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Coffee & Content - Get Your Short Film Screened at Festivals & Editing: Holding Long & Cutting Short

Happy Sunday to all my creative friends.  Hope you're all having an awesome weekend.  First up for Coffee & Content this week, with so many Stage 32 members creating short films and short form digital content, I thought it might be worth having a look at Filmmaker IQ's recent video How to Get Your Short Screened at Film Festivals.  Certainly interested in hearing your thoughts on this one! Next, from our friends at Cinefix, yet another comprehensive video.  This…

Coffee & Content - How Werner Herzog Masters Storytelling & 3 Fillmmaking Mistakes to Avoid

Happy Sunday, everyone. Let's get right to the action, shall we? Today I have 2 videos from This Guy Edits, a very popular channel on YouTube. First up, who doesn't love Werner Herzog?  Well, maybe there are some that don't connect with his art, but it's hard not to connect to the person and his passion for storytelling.  How does he get it done?  How Werner Herzog Masters Storytelling explains all. Next, I have 3 Filmmaking Mistakes to Avoid and, well, although the ti…

Coffee & Content - How 3-Act Screenplays Work (and why it matters) & Making Your Editing Better

Happy Sunday, everyone.  And for those celebrating, a very Happy Easter Sunday. Today for Coffee & Content, another 2 detailed videos designed to make you think and inspire you to take action. First up, from Lindsay Ellis, a most righteous and comprehensive video on 3-act structure within a screenplay.  This one delivers the goods, I promise you. Next up, do you think one tip could be so good, it would drastically improve your editing?  This Guy Edits does and so do…

Coffee & Content - How to Act on Camera & Creating the Ultimate Antagonist (The Dark Knight)

Happy Sunday, everyone.  Trust you're all having a great weekend?We're still buzzing from what was a remarkable and inspiring day at the Stage 32/LA Acting Studio's 1st Film Con Hollywood.  We'll have more updates about and some cool video from the event coming soon.  Until then, let's get to this edition of Coffee & Content. First up, how about 2 dudes talking acting?  It's Film Acting Tips: How to Act on Camera, with Chris Mack.  I love the conversational …

Coffee & Content - Ridley Scott on Directing & 10 Important Lessons on the Craft of Screenwriting

Hello, my fellow creatives.  Happy Sunday. Hope you are all enjoying and participating in what has been a very lively Introduce Yourself Weekend! Today for Coffee & Content, I'm bringing you some voices with years of experience talking directing and screenwriting. First up, legendary director, Ridley Scott waxes poetic on the craft of directing.  As usual, no pulled punches from Sir Ridley.  Nothing more for you to do with this one than pour yourself a full cuppa an…

Coffee & Content - Making a DSLR Look Like a RED & Toy Story Script to Screen

Greetings from rainy Los Angeles, and Happy Sunday.  Coffee is brewed, let's get to the content. One of the most inspiring dudes I've met over the last few months is filmmaker, Matt Alonzo.  Not only is Matt a ridiculously talented guy who handles just about everything - shooting, lighting, editing - but he also aims to educate and motivate wherever he goes.  The idea of giving back and paying it forward is part of his DNA.  An example of this?  This week, Matt …

Coffee & Content - Michael Caine on Acting for Film & Overcoming Writer's Block

Good morning, 32'ers.  Happy Oscars Sunday. Don't forget, it's not too late to get your Oscars ballot in.  Prizes and bragging rights are at stake.  Fill out your ballot here. Leading up to the ceremony, I have two more videos for your enjoyment as part of this edition of Coffee and Content. First up, a classic and extremely celebrated video of Michael Caine discussing acting in film.  Next, from Actualized.org, comes a terrific video on overcoming writer's block.…

Coffee & Content - 7 Tips From Screenwriters & How to Block a Scene

I know, I know...A little late with the coffee and the content this morning.  I have a good excuse.  I spent a good part of the last few days prepping for my seminar - Crowdsourcing and a Screenwriter's Journey - which I presented to an incredible group of passionate and committed screenwriters yesterday at the Scriptwriters Network.  It was an inspirational and rewarding day I won't soon forget. The video for this event will be available in a couple of months and I'm exc…

Coffee & Content - William Goldman Talks Screenwriting & 7 Simple and Beautiful Editing Tips

A very happy Sunday to you all.  Hope you're having a fantastic and creative weekend and are gearing up to make next week a positive one.  Let's see if I can assist with a jumping off point by presenting you with some quality content. First up, a true gift from one of the most revered, respected and outspoken screenwriters in film history, William Goldman.  When it comes to writing, as Bill famously said, no one knows anything.  But when it comes to the craft and nav…

How to Act on Camera & 3 Act Screenplay Structure Tips and Myths

Happy Sunday, everyone.  Greetings from Park City and the Sundance Film Festival. It's been a weekend full of meetings, meetings, meetings...And plenty more ahead.  Putting the coffee in a to go cup this morning and heading out into the cold.  But not before I leave you with some great content for you to consume and share. First up, from Chris Mack comes a packed 5 minutes of tips and tricks to acting on camera. Next, it's 3 Act Screenplay Structure - Tips & Myths.&…

Coffee & Content - Taking Your Filmmaking to the Next Level & The Clues to a Great Story

Another Sunday, another edition of Coffee & Content.  I'm going a little French press style this morning...How about you? I'm truly excited about this week's C&C.  I have two vids that are simply off the charts. To kick things off, I have a video from the fine creatives from Mango Street.  This one is titled Take Your Filmmaking to the Next Level, and as per usual with their content, I think you'll find there's something to take away no matter what your experienc…

Coffee & Content - Sean Baker on Screenwriting and Directing & Cinematography Composition and Framing

Happy first Sunday of 2018, everyone.  Excited to bring you the first Coffee & Content of the new year. If you're not familiar with Coffee & Content, it's a weekly blog (schedule permitting) where I share with you some of the cool material I've consumed over the previous week.  My goal is to inspire and motivate.  All I ask in return is that you share the content through your social media channels or via email with those you think would benefit.  Now...Some …

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