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The Unknown Lingo of TV Writers Rooms

Unless you've been in one, the language that gets thrown around a writer's room is quite different from our everyday vocabulary. Every industry has a language, and TV writing is no different. When I was in the newsroom, for example, terms like package and vosot and stand up were commonplace. But if I were to walk out the door and say to someone, "Hey, I'll be right with you. I have to drop my package, record a quick vosot, and meet my photographer to shoot a stand up," they would look a…

The Birth of a Hashtag Awakened by Writers vs Agents in Hollywood

As a writer, getting your content out there in the media can be a long shot in the dark on a sunny day with 3-D glasses on. Your sense of direction can be lost on which path to take that actually pays off. But that could all be changing very soon due to an uprising that has led to quirky hashtags on Twitter. If you could log onto social media then add a hashtag and pitch your writing to Studio Executives – Would you? This is what happened when the drawbridge to the Writers’ …

Breaking in with ‘Break Even’ — Part 4: Taking to Dry Land & Getting Airborne

If you read Part 1, Part 2,and Part 3 of this series, then you know we're following CJ Walley, an optioned screenwriter who is working with a production crew on his first feature script, BREAK EVEN, which was written on assignment. This last part of the series comes now that the shoot is wrapped. For CJ, it was a humbling journey on many levels. And while the shoot may be over, the true journey for BREAK EVEN has just begun.

Dear Bradley: How Do I Finance My Pilot? [ & 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.…

How I Shot a No-Budget Ghost Comedy Feature in One Week

When I was 10 years old, I stayed home sick from school (totally faked it) and watched 'Army of Darkness' on the USA Network. Little Nick's mind was blown. Since then, I've wanted to make movies. Specifically, wacky sci-fi/horror comedies. If you know me, you know I'm a writer, and I spend a good amount of my time focusing on my writing. I have scripts out to production companies for the first time in my life, and the waiting can start to feel like a very long time. So I started out 201…

What Do Showrunners Look for When Staffing a Writers Room?

What do showrunners look for when staffing a writer's room? The ability to write, yes.The ability to play well with others, of course.But there's more. Much more, especially with the situation with ATA-WGA creating a level of anxiety with writer's both old and new. It's not just about story arcs and solid portfolios.Click the link below to learn what four showrunners are looking for when it comes to getting butts in seats.   Read More Here: What 4 Showrunners Look for When Sta…

How do I Sell My Movie? [An Objective Look at Distribution]

So you made a movie. You even have an offer from a sales agent to sell it worldwide. You are excited. Your film is selling in Cannes! It’s selling at the American Film Market! It’s screening at Berlinale! You're having viewing parties with friends and family, showing off the brochure or the listing of your movie in the Trades. You dream about the new movie you will make or the house you'll buy with the profits from the first one, and you're sure there will be so many dollars …

How to Create a Docu-Series that Intrigues (The Making of 'Make it Work') - Part 2

  Hello, Stage 32 Family!On Tuesday, I presented to you the first part of a short video blog series from one of our own Stage 32 Educators and Hollywood producer, Kip Konwiser. In that first post - and in the second and final installment below - Kip and his brother Kern, through a series of micro videos, take us through the process of how they successfully created a four-part documentary series for Legendary Digital Studios. The series is called MAKE IT WORK, and it explores the po…

How to Create a Docu-Series that Intrigues (The Making of 'Make it Work') - Part 1

  Hello, Stage 32 Family -Today I want to present to you a short video blog series from one of our own Stage 32 Educators and Hollywood producer, Kip Konwiser. In the micro videos presented below, Kip and his brother Kern take us through the process of how they successfully created a four-part documentary series for Legendary Digital Studios. The series is called MAKE IT WORK, and it explores the power of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to solve real world problems…

How I Got My First Option Agreement

Happy Monday, everyone! This week I have the pleasure of introducing a screenwriter to give you a solid dose of Monday Motivation. If you have ever heard me speak, you know I am all about doing the work. And I will say this, Christi Corbett is the epitome of, do the work. She is largely a self-taught screenwriter who took the initiative to seek out books, other screenplays, and the Stage 32 Writers' Room to hone her craft. The results speak for themselves. She is dedicated to telling co…

See a Hollywood Screenwriter Write a Scene in 7 Minutes

Sitting next to a seasoned screenwriter to watch how they execute a scene can work wonders for a writer. That's why I'm sharing this post. From BoingBoing contributor Joe Sabia created a video for Vanity Fair that ended up circling the 'net fast and hard, as screenwriter Emily Carmichael whipped out a sci-fi scene in only seven minutes.   It's a fascinating watch. For me, watching and listening to how another writers made choices not only gave me permission to write freely, but …

So, You Want to Be in Pictures?

Here at Stage 32, we are beyond humbled and so very fortunate to have those "in the trenches" offer their time and experiences with us. Korey Pollard is a Hollywood Producer and Assistant Director with television credits like: The Orville (Seth MacFarlane), 9-1-1, American Crime Story, and Nashville, just to name a select few.He has chosen to share his 30-year-career in a series of blog posts with us. With some memorable highs and lows, Korey will take us into the thick of his career to …

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