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Top 10 Stage 32 Lounge Posts - Stepping Back, Regrouping, & Reaching Out Again

Hello, fellow creatives! Whether you are looking for your next gig or in the middle of a shoot, enjoying some extended time outdoors or staying in to crank out that next script, I hope you are continuing confidently forward on your creative journey! But what if you don’t feel the forward momentum? What if you’re feeling the heavy, messy trudge like Atreyu through the mud in The NeverEnding Story? First, don’t stop! Stepping back to reassess how best to progress, however…

Free Online "Ask Me Anything" with Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto: The Great Content Gold Rush of 2021 Edition

Happy Friday, Creative Army! I have been talking about The Great Content Gold Rush of 2021 for the last few months. The entire Stage 32 staff is on the phone everyday with their fingers on the pulse of what is happening in the entertainment industry and the word is unanimous - networks, streaming platforms and producers and other executives need new content. The past three months have proved this notion in spades - we have already had over 155 meeting requests from entert…

5 things I Wish Every Writer Knew About Feedback

I remember writing my first screenplay like it was yesterday. I was 17, outspoken, and very confident in my writing abilities, so when the teacher told us we were having a stage playwriting contest, I nearly jumped out of my chair with excitement. I spent the whole day writing and planning out my screenplay. The next day, I gave copies to almost everyone in my class to see what they thought. One student said it was terrible and tossed it in the garbage. I even had a close friend tell me …

How I Made a Short Film in Eight Languages: Empowering Women's Voices

Back in June 2020 in the height of stay-at-home orders and quarantining around the world, Stage 32 member and actor Solana Paz put together a short film about Father's Day, 100% remotely, featuring 38 actors in over 16 different locations. Be sure to check out her amazing blog about how she did it here. We also chatted about her remote production process on live on Instagram, you can watch our chat here.  Now, in honor of International Women's Day earlier this month, Solana put tog…

Filmmaker Optioned by Billion-Dollar Oscar-Winning Mandalay Pictures Through Stage 32

Good morning Stage 32 Creative Crew! We're kicking off the week with another awesome Stage 32 success story. It has already been a huge year for many of our writers and professionals who have connected through the site. Next week we will be recapping the biggest success stories of the first quarter. There are some incredible successes to celebrate. If you're like many members in our community, you can see and feel the power of Stage 32 resonating throughout the industry. Our members con…

Coffee & Content: Behind the Scenes of "WandaVision" & Pixar Storytelling

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, The Things has put together an in-depth behind the scenes look inside the Disney+ hit WandaVision. This video talks about how portions of the show were actually filmed in front of a live studio audience, the Marvel easter eggs hidden throughout the series, the pre-shoot "boot camp" the cast…

Stage 32 Member Spotlight: Stephen Foster, Actor & Writer

Looking back at the highs and lows of your journey in the industry, what was your turning point? Can you pinpoint when you made the decision to change your life? What small choice cascaded into a waterfall of "Universal Greenlights"? Today's guest credits Stage 32, the book The Artist's Way, and his tenacity to get his film into festivals as what resurrected his career. While acting and writing are certainly his talents, today we dig deep into the work required to make it a profession. W…

Now Showing: Seattle Black Film Festival Films on Stage 32 Screenings

Hello Creative Army! As you all know, Stage 32 Screenings was born in March of 2020 in the wake of the cancellation of SXSW. Our initiative has since been covered by Deadline, Variety, CNN, and dozens more. We are currently screening over over 200 features, shorts, and episodic pilots from SXSW, Tribeca, SeriesFest, Vail Film Festival, BFI: Flare London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival, and Telluride Mountainfilm Documentary Festival to our network of over 6,000 invited sales agents, distributors,…

#1 Mistake Writers Make When Attempting to Sell a TV Movie

Until recently, the TV movie business was non-existent outside of some kid’s fare on Disney Channel or the Bad Boyfriend of the Week genre on Lifetime. But that was then, this is now. The TV movie game has never been hotter and it can be hard for a new (or even seasoned) screenwriter to make a sale and, even more important, get his or her work produced. But even though the samples above are presented somewhat tongue-in-cheek, they point out a good reason that many would-be TV …

Four “Off the Page” Skills to Practice Now

As we think about our work as writers, sometimes we forget that there are “off the page” skills that we need to develop as well. We spend a lot of time on craft, focused on dialogue, character arcs, plot outlining—everything we need to make a strong story. But building a career as a screenwriter—or as any kind of creative—involves more than writing. Entrepreneurship, professionalism, productivity habits, and presentation skills are four “off the page…

Writer Lands Representation with Billion-Dollar Literary Manager Because of Stage 32!

Good morning Stage 32 Creative Crew! I hope that you've had a fantastic Introduce Yourself Weekend on Stage 32 making new connections and finding your tribe. If you haven't yet had a chance to jump in and introduce yourself, make sure that you are getting in on the action! There is still time to get in the mix.  As you may also know we are currently in the in the final weeks of our "That's a Movie" Logline Contest: The Sequel. We have received thousands of entries from around the w…

Coffee & Content: Andra Day, Kate Winslet, & Carey Mulligan Actors Roundtable & Best Free Resources to Make Your Short Film

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…

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