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Announcing Our 6th Annual Television Writing Contest

Pulitzer Prize-winner Carl Sandburg said, "The impact of television on our culture is...indescribable.There’s a certain sense in which it is nearly as important as the invention of printing.” Television continues to experience its Golden Age as a multitude of new streamers and premium networks emerge, while existing networks continue to take greater creative and commercial risks with exciting original ideas. Across all platforms, formats and genres, content creators for tel…

Coffee & Content: Editing in Storytelling & Behind the Scenes of "The Dark Knight" Trilogy

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, The Cinema Cartography has put together an awesome video about how important the role of editing is in the overall storytelling of a film. Editors and directors ultimately have the final word on what the audience gets to see - and that is powerful. This video uses examples from Inception, R…

Everything You Need to Know about Residuals and Unions

In many countries, creative workers are organized in unions or guilds, who represent the collective interests of their members for labor-related matters in the audiovisual industry. In this article, we focus on a part of financial compensation in connection with film production, being the payment of residuals to members of the traditional US guilds. More specifically, we will look at the mechanism of calculation and payment of residuals to actors, directors, and screenwriters, from th…

Stage 32 Member Spotlight: Screenwriter/Story Editor Dawn Prato

Hey, Stage 32-ers! Autumn is here, productions (COVID-safe, of course) are picking up steam, and we are all trying to regain a sense of time. How best to spend your free time, how much energy to put into work time, and why social time is still so essential. I am reminded of an inspirational quote, “bloom where you are planted”. The question is, where do you see yourself blooming? Do you require a small group or a big class? What are your next steps to seeing your project to …

How to Do a Layered Rewrite

Prewriting and rewriting are my two favorite parts of the writing process. Prewriting sets you up for success so that when you spill everything out on the page in your first draft, it gives you something solid to work with. But rewriting is where you get to take that material and make it truly reflect the best of what you have to give to the world. Even if you strive to create a first draft that’s as close to the final form as possible—which is my own personal writing objec…

Another Success: Writer Lands Representation through Stage 32 by Thinking "Like Them"!

Good morning Stage 32 Creative Crew! I hope you had a fantastic weekend and were able to get some writing in.  Today's blog comes from Stage 32 member Pidge Jobst. Pidge says, "Stage 32 are unprecedented in the industry, offering an alternative, out-of-formula inroad to the industry. Ten years of attempting to break-in will definitely make a content creator appreciate a forum like Stage32!"  As Pidge explains, after attempting to scale the walls of Hollywood, he figured out he…

Coffee & Content: Writing a "Meet Cute" & How to Film at Any Budget

Happy Sunday Creative Army! Here's hoping you had a happy, healthy, and creative week. I've got some fresh coffee in hand and some amazing content coming in hot. Let's dive in, shall we? First up, the folks over at Studio Binder have put together a video about how to perfect the art of writing a "meet cute". A classic trope of the romantic comedy, a "meet cute" is how two characters meet for the first time. Our network of executives is actively searching for the next best RomCom script…

Top 10 Lounge Posts: Stage 32 Members Doing the Work & Inviting You to Join

Even if you're not in Hollywood, you can get a sense of the "business" by what professionals are talking about. What have Stage 32 members been talking about lately? The work. What work their doing, how to do the work, and getting back to the nitty gritty. It's exciting, but it's also a great time to show how much value you bring. Taking a few minutes to answer another's questions could be a great advantage to them and show what a fantastic asset you are!   It's true, the lounges …

Now Showing: Oxford Film Festival Features, Shorts, & Docs on Stage 32 Screenings

Happy Friday Creative Army! As you all know, Stage 32 Screenings was born in March in the wake of the cancellation of SXSW. Our initiative has been covered by Deadline, Variety, CNN, and dozens more. We are currently screening over 150 features, shorts, and episodic pilots from SXSW, Tribeca, SeriesFest, Vail Film Festival, BFI: Flare London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival, and Telluride Mountainfilm Documentary Festival to our network of over 6,000 invited sales agents, distributors, managers, a…

Animation Industry Q&A with Frank Gladstone - 45 Year Veteran of Animation: EPISODE 3

Happy Wednesday Stage 32!   Back in July, we launched a Vlog Series featuring long-time animation industry veteran, Frank Gladstone. Frank has worked for some of the biggest names in animation (Disney, Warner Bros, and DreamWorks, to name a few!) in his 45+ years in the industry. Frank is also currently the Executive Director for The International Animated Film Society (ASIFA - Hollywood) which hosts the world-famous Annie Awards honoring animators from all over the world. Last mo…

How to Start Your Own Podcast: 1,000 listeners in 50 days

Here’s the thing about podcasts: literally anyone with a computer can make one. And so many people do. I’m going to go out on a limb here and bet that most of you reading this are, at the very least, considering starting your own podcast. And you should! It’s a great way to reach an audience, build your brand, and/or sell a product. But here’s the other thing about podcasts: most of them suck. The vast majority of podcasts don’t get more than 136 downloa…

Authors...It's Time to Take Your Book to Screen

Authors, it's time to take your book to screen. With critical and commercial successes of television series including "Game of Thrones", "The Handmaid's Tale", "Big Little Lies", and "The Witcher", and feature film franchises such as The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, and Jurassic Park, the entertainment industry is in constant search for the next great piece of Intellectual Property that is ready for adaptation. This IP can be in the form of a book, novel, novella, graphic novel, shor…

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