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A Writer's Journey

If you're in the Los Angeles area this weekend, the wonderful people at The Scriptwriter's Network would like to invite you to join them for a special event - Crowdsourcing and a Writer's Journey - featuring our very own Fearless Leader, Rich Botto. RB will be speaking to the long and winding road he's taken as a screenwriter.  From all the early rejection (and what he took away each time) to turning down 3 offers for representation to using crowdsourcing strategies to build the br…

All Hail Our Short Film Program Finalists!

Hey guys. We're thrilled to announce the finalists of our 3rd Annual Short Film Contest. It was another record breaking year for entries and as usually is the case, more entries meant there were so many fantastic films to choose from. We have some true visionaries in our midst! The competition for the finals was fierce and our many of our judges took it upon themselves to watch certain films over and over knowing that every point mattered. One judge was so moved by a certain film he pas…

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…

Coffee & Content - 5 Huge Filmmaking Mistakes to Avoid & Writing Tips From Stephen King

Happy Sunday, everyone.  And for those celebrating in America, I hope you're having a fun, relaxing and creative holiday weekend. For this edition of Coffee & Content, I have 2 more videos designed to motivate and inspire. First up, a cool vid from the helpful minds over at Creative North - 5 Huge Filmmaking Mistakes to Avoid in 2 Minutes.  Well, the video runs almost 4 minutes, but it's still more than worth your time. Next up, how about Stephen King sharing some writin…

6th Annual Oscars Contest Is Now Live!

It's that time again! The 6th Annual Stage 32 Oscars Contest is now live! This is your opportunity to vote for who you think will win each Oscar this year. All you have to do is go down the list, point, click, and submit. It's that simple! There are many wide open races this time around. You think you've got what it takes to run with the big dogs? Our top record holder of all time is Jovanni Ibarra who set a pretty high bar nailing 21 selections in 2016. Let's see …

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…

Meet Stephen, Stage 32's Resident Camera Gear & Equipment Guru! - Come See What's New

Well, I am so excited to announce a newcomer to the Stage 32 family, Stephen Balsley, who we are dubbing Stage 32's Resident "Camera Gear & Equipment Guru". Stephen Balsley began his career at RED Digital Cinema watching it grow from RED One to becoming one of the leading Cinema brands in the world.  Although Stephen began at RED, he is well experienced in all types of cameras, including Arri, Canon, Nikon, Blackmagic, and more. He's currently the D…

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…

Four Tips To Help You Begin That Book

Lets face it, writing is painstaking. The process of starting alone can be a great challenge. As if this isn't enough, it's revisions, after revisions until the finished product. The fun in it all is seeing the final result, it's not the work. One of the most popular questions asked by new writers is "How do I start?"   1. DECIDE THE GENRE OF YOUR BOOK   Regardless of whether you would like to write a fiction, or nonfiction book, it's best that you narrow down th…

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…

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