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Coffee & Content - The Actor/Director Relationship & The Art of Suspense (Blue Ruin)

Happy Sunday to all.  Hope you are having a fabulous weekend. Today, I bring you two videos I think you'll truly enjoy.  First up, it's a look at how directors can get the most out of their actors by avoiding "Result Direction.” Next up, we look at one of the hottest indie directors of the last few years, Jeremy Saulnier.  Jeremy's first two films, Blue Ruin and Green Room, were not only critical darlings on the festival circuit, but also lauded by storytellers and…

Coffee & Content - Tarantino on Finding Your Voice & The Cinematography of Moonlight

Happy Sunday, everyone. Another two videos this week for you to enjoy with your favorite roast. First up, it's Quentin Tarantino speaking about how films can inspire and influence, but how you can go about finding your original voice. Next, cinematographer James Laxton takes us behind the scenes on the making of Moonlight.  It's a fantastic look at the mind of a terrific artist.  Think you'll find it quite insightful. As always, I ask you to share this content with those yo…

Coffee & Content - Adapting The Shining & Developing the Characters of True Detective

Happy Sunday, everyone.  And for those celebrating in the States, Happy Labor Day weekend. In this edition of Coffee & Content, I have two videos I believe you'll find most informative.  First up, it's Stanley Kubrick and The Shining.  It's well documented that Stephen King was not on board with Kubrick's adaptation of his epic novel.  In this video we see how and why Kubrick made his choices in what he included, expanded upon and what he left behind. Next up, a…

Coffee & Content - Screenplay Lessons From Ex Machina & Film Editing by Feel

Happy Sunday to you all. Today, I have two tremendous videos for you to enjoy with your java.  First up, it's a look at some screenplay lessons from Ex Machina.  I know we have a ton of writers on Stage 32 who have very mixed feelings about this script, so I hope to see some debate in the comments section! Next up, a look at how film editors think and cut by feel.  I absolutely love this video and think you'll find it fascinating as well. Personally, I think this conten…

Coffee & Content - Mark Duplass Says Make Movies, Not Meetings!

If you've hung around these parts long enough, you've heard me preach time and time again that there's never been a better time to take matters into your own hands and control your own content. The demand for new voices and original ideas is at an all-time high and the avenues for getting your work out there is increasing by the day. But don't take my word for it. Here's an inspiring and motivating dose of reality from Mark Duplass to kick off your Sunday and get your mind racing. Ple…

Coffee & Content - Screenwriting, Filmmaking, Cinematography (and More) Tips!

Happy Sunday, everyone. I have two truly insightful videos for you this morning. First, for all our filmmakers, cinematographers, content creators and those simply interested in just telling stories through visuals, you'll want to check out The 4 Best Reasons to Use POV Shots. For our screenwriters, authors, producers, filmmakers and, well, fans of Sherlock, I have the creator of that fine show, Mark Gatiss, waxing poetic on all things writing.   As always, I ask you to share thi…

Coffee & Content - P. T. Anderson, Christopher Nolan & More

Happy Sunday to you all.  Hope you're having a fantastic weekend. In this edition of Coffee & Content, we go back to P.T. Anderson and a cut by cut breakdown of There Will Be Blood.  We also turn our attention to Dunkirk director Christopher Nolan and his pluses and minuses as a filmmaker and storyteller. As always, I ask you to share this content where you can on your other social media accounts through the handy share buttons at the top of this blog.  Pay it forwar…

Coffee & Content - Screenwriting, Acting, Filmmaking, Networking, Producing & More!

Happy Sunday, everyone.  Hope you've brewed some strong java because I have some inspiring and motivational content to springboard you into a new week. As you know, we've had some remarkable talent contributing to the Stage 32 Blog over the past 6 years.  Some of these terrific pieces have been buried (although you can always use the Blog search function!) and we've been reviving them and giving them a new audience on Medium. So without further fanfare, here are 5 fantastic a…

It's Show Reel Share Day - Share Your Reels With the World

Today on Twitter and Instagram, it's #ShowReelShareDay - That means whether you're an actor, filmmaker, cinematographer or other creative with a reel, today is the day to showcase your talents to the world. Let's show the social world that we are the most creative community on the planet! We're asking all our members who have reels and either a Twitter or Instagram account (or both) to help promote Stage 32 while promoting yourselves!  All you have to do is share your reel link her…

Coffee & Content - The Magic of P.T. Anderson & Thelma Schoonmaker

Happy Sunday, everyone. In this edition of Coffee & Content, I have two videos focusing on two masters of craft.  First, it's Paul Thomas Anderson, director of Boogie Nights, Magnolia, There Will be Blood and The Master to name a few.  Next, it's a look at the editing style of Martin Scorcese's go to post-production specialist, the legendary Thelma Schoonmaker. Both vids provide a wealth of information and a deep dive into the thinking of two visionary creatives.  I …

Coffee & Content - The Magic of Stanley Kubrick

Happy Sunday to all.  Hope you're enjoying your weekend. For Coffee & Content this week, I bring you two videos centered around the magic of Stanley Kubrick.  As you know, Kubrick was the complete package - a master storyteller, a visionary in the use of light and sound and, of course, an actor's director. Nearly 20 years after his death, Kubrick's films are gifts that keep on giving and serve as inspiration for film creatives around the world. I hope you enjoy the conte…

Coffee & Content - True Detective: Developing Characters

Happy Sunday, everyone.  Hope you're all having a terrific weekend. For this edition of Coffee & Content, I've chosen one of the best videos I've seen lately on writing and developing compelling characters.  The main focus of the piece is on the first season of True Detective written by Nic Pizzolatto.  But the video also covers some weak examples from other films and television shows and offers some sage advice from Aaron Sorkin, John Truby and others. So whether yo…

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