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Climbing the Ladder of Success One Rung at a Time: Another Stage 32 Success Story!

Good morning, Stage 32!  This week I am so excited to introduce a Stage 32 writer of whom I am personally a big fan.  I first worked with Toby Tate when he booked a consultation call with me toward the beginning of the year.  Right away he struck me as someone who is passionate about the craft and is willing to do the work to make every one of his screenplays the best they can be.  We spoke for about an hour, and during the time we bounced ideas off each other and, in…

Coffee & Content - What it Takes To Edit Big TV Shows & Top 10 Cinematographers of All Time

Good Morning, Stage 32 Family! Hope your summer is going well! From the looks of our mid-year check in, it looks like it's going great for many of you! We get lots of questions on editing, and, no doubt, it's one of the more interesting aspects of the business. How many times have we heard it said, "The film was saved in editing." If you believe this to be true (and even if you don't), get your coffee or tea ready as film editor Sven Pape takes us on a journey with television editor, J…

The Long and Short of It: How a Short FilmĀ Can Produce Big Results

Many people at Stage 32 often dream of getting their first real writing, acting, or directing credit in a big studio feature, but this can result in overlooking a truly valuable platform: The short film. A short film can help build your resume, get your work seen, or lead to even bigger and better opportunities. And while I never dreamt it could lead to so much, these ideas were the impetus behind my desire to make Crybaby, a 16-minute short film that I wrote, starred in, and co-direct…

How Do I Shorten My Path as a Writer and Actor? (by Richard Botto & Jason Mirch)

During his free Ask Me Anything webinar, Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto and Director of Script Services Jason Mirch fielded a question regarding the fast track to becoming a successful writer and actor. Basically, is there a way to shorten the path as a writer or actor? Hear what the duo has to say by clicking the video link below!   Click Here For RB's and Jason's Advice!       Remember, if you haven't subscribed to our YouTube page, make sure you do so yo…

July Was Spectacular for Stage 32 Writers!

Good morning everyone! It's Monday and we are kicking off another exciting week of creative work. Can you believe we are already at the end of July! The summer is flying by, and at Stage 32, we have a lot to be excited about. I want to let you in on a little behind-the-scenes with Stage 32.   This summer has been one of our most successful yet, with writers in our community being optioned, signed, and requested through connections made through Stage 32.   If you missed my …

Coffee & Content - 7 Movies Before and After Special Effects & 5 Brilliant Moments of Camera Movement

Good Morning, Creative Army! This edition of Coffee & Content focuses on ways we can use CGI, graphic design, and camera movements to up the ante with our filmmaking. First up, computer generated imagery is being used more and more, especially in action films. If you're interested in what films like ATTRACTION and SAN ANDREAS look like without special effects, pull your coffee cup closer to you. Because 7 Movies Before and After Special Effects is going to show you. Next up, our f…

New York City is the New Hollywood

You probably already know this to be true. Or you've surmised it. But now it's even more glaring, and actor Robert Di Niro is one of many investors stepping up to make it so: New York City is the new Hollywood. And this makes an awful lot of east coasters beyond happy. Outside of the already bustling industry, there's this: "De Niro is part of a group of investors, including his son, that is purchasing a five-acre lot in Astoria, Queens “to build a sprawling production and film…

The Truth About Your Brand [And Why it Does Matter]

So there I was, minding my own business (not really) in a Facebook group filled with actors when I came across a thread where a fellow actor posed the following question: “Do I really need a brand as an actor? I see all of these posts where it says we need to brand ourselves and I’m freaking out. Does it really matter?” The answers that followed the question were varied, to say the least. And of course they did; this is social media we’re talking about. You can …

How a Tomato Can Help You Meet Your Writing & Filmmaking Deadlines

I am an obsessive multi tasker. Some call me a master juggler. I can work on any given day on multiple projects and activities. I'm not sure if it is because I love variety or because deep down I am a masochist. Or a control freak. From buying films on behalf of our theatrical distributor clients, selling and marketing those films, developing content for film and television, and representing personalities, influencers or media companies, I do it all. I also consult for Wall Street and do…

2 New Yorkers in Hollywood: Is Producing TV Easier than Producing Film?

What happens when drop two New Yorker's in the middle of Hollywood?? A little bit of laughter and a heckofa lot of filmmaking insight. You've seen Richard RB Botto's free webinar, "Ask Me Anything." Sometimes he handles questions on his own and we love that. Sometimes he handles questions with Jason Mirch, Stage 32's Director or Script Services, and we love that, too. In this round, he's throwing the questions at fellow New Yorker, Bradley Gallo. (Bradley is a renowned film producer a…

Stage 32 Contests Opening Doors for Writers!

Happy Monday, Stage 32 Family! I hope you all had a productive and creative weekend. I wanted to take a moment to talk about screenwriting contests. As you probably know, we just closed the extended deadline on our 5th Annual Feature Contest. I hope you were all able to submit a project for consideration. I was speaking with a writer recently who questioned the value of screenwriting contests. He had been a winner or finalist in several different screenwriting contests in the past, but…

Coffee & Content - How to Film Yourself & How to Film and Edit on Your Smartphone

Good Morning, Creative Army! This morning as I brew with a french press, creating videos while flying solo comes to mind. Most of us have done it, want to do it, or could use some tips on how to improve our self-tapes or tutorials. Even shooting a short film starring ourselves can be tricky. So while we brew, let's dig into the first video today from Peter McKinnon, How to Film Yourself. Even with zero budget, you can create a great video with just a few tools. The short video below s…

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