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Cannes 2022 Roll Call: Announcing The Official Stage 32 Schedule - Who's Going? Who Has Films?

The Cannes Film Festival in France is next week! As you all know Stage 32 has has worked directly with and have had an official presence at the Cannes Film Festival Marche du Film for the last 5 years. From education initiatives, partnerships and parties, Stage 32 always has our finger on the pulse of the world's biggest film festival and market.  Also, for the last 5 years Stage 32 is an official education partner of the Cannes Marche du Film. This year, our role has expanded eve…

Screenwriter Signs Shopping Agreement through Pitching on Stage 32!

Many people dream of being a screenwriter while still young; I came to it later in life. Having just turned 40, I was in Boston with an injured back while serving on the security detail for Secretary of State John Kerry, when I was reading a book and suddenly it came out of nowhere, "I have to turn this into a screenplay." [Even though I didn't own the rights. I found out how that works much later...] Eight years later, I have my first shopping agreement. One might ask, "how do you kee…

Screenwriting Duo Secures Shopping Agreement through Stage 32 Script Services!

"Write what you know." It's a well-worn saying. We've all heard it, and understand the wisdom therein. But as you struggle for success in the screenwriting world, it's often more tempting to try to write something high concept, something that will sell, something that will land you representation. As writers, we've both found some success -- Jamie wrote and starred in a solo show which ran off-broadway, Josh has sold a feature and TV pilot -- but we're more familiar with disappointment.…

Another Project in Development After Writer Connects with Executive on Stage 32!

To say we just started our writing careers would be an understatement. Before Carol and I met, we were both heavily involved in our separate writing careers; Carol as an Artist Development coach and founder of The ArtEstate, a boutique marketing firm and myself as a professional Chef and International Food & Beverage Consultant. Carol recently signed a publishing deal on her second book. Although I had never completed any screenwriting, Carol encouraged me to write my stories and f…

Author + Screenwriter that Connected on Stage 32 are Making Moves with their Project!

I am incredibly jazzed to share an update to a special Stage 32 success story between Hamburg, Germany-based screenwriter Christina Patjens and Palo Alto, California-based author Carina S. Burns that started right here on the Stage 32 blog. Carina said "After reading, 'When Life Gives You Lemons…' on Stage 32, I immediately knew that I had found my long-sought screenwriter." Carina immediately sent Christina a network request and direct message and has since hired her to ada…

Worldwide Virtual Premiere of the of the 6th Annual Short Film Program

It is an honor and a privilege to bring you the worldwide virtual premiere of the 6th Annual Stage 32 Short Film Program! Below you will find nine amazing short films to watch that were carefully curated by Stage 32's panel of leading industry executives. Our esteemed panel of judges is made up of top producers, managers, development executives, and Oscar-winning filmmakers. Our winning filmmakers hail from all over the world, and we could not be more excited to share their undeniable t…

Another Feature in the Works After Screenwriter Networked on Stage 32!

I watched my first horror movie with my father when I was eight. He tried his best to distract my eight-year-old self from the horror with a hilarious running dialogue throughout the movie, although I still ended up in bed that night with my parents. My father is gone now, but my love for horror and comedy runs deep and about four years ago, I thought I’d try my hand at putting the two together on paper. I had no clue what I was doing. I had always loved writing but I came from a…

Screenwriter Hired to Write TV Pilot via Networking on Stage 32!

About 12 years ago my stepdaughter Nastassia Haroshka (IMDB) (age 7 at the time) came to the US from Belarus with her mother, Iryna Haroshka, my future wife. Nastassia and her mother spoke no English, but I had learned Russian to be able to speak with them. The daughter had done some modeling in Belarus, and was soon contracted for actress roles in the excellent films DIVERGE  and RAIN. She studied acting with Gerard Moses at Studio 24. She learned English rapidly; she is a perfec…

Animator and Filmmaker Collaborating on Animated TV Show After Connecting on Stage 32!

Having won awards for my artwork and writing in high school, I knew my career path was to be a storyteller in some capacity. However, that road was not linear and took many incarnations. This included being a journalism major in college, a professional opera singer (you read that right), owning a graphic design studio, teaching ancient history & religion seminars and finally working as a personal trainer. This last vocation was the turning point. While training myself during a lunch…

Stage 32 Contest Winner Hired to Write Basketball Biopic through Stage 32!

Swish!  How I’m Making the Most of My Stage 32 Experience. There’s a basketball court near my house. My girlfriend and I pass it on our routine walks around the neighborhood. One day not too long ago, we walked by it and joked that we should get a basketball and play against each other. We like a bit of a competition, and we’re always looking for new games to play against each other. The holidays were approaching, so, I put a basketball under the Christmas tree f…

6 Tools to Take Your Script to Screen

I started writing when I was a kid in elementary school and haven’t stopped since. What drove me to writing? I’m a creator, storyteller and my life experiences and love of the craft put me on a path to write, write, write! I’m a published poet and actually wrote a Shakespearean Sonnet. Yeah, I did that! I wrote my first novel and published it back in 2013. What got me into screenwriting was when I ‘faxed’ a note to Producer/Creator Jeri Taylor (Star Trek Vo…

How Stage 32 Helped Me Find My Screenwriting Community

It’s crazy! I never really honed in on writing until I was getting serious about animation. I was all about the illustration and making things move side, but then while I was doing that, I realized,”Oh man, I actually should write out actual episodes!” So I wrote out a pilot for my animation, Reap’d, which I’m currently pitching left and right on Stage 32. Coming from a digital arts background I never really practiced writing, but I guess in a sense, I&rsq…

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