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Tune in for Cannes Film Festival Updates - Live Behind the Scenes

  And...we're off! The 2022 Cannes Film Festival is in full swing and Stage 32 is all over the Croisette! For those of you who weren't able to make it to France this year we want to make sure that you, too, are part of the action.  Stop what you're doing right now, pick up your phone and go follow our fearless leader, Richard "RB" Botto, and Managing Director Amanda Toney: @rbwalksintoabar and @stage32   @rbwalksintoabar and @stage32     https://www…

Cannes 2022 Roll Call: Announcing The Official Stage 32 Schedule - Who's Going? Who Has Films?

The Cannes Film Festival in France is next week! As you all know Stage 32 has has worked directly with and have had an official presence at the Cannes Film Festival Marche du Film for the last 5 years. From education initiatives, partnerships and parties, Stage 32 always has our finger on the pulse of the world's biggest film festival and market.  Also, for the last 5 years Stage 32 is an official education partner of the Cannes Marche du Film. This year, our role has expanded eve…

Feedback: Friend or Foe?

At one of my many day jobs, I worked in communications for one of the world’s largest banks. Not my dream job, but I had an office, so that was cool. When I wasn’t pasting press clippings into photo albums with solid gold covers for a former chairman (a real thing that happened), I got to work a fair bit with the CEO. It’s de rigueur to demonize bankers, but this guy was actually very decent. I was with him on one occasion when he gave a speech to employees. He told a …

Three Things in the Entertainment Industry You Shouldn’t Take Personally

Today's blog comes from our fearless leader Richard "RB" Botto. Over on his Medium he has put together Three Things in the Entertainment Industry You Shouldn’t Take Personally and he is sharing them exclusively to you, the Stage 32 community. He has posted this exclusive information over on his Medium account, and we've provided an excerpt below... Enjoy Creative Army!

Announcing the 9th Annual Search for New Blood Screenwriting Contest

Ready to be frightened? We are! Horror films are always popular, and in recent years we've seen a huge uptick of interest in horror with a deeper meaning, in films like GET OUT, IT FOLLOWS and MIDSOMMAR. Low-budget horror isn't going anywhere either; they're the easiest films to make with the biggest rewards. And we can't forget that streaming services love a good fright. Hits like FRESH on Hulu and THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE on Netflix are carrying horror into the 21st century. So how c…

Coffee & Content: How they Shot the Spinning Hallway Scene in INCEPTION & VFX Tutorial from DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS

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 StudioBinder recently released a fascinating video about how Christopher Nolan shot the iconic spinning hallway scene in Inception. They dive into the cinematography, rotating set design, and stunts that went into creating such a unique and visually interesting scene - w…

Don't Be Afraid of Descriptive Writing

This blog may be stating the obvious and I don't want to come across as condescending, but I just thought I would impart a piece of advice I gave to a client of mine. I have found while doing my job as an editor, that I have a great responsibility, not just to the authors I work with, but to the work itself. It's not just about spelling and grammar, it is also about what is best for the story and looking at something from the point of view of the reader. I do know, of course, that autho…

How to Throw Out A Project And Start Fresh

It’s a fact of writing that projects need multiple drafts. But that’s not what I’m talking about in this article. Instead, sometimes you might need to completely take apart a project, throwing out every previous draft, and starting over. Sounds extreme? It is. But it’s something I recently experienced. To properly explain this, I have to give you some background on the project in question. I’ve been working on the sequel to my third book since 2017. At…

Announcing the 7th Annual Stage 32 Short Film Contest

For the past 6 years I've been really proud to oversee our Stage 32 Short Film Program. This has become one of the most anticipated programs of the year for all the industry professionals including development executives, managers, producers, agents and financiers that we work with on a day to day basis. Being a part of the Stage 32 Short Film Program is like joining a special tribe. If you make the final program not only do you get the honor of screening at the prestigious Hollyshorts …

Just Write: Creativity and Fear

We have many different names for the fear that comes along with creative pursuits. Sometimes we call it “Imposter Syndrome.” Sometimes we call it “Resistance” (because, I think, sometimes we hit writer’s block because we’re listening to fear). Sometimes we call it “The Inner Critic.” But no matter what we call it, the effect it has is the same: it’s Snow White’s poisoned apple, that creates a paralyzing slowness that congeals un…

Free Online "Ask Me Anything" with Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto: State of the Industry, Where We Are Headed

Hello Creative Army! Read any of the trades right now and our industry is in a rapid state of change. From streamers in the race for original content, to companies making acquisitions and, of course, the Great Content Gold Rush still in full force, it's a lot to keep up with. The entire Stage 32 team is on the phone every day to keep their fingers on the pulse of what's happening. It's exciting time for you as a content creator - whether you work in film, television or digital - and it…

A Guide to Social Media Marketing for Filmmakers

  Whether you are making Hollywood blockbusters, indie darlings, or passion projects in your back yard marketing your film on social media is incredibly beneficial. However, you may not be sure where to start. This article hopes to give you a guide offering tips and advice on using social media as a filmmaker. Create a Plan Work out what you are wanting to share and when you are wanting to share your posts. Take time to work out your target audience and post at the best times fo…

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