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Aside From Crowdsourcing, What Gives Me a Competitive Advantage in the Film Industry?

We’ve learned in the Crowdsourcing video series that in order to get ahead with any creative project, you need to have a competitive advantage. Stage 32 CEO Richard “RB” Botto is the best-selling author of Crowdsourcing For Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd, an undeniably powerful book that delves into one of the film industry's best kept secrets: CrowdSOURCING. And the more you discover about crowdsourcing, the more you understand that it truly gives yo…

My Time At Hollyshorts: Making the Transition From Writer to Filmmaker

As a writer, your mind runs a million miles an hour fueled by high octane dreams, inspirations, and real-life memories. Your grey-matter cylinders are pumping away as your fingers bludgeon a keyboard, so much so to the point you probably should apologize to it afterwards. It’s because there’s always something missing. Some gaping hole within you that you need to fill, and you believe that creating some sort of literary art will help fill that, if only for the moment. That hun…

Coffee & Content - Top 5 Reasons Why People Leave the Film Industry & 20+ Film Set Jobs For You

Good Morning, Stage 32 Family! I've got some interesting videos for you this morning. While so many of us work in the film industry, there are reasons we stay and reasons we're no longer a part of it. Take a listen to the Top 5 Reasons Why People Leave the Film Industry. For some, breaking up the amount of time in between gigs is a temporary leave and they come back. For others, not so much. Take a listen to the Top 5 Reasons Why People Leave the Film Industry. Next up, we'll showcase …

How Your Favorite Coming of Age Novel Shaped You

Off the top of your head, without thinking, what was your favorite coming of age novel? Mine was, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. I had to read it because all of the junior high school girls were reading it and talking about the "sex scene" it in. And of course, I had to read that sex scene. It would be my first book that dove into sex and I was very excited about learning more. It wasn't that great. But the book was. I remember that. Which is why I felt compelled to share th…

Free AMA with Our Very Own Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto

Let's rock and roll, Creative Army. We've been well overdue to get together live. I've got just the solution. Let's hang AMA (Ask Me Anything) style.   Since the last AMA in May, I've been running all over the globe fulfilling Stage 32 partnership responsibilities, conducting business, exploring creative writing/filming/producing opportunities, and mentoring in such places as Cannes, Budapest, Majorca, Paris, Dordogne, Trinidad and Tobago, London, Munich, Hamburg and, of course, r…

What Kinds of Things Can You Crowdsource for Your Creative Project?

In the next video of our Crowdsourcing series, Richard “RB” Botto, the best-selling author of Crowdsourcing For Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd and Stage 32’s CEO, shares things you can crowdsource for your creative project. If you’ve been following the series, you know that building an audience first can help enhance your crowdfunding campaign because you’ve already taken the time to seek out dedicated followers. But what if you could crow…

Stage 32 Members Creating Opportunities & Working Together to Produce Projects!

Good morning Stage 32 Family! It's Monday morning and we are buzzing at Stage 32!  We have so much to be excited about from the last few weeks that it is hard to know where to begin. As you know, Stage 32's Founder and CEO Rich "RB" Botto and Managing Director, Amanda Toney just returned after incredible trips to the Raindance Film Festival in the UK, where Stage 32 screened our 4th Annual Stage 32 Short Film Program and Hamburg FilmFest in Germany! In addition, we also just an…

Coffee & Content - How to Get Your Short Screened at Film Festivals & What Film Festivals Should You Submit to First?

Happy Sunday, Creative Army. Let's jump right in to another edition of Coffee & Content. First up, How to Get Your Short Screened at Film Festivals. Many of us here on Stage 32 are looking for ways to get noticed. Networking at film festivals is a great way. And if you're know ahead of time which festivals to submit to and what to expect, you're ahead of the curve. Piggy backing that from our Friends at Indie Hustle, What Film Festivals Should You Submit to First? Some of us have o…

What Fish Can Teach Us About [Not] Giving Up

I have a secret to tell you. About two weeks after my pilot shoot, I wanted to give up. And not just for that day. For about 45 days after that. And then forever, really. I was tired, burned out, frustrated with a crew member, and suddenly completely unsure of why I had just invested thousands of dollars to do what I did. I wanted to give up. My other half told me what I was experiencing was natural and that before long, I would be back in the saddle. Turns out what he said is true. B…

Netflix’s War with Movie Theatre Chains

I remember the first time I was impressed by the size of a movie theatre audience like it was yesterday. It was when I went with my family to see Home Alone when I was 9-years-old. Little did I know that seeing that movie would change the trajectory of my life.   The Power of Movies on the Big Screen I had known from an early age that I wanted to be an artist. I just didn’t know what kind—I really couldn’t draw, and I felt like I didn’t have anything to …

Another Stage 32 Partnership Announcement - Joining Forces With the Austin Film Festival!

Fresh off the heels of our expanding partnerships with Cannes, Raindance, Hollyshorts, and AFM (more on that shortly) and our new partnerships with the Trinidad and Tobago Film Commission and the Hamburg Film Festival, we're proud to announce that we have now joined forces with the prestigious Austin Film Festival. For starters, we'll be screening our 4th Annual Short Film Program during the festival.  So far this program has screened at Hollyshorts, Raindance and now we're excited…

You Are the CEO of Your Creative Career - Take Control!

Greetings from London where we just finished our sold-out screening of our 4th Annual Film Program at the Raindance Film Festival.  It was fantastic to see so many of our educators and executives in attendance, at our afterparty, and during our meetings throughout the week.  We'll be sharing more here on the blog soon. Those of you who know me have heard me stress that too many creatives focus nearly exclusively on their craft.  They don't take the time to keep on top of …

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