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Crowdfunding for Filmmakers - A Career for Breakthrough

Fundraising for a movie is the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life. I am an Emmy-award winning director and member of the Directors Guild of America. My films have screened at Cannes and I made a feature film in 35mm, yet, even with all I have accomplished, there has been nothing more difficult and, at the same time, more helpful for a director then a Kickstarter. Because it's not just about the money, it's all the PR packaging that a fundraise can give you. I knew abo…

My Filmmaking Journey from Africa to Scandinavia

Writing about oneself is sometimes challenging because you feel like writing your whole life on a piece of paper, at the same time you see limitations in writing. You want to write only what is necessary to fit the platform or your desired audience. My name is Michael Asonganyi and this is how I became a filmmaker in the African film industry. I was born and raised in Cameroon and at the age of 23, I moved to study in Sweden where I met my wife, a Norwegian national studying at the same…

Branded In L.A.

The Stage 32 member base is diverse in both ambition and experience. Many of our members are still looking for their first break. Many, like Bill Oberst Jr., have been working for years. For either group, one thing remains the same: It's always a challenge. You can never rest on your laurels. In this Stage 32 Blog guest post, Bill speaks about the actor as a product and how branding that product can lead to success. Enjoy. -- RB Check out Bill's Stage 32 profile and his IMDb page.

The Silent Majority

What makes a classic film? Ask a hundred people, you'd likely get a hundred answers. For me, it's a movie that is near perfect in every technical aspect - from the writing to the casting to the directing to the editing - and rewards you with every viewing. A movie that no matter when you come upon it, you can't help but be sucked into its vortex. "Groundhog Day" is one of those films, a perfect marriage of high concept, brilliant casting, superior acting and precision execution. It's a …

Go Play. Go Shed. Go Create. Go Book. GO BE.

Alysia Reiner is just one of those people. You know the kind. They illuminate the room and leave a vapor trail of positive energy in their wake. Their indomitable spirit infuses all who come in contact. Some people just have "it" ... Alysia has "it" in spades. Alysia is an award winning actress, producer, mother, humanitarian, and outspoken environmentalist. She tackles each of these endeavors with passion, intelligence, determination, and a whole lotta heart. As an actress, Alysia has…

Just Finish The Book!

For the last 30 years I have been writing poetry, lyrics and songs, yielding some great achievements along the way, mostly with my songs, but I have had two poems published in the past and have continued to write for the sheer joy and love of writing. I've always enjoyed poetry and it's a shame that over the centuries, it has dwindled as a definitive form of communication, but people do still enjoy writing it as a way of expressing feelings and events that maybe are difficult to express…

When Your Work Becomes Mastery: Understanding Yūgen

When I was a little boy about eight or nine, I happened to be playing in front of the TV in our Chicago apartment one day, when an old black and white English movie came on. I knew nothing about acting, though I had once played a tree in a skit. But there was one actor on the screen who I could see was doing something remarkable. He was just different, unlike any of the other actors, though I couldn’t say how, but I could see that 'something' right there on the screen.   …

Finding a Sales Agent or Producer Representative & What it Means to Your Film

Once your film is complete, you have to decide how it is going to be seen. Are you going to send it to festivals in hopes that your film stands out from the hundreds of others? Are you planning to self-distribute? Understanding the cost and time it can take to market your film may become overwhelming and do you realise that cost can be far more than the budget put aside for the actual filming process? Are you going to attend one of the many markets (AFM, MIPCOM, etc.), in the hopes that …

Stage 32's 1st Annual Online Film Finance & Producing Conference

As the leaders in online education for film creatives, we're extremely proud to introduce our 2017 Online Film Conference Series. Throughout the year, we'll be announcing events designed to give you timely, applicable information designed to help you succeed in 2017 and beyond. We kick it all off today with our 1st Annual Online Film Finance and Producing Conference!   No planes. No hotels. No expenses. No new wardrobe. No outrageous badge prices. Just you, your compute…

From USC to Sundance Labs: How Social Media Brought My Filmmaking To Life!

I knew I wanted to be a filmmaker around sophomore year in undergrad. I took this class called "Make a Movie" with Billy Field. He threw a camera in our hands and just told us to go make something. Now, the piece we made is something I'll never share, but it helped me to realize I loved filmmaking, and it's something I could do with my life, and be happy.   The best lesson I've learned throughout my films is what it means to be a leader. Yes, you need to have a creative visio…

Screenplay or Novel: or Both?

  I don’t believe that jumping genres should be avoided simply because someone out there in cyberspace said you shouldn’t do it. I converted novels into screenplays, and screenplays into stage plays, with pretty good contest results and, if nothing else, it was a lesson and … fun. I say, if you have the passion to write, then write. If it’s a screenplay I would opt for simplicity and consistency over complexity and inconsistency. In a novel, stick with plo…

Stage 32'er Michel Merkt Wins the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film!

Last night was a very special one around these parts as our good friend Michel Merkt captured the Golden Globe for producing Best Foreign Film winner, Elle. As I mentioned in yesterday's blog, Michel has not only been a staunch supporter of all we do here at Stage 32, but he has worked with and mentored so many 32'ers through the years.   Michel was kind enough to invite me to the premiere of Elle at the Cannes film festival last year. To be invited to be part of his tribe du…

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