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Aside From Crowdsourcing, What Gives Me a Competitive Advantage in the Film Industry?

We’ve learned in the Crowdsourcing video series that in order to get ahead with any creative project, you need to have a competitive advantage. Stage 32 CEO Richard “RB” Botto is the best-selling author of Crowdsourcing For Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd, an undeniably powerful book that delves into one of the film industry's best kept secrets: CrowdSOURCING. And the more you discover about crowdsourcing, the more you understand that it truly gives yo…

My Time At Hollyshorts: Making the Transition From Writer to Filmmaker

As a writer, your mind runs a million miles an hour fueled by high octane dreams, inspirations, and real-life memories. Your grey-matter cylinders are pumping away as your fingers bludgeon a keyboard, so much so to the point you probably should apologize to it afterwards. It’s because there’s always something missing. Some gaping hole within you that you need to fill, and you believe that creating some sort of literary art will help fill that, if only for the moment. That hun…

Stage 32 Expands Its Partnership With the American Film Market

I'm proud to announce that for the 4th straight year, Stage 32 has been named as the official film networking and education platform of the American Film Market. This year, we've expanded our partnership to include even more events and education.       As you know, I am a big believer that to survive and thrive in this industry, you have to adapt to the times. That's one of the many reasons we love partnering with the AFM. By having his finger firmly on the pulse of …

Free AMA with Our Very Own Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto

Let's rock and roll, Creative Army. We've been well overdue to get together live. I've got just the solution. Let's hang AMA (Ask Me Anything) style.   Since the last AMA in May, I've been running all over the globe fulfilling Stage 32 partnership responsibilities, conducting business, exploring creative writing/filming/producing opportunities, and mentoring in such places as Cannes, Budapest, Majorca, Paris, Dordogne, Trinidad and Tobago, London, Munich, Hamburg and, of course, r…

What Kinds of Things Can You Crowdsource for Your Creative Project?

In the next video of our Crowdsourcing series, Richard “RB” Botto, the best-selling author of Crowdsourcing For Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd and Stage 32’s CEO, shares things you can crowdsource for your creative project. If you’ve been following the series, you know that building an audience first can help enhance your crowdfunding campaign because you’ve already taken the time to seek out dedicated followers. But what if you could crow…

Coffee & Content - How to Get Your Short Screened at Film Festivals & What Film Festivals Should You Submit to First?

Happy Sunday, Creative Army. Let's jump right in to another edition of Coffee & Content. First up, How to Get Your Short Screened at Film Festivals. Many of us here on Stage 32 are looking for ways to get noticed. Networking at film festivals is a great way. And if you're know ahead of time which festivals to submit to and what to expect, you're ahead of the curve. Piggy backing that from our Friends at Indie Hustle, What Film Festivals Should You Submit to First? Some of us have o…

Netflix’s War with Movie Theatre Chains

I remember the first time I was impressed by the size of a movie theatre audience like it was yesterday. It was when I went with my family to see Home Alone when I was 9-years-old. Little did I know that seeing that movie would change the trajectory of my life.   The Power of Movies on the Big Screen I had known from an early age that I wanted to be an artist. I just didn’t know what kind—I really couldn’t draw, and I felt like I didn’t have anything to …

You Are the CEO of Your Creative Career - Take Control!

Greetings from London where we just finished our sold-out screening of our 4th Annual Film Program at the Raindance Film Festival.  It was fantastic to see so many of our educators and executives in attendance, at our afterparty, and during our meetings throughout the week.  We'll be sharing more here on the blog soon. Those of you who know me have heard me stress that too many creatives focus nearly exclusively on their craft.  They don't take the time to keep on top of …

How Crowdsourcing Can Work For Your Book, Film, Magazine, or Any Other Creative Venture

Welcome back to one of the more powerful video series we’ve offered here on Stage 32. For the past several weeks we’ve featured videos from Stage 32 CEO, Richard “RB” Botto, the best-selling author of Crowdsourcing For Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd. Each video is powerful in it’s own right. But this one speaks to how crowdSOURCING can work for any creative venture. Whether you plan on launching your film, a book, a newsletter or magazine,…

The Power of Fact-Checking (Making the Right Choices for Your Career & Project)

When businesses are born, especially those birthed in a creative environment filled with film, television, and artists, it all starts with a dream. And on the journey to realize those dreams, it is almost inevitable that you will meet and talk to many people. From these people, you will hear one of these things:The truth.The half-truth.Bullshit. As the saying goes, “Money talks, bullshit walks.” But it goes even further than this. Developing strong fact-checking skill…

Marketing as a Filmmaker, Producer, or Content Creator: Do I Market Myself or My Film First?

If you’re a first-time filmmaker, you should market your film or other project first. This is what Stage 32 CEO Richard “RB” Botto covers in the next video in his continued series that dives deep into crowdSOURCING for filmmakers. Rb is the best-selling author of Crowdsourcing For Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd, and he covers this crucial point in the video below. Most of the time, as a first-time filmmaker or content creator, no one really knows w…

Coffee & Content - How Much Do Music Videos REALLY Cost & How to Make a Music Video on a Budget

Good Morning, Creative Army! Happy Sunday to you all. Today's edition of Coffee & Content focuses on the cost of creating a music video. Our friends at Indy Mogul have some really great video content out there that delves into ways to save and still put out a high quality music video. First up, How Much Do Music Videos REALLY Cost. This content talks about what is needed to produce, prep, and plan the creation of a video, regardless of your budget. After that, take a look at …

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