THE STAGE 32 BLOG Subscribe

Welcome to the Stage 32 Blog. Browse the archive, browse by tags, or search to get started...

Coffee & Content - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Breakdown with Leo & Quentin and How Hollywood Creates Immersive Worlds

Happy Sunday Creative Army! We had another amazing week of creativity and community here on Stage 32, and I am keeping that creativity train going this Sunday with your weekly dose of Coffee & Content. So grab your coffee and settle in for some epic and inspiring content.  First up, Vanity Fair sat down with Leonardo DiCaprio and Quentin Tarantino to break down Leo's character Rick Dalton in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. These two leaders of their crafts discuss men of 1960's…

It’s Time to Punch Fear in the Face and Press Record

The current Covid-19 virus pandemic has dramatically impacted our lives. Shelter in place, face masks, and social distancing seem to have become the new normal, at least for the near term. Schools are closed, sporting events cancelled, and non-essential businesses have been shut down. The stock market doesn’t know how to react. Creatives watch their future revenues evaporate as SXSW, Tribeca, Coachella and other festivals, large and small, are cancelled. Broadway is closed, uncerta…

Inside the Mind of a Distributor - The Process Before the Acquisition of a Project or Film

For many years the second most needed element for any movie or project to be successful, outside of a Studio deal, was the Sales Agent. There have been many theories and speculations on the process of getting a sales agent on board of a film or series or project. A lot of it was answered broadly the necessity of a finance plan, talent attachments, and a good script. However, in today's world, which has ALL the power is the Territorial Distributor. Having an A-List sales agent means ve…

4 Keys to Unlocking Your Screenwriting Potential

“When you’re writing, you’re conjuring. It’s a ritual, and you need to be brave and respectful and sometimes get out of the way of whatever it is that you’re inviting into the room.”-Tom Waits As is often the case with major life changes, my pursuit of screenwriting came quite suddenly. On July 14, 2018, I sat in a Starbucks and considered my career. You see, I had worked in higher education for eight years, and while there was certainly joy to be fou…

Stage 32 Presents: The Current State of the Television Industry During COVID-19 - A Roundtable Discussion

Happy Wednesday, Stage 32 Community!   I hope this blog finds you safe, happy, healthy, and creative. You'll remember, I promised you free education during these challenging times to keep you entertained and to provide up-to-date, no BS information regarding how the industry is handling business during quarantine. I believe we've delivered some compelling and thoughtful panels, roundtables and even a live, online table read. And now we're ready to do it again by bringing you anoth…

The Film Industry and COVID-19 (The RAW Truth) - Richard Botto on Indie Film Hustle Podcast

What's up, Stage 32 Creative Army? All over the world, we are all navigating the "new normal" that these uncertain times have thrust upon us. Between quarantine, social distancing, set closures and more, the future of the entertainment industry is uncertain at best... but there is a lot of good that is happening right now. Last week, I had the chance to sit down with my brother from another mother, Alex Ferrari at Indie Film Hustle for what I think is my 7,643rd podcast a…

Coffee & Content - How to Do a Fight Scene & Former CIA Chief of Disguise Breaks Down 30 Spy Scenes

Happy Sunday Creative Army! I hope you had a safe, healthy, and creative week. I've got my Sunday coffee in hand and some content coming your way to help you stay inspired, motivated, and creative while we are in quarantine.  First up, the folks over at The Closer Look have put together a comprehensive guide on how to do a fight scene. A great fight scene is made of much more than kicks and punches, and this video breaks down elements of cinematography, character motivation, and u…

The Evolution of the Creative Process

The Evolution of the Creative process "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes; Art is knowing which ones to keep." -Scott Adams We’ve all heard or referenced the Heraclitus quote, “The only constant in life is change.” I have long held the belief that creativity, like so much in life, changes as well. Writing, I’ve concluded is an evolutionary process. It was a fascinating observation once I realized this was true. I would love to say this was a &ldqu…

What Have You Been Creating In Quarantine?

Happy Friday Stage 32!  Today's blog by Roth Rind is a true testament to the power of the connection and creativity waiting for you in the Stage 32 lounges. As you may recall, at the beginning of April Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto Challenged the community to the April Content Challenge. RB challenged you to post, engage, and connect with one another in the Stage 32 lounges. Now, more than ever, it is important to stay connected and stay creative - and there really is no better p…

Home Bound: How to Make It Work for You

I chose to work from home over twenty years ago, for a number of reasons. I’m not only a writer; I’m also a licensed acupuncturist. The busy and crowded waiting room and space I couldn’t make comfortable for my patients just didn’t ring my bell. The hectic pace didn’t work for me either. Most of my patients were better served by a calm and relaxed environment. They liked the sanctuary and quiet space for an hour that could be part of their treatment. So I co…

The State of the Entertainment Industry During COVID-19: The World of Film with David Zannoni

Happy Wednesday Stage 32 Creative Army! 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. Originally, David was going to be reporting live from Film Festivals and Markets all over the world throughout the year - but alas, COVID-19 has put us all in the same st…

Stage 32 Screenings Launches With Over 75 Films, Shorts, and TV Pilots & Joins Forces with Fintage House

  See the latest news on Stage 32 Screenings from DEADLINE Here!     Stage 32 Joins Forces with Fintage House on Stage 32 Screenings As you know, last month, we launched Stage 32 Screenings. This new platform was designed to help displaced filmmakers impacted by cancelled and postponed film festivals around the world screen privately to our network of industry executives and professionals. The goal, to get these films and their filmmakers the attention and success the…

register for stage 32 Register / Log In