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Coffee and Content - All Your Filmmaking, Screenwriting, Acting, Industry Questions Answered (& More!)

Happy Sunday, everyone. This is going to have to be a quick one. As the official film networking and educational partner of the conference, it's been wall to wall for the Stage 32 team at the American Film Market (AFM), and this morning I am leading a talk on independent film financing with the CEO's of Hyde Park Entertainment, Bold Film, Cold Iron and the President of Millennium Entertainment. So, in short, time has been limited. But you know I wouldn't leave you hanging with just you…

Success Story: Comedy Contest Winner Update

We are thrilled to share an update from our Stage 32 Comedy Writing Contest Winner Diana Wright. Diana was the Grand Prize Winner for her hilarious TV pilot, ROSWELL, ADJACENT and she has now signed with literary manager Audrey Knox at The Cartel which is a premiere full service management and production company. Their production arm, Cartel Pictures, is surging with 12 feature-length projects released in 2017 alone, including LOVE AT FIRST GLANCE, DEADLY EXCHANGE, and THE STUD…

Kip Konweiser & Getting Your Projects Made Inside of One Year: How Are Students Doing?

Earlier this year, Stage 32, in conjunction with Oscar nominated and Emmy Award winning producer Kip Konwiser, offered a Mentorship program called Getting Your Projects Made Inside of One Year with Kip at the helm. Kip and his brother Kern have collaborated and partnered with luminaries such as Kenny Ortega, Quincy Jones, Peter Guber, David Falk, Magic Johnson, the Grateful Dead, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, Chuck D, Oliver Stone, Darren Aronofsky, Laurence Fishburne, and Clint E…

2 Hours, 2 Dozen Craft and Film Industry Questions Answered

Man, you guys brought the goods to the table.  I mean, you had me riled up and as passionate as I've been in a long time.  I'm grateful...seriously. Hundreds of you attended my live AMA (Ask Me Anything) last week.  What was supposed to be an hour of me answering your questions quickly turned into two hours of spirited, inspiring, and motivating craft and industry talk. From acting to screenwriting to filmmaking.  From film producing to film finance to attaching tal…

Announcing Our 5th Annual Search For New Blood Screenwriting Contest

It’s back! The thrills, chills, the horror of it all. The most popular horror and thriller screenwriting contests is here! It’s the 5th Annual Search for New Blood Contest. We’re looking for the next A Quiet Place, Get Out, Hereditary, Witch, Red Sparrow, Unsane, John Wick, It Comes at Night, Happy Death Day, 47 Meters Down, The Meg, Atomic Blonde, The Shallows or whatever horror or thriller concept your twisted mind can dream up. We're giving one deserving writer the…

Our Feature Screenwriting Contest Winner Meets With Major Film Studio (Update)

If you haven't met him before, take a minute to meet him now... Jonathan Jordan entered his script, Golden Girl, into last year's Annual Stage 32 Feature Contest and was beyond blown away by his contest win and the eight industry meetings we sent him on. Based on those meetings, he's working with a manager and a producer on 2 different projects. We also set Jonathan up on a meeting with Verve Talent & Literary Management Agency who loved him and his script. They have been working ha…

The Hustle: Taking Meetings Around Hollywood

As the saying goes "The dream is free. The hustle sold separately." It takes an incredible amount hustle to move a project forward, as evidence by everything we share here on Stage 32. Today I wanted to share with you a video from Kevin Bachar, who was the winner of our 4th annual Search for New Blood screenwriting contest for his incredible script BLOOD RELATIVE. After Kevin won the contest, we flew him out to LA and set him up on a slew of meetings all around town with people who are i…

A DP's Success Using Stage 32

Networking is so important and as you know, we talk about it all the time on Stage 32. I was at a networking event and ran into a Stage 32er, Ben Merserve, who's a talented DP that shoots on RED. His girlfriend is a screenwriter and is very active on Stage 32 and introduced him to the community. He, admittedly, was apprehensive to jump into the community, but when he did, he had some great success! And, his biggest piece of advice, of course, is that you have to put in the work.  T…

Hey! Whaddaya Say We Get Together and Talk Film?

Hello, my dear, creative friends. It's been a long time since we had a FREE On Stage With RB webcast. I'm appreciative of all of you who have written in asking when the next one was going to air.  It's been a busy few months for yours truly. There have been many project meetings - progress on a few, and a couple of false starts. I've seen and heard much throughout and I'm anxious to share what I've learned out there with you. In addition, so many of you have sent in such incredib…

Follow our Stage 32 Feature Writing Contest Winner!

Bring out the congratulation banners and the fanfares! This week we bring to you a video made by our one and only 3rd Annual Stage 32 Feature Screenplay Contest winner, Jonathan Jordan. Like our previous contest winners, we had him record his journey as he went through his meetings with our illustrious judges including: Rachel Crouch, development executive for Cold Iron Pictures whose line of work includes SWISS ARMY MAN and DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, David Harris, an independent producer…

Optioning My TV Series & Signing a Shopping Agreement From Outside of L.A.

I’m sure many people in this industry outside of Los Angeles wonder a lot about whether or not they should move to the West Coast to make their dreams come true. While I can continue to complain about the fact that my commute to work takes almost 2 hours and things spontaneously combust into flames over here, I completely get it. When you think about L.A., the images of red carpets, talented celebrities, and studios as far as they eye can see come vividly, and it basically is the …

Getting into Development with Sony

Just in case you're not aware, every week I've been uploading a new video to the Stage 32 YouTube page in order to keep you up to date with everything that's happening with the Stage 32 community. In this week's video, I'm very excited to introduce the super dope Tiegen Kosiak who will be talking about her recent success story thanks to Stage 32. Tiegen is a producer based in LA and worked as the previous director of development over at Cinestar Pictures (Zoe Saldana’s production …

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