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Announcing Our 5th Annual Search For New Blood Screenwriting Contest

It’s back! The thrills, chills, the horror of it all. The most popular horror and thriller screenwriting contests is here! It’s the 5th Annual Search for New Blood Contest. We’re looking for the next A Quiet Place, Get Out, Hereditary, Witch, Red Sparrow, Unsane, John Wick, It Comes at Night, Happy Death Day, 47 Meters Down, The Meg, Atomic Blonde, The Shallows or whatever horror or thriller concept your twisted mind can dream up. We're giving one deserving writer the…

Coffee & Content - 5 Worst Screenwriting Habits & Walking Into the Audition Room

Hope you are all having a fantastic weekend.  Let's amp it up further with a little Coffee & Content action. First up, a Film Courage video featuring one of our very own.  Mark Sanderson is not only very active in the Stage 32 community, but is constantly helping writers behind the scenes as well.  Here he discusses what he believes are the 5 worst habits screenwriters fall into. Next up, some quality advice from Emmy Award winning casting director, Holly Powell.&nbs…

A History of the Western

  The Old West is generally considered the territories west of the Mississippi River between the years 1850 and 1900. The West, however, has also been defined more broadly to include the earlier period of the Spanish colonies of California and New Mexico (1800-1849) and the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, as well as western Canadian history of the 1800s. So, let’s accept that the American Old West covers the westward pioneer movement and development across the North American co…

The Importance of an Online Presence (AKA How Not to Be a D*ck Online)

One of the questions that comes up time and time again for screenwriters is – Do you have to live in LA to have a career? Nope. Obviously, it makes life a lot easier if you live in a creative hub like LA or London or New York, but the world’s a big place and there are artists EVERYWHERE. You can live where you like, but the real truth of the matter is that at some point in your career (if you want a career rather than a hobby), you will need to network with the kind of pe…

Coffee & Content - Dan Harmon's 8 Steps to Better Stories & Editing Cuts and Transitions

Happy Sunday, everyone.  Let's get to the action, shall we? We start this edition of Coffee & Content with a video from our friends at StudioBinder and Dan Harmon. Dan has been quite prolific over the last decade plus and here he explains his 8 proven steps to better stories. Next up, a look at cuts and transitions with examples from some iconic, classic, and recent films designed to help your editing skills. As always, I ask that you share this content with those you believe…

The (Sometimes) Painful Process of Getting Representation

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” This is what indie filmmaker and actress Sonja O'Hara kept in the back of her mind as she navigated the choppy waters of getting repped. After meaningful encounters and interest in her original series at ITVFest in Vermont put her on top of the world, she floated on cloud nine, quite certain that THIS would be her moment. It wasn’t. Despite encouragement from HBO’s VP of Talent Development Kelly Edwards…

Sundance Film Debut Writer Shares Writing & Networking Tips

Samantha Tanner debuted her first feature film at Sundace 2018 as a co-writer of the highly anticipated A BOY, A GIRL, A DREAM, (Directed by Qasim Basir, and starring Omari Hardwick and Meagan Good). A native of Chicago’s West-side, she is also an accomplished actress with a BFA in theater from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Samantha steps into this new unfolding of her career as a screenwriter with joy. Her film credits include: COUNTER CLOCKWISE, PAIN N LOVE, and…

Hollyshorts + Stage 32 Film Conference

Over the past few years, we've been honored to be recognized by many in the industry as the leaders in online education for content creators and film & television professionals. As the education partner for AT&T, Cannes and AFM (to name a few), we've been proud to program a variety of panels, talks and workshops which have been presented to creatives all over the world. Now, we're thrilled to announce we're extending our relationship with Hollyshorts. For the last 3 years, we've…

Coffee & Content - 7 Things to Know About Making Short Films & 5 Tips for Acting

Welcome to Sunday, everyone. And another edition of Coffee & Content. From our friends at IndyMogul, and for all those making or thinking about producing/filming a short film, it's the appropriately titled 7 Things to Know About Making Short Films! Next up, it's 5 Tips for Acting brought to you by the good peeps at Film Riot. There you have it...Short and sweet. A quick word of thanks to all who have taken the time in recent weeks to share and comment on this content.  While…

Our Feature Screenwriting Contest Winner Meets With Major Film Studio (Update)

If you haven't met him before, take a minute to meet him now... Jonathan Jordan entered his script, Golden Girl, into last year's Annual Stage 32 Feature Contest and was beyond blown away by his contest win and the eight industry meetings we sent him on. Based on those meetings, he's working with a manager and a producer on 2 different projects. We also set Jonathan up on a meeting with Verve Talent & Literary Management Agency who loved him and his script. They have been working ha…

The Come Down: Navigating Normalcy After Festival Wins & Losses Part 1

Today we welcome back to the blog, my good friend, Shaun O'Banion.  Shaun has been an active member of this community for years.  He's written blogs, done some teaching and worked directly with other Stage 32 members on a variety of projects.  Additionally, in one of those "this business is big, but small" examples, Shaun recently worked on Cover Media's film Ophelia which debuted at Sundance this year and where I have a screenplay set up and in development (relationships …

Coffee & Content - Why You Procrastinate (And How to Stop) & Creating Meaningful Relationships as a Creative

Happy Sunday, guys!  Hope you're having a great weekend.  It's been an inspiring one around these parts with another lively edition of Introduce Yourself weekend.  If you haven't posted or contributed, you're missing out on what's been a July record for new connections made here on Stage 32.  Join the biggest online networking party here. For Coffee and Content this week, I have two items I think you'll find inspiring and motivating.  First up, I often receive l…

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