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$5,000 Option, $100,000 Financing Eligibility - Stage 32's Latest Partnership - Exclusive Coverage in Deadline Hollywood

  If you've been around these parts for a while, you've heard me preach that relationships are everything.  You also know that our mission here at Stage 32 is not only to provide film, television, and digital content creatives and professionals a supportive and productive networking environment, but to provide our members with myriad opportunities for direct access to executives and decision makers to help get you staffed, signed, and produced. Almost every partnership we've …

Coffee & Content - Animation Roundtable & Mistakes to Avoid in Act 1 of Your Script

Good morning Creative Army! We are already well into 2020, I hope everyone's year is off to a creative and productive start. As filmmakers, we always want to be learning from our fellow filmmakers' successes (and missteps). This is exactly why this is my favorite part of the week: Coffee & Content. So grab your coffee and get ready for some Grade-A content.  First up, our friends over at The Hollywood Reporter sat down for a conversation with two of animations hottest filmmake…

8th Annual Stage 32 Oscars Contest

The celebs are prepping with their glam squads and the Dolby Theatre is getting ready for one of Hollywood's biggest nights. That's right - the 92nd Oscars® are right around the corner on Sunday, February 2nd, 2020.  Here at Stage 32, we are thrilled to embark on our 8th Annual Oscars Contest. Every year, we give our community the chance to test their industry knowledge and submit their guesses for the top filmmakers in the industry. Who do you think will go home with the …

Read the 2020 Writers Guild Awards Nominated Screenplays

Earlier this week, we posted the 2020 Oscar-nominated screenplays. With awards season in full swing, it is interesting seeing the overlaps (and snubs/surprises!) in some of the nominations. Today, the amazing Stage 32-er Alan C. Baird has collected the Writers Guild Award-nominated screenplays for both best original screenplay, and best adapted screenplay.  Can you spot the differences (I see you Booksmart!) in the nominations between the Oscars and the Writers Guild? Which WG…

Seven Essentials for Projects “Based on a True Story”

  “Based on a True Story.” Five very powerful words. But also kind of complicated… Yet, despite the complications and often polarizing reviews when “true stories” debut, there’s no denying there’s something about a “true” story that’s value-added. The voyeurism intrinsic to our psychology is essential to engaging with Narrative, and those five words enhance the marketing, anticipation, and audience experience. Take the…

Read the 2020 Oscar-Nominated 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 2020 Oscars® nominations were announced yesterday. When it comes to "what's hot" in Hollywood - Oscar nominations take the cake.  So, as a well-informed industry aficionado, take some time this week to do your homework and check out some of the industry's favorite films of the past year. Today, we have …

How to bypass the Gatekeepers by Making Your Own Content

Several years ago I decided that I wanted to get a degree in film and television from the highly competitive film school at New York University. There was one major obstacle though... I was a high school drop out. What are the odds of my being accepted into this school and program? Not very good, but I decided (call it naivety, blind faith, insanity or whatnot) it was not only possible, but it was going to be my reality. I put one foot in front of the other, busted my butt as if it were …

Expanding Your Vision in 2020

On New Year's day, Richard Botto challenged us as members of the Stage 32 community to discuss our strategies for 2020. The point of Stage 32 is to help members see new possibilities to expand their craft, make connections and produce entertainment that audiences love.   What strategies are you planning on implementing toward reaching your goals? I'd love to know more about them, and I'm sure others in the community would as well." - Richard "RB" Botto, Founder and CEO of S…

3 Strategies to Help Build Creative Intimacy

Creativity requires you to stay present and connected with all that you are - your talents, skills, and vision, as well as your feelings, thoughts, and inspiration. Your most private experiences and aspects of your internal life all come together and, one creative moment at a time, they become your art. As an artist, you know what it’s like when you merge with your art. You and your art flow together and become one. It almost feels like magic. You enter into a state of creative b…

AMA with Stage 32's Richard Botto: How can Stage 32 Script Services Help Filmmakers?

Hello Creative Army! As many of you know, our Stage 32 CEO, Richard "RB" Botto, offers a free webinar called 'Ask me Anything'. This week - we are featuring a question that might help you start your New Year off right: How can Stage 32 Script Services help Filmmakers?  Are you a screenwriter with a script you would like some professional industry notes on? Are you a director or a producer with a project you would like some feedback on before committing it to film? Stage 32 sc…

Why Every Filmmaker Should Do A 48 Hour Film Project

Seven years ago, the 48 Hour Film Project first crossed my radar. A friend told me about it and I thought the idea of making a movie in 48 hours was crazy. Five films later, I still think it’s crazy - but that’s not the point. What Is The 48 Hour Film Project? As stated above, the 48 Hour Film Project is an event where filmmakers make a film from start to finish in 48 hours. Different cities do them different weekends, so sometimes teams participate in several a year. Ther…

Script Developed & Pitched Through Stage 32 Going into Production in March with Major Producer!

Welcome to 2020, Stage 32 Family! It’s the big first Monday of the year, and we’re coming out guns blazing with a big Stage 32 success story. If you’re looking for some inspiration for getting your work out there in the new year, listen to this story from Stage 32 member Laurie Ashbourne who has been a Stage 32 member for over 8 years. Now Laurie has not one, but two projects set up through Stage 32! One of which is going into production in March with a massive genre …

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