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Producer/Director/Writer/Actor - You Can Do it All... but Should You?

You’ve heard the saying “Jack of all trades, master of none”? I’m going to start with something controversial, I hate that quote. This quote has been preached to me on many occasions throughout my career and I can imagine it will continue for the rest of my years. Why this quote? Because my creativity is hard to grasp, I do many things, and can do many things well, does this sound like you?. Your creativity doesn’t fit in the societal norms of occupation, …

How To Wake Up on the Right Side of the Writers' Desk

How To Wake Up on the Right Side of the Writer’s Desk: Ideas on how to get re-motivated to work on that script you’ve been ignoring this entire pandemic. If your quarantine has been anything like mine, then all the grand plans you had for finishing that script, taking that online class, and working on your yoga game have turned into finishing that pint of ice cream, taking that random personality quiz, and working on your watching everything in your Netflix queue game.…

Announcing the Stage 32 "That's a Movie" Logline Contest!

CONGRATULATIONS!   HERE ARE THE WEEK 4 WINNERS! LEX by LaRose Washington "A Black architecture nerd's determination to win herself a man and a job before graduating from her predominantly white university takes a turn as rising racial tensions in the country hit a little too close to home."   MAN OF COLOUR by Martin Keady "A biopic of Walter Tull, one of Britain’s first black professional football players, who was driven out of the game by racism (even from within…

You Don't Need Hollywood's Permission (or Money) to Make a Movie!

Back in 2006, a buddy of mine had an idea. He loved horror movies, he knew someone with a camera, and he had been writing horror-themed stories since he was a teenager. He’d also been acting in theater productions around the region, and figured he could get a few people together for a weekend here and there. And that’s exactly what he did. He turned one of his stories into a script. He pulled a few folks together. He started filming. Many people do this sort of home-grown …

How To Produce An International Pilot During COVID - Part 2: Production

Black Creek originated as a writing exercise during quarantine. Now, it’s an independent TV pilot with network actors, Sundance Fellows, and a cutting-edge health and safety solutions company attached. Michael Goitanich and Connor Pannell, the Canadian/American co-production duo behind Black Creek, discuss what they learned throughout production, virtual post-production, and their plans for distribution. This article focuses on what we learned during production, to learn how we ha…

How to Know When It is Time to Walk Away from a Project

One of the things I’ve noticed as I’ve created books and scripts is that no matter what the project is or what your role in the project is, you leave a piece of yourself in everything. We can’t help it. Any undertaking leaves a piece of us, a signature of sorts. With filmmaking, projects come and go and sometimes, you have to walk away. Sometimes, it’s before the project sees the light of day. And to be honest, that’s when it can be the hardest. Today, I…

A Summer of Stage 32 Success: August Has Been Red Hot for Writers!

Good morning Stage 32 Creative Crew! I hope you had a fulfilling weekend and carved out some time to introduce yourself to the Stage 32 community during “Introduce Yourself Weekend” while enjoying the remaining days of summer. If you did not get a chance to say “Hello” yet, there is still time! Can you believe in this whirlwind year, we have blazed right through summer and it has been incredibly busy for members of our Stage 32 community, even while the indus…

Coffee & Content - Christopher Nolan's 10 Rules for Success & How Tarantino Writes Scenes

Happy Sunday Creative Army! First of all, congratulations to all of you who have already participated in our monthly Introduce Yourself Weekend! Thousands of connections have been made between entertainment creatives and professionals from every corner of the globe. Whether you are a long-time member, or brand new to Stage 32, take a moment to pop over to the Introduce Yourself Lounge and say hello before the end of the weekend. Now, grab some fresh coffee and let's dive in to this week…

Stage 32 Writers' Room Celebrates 100 Webcasts! Member Success Spotlight

Hello Stage 32 Creative Crew! I come before you today with some exciting news. The Stage 32 Writers’ Room has just surpassed a milestone achievement - 100 webcasts! For the last year and a half it has been my honor to act as the humble host, guiding webcasts that include script and screenwriting breakdowns, virtual pitch sessions to industry professionals, one-on-one conversations with some of the biggest names in the business, and writing exercises that challenge our imagination…

Producing Projects in the New Normal with Oscar-Nominated Producer Chris Moore & Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB Botto

The world is changing quickly and the phrase “new normal” is being bandied about with abandon. Even though filming is limited (at best), development continues to move forward and that means producers are busier than ever. In the entertainment industry, scripts continue to be optioned, projects continue to get developed, talent continues to find representation, and production is slowly starting to resume in LA and more so all over the world. So what does producing look like in…

More Stage 32 Success: July "Double Recommend" Look Book Rockets Writers' Careers Forward!

Good morning Stage 32 Creative Crew! I hope you had an inspired weekend full of creative endeavors and ambitious pursuits. It has been a bust month of August for the team over at Stage 32. Not only were we able to surprise Stage 32 member Martin Reese a $5,000 option agreement after his script THE EYE OF OWUO won the Microbudget Horror Screenwriting Competition, we also launch two brand new competitions - The Diverse Voices Springboard Screenwriting Contest and The Search for New Voices …

How to Get Back to Your Creative Happy Place

Like many of you, theirs been many days where I’d stare off into space wondering when I’d hear good news. I realized that I had two choices, bury my head and soak in the stress and weight of negativity or preoccupy myself by driving my kids insane, singing, dancing, or playing board games. So, I created other choices, flip a couple of houses, and redesign my entire first floor. New boxes showed up on my steps for almost three months. I was busy. I was creating. I used art, fa…

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