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Coffee & Content: How to Write a Marvel Movie & Should You Move to Atlanta for Acting?

Happy Sunday Creative Army! First of all, congratulations to all of you who have already participated in our monthly Introduce Yourself Weekend! Thousands of connections have been made between entertainment creatives and professionals from every corner of the globe. Whether you are a long-time member, or brand new to Stage 32, take a moment to pop over to the Introduce Yourself Lounge and say hello before the end of the weekend. Bonus! If you are attending Cannes this week, Stage 32 is …

Spiral Upward: The Cycle of Improvement for Professional Creatives

Following up from my previous blogs, “Finding Your Creative Tribe” and “Building Safe Spaces”, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the very individual process a professional creative must go through in order to be present for their “tribe” or be strong enough to lead a team. Especially since doing the work for yourself, BY yourself is essential. It is the foundation of everything else we create. Consider for a moment when you visit a doctor. It is…

5 Ways Research Your Way to the Top with IMDb Pro - Part 2

Months ago, I wrote a piece for the Stage 32 blog called “5 Ways to Use IMDb to Research Your Way to the Top”. That is still the foundation of getting the most out of IMDb. However, since then, IMDb has added more resources to its Pro element or things we didn’t cover before. 1. TRAILERS If you are one of those people that get to the movie theater early to catch the latest trailers, and it's one of your favorite things about the movie going experience- I’m rig…

Tune in for Cannes Film Festival Updates - Live Behind the Scenes

  And...we're off! The 2022 Cannes Film Festival is in full swing and Stage 32 is all over the Croisette! For those of you who weren't able to make it to France this year we want to make sure that you, too, are part of the action.  Stop what you're doing right now, pick up your phone and go follow our fearless leader, Richard "RB" Botto, and Managing Director Amanda Toney: @rbwalksintoabar and @stage32   @rbwalksintoabar and @stage32     https://www…

Cannes 2022 Roll Call: Announcing The Official Stage 32 Schedule - Who's Going? Who Has Films?

The Cannes Film Festival in France is next week! As you all know Stage 32 has has worked directly with and have had an official presence at the Cannes Film Festival Marche du Film for the last 5 years. From education initiatives, partnerships and parties, Stage 32 always has our finger on the pulse of the world's biggest film festival and market.  Also, for the last 5 years Stage 32 is an official education partner of the Cannes Marche du Film. This year, our role has expanded eve…

Feedback: Friend or Foe?

At one of my many day jobs, I worked in communications for one of the world’s largest banks. Not my dream job, but I had an office, so that was cool. When I wasn’t pasting press clippings into photo albums with solid gold covers for a former chairman (a real thing that happened), I got to work a fair bit with the CEO. It’s de rigueur to demonize bankers, but this guy was actually very decent. I was with him on one occasion when he gave a speech to employees. He told a …

Three Things in the Entertainment Industry You Shouldn’t Take Personally

Today's blog comes from our fearless leader Richard "RB" Botto. Over on his Medium he has put together Three Things in the Entertainment Industry You Shouldn’t Take Personally and he is sharing them exclusively to you, the Stage 32 community. He has posted this exclusive information over on his Medium account, and we've provided an excerpt below... Enjoy Creative Army!

Coffee & Content: How they Shot the Spinning Hallway Scene in INCEPTION & VFX Tutorial from DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS

Happy Sunday Creative Army! Have you had a creative weekend so far? I have some content here for you that is sure to get the creative juices flowing, so grab your coffee and let's dive in. First up, our friends over at StudioBinder recently released a fascinating video about how Christopher Nolan shot the iconic spinning hallway scene in Inception. They dive into the cinematography, rotating set design, and stunts that went into creating such a unique and visually interesting scene - w…

How to Throw Out A Project And Start Fresh

It’s a fact of writing that projects need multiple drafts. But that’s not what I’m talking about in this article. Instead, sometimes you might need to completely take apart a project, throwing out every previous draft, and starting over. Sounds extreme? It is. But it’s something I recently experienced. To properly explain this, I have to give you some background on the project in question. I’ve been working on the sequel to my third book since 2017. At…

How I Got a Hollywood A-lister Interview

Keeping in mind the old expression that “it takes ten years to become an overnight success,” as much as we all would love a shortcut, a golden ticket, a Fast Pass, the truth is that you DO have to put in the time and get the reps. BUT, the good news is that along the way you’re starting to build the foundation to eventually make a successful pitch from, to whoever it is that you’re trying to get in front of. I’m not only talking the talk, but walking the wa…

How Guild Residuals are Calculated and Paid: the Roles of the CAM and the Payroll House

This is the next article of series of blog posts presented to you by Stage 32 and Fintage House. David Zannoni is an expert in Collection Account Management for Independent Film & Television Productions, and has written and recorded several blogs and vlogs exclusively for the Stage 32 community. Additionally, David has taught several Stage 32 webinars sharing his vast knowledge of film finance and distribution. In this article, David explains how Guild Residuals are calculated and…

Announcing the 7th Annual Stage 32 Short Film Contest

For the past 6 years I've been really proud to oversee our Stage 32 Short Film Program. This has become one of the most anticipated programs of the year for all the industry professionals including development executives, managers, producers, agents and financiers that we work with on a day to day basis. Being a part of the Stage 32 Short Film Program is like joining a special tribe. If you make the final program not only do you get the honor of screening at the prestigious Hollyshorts …

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