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The Difference Between a Starving Artist and a Wealthy Artist is Patronage

We’ve all heard the myth about the starving artist. This is the myth that artists need to suffer for their art if they want respect as an artist. This crazy myth has been around for over 150 years and unfortunately many artists today still believe it. The myth started in 19th century Paris with a group of artists who lived passionately for their art, but also lived in poverty. The artists were nicknamed “the water drinkers” because they couldn’t afford to drink wi…

Another Screenwriter Lands Her Agent Through Stage 32!

Good morning and happy Monday, Stage 32 Creative Crew! I hope you had a fantastic weekend and were able to carve out some time for writing or creating. We're kicking off another exciting week of artistic endeavors and to move us forward we're going to hear from Stage 32 member and screenwriter Amy Amani who just landed her agent through Stage 32!  I always talk about the power of the platform to move your career forward and how opportunities exist behind every door of Stage 32. &nb…

Coffee & Content - How to Start Writing & Accent Expert Reviews British Accents in Movies

Happy Sunday Creative Army! What did you create this week? What projects are you excited about? No matter what creative pursuits you are working on right now, I've got some content this week that is sure to stir up some creativity and ideas. Grab your coffee and let's get started.  First up, the folks over at Film Riot have put together a quick video to help you start writing your screenplay. We all shudder in the face of the black page, but this video has some great tips on how t…

Brain Surgeons and Storytellers: Saving Lives on the Daily

Of all the species on Earth, humans have a unique ability when it comes to communication. We have the gift of stringing together words and phrases into complex ideas that eventually become stories. And we’ve used stories throughout our history as a way to educate, inspire, entertain, and yes, even save lives. The problem, as I see it, is that society can easily undermine the importance of stories and those whose chosen profession is to create them. If you’re willing to join m…

8 Tips For Writing Good Dialogue

Dialogue is the central focus of most screenplays. It’s perhaps the clearest tool filmmakers have to convey information on plot and character to audiences, and unless you’re David Lynch of Shane Carruth, chances are you’re going to use a lot of it. In spite of this—or maybe even because of this—there is a great deal of bad dialogue in movies. Dialogue filled with clunky exposition and drastic tonal shifts that sounds nothing like a real human conversation. …

Record Shattering Month for Stage 32 Members! Over 70 Meeting Requests in June!

Good morning Stage 32 Creative Crew! I hope you’ve had a productive and creative weekend. And I like me, I am sure you are ready to tackle this week and knock out some of your goals. We’re officially in the Summer of 2020 now, and while the year has not gone according to anyone’s plan, there is still a lot of great news for our community. Some of the best news comes directly from our members who shattered records in June. Listen to this, in the month of June, there we…

Ask Me Anything: Embracing the New Normal with Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto Now Available On-Demand!

Happy Wednesday Stage 32 Community! Last week, our fearless leader Richard "RB" Botto hosted one of his signature "Ask Me Anything" webinars focusing on the "new normal" that is the entertainment industry during COVID-19. We were beyond jazzed to virtually host thousands of Stage 32 members tuning in from every corner of the world, culminating in an invigorating two hours of inspirational and no-bs shop talk from RB.   In this Ask Me Anything, RB answered questions …

Over 275 Meeting Requests So Far This Year & More "Double Recommend" Requests Than Ever!

Good morning Stage 32 Creative Crew! I hope you had a great weekend and were able to hit your screenwriting or creative goals. It has been a busy month at Stage 32 and I wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate our members who have been seeing the results of their dedication pay off. As you know, we’re about halfway through the year, and to date there have been over 275 meetings requested by executives after connecting with screenwriters through Stage 32! But even more tha…

5 Ways to Connect & Network Online in the Stage 32 Lounges

Stage 32 hosts online forums, called Lounges to encourage like-minded professionals to communicate and collaborate. As I've become more familiar with these lounges as the new Stage32 Community Manager, the more I liken them to V.I.P. Filmmakers' Lounges hosted at film festivals. These are the exclusive rooms where creators can step away from the pomp and press to find other professionals… and a stiff drink. These are the "networking opportunities" that so many in the industry scra…

The Ancient Rules of Storytelling

Human beings are animals that tell stories. And like so many other things that come naturally to us -- running, for instance -- we can improve on our natural ability through the development of proper technique. Writing is both an art and a craft, so study and practice are the keys to mastery. And so, like Po in Kung Fu Panda or Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back, we are each on a quest to find the Master who will teach us how to become the writers we were born to be. Is it John T…

"Braveheart" Descendent & Author Lands Producer Through Stage 32!

Good morning Stage 32 Creative Crew! I hope you had a very productive Introduce Yourself Weekend on Stage 32! There were thousands of new connections made around the world and already unique projects developing as a result.  Speaking of amazing connections happening across the world, I just heard an incredible success story that I had to share. The story comes from Alexia Melocchi of Little Studio Films and Stage 32 member Seoras Wallace in Scotland! Seoras beg…

Coffee & Content - Filmmaking Lessons from the Director of "Shazam!" & Seth Rogan Explains How to Write a Movie

Happy Sunday Creative Army! How has your week been? Here's hoping you have had some time to get creative this week. I've got a nice lineup of content today that will give you a creative jolt to complement your Sunday morning dark roast.  First up, Director David F. Sandberg (aka "ponysmasher" on YouTube) has compiled a couple of lessons he has learned from filmmaking over the years. David uses examples from his own filmography including Shazam!, Annabelle: Creation, and Lights Out…

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