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Announcing Our 1st Annual Diverse Voices Springboard Screenwriting Contest

Feature and television projects from diverse writers, and stories with traditionally unheard perspectives, are essential to art, entertainment, and advancing the conversation in a way that has largely been ignored by Hollywood. However, these days, much to our contentment, things are changing. With the powerful evolution of new voices in both features and TV, projects like QUEEN AND SLIM, THE FAREWELL, ATLANTA, CRAZY RICH ASIANS, BLACK-ISH, POSE, LOVE SUGAR, INSECURE are thriving and lea…

Coffee & Content - An Epic Conversation on Creativity & 20 Tips for Working on Set

Happy Sunday Creative Army! Here's hoping you had a happy, healthy, and creative week. I've got some fresh coffee in hand and some amazing content coming in hot. Let's dive in, shall we? First up, The Hollywood Reporter has an all-star roundtable all about creativity featuring some of the biggest names in entertainment. This video features Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton the musical, In the Heights), Donald Glover (Atlanta, Community, and hip hop superstar Childish Gambino), Damien C…

Easily Avoided Crime Screenwriting Mistakes

Over the last few years, I’ve consumed a lot of crime fiction. Between researching novels and pilots, I’ve read mysteries (recently I’ve gotten into Preston and Child), studied real-life forensics reports and procedure, and I’ve watched thousands of hours of crime television shows. And yes, I did say thousands. I’m fairly certain that’s not an exaggeration. As a writer, I’ve learned I’m a lot like a sponge. I need to absorb content in or…

How to Film (Safely) During a Pandemic

I remember sitting on my porch in December 2019 and saying to myself, finally, 2020, a new start. I think the majority of the world pretty much felt that 2019 could take a hike, that is until 2020 really hit us with a Pandemic. Being a filmmaker during this time has struck fear within our industry, as well as the rest of the world. So, the impending question is, how do we get back to set? What does that look like as the bans are lifting and work is kinda moving forward? I’m here …

Navigating the World of IP with Stage 32 Comedy Contest Winner Greg Mania

I did not actually mean to write a pilot based on my book, which is a very real thing that will be out in the world on August 25. As in, you will be able to buy it from your bookstore or request it from your library, and you will be able to read about all of the terrible sex I’ve had and the time I bid on a chandelier on Ambien. I will need to put at least three states between me and my parents on August 25.     But the state of discomfort reading it pales in compar…

Animation Industry Q&A with Frank Gladstone - 45 Year Veteran of Animation

Happy Tuesday Stage 32!   I am incredibly honored to present to you the first of a series of vlogs from animation industry veteran, Frank Gladstone! Frank has worked for some of the biggest names in animation (Disney, Warner Bros, and DreamWorks, to name a few!) in his 45+ years in the industry. Frank is also currently the Executive Director for The International Animated Film Society (ASIFA - Hollywood) which hosts the world famous Annie Awards honoring animators from all ov…

Stage 32 2019 Feature Contest Winner Lands Representation!

Good morning, Stage 32 Creative Crew! I hope you have had an awesome weekend and carved out some time to write, create, connect, inspire (or be inspired), and move your career forward. To help in these endeavors, I want to share a story which I find particularly inspiring.  I am a big believer in doing the work. What does that mean? Write all the time? Yes. Take criticism? Yes. Get notes? Yes. Revise? Yes. Network? Yes. Be entrepreneurial? YES.  I am so proud to announce that…

Now Showing: SeriesFest Pilots on Stage 32 Screenings

Happy Friday Creative Army! As you know, back in March, we announced and launched Stage 32 Screenings to help filmmakers who were impacted by the cancellation of their live screenings at film festivals all over the world. Stage 32 Screenings is a unique platform that allows filmmakers to get their films seen to a concentrated audience including thousands of distributors, sales agents, producers, financiers, development execs, and more decision-makers here on Stage 32. We are currently s…

How to Build Your Creative Support Network

Friends, family, project collaborators, social media connections—I’m sure your network is abundant. But in all likelihood, you’re missing out on a mastermind group—a creative support network of individuals who guide each other through professional challenges. Mastermind groups are well known in the business community, yet rarely used by filmmakers, writers, actors, and other artists. Personally, I think it’s time creatives start leveraging this idea for th…

Stage 32 Connects More Creatives Around the World: UK-Based Screenwriter Hired by Filmmaker in Afghanistan

Good morning, Stage 32 Creative Crew! We're kicking off a brand new week with a very cool motivational story for you! As you know, part of our mission at Stage 32 is to connect like-minded creatives from around the world, so they can collaborate and bring shared visions to life. Today, I am excited to introduce Stage 32 member Nick Brown, a UK-based novelist and screenwriter who was hired by Stage 32 member Jordan Bryon, a filmmaker based in Kabul, Afghanistan, to write an action sc…

Coffee & Content - Jordan Peele Breaks Down "Get Out" Fan Theories & How to Shoot Epic B-Roll

Happy Sunday Creative Army! Have you had a creative weekend so far? I have some content here for you that is sure to get the creative juices flowing, so grab your coffee and let's dive in.  First up, Cinecom.net has a great way for you to stay creative between gigs - shooting a library epic B-roll. In this video, they give you 10 simple steps to shoot really extraordinary B-roll footage of literally anything you have lying around your house. Cinematic footage of a coffee cup is su…

The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Screenwriting

Artificial intelligence is radically changing the world and it will RADICALLY change screenwriting. Elon Musk predicts that over half the cars sold in 2030 will be autonomous. This requires artificial intelligence capable of observing and reacting like a driver does today— only better. Musk says that by 2040 cars with steering wheels will be like people riding horses today. It will be for those who enjoy something historical. As a screenwriter, you need to realize your world is b…

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