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The Evolution of the "Producer" Role in Entertainment

Over the years, film production has been attributed to creativity and this is something that has been identified by film producers, historians, and even critics. For instance, Jean-Paul Furstenberg who was a director at the American Film Institute about 2 decades ago noted that it was the producers and the creative people that really founded the industry. As a matter of fact, if people like Adolph Zukor, Louis B.Mayer, Carl Laemmle, Ole Olsen, Leon Gaumont, Charles Pathe, or the Warner b…

How to Set an Intention & Achieve Your Entertainment Goals

Happy Friday Stage 32 fam bam! No matter what hat(s) you wear in the industry, today's blog has some amazing and thought-provoking takeaways for you. In the entertainment industry, it is easy to get lured in by the movie-version of "Hollywood". Fame. Fortune. Driving down a palm-tree-lined Hollywood Blvd in a convertible. However, these are not reasons to pursue a career in film and television (not even the convertible).  In order to build a long, sustainable, and happy caree…

5 Lessons Learned From An Aspiring Screenwriter: One Year Later

CHYRON: 18 MONTHS EARLIER We’re focused on a computer screen. An email is opened. It’s Stage 32. It says, BLOG UPDATE: 5 Lessons Learned From an Aspiring Screenwriter. By Keith Hannigan. INT. LIVING ROOM – DAY The one reading it is KEITH HANNIGAN. His face red, his mouth agape. He looks like what would happen if the Sun were turned on by a Full Moon. In this case, the Full Moon is his blog. He instantly shares it anywhere it can be shared. When he’s done, he …

The Role of Creatives in This Time of Crisis

This article’s a little different than my previous ones. And, in some ways, it’s the most important. It’s less structured and more conversational. I’m not using headings, because it’s all of a piece. It’s an open letter, fully from the heart, to an amazing community with so much to give. I appreciate the opportunity given to me by Taylor and the amazing leaders at Stage 32 to share my thoughts in this way during these Times of Crisis. These Unpreced…

The Case For Creating an Audio Drama as a Proof of Concept

A bit of Background…I’m of the belief that if I can make my own opportunities I should. As an actor and a writer, I shouldn’t be waiting on someone else’s approval to gauge my fulfillment. So, I make a lot of my own content, which has been helpful in building my body of work. I wrote this goofy little six-page costume drama that I wanted to produce. One set, 4 actors, and not a big deal, right? Well, it’s a big deal where my available budget is concerned. …

Coffee & Content - Behind the Writing of FIGHT CLUB & Accent Expert Breaks Down Actors Playing Real People

Happy Sunday Creative Army.  Here's hoping you had a happy, healthy, and creative week! I hope you've got your coffee ready because this week's serving of content is coming in hot.  First up, Wired sits down with dialect coach Erik Singer to break down 17 actors playing real people. This video dives into different aspects of accents and performance from speaking while wearing mouth and/or face prosthetics, to how using different parts of the tongue affect your ability to make…

How To Write Strong, Diverse Characters

Until my brain injury in 2013, I lived my life as a cis-gendered white male. Apart from my experience with disability, which I admit was eye-opening, I’m about as diversity-challenged as a human being can get. I went to boarding school, for crying out loud. Nevertheless, my approach to writing characters has earned me a reputation as someone who provides fantastic performance opportunities to underrepresented people. Mastering these techniques has taken me more than a decade of pr…

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Stage 32 and Vail Film Festival Partner for the 2020 Festival

Happy Friday Stage 32! As you all know, Stage 32 Screenings has taken the industry by storm. Our initiative has been covered by Deadline, Variety, CNN, and more. We are currently screening over 100 features, shorts, and episodic pilots from SXSW, Tribeca, and Telluride Mountainfilm Documentary Festival to our network of producers, financiers, development executives, distributors, and more. We are ecstatic to report that two feature films from our Stage 32 Screenings initiative have alre…

How to Master the Balance of Creativity & Emotions

When your emotions get in the way of your creativity, what do you do? As an artist, you need to access your emotions to make your art. Emotions are your creative power. When you are in touch with your emotions, you can use them to make your art or to perform. You can communicate the full spectrum of your life experiences through your art and create true connections with your audience. But, sometimes your emotions can take over and interfere with your creativity or performance. Alth…

How to Stay Creative & Motivated When Faced with Negativity with Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto

Happy Wednesday Stage 32! With everything going on in the world right now it is easy to find yourself lacking motivation and drowning in a seemingly endless stream of negativity on the news (first Coronavirus and now "Murder Hornets", c'mon 2020 get it together). While there is certainly a lot of negativity swirling around out there, here at Stage 32 we are continuously honored to bring you inspiration, motivation, education, and community all 100% online - we are proud to be putting th…

Story Tetris: Discovering Your Story through Structure

I have a confession to make. I’m a Tetris addict. Thinking fast to fit those little blocks together with no gaps -- it is such a satisfying challenge. I love M.C. Escher and Mandelbrot fractals and the mathematics of the golden ratio for the same reason: the precision and manipulation of form.     Maybe it’s because my dad is a software engineer and he introduced me to flow diagrams when I was like seven years old, but to me, there’s nothing quite as ex…

When Preparation Meets Opportunity: Those That Stay Ready and Prepare During This Time Will Rise Again!

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” - Roman philosopher Seneca   As you can see above, it was the Roman philosopher Seneca who first uttered those poignant words, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Since then, it has become one of the most repeated phrases by hard-working dreamers everywhere. And I can’t think of any better words that should describe the attitude that people involved in the entertainm…

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