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How to Turn A "Pass" Into A Positive Experience

Hello Stage 32 Community! I am so excited to bring your today's blog from New York-based Stage 32 member and filmmaker Dennis Cahlo! I first met Dennis on Instagram after he posted an epic video talking about his experience pitching his project Lonely Hearts on Stage 32. I immediately reached out to Dennis to ask if he was interested in writing a blog for the Stage 32 community and he came back with brilliant enthusiasm and this awesome article about how to turn a "pass" into a pos…

Grab a Networking Buddy and Make It “Introduce Your FRIEND Weekend”!

Imagine your shyest friend. The one who talks with you, and not many others. This person is probably really good at what they do – writing, directing, editing - but is terrible at putting themselves out there and meeting new people. Now imagine that friend finally working up the courage to type up a paragraph about themselves and post it for this community to see. Imagine that person discovering other creatives and striking up conversations with them, all because you took the time …

What Do You Want to Learn About the Craft & Business of Entertainment?

Hey everyone! Harrison here, the Director of Education at Stage 32. As a lot of you know, I’ve been working hard this past year to put together new learning opportunities led by some of the top minds in the entertainment industry to help everyone in the Stage 32 community grow in their field, whatever that field may be. And I’m super proud of what the education we’ve been able to provide! We’ve programmed webinars, classes and labs that have helped writers, direc…

Read the 2021 Oscar-Nominated Screenplays

For the past year, long time Stage 32 member and screenwriter Alan C. Baird has been providing his fellow Stage 32 members award-nominated screenplays to read and learn from. In case you missed it, check out the 2021 Golden Globes-nominated screenplays, 2021 Writers Guild Award-nominated screenplays, and 2021 BAFTA-nominated screenplays Alan shared with us. Now, Alan has collected the 2021 Academy Awards-nominated original screenplays and adapted screenplays! What are th…

Tips for Successful Live Directed Voiceover Sessions with Clients

One of the most stressful aspects of voice acting, in my opinion, are live directed sessions. It seems that no matter how many sessions I have under my belt, I always get a little stage fright before a session. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out what it is about live sessions that put me on edge, and even with a lot of theatre experience and improv training, it’s the feeling of performing and the idea that ‘all eyes are on you.’ As an artist, and a Voi…

Screenwriter Lands Manager through Stage 32 Education

Happy Monday Stage 32! I am beyond thrilled today to share the Stage 32 Success story of long-time Stage 32 member, blogger, author, and screenwriter, Shannon K. Valenzuela. Shannon has written several amazing blogs for the Stage 32 community, and a few weeks ago she told me live on Instagram that she just landed a MAJOR literary manager through Stage 32 education! Shannon is an incredibly talented and altruistic writer, and her story is a testament to the power of networking, setting …

Coffee & Content: How to Write a TV Pilot that Sells & How to Develop Your Visual Style

Happy Sunday Creative Army! 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, our friends over at StudioBinder has put together a great video about how to write a TV pilot that sells. In this video, they use South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone's approach to story structure to illustrate compelling story structure. Like our Christopher Mack does in our Netflix TV Pitch Workshop, this v…

Read the 2021 BAFTA-Nominated Screenplays

For the past year, long time Stage 32 member and screenwriter Alan C. Baird has been providing his fellow Stage 32 members award-nominated screenplays to read and learn from. In case you missed it, check out the 2021 Golden Globes-nominated screenplays and the 2021 Writers Guild Award-nominated screenplays Alan shared with us.  Now, Alan has collected the 2021 British Academy Film Awards-nominated original screenplays and adapted screenplays! What are the similarities in the …

How Tabletop RPGs Can Help You Create Your TV Show

It is no secret that writing a TV show, or an animated series is not an easy task, especially if your story takes place in a complex fantasy, historical or science fiction world. However, tabletop role-playing games can help you with that. Right before we start, let me tell you a story. A few years ago, I started to develop an animated sci-fi series. I had the story and the characters, but despite all my efforts, the setting was still vague, and this made the writing difficult. The fact…

How to Stay Creative During Uncertain Times

Fragile, resilient. Perceptive, narrow-minded. Reclusive, convivial. As writers we are all these things and more. We are the canaries in the coal mine, the watchers against the dark, the mirrors of society. But if we are empaths and mirrors, what do we do when society has a really bad day? Or a really bad week? Or months? Or a year? If you were fortunate enough to listen to Rebecca Day’s session at the London Screenwriters Festival Online on February 7th, "Where's your head at? M…

Screenwriters: When To Take and Ignore Advice

The Ever-Dreaded Constructive Criticism Fellow screenwriters, I get it. Constructive criticism sucks, any way you slice it. Yes, we know it helps, but it almost always hurts in a way. It's a direct blow to the good old ego, which is ever so frail these days. That nice little labor of love you just spent 100+ man hours on has issues with it? How could it possibly after all that time and energy you just devoted to it? Seemingly impossible, right? Believe me, I understand fully. Been the…

Working Remotely as a Film & TV Composer: Everything You Need to Know

As a composer for Film and Television you are probably used to working on your own in your studio most of the time, basically with the sole exception of meetings and recording sessions. Among composers we always joke about our professional life “in isolation”. Well, one year ago, Covid happened, and, as of today, the composer job is basically 100% remote. This has changed the work flow in many ways, making us switch to new strategies to communicate, meet, share… Here …

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