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How Body Language & Buzz Words Can Drastically Improve Your Pitch

So you got yourself a face to face meeting with a decision maker. This is epic. Could be a game changer, you think. This is your “one shot, one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment” like in the the Eminem song. It's your personal anthem that plays on rotation on Spotify as you sit in the lobby of the office of the producer you most want to meet who could make your script or book into a movie. Or the sales agent or distributor that finance your projec…

On Set Production - How to Overcome Obstacles: The Making of WHAT LIES AHEAD (Part 3)

Another week, another entry in the WHAT LIES AHEAD journey. Once again, I would like to thank all of you who have dropped notes or made posts on Twitter and IG expressing your support. I've shared your messages with the team and we're all most grateful.   In part 3 of our series we move into physical production. Short preparation time and filming in 90 degree weather in Kentucky presented some massive challenges and had the crew searching for quick, logical and non-costly solution…

Sundance, Indie TV, & Dreams Coming True: The Landscape is Changing for Creatives

We see lots of writers here on Stage 32 with pilot ideas, completed scripts, even polished indie TV products, just waiting to be born again. It's no secret that things in the industry are changing for indie creators, and this year at Sundance, it was proven once again. "Filmmakers converge on the 10-day festival, hoping it will make their dreams come true. However, Jaffe, [a filmmaker] marks a new kind of talent: He made a pilot, not a movie, and he’s part of a 2019 TV class tha…

The 7th Annual Oscars Contest Is Now Live!

It's that time of year again! Time for you to decide who will take a golden statuette home at this years Oscars. Every year we host a contest where you, our loyal Stage 32 members, get to chime in on who you think the winners will be. And you can start choosing your picks right now, as the 7th Annual Stage 32 Oscars Contest is now live!| Oscar winners from 2016 - 2018 Whomever has the most right answers wins. So if you think you've got what it takes, join the party and submit your choi…

Pre-Production Tips - From Budget to Locations: The Making of WHAT LIES AHEAD (Part 2)

On behalf of the entire WHAT LIES AHEAD team, thank you.   The outpouring of good wishes and support from our community regarding the film (and this blog series) has humbled, inspired, and motivated us all. To feel that groundswell of support, it's as if you're taking this journey with us. We couldn't be more grateful.   Part 2 of our ongoing series detailing how the film came together focuses on the budget, in particular how we were able to keep it down utilizing limited…

Coffee & Content - Introverts & Egotists: Winning Social Media as a Creative & THR's Director Roundtable

Happy Sunday, Creative Army.  Fired up this week to bring you another edition of Coffee & Content. Let's get right after it. Every week, without exception, I receive a few dozen direct messages here on Stage 32 as well as on my Twitter & Instagram accounts from creatives looking for social media advice. Many of the curious identify themselves as introverts.  Also, without exception, I receive dozens of DM's from creatives who have no relationship with me (and man…

Auditioning: This Was Supposed to Be Fun, Remember?

This is a true story. I was waiting to audition for a commercial. The door to the room opens, and the casting person has his arm around the guy who was auditioning before me. The actor was a big, bald guy, all muscle. The casting person was patting him on the back, telling him how great he was, and making sure they had his contact info. When I was called, I wanted to say, “Look, if you love that guy so much, I don’t even have to read for you.” Despite that feeling, in …

The 1 Thing You Need to Do to Help Your Creative Career - Advice from NYFA Instructor

Adam Finer, one of New York Film Academy’s professors at the Los Angeles Campus, is a much-sought after speaker in the film industry. A former literary manager and film producer, Adam spent over a decade as a marketing executive at Universal Studios. Stage 32 caught up with him at Film Con Hollywood where offered advice on the one thing creatives need to do to get their work seen.   Click Here For Adam's Advice!       Remember, if you haven't subscr…

The Power of Finding Your Creative Tribe - The Making of WHAT LIES AHEAD (Part 1)

I first met William Viglione right here on Stage 32 back in early 2015.  At the time, and in the manner in which most relationships begin, we engaged in mostly small talk - writing, our goals, our strategies toward success, and so forth.  Eventually, William mentioned a script he had written called What Lies Ahead. Over the next few months, he took advantage of a Stage 32 webinar about distribution, worked with the Stage 32 Script Services and, eventually, we con…

How I Was Cast for A Project Through Stage 32

As any actor can attest, perseverance and determination are the keys to a successful acting career. Over the past five and a half years, I have used these two traits to navigate my journey through this crazy life we call show business. Case in point, I was recently cast in a project through a Stage 32 connection. The casting was a direct result of establishing a relationship with the project’s creator, discussing general information as well as their current project, and then follow…

Should I Worry About Being Typecast if I Have an Online Show? (by Richard Botto)

As actors, how we are viewed online by potential casting directors or producers is crucial. We want our persona to match what they're looking for. So if we're seeking a role in an action film or looking to take a deep dive into a dramatic part, will having a comedic talk show or channel online derail that?   During RB's free webinar "Ask Me Anything," he dove into this question. Click the link below to hear RB's take on how we show up as actors online:   Click Here For RB's…

Coffee & Content - The Best of Sundance Screenwriter Tips & Sundance Director Techniques and Advice

Greetings from Sundance. It's cold up here! Time to keep warm and informed with a Sundance special version of Coffee & Content. Today, I have two videos from our friends at ScreenPrism. First up, a slew of screenwriters who have had their work screen at Sundance offer their advice on writing, festivals and navigating the business. Next, we turn our attention to directors who have had their films play at Sundance and their advice on techniques, tips and tricks when directing an ind…

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