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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…

Stage 32 Member Writes Blog Post, Lands Contract in Scotland

One Stage 32 blog post.Two hours to write.Three opportunities as a result. (And one of them is in Scotland!)When Stage 32 member Joey Madia wrote his first Escape Room narratives for an organization, it was in 2017. He wrote them for two 5-star escape rooms on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. Those rooms are still active today. Not long afterwards, he wrote and published a blog post right here on Stage 32 called Seven Steps for Writing Escape Room Narratives (And How to Find Op…

Reclaim Your Worth as an Artist

Reclaim Your Worth. Reclaim Your Art. As an artist, you need a powerful, resilient, yet flexible and fluid sense of self-worth. Self-worth keeps you connected to your creative energy. When you feel in touch with your self-worth, you can make art that you believe in. You trust the value of what you create - its message, meaning, power, and purpose. A real trust in your creativity begins with accepting yourself and all that you are. Connected to yourself, you’re able to maintain…

Tips on How to Create a Central Conflict for a Drama

Create High Value Conflicts The key reason most scripts/films fail is that they were not properly conceived. That is, when the central conflict of the film’s story was being created not enough thought was put into to finding the best dramatic ideas in it. However, by asking the right dramatic questions, writers, producers and directors can create central conflicts that are strong enough to be developed into first-rate stories. Following are ideas showing how to develop a strong ce…

Stage 32 Joins Forces with Trinidad and Tobago Film Commission

It's been a remarkable year here at Stage 32. From expanding our relationships with such organizations and companies as Cannes, the American Film Market, Raindance, Gidden Media, AT&T and many more to our ever growing list of Stage 32 member success stories, the first 8 months of 2019 has proven to be our most inspirational yet. And now we have yet another announcement...   In an effort to bring the incredible talent of the Caribbean to a global audience, the Trinidad and To…

How Do I Use Crowdsourcing to Build an Audience for My Film, TV or Digital Project?

For the past few weeks we’ve been featuring videos in our crowdSOURCING series hosted by Stage 32 CEO, Richard “RB” Botto. RB authored his best-selling book, Crowdsourcing For Filmmakers, Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd to light the way for indie filmmakers and other creatives looking to make their mark with independent projects. In the new video below, he talks about how to use crowdsourcing to build an audience. “Boots on the ground,” as he says, ar…

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