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Top 10 Lounge Posts: The Drop That Starts The Ripple

Sometimes it can feel as if we cannot make a difference. This industry is so big, the wealth of content is vast, but what can any of us do? We spend our time looking for work, doing the work, shaking hands, making memories, and of course, taking time away before going back to the grind. I’m here to tell you - hell, the whole Stage 32 community is here to help remind you - that whether you are in full stride or in hibernation mode, you can enact change. Don’t worry, this isn&…

6 Steps To Find The Right Writing Partner

I have been writing and publishing stories for more than 10 years, first as a novelist. I always wrote in a silo, never sharing my work until I had reworked it countless times. Heaven forbid someone sees my terrible first draft! After publishing two novels this way, I opened myself up to a trusted friend as my next story was more complexly layered. It all made sense in my head, but would my reader get the connections? By bouncing around ideas and sharing my drafts with this friend, I fix…

How to Put Together a Recoupment Schedule for Audiovisual Projects

This is the next article of series of blog posts presented to you by Stage 32 and Fintage House. David Zannoni is an expert in Collection Account Management for Independent Film & Television Productions, and has written and recorded several blogs and vlogs exclusively for the Stage 32 community. Additionally, David has taught several Stage 32 webinars sharing his vast knowledge of film finance and distribution.  In this article, David is covers how to put together a recoupment…

In the News: One Man's Pursuit to Change the Entertainment Industry

Happy Tuesday Creative Army! For the past 10 years, it has been Stage 32's continued mission is to democratize the entertainment business for creatives and professionals all over the world. I am continuously humbled by the power of the Stage 32 community, and thrilled by the recent support our community is getting from the industry as a whole. In addition to our previous coverage in Forbes, The Wrap, Variety, CNN, Business Insider (check out the articles here and here), and mo…

NY-based Screenwriter attaches Producer and Director to Script after Connecting Through Stage 32

Happy Monday Stage 32 Creative Crew! I’m sure you’ve heard our Founder and CEO Rich ‘RB” Botto talk about the Content Gold Rush that we are in the midst of right now. I’m going to put it in perspective for you right now. Last year at this time there were 188 meeting requests from industry professionals looking to connect with writers through Stage 32. That’s a phenomenal number. That’s an average of more than a meeting a day. This year, we are …

Coffee & Content: "The Mandalorian" Virtual Sets vs. Green Screen & How to Make Money with a Short Film

Happy Sunday & Happy Mother's Day! I've got my coffee in hand and your weekly dose of content coming in hot - grab your coffee of choice and let's dive right in. First up, since "May the 4th Be with You" was last week, I thought it would only be fitting to share some Star Wars content. Insider recently put together a fascinating behind the screens video covering the innovative virtual backgrounds that were used to film The Mandalorian. In this video, they talk about the technologic…

Can Someone Tell Me What Producers Even Do?

My name is Tennyson E. Stead, and I’m a showperson with thirty years of stage experience, fifteen years in film development, and more than 40 screenplays under my belt as a writer. I’ve survived fraudster film producers, I’ve survived a crippling brain injury subequent to having an actor accidentally beat my head in with a prop sword, I’ve survived homelessness, starvation, and even employment as an Arclight Cinemas usher and concessionaire in order to make my dre…

Behind the Scenes of Acting, Stunts and Directing with Jackie Chan and Major TV & Film Projects

Hi guys, I thought it was time to make a film blog; seventy-odd productions ranging from lead, stunts and directing, to shooting in jungles, deserts and military bases and acting with Special Forces and the worlds best-known stunt team, the Jackie Chan team. I'm going to take you into the heart of filming, from my personal experience shooting on major film and TV, including working daily with stars and renown directors. This is part one of several; I'll discuss particular production…

The Economics of Short Films

You’re a filmmaker, a writer, a director, maybe even an actor. You want to keep working, but the phone’s not ringing so… you decide to shoot a short film. Before you start down the rabbit hole you may want to ask a few questions. Why do I want to shoot a short film? What resources do I have at my disposal? What resources will I need to obtain? And the most impactful question: What’s it going to cost? Anyone who has ever taken on the challenge of shooting …

Announcing the 2nd Annual New Voices in Animation Screenwriting Contest

Thanks to the successes of instant classics like ZOOTOPIA, TOY STORY, THE LEGO MOVIE and SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, and daring TV satires such as RICK AND MORTY, BOJACK HORSEMAN, BIG MOUTH, and BOB’S BURGERS, the wonderful world of animation is more exciting, diverse, and in demand than ever! There is truly something for everyone when it comes to animated features and TV series & correspondingly, it is undoubtedly more in demand than ever before! Walt Disney said, "An…

Coffee & Content: The Wes Anderson Aesthetic & The Psychology of Character Relationships

Happy Sunday Creative Army! Have you had a creative weekend so far? I have some content here for you that is sure to get the creative juices flowing, so grab your coffee and let's dive in. First up, our friends over at Studio Binder recently put together a fascinating breakdown of Wes Anderson's iconic directing aesthetic. This video illustrates Wes Anderson's style throughout the entire filmmaking process including story, production design, color, editing, music, and more. They use ex…

How To Write About Love If It Isn't Your Cup Of Tea

People love to read or watch love stories. It’s exciting, they can relate, and even some elements of a love story makes the whole story more real. But what to do if you don’t know how to write about love? There are different types of love, and many of us have experienced this feeling. But even if you were madly in love, it does not necessarily mean that you can express this feeling on paper. Luckily, you can use several ideas to learn how to write about love properly. Ways …

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