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Coffee & Content - Dan Harmon's 8 Steps to Better Stories & Editing Cuts and Transitions

Happy Sunday, everyone.  Let's get to the action, shall we? We start this edition of Coffee & Content with a video from our friends at StudioBinder and Dan Harmon. Dan has been quite prolific over the last decade plus and here he explains his 8 proven steps to better stories. Next up, a look at cuts and transitions with examples from some iconic, classic, and recent films designed to help your editing skills. As always, I ask that you share this content with those you believe…

The (Sometimes) Painful Process of Getting Representation

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” This is what indie filmmaker and actress Sonja O'Hara kept in the back of her mind as she navigated the choppy waters of getting repped. After meaningful encounters and interest in her original series at ITVFest in Vermont put her on top of the world, she floated on cloud nine, quite certain that THIS would be her moment. It wasn’t. Despite encouragement from HBO’s VP of Talent Development Kelly Edwards…

How to make an Improv Short Film: When Rehearsal is Performance

If you are an actor working to build your reel or a filmmaker looking to hone your craft, working on improv based short films can be a great way to experiment with the short film form and begin building a body of work. I first got the opportunity to collaborate with improv actors about twoyears ago, and since then I’ve produced over a dozen improv based short films. When you are first starting out as a filmmaker, it can be difficult to pull together the resources needed to find a f…

Ask Us Anything - Your Filmmaking Lounge Questions Answered by Cinematographers Alex & Trevor

Hey, guys! Alex and Trevor here with a Stage 32 segment we'd like to offer you regularly: Ask us Anything. Nicole Punday asked a question about directing in the Filmmaking/Directing Lounge a few weeks back, so we grabbed our phone and shot a short video to answer her question. Nicole posted: This is a very interesting question that we think a lot of people have, especially when starting out. It can be very intimidating to hop on a set in any position because you think there is an e…

Sundance Film Debut Writer Shares Writing & Networking Tips

Samantha Tanner debuted her first feature film at Sundace 2018 as a co-writer of the highly anticipated A BOY, A GIRL, A DREAM, (Directed by Qasim Basir, and starring Omari Hardwick and Meagan Good). A native of Chicago’s West-side, she is also an accomplished actress with a BFA in theater from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Samantha steps into this new unfolding of her career as a screenwriter with joy. Her film credits include: COUNTER CLOCKWISE, PAIN N LOVE, and…

Hollyshorts + Stage 32 Film Conference

Over the past few years, we've been honored to be recognized by many in the industry as the leaders in online education for content creators and film & television professionals. As the education partner for AT&T, Cannes and AFM (to name a few), we've been proud to program a variety of panels, talks and workshops which have been presented to creatives all over the world. Now, we're thrilled to announce we're extending our relationship with Hollyshorts. For the last 3 years, we've…

Why Age Is Simply a Number

To begin, My name is Mu-Shaka Benson. I’m an actor from Upstate New York and, like many others, I started my acting journey in my 30’s. When I began to pursue acting I heard an array of comments ranging from “don’t quit your day job” to “aren’t you too old for that?” It was a struggle to deal with in the beginning because a lot of those comments came from precisely the same people who you’d want to have your back. My family, my frien…

Coffee & Content - 7 Things to Know About Making Short Films & 5 Tips for Acting

Welcome to Sunday, everyone. And another edition of Coffee & Content. From our friends at IndyMogul, and for all those making or thinking about producing/filming a short film, it's the appropriately titled 7 Things to Know About Making Short Films! Next up, it's 5 Tips for Acting brought to you by the good peeps at Film Riot. There you have it...Short and sweet. A quick word of thanks to all who have taken the time in recent weeks to share and comment on this content.  While…

So You Want to Publish A Book, Do Ya?

Hello, my fellow creatives! When I'm not working on a script or acting my little heart out on set, I'm actually ghostwriting books and blog posts for fellow creative entrepreneurs. Mostly it's books, because the authors are busy running their own business and don't want their clients to know that a secret-agent-guru-ghostwriter was behind the scenes penning their work of art. But I digress, which is often the case. Inevitably, at some point during the process, the author will ask me, …

Look to The Stars

“The whole idea of creation is mysterious and wonderful, it’s a bottomless craft, which is why I love it so much.” -Uta Hagen It is important for actors to look up to other actors as a source of inspiration and hope. But more than hero worship, they can serve to challenge us to greatness. I urge actors to keep a running list of other actors they admire and to seek out similar qualities within themselves. When I was first starting out on the acting path my heroes were …

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 Come Down: Navigating Normalcy After Festival Wins & Losses Part 3

Read PART ONE HERE: The Come Down: Navigating Normalcy After Festival Wins & Losses Part 1 Read PART TWO HERE: The Come Down: Navigating Normalcy After Festival Wins & Losses Part 2 On the festival run, people want to talk to the actors, the director, the writer. As a producer, you’re usually a distant, distant third. Still, you get to chime in from time to time on the Q and A’s, and those Q and A sessions you did on the fest circuit give you a sense of the best st…

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