. As a screenwriter, you need to realize your world is b…

When Life Gives You Lemons, Open a Lemonade Company - How to Use Struggles as Creative Fuel

From the devastating loss of a loved one, to job loss and medical issues in the time of Coronavirus, I have personally dealt with trauma and loss from many angles. Despite all that, people around me always compliment me on my sunny attitude and ability to get up when I’m knocked down. I want to help you use your struggles as a means of unleashing your creative power not only as a way of healing yourself, but as fuel for your creative career.     Take Time to Process …

Where Iconic Film Scores Come From

First of all, they don’t come from other people’s movies! IN THE BEGINNING Let’s start at the top. Back when most of the really enduring film scores were written, directors were expected to have cross-training in a wide range of entertainment disciplines. Moreover, composers were expected to be masters of music theory. Today, the tight focus of a film school education on the tools we need to get working has eroded the vocabulary and habits that come with a classical p…

The Difference Between a Starving Artist and a Wealthy Artist is Patronage

We’ve all heard the myth about the starving artist. This is the myth that artists need to suffer for their art if they want respect as an artist. This crazy myth has been around for over 150 years and unfortunately many artists today still believe it. The myth started in 19th century Paris with a group of artists who lived passionately for their art, but also lived in poverty. The artists were nicknamed “the water drinkers” because they couldn’t afford to drink wi…

How To Launch A Podcast

Podcasts are a unique way to communicate with a desired group of listeners in an episodic format. Podcasts are designed to appeal to a niche audience; therefore you have the opportunity to zero in on exactly who you want to talk to and what your topics should be. You’re straight-up targeting people. You never know… Your thoughts and opinions could very well resonate with a horde of like-minded folks and maybe even sway some of those that have different opinions than what yo…

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