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Coffee & Content - The Coen Brothers: Deconstructing Funny & M. Night Shyamalan on Motivation and Belief

Happy Sunday, everyone.  Hope you're all well rested and ready for some quality content. In this edition of Coffee & Content, we begin with the comedy of the Coen Brothers.  For my money, no filmmakers have embraced a wider range of comedy over the last 30 years than the Coens.  Sometimes darkly funny, other times broadly humorous, the Coens manage to mine laughs out of just about any scenario.  How do they get it done?  Our first video deconstructs the ins …

A Conversation With Orange is the New Black's Alysia Reiner

I first met Alysia Reiner at SXSW about 5 years back.  I was immediately taken by her energy, spirit and determination.  We spoke for a long while about a life pursuing creative success and best practices on navigating the business.  We discussed how the most successful creatives find ways to eat excuses for breakfast and figure out how to control more than they relinquish.  Alysia has been a huge fan of the Stage 32 mission and has contributed to the platform in man…

Advice on Sending Out a Script from Director/Producer Michael Polish

When you have a completed script in hand and need to decide how you're going to go out into the market, there are many options to consider. Our fearless leader, RB, sat down with award-winning director/producer Michael Polish to talk to him about breaking into the market once the script is done. Today, we're featuring it today on the Stage 32 YouTube page. To get more incredible content from some of the best minds working in the industry today, be sure to head over to our YouTube page a…

Coffee & Content - The Screenplays for Sicario, Hell or High Water & Wind River

Hello, creative army.  Happy Sunday. Earlier this week, I published a blog called First Time Screenwriter at 41, Oscar Nominated at 46 which chronicled the journey of arguably the hottest screenwriter on the planet, Taylor Sheridan.  The blog was extremely well received (give a read through the comments section for the wide variety of opinions and personal stories) and served as a source of inspiration and motivation for many. It also led to me receiving numerous emails asking…

First Time Screenwriter at 41, Oscar Nominated at 46

Over the course of nearly 7 years running Stage 32, I have received (literally) hundreds of DM's from creatives complaining about ageism, sexism and just about every other -ism.  The deck is stacked.  The game is rigged.  All that jazz. Anyone who has been around these parts for a while or knows me personally probably have a solid idea as to how I respond:  Content and talent wins the day. Positive energy defeats negative perception. Less excuses, more work. For …

Coffee & Content - Sidney Lumet on Making Movies & How to Write a Fight Scene

What's up, my creative friends?  Ready for some more killer content to push you through the remainder of the weekend and get you fired up for the week ahead?  Good.  Let's roll. For many filmmakers, Sidney Lumet's book, Making Movies, is a beloved treasure.  Today I bring you a fantastic (and rare) interview featuring Lumet speaking about his process.  This is one I have no doubt you'll bookmark for repeat viewings - and deservedly so. Next, one of the bigger l…

The Future of Independent Film

I was fortunate enough to be an integral part of the 90s Independent Film Movement (producing David O. Russell’s Spanking the Monkey, Scarlett Johansson’s breakout role in Manny and Lo, and IFC’s seminal independent film series Split Screen, etc.) and I really believe a new very exciting opportunity for independent film is on the horizon, and not many people are talking about it. There are many ways to raise money for films, for example - foreign sales, grants, studio…

Bringing Creativity Into Your Set

I have been a Stage 32 member for approximately 5 years. I love being around creative people and it takes a lot of different types of creative people to make art. For me, it has long been a dream of mine to open a versatile space that was like a blank canvas for artists to make their vision a reality. I wanted a place for industry professionals to transform into whichever location they needed to visit in their film and photo universe, and a place for individuals to create lasting memorie…

A Great Tip To Help With Film Distribution

With so many distribution options available for filmmakers these days, it's inevitable that VOD, SVOD and AVOD are part of the discussions for your film. We sat down and talked with Zahida Kazar, the Director of Operations for Gravitas Ventures, who, once a film is acquired works with the filmmakers to deliver their films to places like Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, cable operators and more. Today, on our Stage 32 YouTube page we've posted a video where Zahida gives a great piece of advice to…

24 Little Hours (in Filmmaking)

  My husband (writer/director) and I (producer) recently read a post on Stage 32, that a US team shot their film in eight days (with an additional three days for rehearsals), with two main cast, few locations and the dramatic concept of topical storylines, that unfolded through video chat. This is a solid idea when shooting a feature on a micro budget, because it requires minimal angles and set-ups, which allows you to shoot more scenes of dialogue per day. Set ups take time, t…

Coffee & Content - A Conversation With Legendary Screenwriter Jim Uhls

Hello, creative army!  Miss me?  All apologies for the lack of Coffee & Content these past 2 Sundays.  Cannes was a wall to wall, all out affair - and a very productive one at that.  I'll be sharing some news from the fest and market soon.  We have some extremely exciting opportunities and initiatives in the works that will be of major interest to our incredibly talented members. Today, however, let's get back to consuming some quality content.  This pa…

Advice On How To Break Into Entertainment

Recently during the 2018 Film Con Hollywood at the LA Convention Center we spent time with Stage 32er and panelist Jennifer Winberg, who is a Digital Specialist from MXM, an entertainment industry marketing & advertising agency. Jennifer has had a storied career in digital and has worked with Lionsgate, SONY, FOX, Gravitas Ventures and more. Today we've posted a video from Jennifer on our YouTube page as she gives advice on how to break into entertainment. Click here to hear Jennife…

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