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How I Made "Under the Influence"

You know when you’re a filmmaker and you move to Los Angeles away from all of the resources you’ve worked tirelessly to secure? A fresh start? No? Oh... Me neither...   Just kidding.   Earlier this year, I moved to Los Angeles with my best friend and co-collaborator, Courtney Birk, from Baltimore, Maryland. A 2700 mile drive to further pursue my film career. Being in a brand new city, I was at a loss for cast, crew, and locations. After finally getting settled (…

RB Featured in The Huffington Post - Prepare to be Inspired!

We're excited to announce that our fearless leader has been featured on The Huffington Post with an in-depth interview from journalist Yitzi Weiner. In the interview RB talks about his background in the industry, his recent book that has just been published, Crowdsourcing For Filmmakers: Indie Film and The Power Of the Crowd, building a brand and an audience, the Stage 32 platform, the importance of community for all creatives and best practices toward achieving your goals.&nbs…

Stage 32 + American Film Market Join Forces for 2017

I’m extremely pleased to announce that Stage 32 has been named as the official film networking and education platform of the American Film Market for the 2nd year in a row.  As you know, we are big supporters of AFM and all they do to connect producers, financiers and distributors all over the world. To be recognized in such fashion is truly an honor and I thank head honcho, Jonathan Wolf, not only for all the support, but for his friendship as well. In an effort to give bac…

Worldwide Premiere of the 2nd Annual Stage 32 Short Film Program

I am honored to present to you the worldwide premiere of the 2nd Annual Stage 32 Short Film Program. This program was curated by the incredible industry executives who judged our Short Film Contest and features 7 amazing directors (from 4 countries) all with bright futures ahead. This is the same program that played at the 2017 Hollyshorts Film Festival and the 2017 Richmond Film Festival. The films and the filmmakers will also be exposed to over 500 more industry executiv…

Bondit Media Capital + Stage 32 Launch Film Finance Master Class Series

For the last few months I have been proud to work with the CEO over at Bondit Media Capital, Matthew Helderman on a 4-part Film Finance Master Class, which we are now officially launching. Stage 32 and Bondit have partnered to develop a comprehensive series featuring top producers in the industry today including Matthew Helderman, CEO of Bondit Media Capital, Robert Ogden Barnum, Co-Founder of Fortitude International and e2b Capital, Jordan Yale Levin, President of Yale P…

Reward Your Cast Or Crew With A Holiday Party

It may still be Summer, but our Stage 32 locations partner Peerspace is getting a jumpstart on the holiday season. If you're looking to reward your cast or crew for a great year on set or on a project, it's time to thinking about having a holiday party. Nobody gets excited about sharing eggnog around the conference table, so here's a head start on finding a holiday party venue that gets your guests excited to attend. From a luxury garage warehouse to a spacious distillery, these un…

Only We Can Change Our Industry

We have all done it. And we are all guilty of it. But we keep doing it. Most importantly, we hate it when it happens to us. So why do we say yes to it? Working for free is a hot topic in the industry, yet it has become almost a right of passage. And it is always what comes out of our mouths first: "I can get it for FREE. I can ask some friends to work on this for FREE. I can make this film for FREE." When we start out in this industry we are encouraged immediately to just go out and m…

Stage 32 Success Story: The Next Generation of Filmmakers

I've been blessed with the opportunity to speak at numerous festivals and conferences all over the world. Outside of having the opportunity to teach and share my experiences, nothing thrills me more than meeting Stage 32 members along the way and hearing how the platform played a part in their success. A few weeks back, I had one of my favorite moments of any event when I met 17 year old director Matthew Manyak and the cast and crew of his short film After the Fall at Hollyshorts. Wise,…

Ready to Build an Audience for You, Your Brand or Your Film?

  Hey guys. Wanted to share this photo RB posted on his Instagram account (@RBwalksintoabar) last week. It's the final proofs for his upcoming book, Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers, which is being published by Focal Press under the American Film Market (AFM) Presents banner next month.  This book was the result of over 100 interviews and 2 years of research and writing (and, boy, do we know, we had to live with it all in the office!) It will be a must read if you are lo…

Stage 32 + Hollyshorts Short Film Program - Q&A With Filmmakers [Video]

This weekend we premiered the 2nd Annual Stage 32 Short Film Program in Los Angeles at the 2017 Hollyshorts Film Festival. In one word, it was inspiring. We had the pleasure of showcasing a program of 7 films representing 4 different countries - all with varying creativity. The audience included Stage 32 members and executives from Lionsgate, Samaco Films, Whitewater Films, Kodak, Legion M, CAA and more who all told us how blown away they were with the talent here in the Stage 32 communi…

Stage 32 Celebrates 6,000 Creative Locations With Peerspace

If you haven't seen by now, we have launched Stage 32 Locations - Powered By Peerspace. You can find it on the top menu bar. This is an incredible new tool for our creative community that helps you find locations for your film shoots, writing groups, casting calls or production needs.   Stage 32 and Peerspace got together this week to celebrate all the new locations launched in the Los Angeles area, as well as Peerspace reaching a milestone of 6,000 new spaces for cr…

Why I'm a Feature Director Making a Short Film

Two years ago, I became ranked in the Top 10 of Up-and-Coming Hollywood Directors Under 40 on IMDb (Internet Movie Database) and was featured on the front page of the Hollywood Reporter. I’ve been fortunate enough to direct many name actors including an Oscar-Nominated and Golden Globe winning actor and am attached to direct several multi-million dollar projects over the next few years. I also co-run LA Acting Studios, which is an intense on-camera, set-like scene study class …

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