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5 Easy Ways to Make a VR (Virtual Reality) Movie

You’re the writer-director of a new movie. It’s 6:05pm. You put on your Oculus headset and watch the actors on the set act out the final scene. You say, “That’s a wrap”. The actors and crew look into the camera, smile and say goodnight. You take off your headset and slip under the covers. Is VR film production truly that easy? In a word, yes. But in another word, no. I virtually attended the NVIDIA GTC conference (April 12-16) and discovered an impressiv…

"Dexter" Producer in Development with Austin-based Screenwriter Because of Stage 32

Good morning Stage 32 Creative Crew! We’re back at it on this Monday morning to kick off the week with another massive Stage 32 success story announcement. But before we get into it,  a quick update on the month of May. As you know, we’re a little over half-way through the month and at the moment there have been more than 20 new meeting requests from industry professionals looking to connect with writers through Stage 32 in May alone. That's over a meeting a day being re…

Top 10 Lounge Posts: The Drop That Starts The Ripple

Sometimes it can feel as if we cannot make a difference. This industry is so big, the wealth of content is vast, but what can any of us do? We spend our time looking for work, doing the work, shaking hands, making memories, and of course, taking time away before going back to the grind. I’m here to tell you - hell, the whole Stage 32 community is here to help remind you - that whether you are in full stride or in hibernation mode, you can enact change. Don’t worry, this isn&…

6 Steps To Find The Right Writing Partner

I have been writing and publishing stories for more than 10 years, first as a novelist. I always wrote in a silo, never sharing my work until I had reworked it countless times. Heaven forbid someone sees my terrible first draft! After publishing two novels this way, I opened myself up to a trusted friend as my next story was more complexly layered. It all made sense in my head, but would my reader get the connections? By bouncing around ideas and sharing my drafts with this friend, I fix…

NY-based Screenwriter attaches Producer and Director to Script after Connecting Through Stage 32

Happy Monday Stage 32 Creative Crew! I’m sure you’ve heard our Founder and CEO Rich ‘RB” Botto talk about the Content Gold Rush that we are in the midst of right now. I’m going to put it in perspective for you right now. Last year at this time there were 188 meeting requests from industry professionals looking to connect with writers through Stage 32. That’s a phenomenal number. That’s an average of more than a meeting a day. This year, we are …

Coffee & Content: "The Mandalorian" Virtual Sets vs. Green Screen & How to Make Money with a Short Film

Happy Sunday & Happy Mother's Day! 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, since "May the 4th Be with You" was last week, I thought it would only be fitting to share some Star Wars content. Insider recently put together a fascinating behind the screens video covering the innovative virtual backgrounds that were used to film The Mandalorian. In this video, they talk about the technologic…

Announcing the 2nd Annual New Voices in Animation Screenwriting Contest

Thanks to the successes of instant classics like ZOOTOPIA, TOY STORY, THE LEGO MOVIE and SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, and daring TV satires such as RICK AND MORTY, BOJACK HORSEMAN, BIG MOUTH, and BOB’S BURGERS, the wonderful world of animation is more exciting, diverse, and in demand than ever! There is truly something for everyone when it comes to animated features and TV series & correspondingly, it is undoubtedly more in demand than ever before! Walt Disney said, "An…

Stage 32 Joins Forces with Chapman University Dodge College of Film & Media Arts to Provide Students & Alumni with New Opportunities

Good morning Stage 32 Creative Crew! I am excited to kick off the first Monday in May with a major announcement. As you know, since 2011, Stage 32 has been a leader in connecting and educating film, tv, and digital creatives and professionals worldwide. Our mission is to democratize the film industry and provide education and opportunities for those who dream of having a career in the industry to achieve their goals. Our partners include Netflix, Cannes, the American Film Market and …

Coffee & Content: The Wes Anderson Aesthetic & The Psychology of Character Relationships

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 over at Studio Binder recently put together a fascinating breakdown of Wes Anderson's iconic directing aesthetic. This video illustrates Wes Anderson's style throughout the entire filmmaking process including story, production design, color, editing, music, and more. They use ex…

How To Write About Love If It Isn't Your Cup Of Tea

People love to read or watch love stories. It’s exciting, they can relate, and even some elements of a love story makes the whole story more real. But what to do if you don’t know how to write about love? There are different types of love, and many of us have experienced this feeling. But even if you were madly in love, it does not necessarily mean that you can express this feeling on paper. Luckily, you can use several ideas to learn how to write about love properly. Ways …

5 Ways Writing Helped Me Overcome Stress

People from all works of life live with stress, which has sometimes led to other more serious health issues. This is a personal account of how writing helped me cope with and manage stress. Corporate Background I worked as an accountant for several years in a company with offices in multiple countries and clients in different time zones. This was challenging enough in the best of times because of the fast-paced environment and the inherent pressures of the profession. But also at the w…

Why (and How) to Join the Writers Guild of America

So, you’re a writer and you’ve written some scripts that have been optioned, maybe even produced, or someone hired you to write on a series. Congratulations, you’re off to a great start. Now what? Keep writing, because that’s your job as a professional. If you are hired to write for a company who is a signatory of the Writers Guild of America, either East or West, you will be required to join. A signatory company is any company that has signed the WGA’s co…

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