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What I Learned At The Austin Film Festival

I’m not new to the planet, but I am new to the professional writing world, so when my 1st screenplay made the 2nd Rounder list at the 2016 Austin Film Festival, I wasn’t sure whether or not I should go. After all, I have another life—a day job, 3 kids, a Maytag full of their dirty laundry and a standing date for missionary sex with my spouse every other Thursday. How could I ditch all that glam to go to Texas? I polled my friends, my husband and my dogs: they all said g…

RB and Tarantino Walk into Santa Barbara

We're thrilled to announce an exciting new relationship for the filmmakers in our Stage 32 community - this weekend we will be in Santa Barbara working with leading festival conference FestForums! FestForums is a NYC and Santa Barbara based interactive conference and networking event for film festivals and filmmakers addressing cutting-edge technology and talent. FestForums brings together festivals and events of all sizes for collaboration and professional developmen…

32 Ways to Grow Your Following on Social Media for Actors And Filmmakers

Building an audience is important for any actor or filmmaker. Every acting job you get, each day on set or piece of content you create is an opportunity to build your audience. In honor of Stage 32, here are 32 ways you can grow your following on social media. 1. Makeover your social media bios! Your bio is a mini advertisement for why someone should like, subscribe or follow you! Tell us what you do, what you stand for and what you love! If you have a YouTube account, your ‘Abou…

2nd Annual November Write Club: We're Halfway There!

We’ve come so far! We have reached the heart, the meat of the matter. We have nearly arrived at the midpoint of our 30-day endeavors. As writers we know “midpoint” is often the moment a protagonist faces a major revelation or reversal and must move forward. And as we soon reach the halfway point of our writing exercise, I can’t help but see a correlation to our own journeys this month. During the first two weeks of November Write Club, we kicked off with much ex…

AT&T Entertainment Project | Call for Short Films

  sponsored  Have a great short film and looking for your big break? The AT&T Entertainment Project is an open competition seeking imaginative, undiscovered short films from aspiring filmmakers, both professionals and students. The competition seeks to identify talented storytellers from across the U.S. who want their voices heard.  From the network that brings you critically acclaimed shows such as Kingdom, Rogue, to special events, and groundbreaking documentarie…

Women Write Now: Breaking Barriers in Film, TV & The Web

We've got some BIG NEWS! I'm extremely excited to announce that Stage 32 has partnered with the amazing team over at The Writers Guild Foundation! We'll be hosting a number of writer focused special events together that'll be both entertaining and educational for all of our writer friends. And without further ado, here is the first live event: WOMEN WRITE NOW: BREAKING BARRIERS IN FILM, TV AND THE WEB As the landscape of storytelling on film, television and the web evolves a…

Seeking an Agent

I’ve been providing advice here on Stage32 for a couple of years now, but that advice is hard to trace, as it has been individualized regarding several postings I have read in The Lounge. Richard (RB) Botto, Stage32’s founder, had mentioned to me I should put together agent-seeking advice, that I have developed through my own experience, and share that advice in a Guest Blog. The Uninformed Approach So, you’re hard at work, toiling away at your desk in a building of m…

Entrepreneur Magazine Names Stage 32 One of the Top 360 Privately Held Companies in America!

Today we want to share a really cool piece of news with the entire Stage 32 community. Stage 32 has been named by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the top 360 privately held companies in America. The magazine will be celebrating all the top companies at an event in Southern California in November. To hear where we ranked and a listen to some heartfelt thanks from our CEO, RB, please click the video below!      Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Fac…

How To Make Feedback A Positive Experience

Feedback.  Just that word makes most of us uneasy. Many of us know the feeling of dread just before opening that email with script notes. The voices in our head start in with the usual taunts. The writing won’t be good enough. The story won’t be good enough. We, as people, aren’t good enough. No wonder so many people quit writing. It’s scary, it’s emotional and it’s hard. And that’s just the writing part!  Receiving and utilizing fee…

Stage 32 Joins Forces With the American Film Market!

I’m extremely pleased to announce that Stage 32 has been named as the official film networking and education platform of the American Film Market.   As you know, we are big supporters of AFM and all they do to connect producers, financiers and distributors all over the world. To be recognized in such fashion is truly an honor and I thank head honcho, Jonathan Wolf, not only for all the support, but for his friendship as well. In an effort to give back to the film communit…

9 Tips to Take Back Control of Your Emails

Do you often intend to check your emails quickly before your day starts and end up sitting with them for longer than you wanted? Do you feel stressed from the massive amount of disorganization in your inbox and are spending more time organizing them than actually working on your goals? You are not alone. Email technology is amazing, I love it, however as much as it can empower us, it can overwhelm us. Staying in control of your emails allows you to save time and focus on other areas of …

4 Things I Learned Scoring A Feature in 4 Weeks

I'll start by admitting there may be more important lessons to learn while scoring a feature film in four weeks than these, but I wanted to share some of the things I observed while going through the process on the latest film, Sacred Vow. 1. Deadlines Will Change - Except Yours Now that I've said that it's actually not always true. Your deadline can change but usually not in your favor. If it does change it will likely give you less time to complete the score. I remember being hired t…

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