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3 Ways Acting Has Helped Me Become a Better Writer

I started acting a little later than most of my fellow thespians. I’d always been a creative person: writing, drawing and playing music, but acting was something I feared. “Who am I to act?” “Who would possibly be entertained by my performance?” So, out of fear, I never tried acting. That was, until my 30s. My career in the toy industry had stalled and I was feeling less connected to myself. I was getting sick a lot, and I was having trouble finding directio…

Advice from Stage 32 Filmmakers

WE HERE AT STAGE 32 HAVE A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT. But before that, I’d like to introduce myself. Hi, my name is Joseph Dinh! I am an aspiring writer, a University of Minnesota – Twin Cities student majoring in Psychology, and the brand new intern here at Stage 32! I love anything and everything storytelling, and my favorite show of all time and what has inspired me to pursue a career in entertainment is Ugly Betty. I’ve also been told that: I should’ve been a model…

How to Navigate the Craft and Business Sides of Your Creative Pursuits

Hey guys. Very often, I hear from members of the community who are having a difficult time navigating the business side of the industry.  Honing their craft, no problem.  Building relationships, winning champions and getting past the gatekeepers, a challenge that not only puts many through the wringer, but dampens their creative spirit as well. I'm here to tell ya, the fear, the resistance, the reluctance can all be overcome.  And it doesn't take much.  In fact, jus…

Want to Get Motivated & Inspired?

Last week we brought in the Emmy-award winning producer Kip Konwiser for an incredible 90 minute Q&A that left all of the creatives listening motivated and inspired. Kip has had a storied career having worked with Netflix, HBO, Sony Pictures, 20th Century FOX, Paramount, Lionsgate and more. For nearly three decades he's worked with some incredible talent including Darren Aronofsky, Laurence Fishburne, Clint Eastwood and much more. In this inspiring webinar we ta…

Scaring Up Funds: How to Acquire Investors For Your Horror Film, the Most Profitable Genre of Them All

We’ve all heard the stories. Paranormal Activity, a film with a budget slightly less than a used Honda, made $193 million worldwide and launched a profitable franchise. That film’s progenitor, The Blair Witch Project, had a $60K budget and turned out a $250 million box office haul. The most profitable films from 2010 to 2015 were all horror films. 10. The Last Exorcism ($68M gross vs. $1.8M production budget) 9. Annabelle ($257M vs. $6.5M) 8. Chernobyl Diaries ($37M vs…

Coffee & Content - 5 Tips for Filming at Night & Rian Johnson on Screenwriting

Getting some things done up here at the Santa Barbara Film Festival this weekend, so I'm grabbing my coffee to go and leaving you to enjoy (and share) the content! First up, I have a truly enjoyable and insightful tutorial on how to best film at night. Next, it's an in depth interview Rian Johnson, writer/director of The Last Jedi, discussing his screenwriting techniques. As always, I ask that you pay it forward and share this content wherever possible.  And, of course, I welcome…

Top 10 Pitching Mistakes & Advice From Shane Black

As part of the writing services team at Stage 32 handling a lot of the pitch sessions, I get a lot of questions about pitching, as well as some pretty keen insight into what executives like and dislike about pitches. Before me, Allen did the same thing and therefore experienced the same growth in KNOWLEDGE (said with an echo). So together he and I came up with a list of the ten most common mistakes we see in the pitches here. We then had a brutal fist fight to see who would have to go on…

The Thin Line Betwixt a Creative's Discouragement

Some creatives who lack academic papers in the performing or creative arts are belittled and their artistry is despised. However, those with the relevant academic affirmation also go through pain staking hustle when they are seeking sales and jobs in the arts industry. All these problems are elemental components of a world renowned phenomenon: Discouragement. So, either with or without relevant academic affirmation, they could suffer the same challenges and as such, a reality is expose…

Success Is An Endurance Game

Just when you feel like parking your pitching for the moment, along comes a breakthrough to give you new hope – this is my takeaway sentiment this Christmas just gone, and I would like to share with you all what I am talking about, as hopefully it will encourage you to keep pressing forward and to keep striving for your goals/dreams in 2018. I was reluctant to write this article, as I felt it was a little premature, but encouragement from Rosalind Winton, the wonderful official ed…

Get Great Content! - FilmHub's 10 FilmTweeters You Need to Follow!

One of the best ways to further your creative pursuits and to stay on top of all the latest industry news is to consume quality content. But in this day and age, finding reliable sources can prove to be quite challenging. Luckily, our good friends at FilmHub have compiled a murderers' row of film related creatives posting incredible content on Twitter. We're proud to present their list of 10 FilmTweeters to Follow as a Creative in 2018! Our very own CEO, RB, rings in at number 9! To fin…

Our National Screenwriter's Day Panel Video is LIVE!

On January 5th, for the second straight year, we were proud to celebrate National Screenwriter's Day with our friends from Screenwriting U. Hal Croasman led a spirited online panel with TV writer, Nicole Ranadive (24, THE LIBRARIANS, HAWAII FIVE-O, SMALLVILLE), Patrick Raymond, Development Executive for Mandalay Pictures (BIRTH OF A NATION, BURNING SANDS) and yours truly. Over 500 writers attended the nearly 2 hour event.  As you might imagine, we covered a ton of ground including …

The 10 Questions Every Writer Needs to Ask Before They Hire an Editor or Script Consultant - Part 2

In Part 1, I examined the five essential questions every writer must ask any third-party consultant BEFORE they hire him/her for a freelance position, be that book line editing, developmental editing, story structure help, screenplay writing help, or any generic service related to publishing or the entertainment business. But, as I said in Part 1, those five questions are just one side of the equation of freelance hiring. The following five questions are designed to balance the equatio…

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