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Coffee & Content - Directing Tips from Sundance Directors & A Career Retrospective with Eddie Murphy

Happy December Creative Army! I've got my coffee brewing and some white-hot content coming your way. First up, The Take speaks with some Sundance-official directors about the craft of directing films. They answer questions like: What's your process for working with actors? What are some visual techniques you've used? and more! Next, for all you comedy fans out there, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation recently sat down with the legendary Eddie Murphy to talk about his amazing career over…

Read Some 2020 Oscar Contender Screenplays

With 2020 just around the corner, we are all speculating potential Oscar contenders. We all have our guesses, but the folks over at Entertainment Weekly have already put together their 2020 Oscar Nomination Predictions.  This list details everything from "Top 5" to "longshots" in the categories of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Adapted Screenplay.  Read More: Enter…

16 Best Thanksgiving TV Episodes and Specials Ever

We shared a table full of food, family, and friendship yesterday - but there is still more of Thanksgiving left to love. Instead of battling the Black Friday madness at the mall, feast on leftovers at home and soak up the last bit of Thanksgiving spirit with the 16 Best Thanksgiving TV Episodes and Specials Ever brought to you by The Wrap.  From unforgettable Friends episodes (...Turkey on Monica's head - iconic) to Turkey-day episodes of Bewitched, The Brady Bunch, Bob's Burg…

Happy Thanksgiving! We are Thankful Everyday for You

From the entire Stage 32 team, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. Let me be the first to say, I am incredibly grateful for every single person that is a part of the Stage 32 creative army. I am forever in awe of the amazing connections, projects, and friendships that have grown out of our community.  As always, here at Stage 32, we aim to help entertainment creatives make connections and share their stories with the world. In our 8 years, we have had nearly 2,000 articles writt…

Two New Yorkers in Hollywood: What You'll Learn When You First Get into Entertainment & What Not to Do (with Richard Botto & Bradley Gallo)

New people flock to LA every day with big dreams and their hearts set on "making it". However, as anyone who has moved to LA for entertainment can tell you, no one is going to roll out a red carpet for you just for showing up.  Often times, arriving in "tinsel town" can be a lonely and unforgiving place. Fortunately, our two favorite New Yorkers in Hollywood have teamed up to teach you What You'll Learn When You First Get into Entertainment & What Not to Do. In this clip …

How I Survived the Hollywood Crash

In my blogs on “How We Screwed the Showbiz Culture Up” and “Why I Passed On That Screenplay,” I talk a fair bit of trash about how the ethical and creative practices of Hollywood’s development process have strayed from the fundamentals that made this industry strong. By far, the most common and rational response to the ideas I’m expressing in these rants is that “THIS IS A BUSINESS.” If we get caught up in the creative - or even the ethical…

Your Success is Our Success! Thanks for Sharing Your Inspiring Stories!

Good morning Stage 32 Family! I hope you have all had a wonderful pre-Thanksgiving weekend. We’re heading into the last week of November and one that largely kicks off the holiday season for many of us. During this time, it is important to stay focused on our screenwriting and filmmaking goals. I want to remind everyone who is participating in our November Write Club Challenge that this is the last week to knock out your writing goal for the month of November. For those who have …

Coffee & Content - How A Title will Help You Write & How Music Shapes Your Film

A very Happy Thanksgiving week to you Creative Army! This Sunday, we've got some great content for all you filmmakers out there. My coffee's brewing, how about yours? First on the docket, can your project's title shape how you write your story? Writer/Director Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Thor: Ragnarok, What We Do in the Shadows) thinks so! Learn more in his interview with our friends over at IndieWire.  Next up, film editor Tom Cross (La La Land, Whiplash, First Man, Joy) tells …

The 15 Best Thanksgiving Movies

It's the weekend before Thanksgiving, and all through the house, every creature wants Turkey and a holiday movie to watch with their spouse. (Or friend, family member, or dog - but c'mon had to go for the rhyme) You have your favorite Christmas movies at the ready, but what about the holiday that kicks off the season? With the smell of stuffing in the air and grocery store lines forever long, spend some time inside this weekend snuggled up with some Thanksgiving classics. Check out&nbs…

Screenwriter Review: How Stage 32 Script Services "Makes You a Better Writer"

Hello Stage 32 Community! Today's amazing blog contributor is Rosalind Winton, a writer and editor based in the UK. She wrote a script based on the postcard her great grandfather send to her great grandmother from the Titanic, days before the infamous sinking. (Color me interested!) Throughout the writing process, she utilized Stage 32's script services offers to get notes and advice from our esteemed board of executives, producers, and mentors.  Read on to find out more about R…

The Top Five Myths About Screenwriting Exposed

Becoming a screenwriter is a truly incredible process, that will challenge you, reward you, disappoint you, but never bore you. That being said, it’s important to go into this path with eyes wide open, and know the truth about being a screenwriter. These are the top 5 myths about being a screenwriter that you should know first. Myth #1 - It Doesn’t Involve Much Writing Although screenplays are short, usually from 90 to 100 pages, with a lot of empty space on the page, they…

Despising The Free Lunch- How to Get Paid Like a Pro

Getting paid for being a filmmaker is an art form and rarely taken to heart, so artists starve for their craft. This image of the "starving artist" must not and should not be perpetuated. Most people believe that the work of a writer, a producer, a filmmaker is based on passion alone, and as a result it is assumed that all artists are meant to work for free, or to get paid later, because their passion for the craft will make them accept work under any condition, including the freebies or…

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