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How I Got Distribution on a Film with No Producers

In 2017, I had a weird epiphany about an opportunity realized I had. Long story as short as possible, I had a 77-page Horror/Thriller script that I realized I could actually shoot, and thus, have my first feature film as a Writer/Director. By 2018 the script was totally finished. I submitted it to a few Stage 32 written pitch sessions and I got some really supportive feedback. Notably one exec requested to see other loglines I had and even requested one script, but the important part wa…

How I Won 1st Runner Up in the 2020 AFM Pitch Conference

It’s safe to say that 2020 was one hell of a year! From an apocalyptic type pandemic, to a hot and heavy political climate, to our economy nearly crashing, it really had it all. Unfortunately for me, I was one of the unlucky ones that found myself out of work. This turned out to be a huge blessing in disguise though, because it gave me more free time. During my down time, a friend of mine asked me to read the first draft of his feature script, and I happily obliged. Reading his s…

How To Protect the Financier’s Position on Independent Film Projects

The financier has a prominent position in independently produced and distributed films. It may be safe to say that the majority of independent films would not get made, if there was no involved of an external film financier investing equity or providing a production loan. However, despite of its essential role, generally the film financier’s control on the film’s production, distribution and receipt and disbursement of revenues is limited. The producer controls the produ…

2021 Stage 32 Global Success Stories (so far!)

Hello Stage 32 Community! Since the beginning of this year, our fearless leader and CEO Richard "RB" Botto has been talking a lot about the Content Gold Rush of 2021 - how development and the need for great stories and content is higher than ever. Well, this notion has been proved time and time again within the Stage 32 community since January. For starters, we have already had 160 meeting requests from entertainment executives looking to connect with screenwriters and filmmakers they h…

Free Online "Ask Me Anything" with Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto: The Great Content Gold Rush of 2021 Edition

Happy Friday, Creative Army! I have been talking about The Great Content Gold Rush of 2021 for the last few months. The entire Stage 32 staff is on the phone everyday with their fingers on the pulse of what is happening in the entertainment industry and the word is unanimous - networks, streaming platforms and producers and other executives need new content. The past three months have proved this notion in spades - we have already had over 155 meeting requests from entert…

What Do You Want to Learn About the Craft & Business of Entertainment?

Hey everyone! Harrison here, the Director of Education at Stage 32. As a lot of you know, I’ve been working hard this past year to put together new learning opportunities led by some of the top minds in the entertainment industry to help everyone in the Stage 32 community grow in their field, whatever that field may be. And I’m super proud of what the education we’ve been able to provide! We’ve programmed webinars, classes and labs that have helped writers, direc…

Stage 32 + Female Voices Rock Present: Celebrating Women in Entertainment

In Stage 32's continued effort to shine the light on women in the entertainment industry we have partnered with Female Voices Rock for a thrilling virtual event. On March 8, International Women's Day, some of the industry's female leaders will be coming together to host an inspiring webcast celebrating women in entertainment. The panel features five powerhouse female voices of entertainment, including:   Carmen Carbana - Cinematographer, Marvel & Disney Plus Ms. …

In the News: How Netflix Tapped LA Talent Incubator Stage 32 to Pull in Global Creatives

Happy Wednesday Creative Army! As you know, Stage 32's continued mission is to democratize the entertainment business and the industry is taking notice in a big way. In addition to our previous coverage in Business Insider (check out the articles here and here), Senior Entertainment Business Reporter Diane Haithman from industry leading publication The Wrap recently watched our Stage 32 + Netflix TV Pitching Webinar with Christopher Mack and wanted to dive into what Stage…

Announcing "That's a Movie" Logline Contest: The Sequel

Announcing Stage 32’s "THAT’S A MOVIE!" Logline Contest: The Sequel That’s right! The Stage 32 “THAT’S A MOVIE!” Logline Contest is back and (cue movie trailer guy's voice) "THIS TIME, IT’S PERSONAL…" We're coming back with even bigger opportunities for our winning screenwriters! You might have written the most original and revolutionary feature script or TV Pilot ever conceived. But if you don’t have an effective loglin…

From Our CEO - The Greatest Community on the Planet Rises to the Occasion

You. Guys. Rock. Last week, I threw down the gauntlet with my Introduce Yourself Weekend Challenge and you not only accepted the challenge, you went above and beyond the call. By any standard, this was the most productive IYW edition in our 10 years shattering every record on the books including number of posts, number of comments, number of network requests sent, number of new connections made and so on. Some of you truly went the extra mile in getting the word out. One member sent i…

Ohio-based Writer's Script Optioned and with Emmy-winner after Connecting Through Stage 32

Good morning Stage 32 Creative Crew!  I don't know about you guys but my keyboard is still smoking from the flurry of messages, DM's, comments, and connections I made during Introduce Yourself Weekend. If you have not yet taken part and introduced (or re-introduced) yourself to the community, fear not! There is still time to make the connections that could change the trajectory of your career.  And that's what Stage 32 is all about - as you know - connecting and educating crea…

From our CEO – A 5 Step Challenge For You to Complete This Weekend

What’s up, Creative Army! As you know, for the last 10 years we’ve designated every 3rd weekend of the month to hold the largest online entertainment industry event anywhere in the world. We call it Introduce Yourself Weekend and since the inaugural event back in 2011, millions of network connections have been made leading to myriad life and career changing relationships and projects launched. Over the last few weeks, partially by virtue of our partnership with Netflix, ove…

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