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Crowdfunding and Connectivity: Financing and Marketing Your Film in a Digital Age

Today’s blog comes from Los Angeles-based independent filmmaker and Stage 32 member Gerry Maravilla. Gerry graduated from Occidental College with a BA in Art History and Visual Arts and an emphasis in Film and Media Studies, with his short sci-fi thriller, Patient 1221, gaining particular praise. In 2011, Gerry directed a series of documentary short films for the youth organization, Casa Clementina. He is currently working on post-production of his next film, Cross. In today&rsq…

Making the Most of Your Networking Time

Registrations for the January 2015 On Stage With RB were in high demand, smashing all previous records. As you know, we normally open registration to the first 1000 members. We almost always hit capacity, but this time we were well above. As a result, many Stage 32'ers were shut out from the broadcast.  We apologize for this inconvenience! In an effort to make things right, we've taken the following steps: 1 - We've converted the video at record speed and it is now…

Scaling The Studio Walls

Today's guest blog comes from Stage 32 member Paul Norman Rich. Paul currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Starting as a copywriter at CBS television when cable was still new, Paul quickly moved into promotional writing for home video, eventually leading him to managerial positions at MGM/UA where he marketed films such as Rain Man, Moonstruck, etc. This eventually brought him to working at Disney, where he worked with Ann Daly and Bill Mechanic spearheading…

Build Online Buzz for your Project: From Static to Dynamic

Today's guest blog comes from Stage 32 member and friend Marissa Mutascio. Marissa is an actress and co-founder of NY Actors Tweetup – a Twitter-based networking group focused on sharing resources and connecting like-minded entertainment professionals with the goal of fostering indie-projects. Today, Marissa pulls from real-life experience building her own online presence to offer tips and advice on how to build up free online buzz around yourself and/or your project. While …

5 Ways You’re Using Twitter Incorrectly to Promote Your Film’s Crowdfunding Campaign

Hey guys. I was recently inspired to write an article on how people use Twitter incorrectly while promoting their crowdfunding campaign.  That piece, 5 Ways You are Using Twitter Incorrectly to Promote Your Film's Crowdfunding Campaign, was published yesterday on Medium.  I've provided an excerpt below along with a link to the entire article. Comments and recommends on the actual article are welcome and would be extremely appreciated. Enjoy, and have a terrific day. RB &nb…

Part I: 10 Tips to a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

Today marks the return of Stage 32 member and producer, Mark Stolaroff. Mark's first appeared on these pages last year with his hugely successful two part series - Film Festival Strategy: Withoutaclue to Withoutabox in 16 Steps. Besides being an independent producer, Mark is a founding partner of Antic Pictures, an LA-based production company producing a slate of low budget, high quality digital features. Two years ago, he produced Henry Barrial's mystery/sci-fi feature Pig. An official…

Simplifying the Crowdfunding Marketing Process

One of the (many) things I love about the Stage 32 is the inquisitive nature of the community. A majority of our members realize that education is an ongoing process that never ends. Whether it a Lounge discussion or simply letters we receive, there is always a desire to learn. The subject that seems to be on many of your minds these days is crowdfunding. This is a relatively new wrinkle for those looking to produce films, plays, television shows, and webseries. It's not so new, however…

Six Degrees of Stage 32, AKA - It's a Small World After All

As a member (or soon-to-be member) of Stage 32, you've no doubt heard of the game that started the current age of show biz networking: 'Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon'. As many creative, support and production people as there are involved in film, television and theatre, it is truly amazing how closely we are all connected. This business is often just as much skill as it is luck, but it is also who you know. Connections are paramount. For example, take a look at Harrison Ford.…

Bernie Comes Full Circle

Thanks to Stage 32 member, Lisa Leyva, and Millennium films, I had the opportunity to screen Bernie, starring Jack Black, ahead of it's release. It's a fantastic film with a Fargo-esque vibe. After blowing audiences away at the Tribeca Film Festival and selling out theaters in limited release, Bernie expands to over 100 theaters this weekend and further still next weekend. I highly recommend seeking it out. It's indiefilm at its finest. And, of course, you'll be supportin…

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