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When Finishing the Film is On You [Tips to Get You Through]

A lot of effort goes into making a film, so when you’re filming on a low to no budget, seeing your film through to completion is on you. This past year I learned the importance of compassion (for yourself) and the need for creating a realistic schedule. It is relatively easy to see film projects pile up on your hard drive. If you love writing scripts or being on set, the focus can end up being on shooting the film. When you don’t have a set deadline for the edit, it’s …

How to Get an Independent Film Made & Distributed

You know all those things that filmmakers, screenwriters, and actors bemoan about here on Stage 32? Can’t raise the finances to make a movie. Can’t get distribution. Can’t get a break. 'Getting Grace', a film starting Daniel Roebuck, on a film scroll in a movie theater. Well, I know a guy who would disagree with you and is proving anything is possible. And not just any guy, but the man who played the second lead of Cliff Lewis on Matlock, Dr. Leslie Arzt on LOST, mov…

Why Sundance May Not Be That Far Out Of Reach

"...filmmakers with dreams of Sundance should not view the network of festival programmers, nonprofit talent developers, producers, and yes, filmmakers (no recommendations mean more) as a hurdle. In reality, their tentacles spread far and deep searching for talent." It's hard to read the above excerpt and think that it can possibly be true. Of course getting into Sundance offers a series of hurdles. You have to have clout, right? Sure you do. But how do you measure it? And what does it…

Indie Self-Producing: Making it Happen

“Don't ever let someone tell you, you can't do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you got to protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they want to tell you you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period.” --The Pursuit of Happyness   Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness   For many of us, the excitement surrounding the possibility of being in film, or making a film, ends up being tempered by the waiting, the repeated “tr…

Got Grants? Here's a List to Help You With Film Funding in 2019

You need greenbacks.Cash.Money. Just a bit more to help you get your production off the ground. Our friends at No Film School compiled a list of grants you just may qualify for. Most of them are for documentaries, but keep digging. You just might find what you need. For the Full List Click Here: A Massive List of Winter 2019 Grants All Filmmakers Should Know About   Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using socia…

Another Streaming Service? WarnerMedia Announces Direct-To-Consumer Platform for 2019

Everyday we learn about new streaming platforms that offer viewers more options. Less than 48 hours ago, Variety published an article highlighting the WarnerMedia Streaming Platform as the next streaming service to rear it's head. If all goes well, the virtual doors will be open by the end of 2019. After AT&T acquired Time Warner, it took on the company's hefty debt as well. A large portion of that debt will need to paid down, first. We're sharing the full Variety article below.…

Apple Bites into the Film Industry

It seems like the movie business is open for just about any entity to hop on board and offer services for the filmmaker. Even Walmart is rumored to be boarding the movie streaming train. But when Apple signed a deal with A24 to amp up its intention to offer original content to viewers, lots of filmmakers stopped in their tracks to listen.   A24 is a distribution, financing, development and production company whose prestige credits include 2017’s Best Picture Oscar winner Moo…

Do You Struggle Writing a Business Plan as a Filmmaker?

Most filmmakers, creatives, and writers involved in the filmmaking industry don't take the time to sit down and write out a thorough business plan. It's a harsh truth that could cause issues. From creating an outline showing how money will be allocated to make the film, to building out what it takes to pay your team, distribution costs, marketing, and every other line item that needs to be considered, business plans are often overlooked for various reasons, including the fact that they …

Coffee and Content - All Your Filmmaking, Screenwriting, Acting, Industry Questions Answered (& More!)

Happy Sunday, everyone. This is going to have to be a quick one. As the official film networking and educational partner of the conference, it's been wall to wall for the Stage 32 team at the American Film Market (AFM), and this morning I am leading a talk on independent film financing with the CEO's of Hyde Park Entertainment, Bold Film, Cold Iron and the President of Millennium Entertainment. So, in short, time has been limited. But you know I wouldn't leave you hanging with just you…

2 Hours, 2 Dozen Craft and Film Industry Questions Answered

Man, you guys brought the goods to the table.  I mean, you had me riled up and as passionate as I've been in a long time.  I'm grateful...seriously. Hundreds of you attended my live AMA (Ask Me Anything) last week.  What was supposed to be an hour of me answering your questions quickly turned into two hours of spirited, inspiring, and motivating craft and industry talk. From acting to screenwriting to filmmaking.  From film producing to film finance to attaching tal…

Stage 32 + American Film Market Join Forces for 2018

  I’m honored to announce that Stage 32 has been named as the official film networking and education platform of the American Film Market for the 3rd year in a row. As you know, we're big supporters of AFM, not only for all they do to connect producers, financiers and distributors all over the world, but for the progressive nature of how they program their panels and workshops. Head Honcho, Jonathan Wolf, truly has his finger on the pulse of what's happening in the independe…

Ask Us Anything - Lounge Questions Answered by Cinematographers Alex & Trevor

Hey, guys! Alex and Trevor here, back with a Stage 32 segment we'd like to offer you regularly: Ask us Anything. Our last question and video answer can be found HERE. Today's question is from Stage 32 Member, Cali Gilbert: Funding is a tricky thing to tackle when it comes to your next project, but you are in luck! Alex and Trevor have some tips to help you find that money. Especially when it comes to documentaries and projects based of pre-existing properties, there are ways yo…

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