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Making It In Hollywood My Way

In the spirit of healthy debate, today's guest blog comes from author, playwright and Stage 32 member Jack Fitzgerland. After seeing the overwhelming response to last week's blog from Shaun O'Banion, How I Got Started, Part 1 and Part 2, Jack was inspired to share with us a different but equally interesting story about how he got his start in the industry and, in the process, takes not only Shaun to task for how he punched his ticket to the promised land, but the community's response to …

Go All The Way - Acting Across Continents

Today’s guest blog comes from Stage 32’er, actor Yannick de Waal. Born and raised in Amsterdam, Yannick studied English and acting, landing himself the lead role in Zucht, which was nominated for Best Short Film at the Dutch Film Festival as well as Cannes. He’s since played several roles in Dutch TV series. Yannick went on to study acting at the Lee Strasberg Film and Theater Institute in New York. When Yannick returned to the Netherlands, he was cast as a lead…

Part II: Conscious Competence: A First Time Director's Journey

Today is part II of Andrew Bruce Lockhart's extremely fun guest blog, Conscious Competence: A First Time Director's Journey. In part one we learned that after years of toiling as a professional photographer, Andrew, somewhat reluctantly, decided to pick up a camera and shoot a short film based on his script, Lucky Charm. In case you missed it, click here. Enjoy! RB

Conscious Competence: A First Time Director's Journey

Today's (extremely fun) guest blog comes from Stage 32 member, Andrew Bruce Lockhart.  After years of toiling as a professional photographer, Andrew, somewhat reluctantly, decided to pick up a camera and shoot a short film based on his script, Lucky Charm. A very active member of Stage 32, I'm happy to report Andrew leaned on the 32 community for advice in finding his way through his first shoot - everything from public liability insurance to shooting slow motion and more…

Being a Producer: Crazy Horse Girls and Wandering the Streets of New York

Today marks the return of master raconteur Stephen Mitchell to the Stage 32 Blog. Stephen has walked a wide and varied path through film and television wearing several hats along the way as an actor, screenwriter, director, and producer. Stephen has written two enormously popular blogs for Stage 32, Marlon Brando Calling.. and The New Hollywood Studio System and has hosted one of our most highly attended Stage 32 Next Level Webinars (some may say fireside chat), How to Shoot a Film in…

Stage 32 Hits Cannes

11 Stage 32 members from 6 countries and 11 cities. 1 festival. 1 beach… and some really giant prawns. We at Stage 32 work around the clock so you can connect, network and create with one another, but the true power of this global community lies in the hands of our members. We give you the platform and opportunities…it’s up to you to network and create. One of the things we’ve encouraged from day one has been for our members to take their networking to th…

Making Connections In The Land Down Under

The global reach of Stage 32 has been inspiring to say the least. The site and many of our Australian Stage 32 members were recently profiled by Andrea Thompson for OZEMAG – Australia's Entertainment Magazine whose online component is billed as "Australia's #1 resource for aspiring actors". Our thanks not only to Andrea, but to Stage 32 members Goran Banyai, Nicole J. Murray, Pierre Langenegger, Debbie Elicksen, and Nate Smith for not only participating in the piece, but for all the gre…

Fellini & I - La Dolce Vita

Federico Fellini, the master, was known for making films that combined fantasy and dreamlike situations as a means of exploring the human condition. For Angelo Orlando, meeting Fellini was a fantasy and a dream come to life. An experience he used as a means to explore his creative self. Roman dramatist and philosopher, Seneca, famously said that luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. Angelo Orlando would surely back up that statement. Fellini. Benigni. Life is beau…

Marlon Brando calling...

Let's kick off the week with a little bit of fun. As creatives, we all have our dream scenario where we get to speak with that one person who most influenced us along the way... Dinner with Scorsese, drinks with Kubrick, a walk and talk with Olivier. Stephen Mitchell had such an encounter... And it wasn't a dream... And he didn't even do the initiating... In 1980, Stephen founded an entertainment industry think tank labeled The New Hollywood Studio System in the guis…

...good intentions.

We've had some really terrific, accomplished guest bloggers lately, I'm sure you'd agree. To hear from those who have achieved so much in their chosen profession - their failures, their triumphs, and everything they learned along the way - is truly a gift. Today, we go in a different direction. Like many who have graced these pages before, Simon Berry decided to follow a dream he had since childhood - at thirty-five. This is a story about passion, sacrifice, and self-be…

China Syndrome

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking to about 200 film students at a college outside of California. Before the session started, I distributed a questionnaire. One of the questions listed was "What do you believe will be the biggest roadblock to your success in making it as a filmmaker?" Over 30% answered "Not being able to afford a move to Los Angeles." I was surprised. Their instructors were floored. One of them mentioned that on the very first day of class he…

Breaking Through

One of the great pleasures running a site such as this is watching a member of the community rise up, take control of their destiny, and find success. Stephen Richard Melling was one of the first members of Stage 32. I remember when he joined. He stood out. He asked questions. He made contacts. He posted information and initiated conversation. He was selfless in his approach. Other members of the community took to him immediately. Nearly nine months later, Stephen has completed his fi…

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