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Tips and Tricks for Creating a Narrative Podcast in 2021

A Love Letter to 2020: Tips and Tricks for creating a Narrative Podcast in 2021 I was going to start this blog with a clever send-up of all my missteps and foibles in the production of my podcast, Piercing Time, of which there were many. It was going to be a funny, wry and rueful story, with all of the tried and true ingredients that charm and engage readers on the page. But then I realized that I wanted to write a different kind of story, one about faith and friendship across cont…

Inspiration and the Will To Work

Happy February, Stage 32! By now, I think most of the readers on this site know me pretty well! For those who don’t, I’m a screenwriter, a playwright, a director, a producer, a script doctor of growing repute, a game designer, a novelist, and in all respects a worldbuilder and storyteller. By now, I’ve worked as an executive for more than a decade and I’ve written more than 40 feature film scripts.  My personal backstory is a bizarre and twisted odyssey of l…

Stage 32 + Netflix TV Pitch Workshop: Now Available On-Demand for FREE!

Happy Monday, Creative Army! Last week, we hosted our FREE Netflix TV Pitch Workshop, and I am thrilled to report that we had 25,763 entertainment creatives (screenwriters, filmmakers, actors) and professionals (managers, agents, development execs, producers) from over 175 countries register for this epic virtual event. Christopher Mack, the Director of Talent Investment and Development at Netflix, provided over three hours of exclusive insider information and tips on how to pitch …

Coffee & Content: The Making of "Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom" & Can You be an Introverted Director?

Happy Sunday Creative Army! What a week here at Stage 32. We had over 25,000 people from 175 countries register for our Netflix TV Pitch Workshop on Thursday. Christopher Mack, Netflix's Director of Creative Talent Investment & Development, gave over 3 hours of information and inspiration about how to pitch to Netflix. In case you missed the live event, no worries, you can watch the full presentation on-demand here. Thank you so much to everyone who watched and shared this epic virt…

Read the 2021 Golden Globes Nominated Feature Screenplays

No matter what role(s) you play in the entertainment industry, it is essential to stay tuned into market trends and top-performing projects. As you have likely heard, the 2021 Golden Globes nominations were announced earlier this week. The entertainment world has been abuzz all week with nomination snubs, surprises, and Netflix's continued awards season domination (despite the lack of nods towards their current leading lady, Bridgerton).  So, as a well-informed industry aficionado,…

9 Things You Must Include in a Director Resume

It goes without saying that the entertainment industry is unlike any other. It is fast-paced, creatively challenging, ever-changing, exciting, and extremely competitive. Entertainment professionals, especially directors, are constantly taking on new projects, looking for new work, and finding new opportunities to expand their portfolio of experience. Many people aspire to become an entertainment director, but very few will actually make it to this highly coveted role. If you have been lu…

Tips on Breaking Into the Entertainment Industry from Talent Manager & Producer Brian Dobbins (BLACK-ISH)

Happy Tuesday Stage 32! We recently had the pleasure of chatting with talent manager and producer Brian Dobbins (Black-ish, Grown-ish, Mixed-ish) about how to break into the entertainment industry. Between his own successful career as a producer and as a talent manager to some major A-listers (Martin Lawrence, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Anthony Anderson are on his roster) Brian has helped countless careers blossom in this highly competitive industry.  In this interview, Brian talks ab…

Stage 32 Joins Forces With Netflix - An Invitation for You

Good morning Creative Army,   As you know, for the last 10 years, Stage 32 has been at the forefront of the democratization of the entertainment industry. As both our creative and professional community continues to grow, many companies, networks and streamers are turning to Stage 32 to find new talent and material.   To that end, we're extremely proud to announce that we have joined forces with Netflix. This Thursday at 11am PST, we will be hosting a free Netflix TV Pitchi…

Coffee & Content: How Aaron Sorkin Creates Musical Dialogue & Roger Deakins on Practical Lighting

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 at StudioBinder recently released a video exploring how cinematographer Roger Deakins (1917, Skyfall, Blade Runner 2045, No Country for Old Men) uses practical lighting in his work. This video explains what practical lighting is, how you can achieve a "natural" look on camera, h…

How to Succeed in the Entertainment Industry in 2021

Happy Saturday Stage 32!   As many of you know, our fearless leader and CEO Richard "RB" Botto regularly hosts "Ask Me Anything" webinars. RB's AMA's are packed with inspirational, no-bs shop talk about all aspects of the entertainment industry.    Naturally, there was no better way to say hasta la vista to 2020 and hello to 2021 than with a special Ask Me Anything" F@#$ 2020 Edition from RB. I wanted to take a moment to share with you some of the highlights that are s…

Stage 32 Member Spotlight: Bob Harper, Animation Veteran

With a New Year comes a reinvigorated sense of purpose. The purpose of Stage 32? To connect, to educate, to elevate. The purpose of the Stage 32 Lounges? To provide a safe and encouraging environment for creatives and professionals to connect, educate, and elevate each other. The purpose of the Member Spotlight series? To show that your Stage 32 connections start with a post, a comment, or a direct message, but they can lead to a meeting, even a creative partnership. It all starts with a…

The Entertainment Industry, Health, and You

In this third blog installment I am going to discuss something very serious and it affects everyone whether they are in the film industry or not - our health. During these extra-ordinary times all of us in the entertainment industry are going though various levels of struggle with some of us not being able to work for months. Being mindful about our wellbeing is of paramount importance as we go through our day to day activities.I am in no way any part of the medical profession. As you ma…

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