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Can You Crowdfund Without Crowdsourcing Your TV, Film, or Digital Project First?

As we continue to post the Stage 32 CrowdSOURCING video series each week, questions come up from those soaking in the videos. One question that has come up more than once is, “Can you crowdfund a TV, film, or digital project without crowdsourcing that project first?” Stage 32 CEO Richard “RB” Botto, author of the best-selling book Crowdsourcing For Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd, takes this question head on in his book, and briefly in the video…

Another Success Story! International Writer Closes The Gap with Hollywood

Good morning Stage 32 Family! It's another week and another opportunity to kick your screenwriting career into high gear!  I have been waiting to share this motivational story with you for a long time. I am a big fan of screenwriter Stephen Potts. He is dedicated to the craft of screenwriting and works hard to advance his projects. Stephen is also incredibly modest about his screenwriting success. Previously, Stephen adapted the film The Butterfly Tattoo, from the Phillip Pull…

The Most Unlucky Post You'll Read All Day

If you're superstitious, stop reading. Go read this post instead. (It's fun and inspiring and doesn't include blood.) If you don't have any superstitions about today, then stay with me. Because why not spend your Friday reading about the history of how Friday the 13th came to be a dreaded day? After all, look at all the cool stuff that's come from it: "Long considered a harbinger of bad luck, Friday the 13th has inspired a late 19th-century secret society, an early 20th-century novel, …

Diary of a DP: How to Shoot Music Festivals & Rock Concerts for Bragging Rights

Howdy, my film familia!  In this installation of Diary of a DP, I offer you a survival guide where I will be sharing my experience and things to remember when shooting music festivals or concerts. Once upon a time, as a young strapping lad, I was taking various shooting assignments to further my operating skills. Shooting music events or music videos has its own rewards. It is fun and will challenge you in every way. I learnt a helluva lot for sure. Shooting music events and music…

Hollyshorts Co-Founder Talks About the New Era of Filmmaking

The power of social media and digital media has literally changed the face of filmmaking. Theo Dumont, the co-founder of Hollyshorts, chats with Stage 32 at a previous Hollyshorts event about what's different today.   Click Here To See What Theo Has to Say!       Remember, if you haven't subscribed to our YouTube page, make sure you do so you don't miss any of our announcements.   Let's hear your thoughts in the comments below! Got an idea for a post…

Why a “Build It And They Will Come” Mentality Doesn’t Work as a Filmmaker

Throughout our CrowdSOURCING video series, we’ve shared how content creators can spread the word about their film, TV, or digital projects. Is this next video, Stage 32 CEO Richard “RB” Botto, author of the best-selling book Crowdsourcing For Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd, talks about the most viable ways to spread the world about any creative project so that it is seen, heard, and funded. More exclusively, he hones in on why some filmmakers don&rsq…

Stage 32 Joins Forces With Raindance Film Festival in London. All Are Invited!

For the 3rd time, we've partnered with the Raindance Film Festival to bring an impressive lineup of Stage 32 creative talent to London. After debuting our 4th Annual Short Film Program to a packed house at Hollyshorts, we're now taking the films to the UK where they'll be screened for international executives and Raindance festival attendees.   The program screens on September 27, 2019 with a Q&A to follow. Afterward, we'll be hosting another Stage 32 London meetup directly fo…

Inside a Prison Cell and Party Room (AKA - The Writer's Room)

Reading the "behind the scenes" stories of writers in a writer's room can shed some light on the reality of a 20-hour day that new writer's aren't aware they may be facing. The article linked below shines a light on what first-time writer's went through on the set of Friends. Would this change your mind of striving for this life? Or would it entice you?     Read More Here: A Party Room and a Prison Cell Inside the Friends Writers’ Room     Let's hea…

Can Nostalgia Sustain an Industry?

Life is precious because you never know when someone else, or you yourself, won’t be there anymore. Series finales used to be meaningful because it was the end of a show and its beloved characters. All shows are cheapened now because when they end, the audience thinks, “It’ll just be rebooted in a few years.” Nostalgia Can Be Fun     To be fair, I enjoyed the reboots of Boy Meets World (Girl Meets World), Full House (Fuller House), and Roseanne (Th…

How A Two Decade-Old Maxim Magazine Article Became “Hollywood Relevant” - Again.

One of the most exciting aspects of being in a creative industry (writing, music, filmmaking, etc.) is that once your content is out there, it’s OUT THERE—for all eternity. Courtesy of the Internet Age, that content can be discovered (or re-discovered) at any moment via simple Google search.   Participatory Journalism On Steroids     In the late-90’s, I was following in my literary idol Hunter S. Thompson’s footsteps, engaging in participator…

The Master of STORY Robert McKee Teaches Exclusively for Stage 32

I'm beyond thrilled to announce that Stage 32 has partnered exclusively with the Master of Story himself, Robert McKee, to teach an exclusive webinar for Stage 32! This is the third time Robert McKee has taught for the Stage 32 community and this time it's a real treat. You'll be able to learn a preview of what is in his new book, Creating Compelling Characters, which he is in the middle of writing! PLUS - you'll get to participate in a Q&A.  Now, no matter where you live in th…

What Are Some Tips to Using Social Media When Crowdsourcing?

Our next video in the CrowsSOURCING series is important, as it talks about using social media when crowdsourcing. And if you’re looking to create a buzz about your film, TV, or digital project, social media is going to be one of your most powerful tools. In his book, Crowdsourcing For Filmmakers, Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd, Stage 32 CEO Richard “RB” Botto shares case studies of projects that used social media to attract massive attention. But just how they d…

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