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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…

10 TV Series Bibles You Must Read

If you think not writing a TV bible for your series is okay, think again. Studio and indie producers are asking for them, and there are a million reasons why having one can serve you. Okay, maybe not a million. But enough. Here are a few: 1) A bible can help you, the writer, understand your characters and your world better than you thought.2) A bible can give the producer faith that you know your world and are prepared to discuss the series with confidence.3) Creating a bible can help…

Is Writing a Screenplay on Spec Worth It? This Screenwriter Thinks So

Imagine being invited to be part of a writing team for a European television show. Or having a producer ask you to rewrite an old script.Also imagine a different producer ask you to tackle a script to bring their story vision to life.Or having a television star and his manager ask you to shape their thin story idea into a feature script. Just imagine.Now imagine doing this without being paid upfront.These are all ventures that I’ve put my sweat, blood, and creativity into with var…

How I Was Cast for A Project Through Stage 32

As any actor can attest, perseverance and determination are the keys to a successful acting career. Over the past five and a half years, I have used these two traits to navigate my journey through this crazy life we call show business. Case in point, I was recently cast in a project through a Stage 32 connection. The casting was a direct result of establishing a relationship with the project’s creator, discussing general information as well as their current project, and then follow…

The Ten [Most Wanted] TV Pilot Scripts Availabe for Download

When it comes to formatting, modeling your favorite show, or creating a TV script that you're confident matches what executives are looking for, referring to an already successful show scripts can be helpful. That's why we're sharing this incredible post from Indie Film Hustle. Not only did they pull together 10 incredible scripts, they included powerful interviews with some of the creators. So bookmark this one. It's perfect for a rainy day. (Note: The Breaking Bad script is not lon…

Coffee & Content - The Best of Sundance Screenwriter Tips & Sundance Director Techniques and Advice

Greetings from Sundance. It's cold up here! Time to keep warm and informed with a Sundance special version of Coffee & Content. Today, I have two videos from our friends at ScreenPrism. First up, a slew of screenwriters who have had their work screen at Sundance offer their advice on writing, festivals and navigating the business. Next, we turn our attention to directors who have had their films play at Sundance and their advice on techniques, tips and tricks when directing an ind…

Hey Screenwriter. Guess What? Formatting DOES Matter

Fiona Faith Ross isn't afraid to tell it like it is. A screenwriter based in the UK, she's had her share of learning curves, all of which have lead to some pretty powerful realizations in her writing career. But this one, taken straight from her own site, gives many a writer good reason to consider format. Of her post, she says: "In my writer's life, I've about covered everything: corporate stuff, magazine articles, technical journals, copywriting, web content, and fiction. You name it…

Thinking About Attending a Major Film Market This Year? Let Me Help!

Attending a film market can be an intimidating exercise, even for those with experience. As you know, for the last few years Stage 32 has been the official networking and education platform of the two biggest markets in the world: Cannes and AFM. As a result, I've seen the chaos first hand and I can't begin to tell you how many times I've met Stage 32'ers along the way who have told me how overwhelmed and underprepared they are by the experience.   No one wants to have that experi…

Netflix Reaches Deep to Stave Off Other Streaming Competitors

In an effort to outwit, out-win, and outshine up and coming streaming competitors, Netflix announced last week that the entity is prepared to pay upwards of $12 billion dollars in licensing and producing content in 2019.   Even with this announcement, some studio partners holding licensing agreements with Netflix (like WarnerMedia sharing Friends) haven't pulled away from the media giant. This may go against WarnerMedia's strategy to bring owned content ‘in-house’ in…

How One Hit Show Became a Hit - Perhaps By Accident

What makes a great TV show become so great? Writers will tell you it's the writers. Directors will tell you it's the directors. Actors will tell you it's the actors. And sometimes all the creatives come together to say it was a work that came to fruition thanks to all the players involved. As for The Office, creator Michael Schur will tell you it was all of that, plus a little bit of luck, and one happy accident - that brought the show to life. To learn just what that accident was, c…

How Working as a Cook Prepared Me For Meetings With Producers

Who knew fine dining and the film industry were so similar? I’ve worked as a cook for just about three years now. Working in this capacity has taught me a lot of wonderful things about cooking, design, film, and music. So, what lessons did I learn as I prepped meals? Let’s take a look:   1) Prep - Do The Grunt Work if You Want to Move Up Prep work is such an important job to have. Some see it as grunt work, but I see it as the foundation of the kitchen.You have to…

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