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How I Made "Under the Influence"

You know when you’re a filmmaker and you move to Los Angeles away from all of the resources you’ve worked tirelessly to secure? A fresh start? No? Oh... Me neither...   Just kidding.   Earlier this year, I moved to Los Angeles with my best friend and co-collaborator, Courtney Birk, from Baltimore, Maryland. A 2700 mile drive to further pursue my film career. Being in a brand new city, I was at a loss for cast, crew, and locations. After finally getting settled (…

RB Featured in The Huffington Post - Prepare to be Inspired!

We're excited to announce that our fearless leader has been featured on The Huffington Post with an in-depth interview from journalist Yitzi Weiner. In the interview RB talks about his background in the industry, his recent book that has just been published, Crowdsourcing For Filmmakers: Indie Film and The Power Of the Crowd, building a brand and an audience, the Stage 32 platform, the importance of community for all creatives and best practices toward achieving your goals.&nbs…

Reward Your Cast Or Crew With A Holiday Party

It may still be Summer, but our Stage 32 locations partner Peerspace is getting a jumpstart on the holiday season. If you're looking to reward your cast or crew for a great year on set or on a project, it's time to thinking about having a holiday party. Nobody gets excited about sharing eggnog around the conference table, so here's a head start on finding a holiday party venue that gets your guests excited to attend. From a luxury garage warehouse to a spacious distillery, these un…

Stage 32 Success Story: The Next Generation of Filmmakers

I've been blessed with the opportunity to speak at numerous festivals and conferences all over the world. Outside of having the opportunity to teach and share my experiences, nothing thrills me more than meeting Stage 32 members along the way and hearing how the platform played a part in their success. A few weeks back, I had one of my favorite moments of any event when I met 17 year old director Matthew Manyak and the cast and crew of his short film After the Fall at Hollyshorts. Wise,…

Coffee & Content - Screenplay Lessons From Ex Machina & Film Editing by Feel

Happy Sunday to you all. Today, I have two tremendous videos for you to enjoy with your java.  First up, it's a look at some screenplay lessons from Ex Machina.  I know we have a ton of writers on Stage 32 who have very mixed feelings about this script, so I hope to see some debate in the comments section! Next up, a look at how film editors think and cut by feel.  I absolutely love this video and think you'll find it fascinating as well. Personally, I think this conten…

Working With Actors: The Actor's Journey

Actors are amazing. They willingly thrust themselves into the persona and life experiences of another character. Directors are constantly challenging them, provoking them and inspiring them to fully embody the emotional states of their characters. Yet, many directors are not aware that actors change as they go through three distinct stages in the filmmaking process: Audition, Rehearsal and Production. Each stage puts different stresses on the actors, to which they respond in different w…

Stage 32 Celebrates 6,000 Creative Locations With Peerspace

If you haven't seen by now, we have launched Stage 32 Locations - Powered By Peerspace. You can find it on the top menu bar. This is an incredible new tool for our creative community that helps you find locations for your film shoots, writing groups, casting calls or production needs.   Stage 32 and Peerspace got together this week to celebrate all the new locations launched in the Los Angeles area, as well as Peerspace reaching a milestone of 6,000 new spaces for cr…

Why I'm a Feature Director Making a Short Film

Two years ago, I became ranked in the Top 10 of Up-and-Coming Hollywood Directors Under 40 on IMDb (Internet Movie Database) and was featured on the front page of the Hollywood Reporter. I’ve been fortunate enough to direct many name actors including an Oscar-Nominated and Golden Globe winning actor and am attached to direct several multi-million dollar projects over the next few years. I also co-run LA Acting Studios, which is an intense on-camera, set-like scene study class …

4 Rules To Financially Protect Your Film With Indie Distributors

First of all, let me introduce you to the existence of Independent Film Predators. They are less-than-legitimate indie film distributors that want to distribute your film and unfortunately, there's a bunch of 'em. In fact I can vouch for their existence personally. 3 OF A KIND, my recently completed psychological thriller, premiered at the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival. It's a film we literally scraped and clawed financially to get done. We ultimately had to take out per…

On Stage With RB - 2 New Yorkers In Hollywood Webcast Now Available!

What happens when you put 2 New Yorkers in Hollywood? Well, we found out in the most recent "On Stage With RB" special webcast - "2 New Yorkers in Hollywood". This fun, educational and definitely entertaining webcast featured our fearless leader, Richard "RB" Botto, and special guest Bradley Gallo, CCO of Amasia Entertainment. For those of you new to Stage 32 and may not know the hosts, RB is the founder & CEO of Stage 32, an actor & voice actor, producer (ANOTHER HAPPY DA…

Coffee & Content - P. T. Anderson, Christopher Nolan & More

Happy Sunday to you all.  Hope you're having a fantastic weekend. In this edition of Coffee & Content, we go back to P.T. Anderson and a cut by cut breakdown of There Will Be Blood.  We also turn our attention to Dunkirk director Christopher Nolan and his pluses and minuses as a filmmaker and storyteller. As always, I ask you to share this content where you can on your other social media accounts through the handy share buttons at the top of this blog.  Pay it forwar…

It's Show Reel Share Day - Share Your Reels With the World

Today on Twitter and Instagram, it's #ShowReelShareDay - That means whether you're an actor, filmmaker, cinematographer or other creative with a reel, today is the day to showcase your talents to the world. Let's show the social world that we are the most creative community on the planet! We're asking all our members who have reels and either a Twitter or Instagram account (or both) to help promote Stage 32 while promoting yourselves!  All you have to do is share your reel link her…

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