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It's Introduce Yourself Weekend! Every month thousands of creative connections are made on Stage 32 simply by taking the time to introduce yourself. Whether you're a Stage 32 veteran or a new member, click here to go to the Introduce Yourself Lounge and let us know what you're up to!

5 Ways Writing Helped Me Overcome Stress

People from all works of life live with stress, which has sometimes led to other more serious health issues. This is a personal account of how writing helped me cope with and manage stress. Corporate Background I worked as an accountant for several years in a company with offices in multiple countries and clients in different time zones. This was challenging enough in the best of times because of the fast-paced environment and the inherent pressures of the profession. But also at the w…

4 Reasons To Have Audio Description On Your Film

There’s a saying that we’ve all heard a thousand times over, that “A picture is worth a thousand words”. This resonates with visual artists when ensuring that the visuals they convey will provoke the right tone and message to the many words and feelings that they will portray and intend for their story. Now this concept isn’t new to most you and it’s just what good storytellers and filmmakers should be doing right?! I mean, what artist doesn’t p…

Why (and How) to Join the Writers Guild of America

So, you’re a writer and you’ve written some scripts that have been optioned, maybe even produced, or someone hired you to write on a series. Congratulations, you’re off to a great start. Now what? Keep writing, because that’s your job as a professional. If you are hired to write for a company who is a signatory of the Writers Guild of America, either East or West, you will be required to join. A signatory company is any company that has signed the WGA’s co…

In the News: How Stage 32 Became A Global Powerhouse By Combining Entertainment And Tech

Happy Monday Creative Army! As you know, Stage 32's continued mission is to democratize the entertainment business and the industry is taking notice in a big way. In addition to our previous coverage in Business Insider (check out the articles here and here), The Wrap, Variety, CNN, and more - I am pleased to announce our recent feature in Forbes.  I had the pleasure of speaking with Forbes Senior Contributor Shama Hyder about growing the Stage 32 community, how Stage 32 has becom…

Coffee & Content: Every 2021 Oscar-Nominated Film on Netflix & Behind the Scenes of "Mank"

Happy Oscar Sunday Creative Army! With the much anticipated 2021 Oscars taking place this evening, naturally, I have some Oscars-themed content for you today. I've got my coffee in hand and your Oscars content coming in hot - grab your coffee of choice and let's dive right in. First up, Netflix UK & Ireland has compiled a full list of 2021 Oscar-Nominated films that are currently available to watch on Netflix. While you likely won't be able to watch all 37 available films befor…

Top 10 Lounge Posts: Check It Before You Wreck It

You’re waiting in the wings before walking on stage, but you’re worried about last looks for hair and make-up. You’re researching locations before submitting a budget, but you’re not sure if filming on location or in-studio is safer or worth it. You’re writing a particularly powerful scene, but you’re not sure if the joke lands to break the tension. Even in our virtual workplace, we still have the ability to gain perspective before making an important …

"Ask Me Anything" with Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto: The Great Content Gold Rush of 2021 Edition Now Available On-Demand

Happy Thursday Stage 32 Community!   Since 2011, the Stage 32 team has been working tirelessly to help you stay connected, creative, motivated, and informed. As always, we are committed to bringing you networking opportunities, education and mentoring from top-level industry executives and professionals, and access to decision-makers around the globe all from the comfort of your own home. Recently, to celebrate a successful first quarter of 2021, our fearless leader and CEO Richar…

Should People Be Interviewing You About Your Entertainment Career Yet?

I like to pull out the phrase “self-audit” once in a while. We all get so busy and are getting so much done and the achievements, presumably, are adding up. And yes, we should allow ourselves a chance to step back and take pride in whatever our latest accomplishment is. Time should be made to look back on the most recent highlight, but this isn’t one of the many articles that I’m sure you’ve read, encouraging us all to do exactly that. Think about being in …

Ireland-Based Screenwriter Options her First Script through Stage 32

Happy Monday Stage 32! Today's success story is an inspirational tale from Enniskerry, Ireland-based screenwriter and Stage 32 member Ronika Merl. Ronika recently connected with a fellow Irish filmmaker through Stage 32 who has since optioned her screenplay Blackbird! Ronika originally shared this thrilling news in the Stage 32 Success Stories lounge. Thank you, so much, Ronika for sharing your inspirational story of true resilience and the power of using your authentic and unique…

Coffee & Content: How to Achieve Visual Style & How to Master Any Camera

Happy Sunday Creative Army! First of all, congratulations to all of you who have already participated in our monthly Introduce Yourself Weekend! Thousands of connections have been made between entertainment creatives and professionals from every corner of the globe. Whether you are a long-time member, or brand new to Stage 32, take a moment to pop over to the Introduce Yourself Lounge and say hello before the end of the weekend. Now, grab some fresh coffee and let's dive in to this week…

Instagram Live Series: How to Sell a TV Movie & How to Turn a "Pass" into a Positive Experience

Happy Saturday Stage 32! As many of you may know, I host an Instagram LIVE every week on @stage32 highlighting some amazing Stage 32 members from all over the world. We cover everything from how to shoot a short film 100% remotely to how to how to master the art of a director/composer relationship and more. Recently, I had the supreme pleasure of chatting with two powerhouse Stage 32 members that have been working hard to make magic happen in their entertainment careers in 2021 - and th…

6 Things I Wish I Knew Before Editing My First Feature

I recently had the privilege of cutting a horror/thriller film titled The Boy Behind the Door. It was the directorial debut of David Charbonier & Justin Powell, and it was also my first feature-length project as an editor. The film was part of the Official Selection at Fantastic Fest in 2020 and received some genuine critical acclaim during its run. It recently sold to Shudder and will be available for streaming later this year. The whole post-production process took over 2 years of…

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