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Stage 32'er Michel Merkt Wins the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film!

Last night was a very special one around these parts as our good friend Michel Merkt captured the Golden Globe for producing Best Foreign Film winner, Elle. As I mentioned in yesterday's blog, Michel has not only been a staunch supporter of all we do here at Stage 32, but he has worked with and mentored so many 32'ers through the years.   Michel was kind enough to invite me to the premiere of Elle at the Cannes film festival last year. To be invited to be part of his tribe du…

2 Stage 32 Members Nominated for 4 Golden Globes Today

I am extremely proud to announce that two members of our global community are nominated for a total of 4 Golden Globes this evening. First up, it’s my dear friend, Michel Merkt. Michel is an enormously accomplished producer who had 8 films at Cannes this year including 4 in competition. Tonight Michel has 3 nominations. In the Best Foreign Film category, Michel is nominated for producing both Paul Verhoeven’s terrific film, ELLE and Maren Ade’s international hit dramed…

Stage 32 Success Story: India & Russia Production Shooting Next Month

As we like to say around these parts, creativity is universal. Many of you who have questioned why you would accept a network request from someone residing in another country have heard me preach that no connection is a bad connection.   I'd like to believe the subject of today's success story, screenwriter Chandradeep Das, would agree. Chandradeep is very well connected in India, but it took him connecting with a Stage 32 member from Russia to finally get financing and a producin…

2017 New Years Resolution Series

Hello 2017!  The New Year is always an exciting time for you as a creative because it's a fresh start and a blank slate to achieve whatever creative goals you have for yourself. For the past four years, one of my favorite things that I get to do is put together our Stage 32 New Years Resolution Series to assist you in achieving your goals.  To help you on your journey, I have brought in some incredibly talented Stage 32 educators to teach about a variety of above the lin…

Stage 32 Animation Fellowship

Some of the most intelligent and inspirational filmmaking has come to light recently through the incredible work of animators around the world. With recent hits such as Zootopia, Inside Out, Finding Dory, My Secret Life of Pets, My Life as a Zucchini and more winning over global audiences, there is no denying that animation is here to stay. Plus, there is no denying that genius animators are being found from all corners of the globe. With that in mind, we introduce the Stage 32 Animatio…

Truly Blessed - Happy Holidays

On behalf of the entire Stage 32 family, I'd like to wish you and yours a happy, safe and loving Christmas and remainder of the holiday season. I hope you will all take some quiet time from celebrating and enjoying the company of your family and friends to reflect on the many fortunes life has offered and afforded us including our creative gifts. We're blessed to have so many of you enter and enrich our lives.   Our love to you all. RB and the entire Stage 32 team Like this …

Season of Learning & Giving

        12 Days of Creative Collaboration - From Concept to Distribution: Get Your Film Made Day 12: Film Distribution In our 12 days of creative collaboration, you now can get your film out to the world. It's time for your film to be seen by audiences and with a variety of new distribution options - limited theatrical, VOD and more, you have plenty of options to get your film distributed - we're here to help you! 11 Things You Must Do Before Approaching D…

Exploring The World of 360 Spherical Video And VR

Since I dove into the world of 360 spherical video and VR, I’ve heard a wide range of opinions related to the future of this branch of visual entertainment. “It’s the future!” or “It’s a fad.” Honestly, I really don’t know what the future holds for this space. I just know it’s really cool. I’ve watched 360 videos where I’m seeing the same thing a skydiver, a scuba diver, a wingsuit diver, and dozens of other videos that a…

Maximizing Your Connections on Stage 32!

Well, here I am again with another blog on another topic. So often I have seen wasted opportunities where aspiring creatives have misused a first impression and lost whatever creative support they could have received, because of the content in their posts and how they respond to posts. Remember when you joined Stage 32 and sought your first connection? What drew you to send a connection request to them? How did you find that first connection? What continued to draw your attention to mu…

How Stage 32 Helped To Bring My Project To Life

Going over some old emails the other day, it dawned on me just how quickly time flies. Five years have gone by since Karim Lounes and I began working on a feature film called The Last Immortal. In some ways, this journey feels like it all started yesterday, but then there are other moments where you feel as if you’ve been running a marathon since time immemorial. I had never set out to write or even collaborate on a screenplay. The creation of The Last Immortal was Karim’s b…

November Write Club - The Final Stretch!

Well, we made it. We’re in the final stretch of the 2016 November 30-Day Write Club. I’d like to take a minute to thank the incredible Beth Fox Heisinger. Beth has been our tireless leader these last 2 years, motivating, inspiring and encouraging the incredibly talented writers here on Stage 32. The November 30-Day Write Club is not simply about the number of pages, or the length of time you spend writing, it’s a personal challenge to push yourself to reach your writi…

Happy Thanksgiving to the Greatest Community on the Planet

On behalf of the entire Stage 32 team, I'd like to wish all celebrating a very Happy Thanksgiving. We're extremely grateful to be connected to all of you and are most thankful for all the inspiration and love you bring to this platform every day.   While today is all about spending time with family and friends and counting life's blessings, I always take a few minutes every Thanksgiving evening to reflect and take stock of my creative goals. With 5 weeks left in the year, I find t…

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