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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…

Announcing the Stage 32 5th Annual Television Writing Contest!

Don't touch that dial! The biggest television writing contest of the year is back and better than ever! After an awesome series of meetings for last year's winner - Christine Torres - Stage 32 is proud to launch the 5th Annual Television Writing Contest!  Television is at the height of its Golden Age and there are unlimited opportunities for writers with unique voices and fresh stories! No matter what format you write in – sitcom, drama, serialized, procedural, mini-seri…

3 Ways Writers Can Get Noticed by Helping Others

Is your writing on the money? But there is no money in your pocket to pay for contest fees or pitching time? Do you want to get noticed? Score your first screenwriting credit? Then keep reading. I've been writing for six years. Entered my screenplays into contests. I even traveled to a pitching festival in Los Angeles. (I live in Holland.) But all of this costs money, money this screenwriter, working a part time job, did not always have. So how was I going to get noticed, then? I had …

How to find the Highway out of Development Hell

In our ever so wonderful and creative La La Land, there is a crowded little neighborhood called Development Hell. The real estate that sits there can potentially be worth millions, but the building phase is excruciating long. So long, actually, that the developers and architects behind it often give up altogether or turn it over and sell it back for scraps. This is the sad place where creativity and passion are replaced by stagnancy and frustration. If you've ever optioned a project,…

Should I Query Production Companies or a Rep With My Script? (by Richard Botto & Jason Mirch)

Is the trend to query production companies instead of reps with a script? It's a question that many Stage 32 members have asked in the past in our lounges right here on the platform. Now Richard Botto and Jason Mirch handle the question for a writer during the free "Ask Me Anything" webinar hosted by both gentlemen. A hint on how they responded? Query letters are tough. And if you have attachments to your film, maybe a letter can help. But don't dive in with a blind letter. Click below …

Another Stage 32 Screenwriting Contest Winner Signs with a Prolific Manager!

Good morning everyone! This week's motivational story is particularly exciting for me. Last week Christine Torres - the winner of our 4th Annual Television Contest - was signed by Brooklyn Weaver the principal at Energy Entertainment!  Let me tell you a little bit about Brooklyn. He produced Run All Night with Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, and Vincent D'Onofrio, Executive Produced Out of the Furnace with Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Casey Affleck, and Woody Harrelson, and Executive P…

When Your Dreams [in the Filmmaking World] Fade

My last post took us off the timeline a bit. (Thank you, Quentin Tarantino and Malcolm Gladwell for teaching us it's ok to meander in our stories and recollections.) So allow me to redirect to my humble beginnings: My friend Brian gave up an opportunity of a lifetime two hours into the first day of shooting. I was neurotic; concerned I would unwittingly reveal this fact to my mother every night as I recounted with her my days on the set. Every time the phone would ring at night I was …

Why is Crowdsourcing Essential for ALL Creatives?

If you're a creative of any kind - actor, filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, or any below or above the line talent - crowdsourcing is the tool you need to give yourself a competitive advantage in a crowded marketplace.  Winning champions of you and your work is essential! But did you know that you could crowdsource just about anything including locations and equipment for your project? It's true and it's proven! All it takes is your time and effort. Today's video explains why Crowd…

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