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Stage 32 Success Story: India & Russia Production Shooting Next Month

As we like to say around these parts, creativity is universal. Many of you who have questioned why you would accept a network request from someone residing in another country have heard me preach that no connection is a bad connection.   I'd like to believe the subject of today's success story, screenwriter Chandradeep Das, would agree. Chandradeep is very well connected in India, but it took him connecting with a Stage 32 member from Russia to finally get financing and a producin…

17 Traits Creatives Can Learn From John McClane

Have you ever wondered if you have more troubles in your life than other people? Or wonder if everyone else has an easier life than you? As a creative, I'm sure you have at some point or another. Well, cheer up. There is someone else who is always in the wrong place at the wrong time and has it harder than all of us. Yes, I am talking about none other than John McClane, the lead character of the Die Hard movie series. If you're not aware, there are five Die Hard movies: Die Hard (1988)…

How To Add Your First Credit on IMDb

As a young actor starting out, having your name on IMDb is a strong step in establishing yourself in the business. It is not the be all and end all and in time it will happen. If you want to start building your resume on the mothership of all websites for actors, with a little bit of hard work, you can grow your resume on IMDb. You can shoot a web series, a short film or a documentary with you as the narrator, oupload it to Vimeo or Youtube and then list it on IMDb as a short film. Her…

4 Fun Experiences for Filmmakers at the AT&T Developer Summit

  sponsored Learn about new opportunities in film from inspiring speakers, check-out VR/AR demos, and vote for the winner of the Entertainment Project.       4 Amazing Experiences for Content Creators at AT&T Developer Summit If you think AT&T’s annual Developer Summit in Las Vegas (January 3- 4, 2017) is just for developers and business people, think again. With Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) capturing the attention of consumers…

How to Find a Creative Location For Your Next Shoot

  sponsored Have you ever found yourself scouring the web or driving around endlessly scouting out the perfect location? If this sounds familiar, then you’ve probably felt the frustration that comes with hours of searching with little luck. Many Stage 32 members have found success in Peerspace, a free, simpler location scouting platform, and we’re here to spread the word. Peerspace is an online marketplace that provides access to the best, undiscovered locations.…

This New Casting Software Will Save You Time, Money and Stress

  sponsored Holding auditions for models and actors is expensive and time consuming. Securing a location, hiring a photographer / videographer, and renting equipment can cost upwards of $1000 for the day – not to mention the time spent actually running the casting, reviewing each image and video, and uploading all of the files to a central location. Those days are over. Our very own Stage 32 member Drew Doyon founded a new platform UpCast, which is an innova…

Advice For Directors On A Film Set

I have worked on film sets over the last three years and still find it incredibly exciting because I have been involved in the preparation. I'd like to share with you some thoughts on four areas relating to directing: Intensity, Imagined Space, Pitfalls, Psychology. Intensity: You have been writing, producing and imagining for a while and by the time you reach the film set, you will be brimming with creativity, which will spill over into the creative space of others. The experience is …

Script to Novel: The 6 Biggest Hurdles to Turning Your Screenplay into a Book

Traditionally published novels have always been a lucrative source of literary properties for the entertainment industry, but, in the last decade more and more self-published books have joined the page-to-screen trend and are responsible for building some of the biggest entertainment franchises, supporting billions of dollars in global box office revenue, (for example, Amanda Brown’s Legally Blond (2001), E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey (2011), Andy Weir’s The Martian…

32 Ways to Grow Your Following on Social Media for Actors And Filmmakers

Building an audience is important for any actor or filmmaker. Every acting job you get, each day on set or piece of content you create is an opportunity to build your audience. In honor of Stage 32, here are 32 ways you can grow your following on social media. 1. Makeover your social media bios! Your bio is a mini advertisement for why someone should like, subscribe or follow you! Tell us what you do, what you stand for and what you love! If you have a YouTube account, your ‘Abou…

Seeking an Agent

I’ve been providing advice here on Stage32 for a couple of years now, but that advice is hard to trace, as it has been individualized regarding several postings I have read in The Lounge. Richard (RB) Botto, Stage32’s founder, had mentioned to me I should put together agent-seeking advice, that I have developed through my own experience, and share that advice in a Guest Blog. The Uninformed Approach So, you’re hard at work, toiling away at your desk in a building of m…

How Not To Freak Out If You Lose A Crew Member Prior To Shooting Or During Production

Someone recently asked me if I’d ever lost a key cast or crew member during a shoot… and while telling the story, it occurred to me that it might be something worth sharing. After all, if you’re like me, you work in indie film where, very often, we’re flying by the seat of our pants and just trying to keep everything moving. So. I was in early prep on my second feature film as a producer and was getting ready to head to Massachusetts for the shoot. I wasn’…

How To Make Feedback A Positive Experience

Feedback.  Just that word makes most of us uneasy. Many of us know the feeling of dread just before opening that email with script notes. The voices in our head start in with the usual taunts. The writing won’t be good enough. The story won’t be good enough. We, as people, aren’t good enough. No wonder so many people quit writing. It’s scary, it’s emotional and it’s hard. And that’s just the writing part!  Receiving and utilizing fee…

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