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Why Some Filmmakers Are Broke, Lonely, & Beaten Down [And How to Change It]

I entered 2019 completely broke. I live for free in a guest house with my fiancé, so my expenses equated to my insurance and groceries. I couldn’t afford them the following month. That’s how broke I was. I never thought I’d be that person. Why was I broke? it wasn't long before I realized my lack of cash was anchored in the false argument of ART VS. COMMERCE. How did I get in this position? I had a movie that was premiering on SHOWTIME in two weeks, DVDs were i…

Who Says You Need to Be in LA? Another Stage 32 Success Story

Good morning Stage 32! Get ready to kick off another week with an awesome motivational story directly from a Stage 32 writer. I keep getting the same emails from writers who live outside sunny Southern California; "But Jason, I don't live in LA! No one is going to be interested in me! Only writers in LA have a shot!" or "But Jason, I am not 20-something-years-old! No one wants a writer who is over 50!"  And time after time, I reply with stories of success around the world and from …

Coffee & Content - How to Create Story Conflict & A Pre-Production Checklist for Filmmakers

Happy Sunday to all.  Hope you're all having a fulfilling and creative weekend. Coffee is brewed and piping hot...Let's get to the content. First up today, many great screenwriters and playwrights - David Mamet is one who comes to mind immediately - speak about the need for writers to create conflict in every scene.  Our first video today dives deep on conflict, citing examples from a plethora of revered films to drive the point home. Second, a video no filmmaker or producer…

Even MORE TV Writers' Room Secrets Revealed

Learning the ins and outs of a writers room can be fun, especially for those of us yearning to take a seat at the table. A few weeks back we shared The Unknown Lingo of TV Writers Rooms. Today we're following Craig Tomashoff's article in the Hollywood Reporter where he takes us behind the scenes of shows like Killing Eve, Barry, and Better Call Saul to discover the little things that help create the big thing: An episode. Give the link below a click to discover how writer's move arou…

How Do I Stay Motivated as a Creative? (by Richard Botto)

With ebbs and flows and highs and lows, every one of us asks ourselves from time to time, "How Do I Stay Motivated as a Creative?" Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto answers the question during his free "Ask Me Anything" webinar. And what's more, he offers how screenwriters should handle script notes, especially in the beginning of their screenwriting career.     Click Here For RB's Advice!           Remember, if you haven't subscribed to our Y…

Meet Writers Who Are Having Massive Success Though Stage 32

Happy Monday Stage 32 Creatives! We're halfway through June and as the summer gets into full swing our writers are having a ton of success with their projects! Later this month, Christine Torres, the winner of our 4th Annual Television Writing Contest will go on a round of meetings with executives from RoseyTV, ABC, History Channel, and Industry Entertainment, among many others. These meetings were all set up through Stage 32 as part of her winning the contest. Christine recently met wi…

Coffee & Content - The 10 Best Character Arcs of All Time & Basic Cinematography Tips

Happy Sunday, everyone. And Happy Father's Day to all fathers and father figures across the globe! Hope you're day is off to a fantastic start and that you've been active, contributing, and making those invaluable connections during Introduce Yourself Weekend. Don't miss out, there's still 24 hours to go! As if that wasn't enough to motivate you, here's another edition of Coffee & Content. When we talk with the executives who work with us through Stage 32 Script Services about the …

TV History: How Black Psychiatrists Helped Make 'Sesame Street’

Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? Or at least some of its history on how the show challenged racism in the late 60's and early 70's? There's no question that the children's television show was a front runner when it came to diverse casting and cultural education. Author Anne Harrington digs into how it came to light. It took a group of men, unlike any other group of it's kind, to change the face of television.   “Episodes featured a strong black male role model…

Answering The Call [Your First Shot On Set]

There are those who answer the call of duty by joining the military, becoming a doctor, or pastor or something else noble. Like me, there are those insane enough to work in the entertainment business. Even crazier, some actually thrive in it and enjoy it. Well, mostly. But once you are in it and experiencing the reality of the challenge of making a consistent living, one can’t help but think, “What in the world am I doing?” I am not exactly sure when I heard the call …

Love or Money: The Only Paths to Getting Your Project Made

Catchy title, right? But it is the honest, simple truth. There are only two roads that lead to success in getting your film made. Love or money. No matter how you slice it, it comes down to those two.   What's Love Got to Do With It? If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me to fund their passion project, well, I wouldn’t be writing this blog post. I’d be off making a movie. Perhaps the biggest CATCH-22 of the industry is how to get funded, right? One …

Join us at Warner Bros. Studios for AT&T SHAPE 2019

We are excited to be working with AT&T this year on AT&T SHAPE being held at Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles on June 22-23, 2018. SHAPE is an immersive event that explores the convergence of technology and entertainment. You can discover how the future of content creation and distribution will usher in new audience experiences. Get inspired by visionary speakers, and experience interactive exhibits from promising start-ups and industry leaders at Warner Bros. Studios backlots…

Coffee & Content - How Aaron Sorkin Wrote The Social Network & Michelle Williams and Patricia Clarkson on Acting

Happy Sunday, Creative Army.  Let's jump right in to another edition of Coffee & Content. First up, for my money, the screenplay for The Social Network is up there with some of the greats of the last decade.  In our first video, the good folks at Behind the Curtain break it down and go to the source to take a look at why it all works so well. Next up, Variety is back with their Actors on Actors series.  This time around it's the great Michelle Wil…

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