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Coffee & Content - 3 Easy Tips for Great Storytelling & Film Finance Experts on Netflix and Amazon

Happy Sunday to all. Also. hope you're enjoying and participating in the first Introduce Yourself Weekend of 2019.  Lay the groundwork toward connections that matter! Let's get to the coffee and content... Storytelling, either on the page or in the room, is an art. What makes a good story? Can it be distilled down in a manageable and comprehensive way? Story Greenlight gave it a run and the result is our first video for today, 3 Easy Tips for GREAT Storytelling. Next, I had …

Script Secrets from Known Screenwriters

Over and over again, we read, study, or watch videos of different perspectives on the craft of writing. We may hear the same thing as we watch a video or read a post, or we may glean something new.     In the following article, four Hollywood writers share a nugget of knowledge that helped improve their writing. And they go a little something like this:"The object and the craft of effective action is to create a scenario that must end well yet seemingly cannot. Use luck, s…

11 Character Traits for your TV Show Villains

I just finished writing my 11th TV series and what I learned is that I love writing the thriller/drama genre the most. I love thrillers and dramas because of the endless depth and breadth of the characters and storylines. Obviously, conflict is what drives a TV series, so it's important to make sure your show has captivating, unique villains that prevent your protagonists from reaching their goals. Below, I outline 11 character traits and situations that will give your TV show villains …

How This Rejected Writer Optioned a Goddamned Feature Script

I’ve finally optioned a feature script. It’s taken six years to get to this point and it’s been tough. Really tough. How does it feel? It feels amazing. It’s a whole new level of validation. It feels like the start of something rather than living in purgatory. But I don’t want to make this about myself. I know many of you are finding it tough too, so I wanted to put something together explaining how I think I got here, and what really matters when it comes …

Literary Manager Shares Why Stage 32 Education is Important for Creatives

Spencer Robinson is a talent and literary manager at Art/Work Entertainment, as well as an educator on the Stage 32 social media platform. When we caught up with him at HollyShorts, he shared a crucial reason why other creatives should be a part of Stage 32 and Stage 32 Education.   Click Here For Spencer's Advice!       Remember, if you haven't subscribed to our YouTube page, make sure you do so you don't miss any of our announcements.   Like this b…

Lessons Learned After Reading Over 600 Scripts

If you're a screenwriter, than you've heard (hopefully) more than a ka-zillion times (maybe) that one way to learn the craft of screenwriting is by reading past work. (And plenty of it.) That means reading scripts. Features, shorts, pilots, anthologies, and so on.     I don't know about you, but I have quite a few read scripts under my belt. So does William Gallagher, a screenwriter based in Great Britian. But he's got me beat, for sure. Here's his story on what he learn…

Crossing The Creative Divide: A Global Collaboration that Started on Stage 32

With 9,417 Miles between them, Stage32 was the bridge that facilitated the connection between two global filmmakers. In June of 2016 while managing my Stage32 account, I received a message from a filmmaker in the Republic of Zimbabwe, a landlocked country located in southern Africa. His name was Marc Anthony Greenland (director, actor, screenwriter, and producer) who expressed an interest in expanding his industry network to include like-minded people. Initially my thought was that the…

Coffee & Content - 7 Tips From Screenwriters & Top 10 Tips to Improve Your Cinematography

Welcome to the weekend, everyone. Let's jump right into another edition of Coffee & Content, shall we? First up, this one is a couple of years old, but filled with timeless information. From Variety, it's 7 Tips From Screenwriters. Next up, from the good people at Quandary Productions, here are 10 tips designed to help you improve all aspects of your cinematography. As always, I ask you to take the time to share this content with those you think could benefit from viewing. E…

Shooting Cheap & Fast: How This Hollywood Duo is Creating for Less

The Duplass Brothers are writing and producing fast. So fast, they say, that they're saving themselves thousands of dollars per episode on Room 104, an HBO anthology that's starting to turn heads.   They're also opening the doors to filmmakers looking to do something different. And while some writers feel their scripts feel "unfinished," the duo believes the process they're using allows for greater creativity while saving big cash at the same time. “We say, ‘Hey, we…

8 [Valuable] Ways to Pitch With Confidence

Pitching seems to be a mystery to some, especially if they're brand new to it. And even if they aren't, having a general idea of how to enter into one with confidence never hurts. Having been through the process myself, I'd like to offer eight valuable ways to pitch with confidence:   1) Do Your Research After you’ve competed your final rewrite, be sure to do some research about your chosen executive or network. Find out what they’ve produced and what they’re…

3 Tips On How to Use Stage 32 to Help Your Film or TV Career (by Richard Botto)

If you're reading this blog post, it's because you want to make the most of this platform. You want to connect with others and take things to the next level.   During RB's "Ask Me Anything" webinar a few short months ago, he answered this very question, offering three tips to help creators like you make the most of the platform to help your film or TV career. Click the link below to hear the rest of what he has to say on how to maximize your potential here on Stage 32:   …

Coffee & Content: Filmmaking is a Sport & Christian Bale: The Truth About Method Acting

Happy New Year, Creative Army. Time for our first Coffee & Content of 2019. Going with a little Colombian dark roast to kick the year off. First up, a heavy dose of inspiration from Casey Neistat (with over 2 million views, no less). Whatever you're looking to take on in 2019, you need to watch this video. No excuses, no stopping. Let's get it done. Next, Christian Bale has received his share of praise and criticism through the years. The praise has come from the way he's fully im…

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