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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…

What is the Difference Between Drama and Non-Drama?

When we settle in to watch a television show, we're looking to get pulled into the story. The last thing we want is a series of facts or other information to drive the story engine. Yet it happens. It makes for a bland episode. And it could be detrimental if not addressed. After David Mamet's show The Unit was cancelled, Mamet sent a memo to his writing staff. Here's how it started: "Almost a decade ago, celebrated playwright, film director, screenwriter, author and producer David Ma…

Hollywood Is A Small Town, Even When You’re Not There

Welcome back! When we last parted, my friend Brian gave up two hours into the day. I made sure not to tell my mother that he ditched me for fear she would not let me go back to the set alone. I am not sure I actually lied about it. Well,l I guess there are lies of omission, so maybe I did lie. But I did tell her I saw people using things I considered to be toys as equipment on the set, and I was obsessed with these man-children and their toy box. Boys and Their Toys How many of yo…

Mid-Year Check In (What Are You Up To??)

For the past few years we've been doing a mid-year check in to see where all of you are at. What kind of projects are you working on?Have you been killing it with auditions?Where are you with writing? Networking? Pitching? Let's take a minute to do a mid-year check-in and see how - and what - you’re all doing thus far. Are you on track? Do you need a push? Did you change direction entirely?   Let's talk about it in the comments section below. And, of course, if there is t…

Are Streaming & Cable Two Separate Markets for Writers to Approach? (by Richard Botto & Jason Mirch)

Movies and TV habits are changing with the advent of streaming video services, including Netflix. So what does that mean for writer's looking to pitch to executives? Does streaming now create two different avenues for pitching? Or are the markets the same? Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto & Director of Script Services Jason Mirch address this question in the FREE webinar "Ask Me Anything." Listen as the duo discuss how writer's should approach these markets.   Click Here For …

It's a Summer of Success for Stage 32 Screenwriters!

Good morning Stage 32 Family! Can you believe that we are already halfway through July?! This summer is flying by and the successes keep piling up for our writers! We’ve had the privilege of hearing directly from a few of our writers in recent weeks as they tell their success stories! But those are just a fraction of the success our community members are enjoying this summer! First, I want to send a huge shout out to the winner of our 4th Annual Comedy Writing Contest, Greg Mania…

Coffee & Content - The Problem Solving of Filmmaking & Movie Mistakes: When Does Film Continuity Really Matter?

Hello, Stage 32 Family!From filming on set in Chicago with Rain Beau's End this past spring to mentoring other screenwriters at a writing retreat in Dordogne, France (and everything prior and yet to come), I've seen and will continue to see my share of continuity mistakes in filmmaking. And as I pour myself a hearty 'cupajoe this Sunday morning, I bring to you another edition of Coffee & Content that covers this very problem. We've all watched films where we've been able to pick up …

Success Isn't About Money (It Never Was)

I have spent all of my life (and I mean all of it), striving for success. Even as I write this, I just wrapped a 5-day shoot of an original pilot I wrote, and am wading through the throes of post production, including a crowdfunding campaign to raise the cash I exhausted shooting it. So basically, I'm broke. Yet I feel so damn successful. High level executives don't know about the project yet.Yet I feel so damn successful.My name isn't on the screen yet boasting - Written and Created b…

Following Flaubert's Advice: Survival Skills for the Writer

Some time ago, an acquaintance at my local coffee house made the following comment about a writer’s life, quoting Gustave Flaubert: “Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.” I had been living this way for some time. As I worked and put myself through graduate school, I made time to write. Writing had been part of my life for over a decade. So what does it mean to be “steady and well-ordered in life so that you…

Dear Bradley: What Does it Take to Break into Acting? [ & Other Filmmaking Questions]

Hi, Everyone! Welcome back to the Dear Bradley Vlog. Every month I'm going to be answering your most burning filmmaking questions. If you have one, please submit your questions in the comments below or via Instagram @Bradley_Gallo. Be very specific and I will personally answer your question the best I can. Some answers will come in long form and others in a lightening round (multiple questions with 15 second answers). Some of you will have the same question and so we will combine those.…

Vulnerability, Strength, and Resilience in the Life of the Artist

As an artist, you live in a very unique world. You get to express the fullness of who you are. You have the opportunity to leave something meaningful behind that will impact generations. It’s a privilege to bring value to the world simply by expressing and living your passion. At the same time, you take on unique challenges. Your artistic life is filled with pressure, rejection, competition, and unknowns. You have to have courage, show up, and take risks... You also have to know …

Stage 32 Screenwriting Contest Leads to a Huge Meeting for Screenwriter

Happy Monday Stage 32 Creative Family! I hope those of you in the States who celebrated the July 4th holiday had an amazing long weekend! And for our friends abroad, I hope you enjoyed you regular sized weekend just as much! It's Monday and I am excited to bring you another success story from one of Stage 32's original members. I am a big fan of Sarah J. Eagen for a number of reasons, but I am most impressed by her entrepreneurial spirit and ability to pivot in her career. That takes tal…

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