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How to Become a Self-Published Author

Happy Thursday Stage 32! I am so excited to share this article written by the amazing Elaine Del Valle. Elaine is a talented and hardworking multi-hyphenate and long-time member of the Stage 32 community - she is an actress, an award-winning producer, a published author, and a casting director.  In this article, Elaine talks about how she turned her own story into an acclaimed one-woman stage play, and now a self-published novel. All the while, Elaine has her sights set on making …

From Handy-Cam to Global Distribution: The Story of an Indie Filmmaker

In these strange, uncertain, and truly and worrying times, as the writer, producer, and director of the independent feature film Killing Lionel I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on my journey as a film-maker and hopefully offer some insight and perhaps some advice. Before I proceed, I’d like to add that everything I write here is based on the experiences of the last six years of my life. Before this time period, I was an amateur filmmaker, with a handy-cam and a dream!…

Dreaming is Believing: A Director's Journey without Sight

In 2014 I screened my first short film The Window in front of an audience at the London Independent Film Festival where it played to a full house. We won the audience award for 'Best Short Film' and I had my first taste of success as a filmmaker. Standing there with my trophy in hand, I stared blindly at a room full of blurred shapes and flashing lights who I knew to be my friends and fellow artists. I can't see the faces watching me, but I can feel their smiles. Do I feel disabled or cu…

Stage 32 Contest Lands Writer His Agent, Manager, & First Paid Writing Gig!

Good morning, Stage 32 Creatives! Today, in the US we are observing Memorial Day and remembering all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in our Armed Forces. For all of our Stage 32 members who served, or are currently in active duty, the entire Stage 32 community offer our heartfelt thanks for your service.  it is also Monday, which means we turn out attention to those members of our community who have made tremendous leaps forward in their career as a result of…

Coffee & Content - How to Do a Plot Twist & 5 Simple VFX You Can Try

Happy Sunday Creative Army! I hope you are having a great Memorial Day Weekend so far. This fine Sunday morning, I invite you to take in some film content while you sip your daily dark roast. Let's dive in, shall we? First up, let's talk about plot twists. Ever since Darth Vadar told Luke "I am your Father", filmmakers and screenwriters have been entranced with the art of perfecting the plot twist. In this first video, The Closer Look uses Rian Johnson's Knives Out to illustrate how to…

Film Plots: 7 Ways to Be Original

It’s not so difficult to come up with an idea worthy of becoming a film, and the competition is not so great. According to statistics, an average of about 700 new films are made in America and Canada each year. One of these films may be based on your idea too. In this article, we decided to tell how to create an outstanding story plot lines that can be easily directed.   1. Decide on the Genre and Watch the World-Famous Movies in This Area So, before you start creating so…

The Making of "We are Freestyle Love Supreme": Part 1

Happy Friday Stage 32! I am beyond thrilled to present to you part one of an epic three-blog series written by producer, director, and Stage 32 educator, Andrew Fried. Throughout this exclusive series, Andrew will detail his amazing 15-year journey making the documentary We are Freestyle Love Supreme, which chronicles Lin-Manuel Miranda's pre-'Hamilton' improv hip-hop group, Freestyle Love Supreme, and their reunion performances in New York City in 2019. We are Freestyle Love Supre…

A Proven Way to Build Your Screenwriting Credits with Stage 32

Hello! My name is Jon Kohan and I’m a screenwriter from Johnstown, Pennsylvania. When you think of Pennsylvania you don’t really think Hollywood. In the history of my hometown, there have only been two major Hollywood movies filmed in the city; Slap Shot (1977) and All the Right Moves (1983). A lot of us have dreams that in order for us to see them to fruition, we must make a literal move. In the case of filmmaking, if you want to make movies you have to go where movies a…

Stage 32 Presents: Industry Professionals Discuss The Current State of the Animation Industry During COVID-19

Happy Wednesday Stage 32! We hope this blog finds you healthy, happy, safe, and creative. Over the last two months in quarantine, we have been working tirelessly to make Stage 32 your online home to stay connected with over 650,000 film, tv, and new media creatives from across the globe - no hand sanitizer or face masks required. Stage 32 is committed to bringing you entertainment, education, and community from the comfort and safety of your own home.  Now, we are excited to host …

How to Cast a Winning Team for Your Film

Welcome To The Family. How to cast a winning team for your film. Casting isn't just about finding great actors, it's about recruiting a team who will deliver your vision. Here are some key ideas to help you recruit your ensemble.   Actress Sian Youngerman as ‘Amelia’ in a still from my 2017 experimental indie feature ‘The Madness of Tellaralette Seville’.   Read Between the Lines Ensemble casting is a magical part of filmmaking. No other mediu…

Australian Writer in Development with LA-based Producer through Stage 32!

G'day Stage 32 Family! We're kicking off a brand new week with a blog that comes all the way from Down Under! Richard Bradley is an award-winning Sydney-based writer, producer, and director. He has 100 credits ranging from feature film, international drama co-productions, TV documentaries, short film, and television commercials.  I first connected with Richard a little over 2 months ago when he reached out looking for guidance on one of his true story projects. I pointed Richard to…

Coffee & Content - Hollywood Cinematographer Analyzes Music Videos & YouTube Tips for Actors

Happy Sunday Creative Army! Here's hoping you had a happy, healthy, and creative week. With everything going on right now, it is important to focus on things you can control - like soaking up new information and learning a new facet of the entertainment industry. So, are you ready for your weekly dose of content? I've got my coffee in hand and some piping hot content coming your way.  First up, the folks over at Indy Mogul sat down with cinematographer/director Justin Jones t…

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