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Coffee & Content - Dan Harmon Writing Advice/Avoiding Procrastination & Editing in Storytelling

Good morning, Creative Army. Welcome to Sunday and another edition of Coffee & Content. First up this week, writer/showrunner Dan Harmon has never been shy about expressing his opinion or documenting his struggles as a creative. Here, he provides some writing advice and how to avoid procrastination. There are some great nuggets in here - "It doesn't have to be good - it just has to exist." - is one that stuck with me. Be sure to grab something to write on as you listen! Next, …

Sundance, Indie TV, & Dreams Coming True: The Landscape is Changing for Creatives

We see lots of writers here on Stage 32 with pilot ideas, completed scripts, even polished indie TV products, just waiting to be born again. It's no secret that things in the industry are changing for indie creators, and this year at Sundance, it was proven once again. "Filmmakers converge on the 10-day festival, hoping it will make their dreams come true. However, Jaffe, [a filmmaker] marks a new kind of talent: He made a pilot, not a movie, and he’s part of a 2019 TV class tha…

How a 'No' Led Me to My Own 'Yes' [A Success Story in the Making]

Since I was 12-years-old, I have always wanted to be in the entertainment business. I wanted to launch the next great entertainment company and have been pursing this ambition at great personal cost. To date, I haven't yet achieved my vision. But that's okay. Today I want to share my journey, as I suspect many of you can relate and substitute your own name for mine. A Let Down Disguised as an Encouraging Gift 2018 was a particularly hard and painful year. Once again, I found myself wi…

After the Plunge: A New Life as a Freelance Actor & Writer

Frankly, most of my life has been spent telling myself that I could never quit a survival job to become a working actor. I knew the statistics. I’ve read the data on how many aspiring actors there are. I knew it was not possible for me to be one of the lucky few who could make a living off of the craft. So, I decided long ago that I would find satisfaction in doing what I love after survival job hours. And for many years I did just that. But recently, I found momentum. I discovere…

The 7th Annual Oscars Contest Is Now Live!

It's that time of year again! Time for you to decide who will take a golden statuette home at this years Oscars. Every year we host a contest where you, our loyal Stage 32 members, get to chime in on who you think the winners will be. And you can start choosing your picks right now, as the 7th Annual Stage 32 Oscars Contest is now live!| Oscar winners from 2016 - 2018 Whomever has the most right answers wins. So if you think you've got what it takes, join the party and submit your choi…

Pre-Production Tips - From Budget to Locations: The Making of WHAT LIES AHEAD (Part 2)

On behalf of the entire WHAT LIES AHEAD team, thank you.   The outpouring of good wishes and support from our community regarding the film (and this blog series) has humbled, inspired, and motivated us all. To feel that groundswell of support, it's as if you're taking this journey with us. We couldn't be more grateful.   Part 2 of our ongoing series detailing how the film came together focuses on the budget, in particular how we were able to keep it down utilizing limited…

Coffee & Content - Introverts & Egotists: Winning Social Media as a Creative & THR's Director Roundtable

Happy Sunday, Creative Army.  Fired up this week to bring you another edition of Coffee & Content. Let's get right after it. Every week, without exception, I receive a few dozen direct messages here on Stage 32 as well as on my Twitter & Instagram accounts from creatives looking for social media advice. Many of the curious identify themselves as introverts.  Also, without exception, I receive dozens of DM's from creatives who have no relationship with me (and man…

The PreSCRIPTion to Writer’s Block (A Fresh Look at a Common Problem)

  *Inhales* Ah yes, the smell of ammonia mixed with a hint of latex. It’s time for your regular doctor’s visit. Don’t worry, no one is going to ask you to turn your head and cough. Instead, we’re going to examine one of the major setbacks in the writing process. Often times, this drawback will be accompanied by those all too familiar warning signs: Symptoms Irritability/Mood swings Sobbing uncontrollably into your coffee mug Lack of focus An insatia…

5 Ways to Get the Most out of Script Coverage

You slogged. You toiled. You loaded up your latest draft of your script, took a soul searching breath then hit Send. With your precious cargo now in the hands of a script reader, you wait. And fret. “Is it funny enough?” “Does the B story work?” “Did I mess up my homophones!?” Then the day finally arrives: the script coverage you spent a pretty penny on appears in your inbox. Three words - pass, consider, recommend - could be the difference between hav…

The 1 Thing You Need to Do to Help Your Creative Career - Advice from NYFA Instructor

Adam Finer, one of New York Film Academy’s professors at the Los Angeles Campus, is a much-sought after speaker in the film industry. A former literary manager and film producer, Adam spent over a decade as a marketing executive at Universal Studios. Stage 32 caught up with him at Film Con Hollywood where offered advice on the one thing creatives need to do to get their work seen.   Click Here For Adam's Advice!       Remember, if you haven't subscr…

The Power of Finding Your Creative Tribe - The Making of WHAT LIES AHEAD (Part 1)

I first met William Viglione right here on Stage 32 back in early 2015.  At the time, and in the manner in which most relationships begin, we engaged in mostly small talk - writing, our goals, our strategies toward success, and so forth.  Eventually, William mentioned a script he had written called What Lies Ahead. Over the next few months, he took advantage of a Stage 32 webinar about distribution, worked with the Stage 32 Script Services and, eventually, we con…

Martin Scorsese on What Makes a Great Screenplay & Richard Linklater on the Director/Actor Relationship

Happy Sunday, everyone. Back from the cold of Sundance and into the rain of L.A. Not complaining, mind you, just stating fact. A huge congratulations to all the Stage 32 educators and members who not only had films at Sundance, but were involved in some of the biggest sales up there this year. We'll be updating you on what went on with the Stage 32 family soon. For now, let's warm up with another edition of Coffee & Content. First up, it's on YouTube, but it's just audio. It's also…

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