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Coffee & Content: 3 Simple Horror Effects & How to Terrify the Audience

Happy Haunting Season Stage 32! With Halloween just around the corner and pumpkin flavored everything on the shelves of Trader Joe's I saw it fit to bring you Coffee & Content: Halloween edition. Today's content is jam-packed with tips and tricks for taking your horror projects to the next level. Grab your piping hot PSL (or some black coffee) and let's dive in.  First up, the editing wizards over at Cinecom.net have curated a quick and easy guide to three haunting visual and …

Creativity in Quarantine: How I Made a TV Show During Lockdown

It has long been said that laughter is the best medicine. Comedy provides a way for people to cope with and alleviate stress, anxiety, and most of all remind us of better days. This past March, while California was shut down during ‘shelter in place,’ four bay area filmmakers (Sean O’Hare, Kevin Loader, Kevin Moore, and Roth Rind) wrote and produced the three episode comedy web series, “Quarantine in Pink.” It’s a story about three roommates survivin…

How to Overcome Stress & Anxiety and Unleash Your Creativity

When I first began writing I would sit in front of my computer and struggle to focus. I thought if I stared at that screen long enough that inspiration and creativity would eventually flow onto the page. Rarely did this happen. In fact, probably never. I could not focus for 2 minutes. Really, not even 10 seconds. I did not know it, but I suffered from PTSD and crippling anxiety. The craziest part is that I never considered WHY I had such incredible difficulty sitting still and writing. …

No Stopping Stage 32 Writers!: Over 66 Executive Meetings Requested through Stage 32 this Fall!

Good morning Stage 32 Creative Crew! I hope amidst your busy weekend you were able to carve out some time to introduce yourself to the rest of the Stage 32 community. If not, there is still time! Get in the mix, let people know what you’re working on and see if there are ways in which you can contribute your thoughts and ideas to other posts. It is a great way to get involved with like minded creatives. We had reach Fall and the momentum has not slowed down one bit from our busy …

Stage 32 Presents: Top Television Comedy Professionals Discuss The Current State of the TV Comedy Industry During COVID-19

Happy Saturday Stage 32 Community! On behalf of everyone here at Stage 32, I am thrilled to announce another free virtual event to help you stay up-to-date about the state of the TV comedy industry featuring some of the top writers, producers, and agents of the genre. We invite you to virtually join us on Monday, October 19th 1pm PST for our Top Television Comedy Professionals Discuss The Current State of the TV Comedy Industry During COVID-19. Register here. Seven month…

Shape Up Your Calling Card - The Importance of a Polished Stage 32 Profile

It’s the tedious but oh-so-necessary maintenance of being in this industry: online presentation. Just as we once toiled over the formatting and tone of a resume and cover letter, so now must we polish our profiles. Selling ourselves can be exhausting, but look at it this way - your Stage 32 profile is your invitation to play! We all love what we do, and we love meeting people that make the experience magical. Here’s your chance to set the tone for your fantasy-project-made-re…

How to Make a TV Show Sizzle Reel

THE POWER OF A SIZZLE REEL So many of us here on Stage 32 have a dream; a dream of either writing or producing or starring in a project. That project could be a movie, a television show, a musical, a short film, and so on. It all starts with an idea, which could be an AMAZING idea, however unless that idea is translated into something tangible like a script or treatment, that amazing idea will never be realized. Let’s take that a step further. An idea, on paper, can only go so fa…

How to Make a Short Film Over Zoom

ACT ONE: PANDEMIC, YOU SAY? Things were going great. We had just finished shooting our first horror feature film. I had spent the last four months working with the editor and now it was in the hands of our sound and colour experts when… calamity struck, in the shape of our old friend Covid-19. Allow me to explain. Under the banner of Vamoose Productions, our newly formed production company based in Manchester, England, we had just finished our first feature film, the realistic …

Another Success!: Writer Signs Shopping Agreement with Producer through Stage 32!

Good morning Stage 32 Creative Crew! I hope you had a wonderful weekend full of creative endeavors and noble pursuits. To kick this week off, I want to introduce you to a Stage 32 member who completely embodies the spirit of the platform and has the tenacity to succeed in an extremely competitive business.  Cameron Tendaji has been a member of Stage 32 for a little over a year. He joined in September of 2019 with a dream to become a screenwriter. As Cameron explains, he spent …

Coffee & Content: How to Create a Great Characters & Free Resources for Making Short Films

Happy Sunday Creative Army! I've got my coffee and hand and your weekly dose of content coming in hot - grab your coffee of choice and let's dive right in. First up, the folks over at The Closer Look have put together a short video essay about how to create strong, memorable characters. This video uses Sherlock Holmes, Batman, Darth Vader, Bilbo Baggins, and Superman as examples. When writing, filming, or performing a character, The Closer Look explains how and why you think about the …

Top 10 Stage 32 Lounge Posts: Network While You Work

Did anyone else sing “Network While You Work” to the tune of “Whistle While You Work”? Only film geeks, amiright? Or maybe it’s only Disney geeks? With less than three months left in 2020, it is so gratifying to hear so many projects are moving into production (utilizing COVID compliance safety precautions, of course). Major films and shows, local businesses, and of course the intrepid independent sets as well, all finding a way to move steadily forward. Wit…

Why Authenticity & Passion Should Drive Your Filmmaking Career

Through the struggle on the way towards the goal. Why some plans could end broken but “the Dream” must keep pulsating. I’m actually really happy to be asked from Stage 32 to write another article, trying to share something good and offering the opportunity to recognize, together, our common humanity and vulnerability as filmmakers. And maybe as human beings. Rather than pretending to be an expert in anything, or introducing myself in a way that doesn’t interest …

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