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Free Online "Ask Me Anything" with Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto

Happy Wednesday, Creative Army!   Over the last few months, the entire team here at Stage 32 has been working tirelessly to help you stay connected, creative, motivated, and informed. As always, we are committed to bringing you networking opportunities, education and mentoring from top-level industry executives and professionals, and access to decision-makers around the globe all from the safety of your own home.   Since the beginning of the quarantine mandates brought ab…

Let's Talk about Auteur Theory

What is Auteur Theory? Technically, it’s just the idea that a director’s vision is more important to the creative identity of a film than the script. When it comes to the culture of cinema, however, auteurism has evolved into the philosophy that directors with a creative vision powerful and clear enough to define every other element of production will likely make better movies, and are generally more worthy of success and acclaim. Branding is everything in the business of bre…

Coffee & Content - Roger Deakins on Cinematography & Studio Executives Roundtable

Happy Sunday Creative Army! I've got my coffee and hand and your weekly dose of content coming in hot - grab your coffee of choice and let's dive right in.  First up, The Hollywood Reporter recently hosted a roundtable discussion featuring executives from the entertainment industry's top companies. This video features Jennifer Salke (Amazon), Scott Stuber (Netflix) Donna Langley (Universal), Jim Gianopulos (Paramount), Tom Rothman (Sony), Alan Horn (Disney), and Toby Emmerich (War…

How to Become Your Own Producer

Director Aaron Falvey tells the story of producing and directing his award-winning 2019 short film Death Round Every Bend, and how he got his first feature film Northspur, shot in November 2019. Aaron shares the initiatives he took to get both projects off the ground, and learning the most valuable lesson any director, writer or ‘creative’ could… it’s producers that make a film happen, and you can become your own!   Justin Eade (Left) and Aaron Falvey (R…

Now Showing: BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival Films on Stage 32 Screenings

Hello, 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 such festivals as SXSW, Tribeca and Telluride Mountainfilm Documentary 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.  Since the official launch of Stage 32 Screenings …

Everything You Need to Know About Independent Film Distribution

As you may recall back in February, long-time Stage 32 member, blog contributor, webinar teacher, and international film & distribution aficionado, David Zannoni began a series of blogs and vlogs to keep you up-to-date on the business of film across the globe. Today, David is sharing some amazing insights into the world of distribution for independent filmmakers in his exclusive Stage 32 vlog.  What you will learn from David: How do you define "independent film" distributio…

How to Act Using the Four Elements

There are a lot of acting techniques but one is relatively unknown to a lot of people, acting with the elements. Using the elements earth, water, fire, and air you can get into character fast without having to explore the motives of your character's emotions as you do with method acting. Read on to learn how you can make the elements work for you. We have all met the elements in the form of people. We have all seen them in ourselves at some point because we all have a bit of them in us.…

You’re an Entertainment Entrepreneur - Act Like One

I get it—you became a filmmaker, or a writer, or an actor because you love movies and television. You weren’t planning to launch a business. But if you hope to build a career in the film industry as a writer, filmmaker, or even actor, then you need to think like an entrepreneur. Otherwise, all you’ll have is an expensive hobby. And there’s nothing wrong with that, but that’s likely not quite what you were hoping for. So, take a deep breath and admit it. Y…

Announcing Our 7th Annual Search For New Blood Screenwriting Contest

The most respected genre screenwriting competition of the year is back! Never before has a genre screenwriting contest brought together judges from the five leading horror production companies in the business! Stage 32 is bringing in the biggest names in genre film production and distribution to judge horror and thriller projects! This is the first time these powerhouse companies, executives, and filmmakers have been assembled together for one screenwriting contest! Stage 32…

Coffee & Content - Real Astronaut Reviews Space Movies & How to Make your Webcam Footage Look Better

Happy Sunday Creative Army! Here's hoping you had a happy, healthy, and creative week. What is your coffee of choice today? I had my first americano in weeks recently and it was glorious. Let's dive in - grab your coffee because I've got your weekly dose of content coming in hot.  First up, Vanity Fair sat down with real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield to discuss how Hollywood has portrayed space in the movies. Chris talks about the authenticity of the visuals used, as well as the a…

Finding a Renewed Passion for Writing - Never Give Up

Don't ever give up... That's it... Blog done. Okay, so you want to know where that comes from... Well, I started writing my screenplay two years ago. It's called The Postcard and it is based on the true story of my Great Grandparents. I have wanted to tell this story since my Father told me all about it when I was 11 years old. I've written poems and songs about it, I've tried writing it as a novel over the years, but for some reason, I just could not keep it going and totally gave up…

The Making of "We are Freestyle Love Supreme": Part 2

Happy Friday Stage 32! As you may recall, last week we launched part one of "The Making of We are Freestyle Love Supreme" blog series, written by producer, director, and Stage 32 educator, Andrew Fried. Throughout this three-part blog series, Andrew chronicles his amazing 15-year filmmaking adventure that began in Scotland in 2005 videotaping Lin-Manuel Miranda's pre-'Hamilton' improv hip-hop group, Freestyle Love Supreme. Check out part one here.  This week, Andrew talks about th…

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