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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…

Coffee & Content - The Magic of P.T. Anderson & Thelma Schoonmaker

Happy Sunday, everyone. In this edition of Coffee & Content, I have two videos focusing on two masters of craft.  First, it's Paul Thomas Anderson, director of Boogie Nights, Magnolia, There Will be Blood and The Master to name a few.  Next, it's a look at the editing style of Martin Scorcese's go to post-production specialist, the legendary Thelma Schoonmaker. Both vids provide a wealth of information and a deep dive into the thinking of two visionary creatives.  I …

Coffee & Content - The Magic of Stanley Kubrick

Happy Sunday to all.  Hope you're enjoying your weekend. For Coffee & Content this week, I bring you two videos centered around the magic of Stanley Kubrick.  As you know, Kubrick was the complete package - a master storyteller, a visionary in the use of light and sound and, of course, an actor's director. Nearly 20 years after his death, Kubrick's films are gifts that keep on giving and serve as inspiration for film creatives around the world. I hope you enjoy the conte…

Coffee & Content - Storytelling of INSIDE OUT & More

Happy Sunday, everyone.  And for those celebrating in the States, a Happy 4th of July weekend. For Coffee & Content this week, I'm sharing two terrific videos I'm sure you'll all find enormously entertaining and informative. First, it's the Personal Storytelling of INSIDE OUT.  I'm sure many of you are familiar with the painstaking process all Pixar scripts go through from concept to screen.  This video provides some more insight into why INSIDE OUT was Oscar nominat…

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