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Over 275 Meeting Requests So Far This Year & More "Double Recommend" Requests Than Ever!

Good morning Stage 32 Creative Crew! I hope you had a great weekend and were able to hit your screenwriting or creative goals. It has been a busy month at Stage 32 and I wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate our members who have been seeing the results of their dedication pay off. As you know, we’re about halfway through the year, and to date there have been over 275 meetings requested by executives after connecting with screenwriters through Stage 32! But even more tha…

Coffee & Content - Making a Short Film Alone & How to Be Your Best Self in Auditions

Happy Sunday Creative Army! First of all, thank you again for an absolutely amazing Ask Me Anything session this past Wednesday. I got to spend time with over 5,000 of you from all over the world, and it was a true honor to answer your questions on all things craft and business. In case you missed it live, worry not, you can watch for free on-demand here. Now, who is ready for some piping hot content with their Sunday morning cold brew? Let's jump right in.  First up, the folks ov…

5 Ways to Connect & Network Online in the Stage 32 Lounges

Stage 32 hosts online forums, called Lounges to encourage like-minded professionals to communicate and collaborate. As I've become more familiar with these lounges as the new Stage32 Community Manager, the more I liken them to V.I.P. Filmmakers' Lounges hosted at film festivals. These are the exclusive rooms where creators can step away from the pomp and press to find other professionals… and a stiff drink. These are the "networking opportunities" that so many in the industry scra…

Now Showing: Vail Film Festival Features, Shorts, & Docs on Stage 32 Screenings

Happy Friday Creative Army! As you all know, Stage 32 Screenings has taken the entertainment industry by storm. Our initiative has been covered by Deadline, Variety, CNN, and dozens more. We are currently screening over 100 features, shorts, and episodic pilots from SXSW, Tribeca, BFI: Flare London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival, and Telluride Mountainfilm Documentary Festival to our network of over 6,000 invited sales agents, distributors, managers, agents, producers, development execs, financi…

10 Things You Need to Know About the New Virtual Theatrical Model

1. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? As a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, theaters around the world were forced to close their doors. Independent and arthouse theaters, in particular, have been deeply affected by these closures. Working in concert with a handful of independent distributors and platforms, the “Virtual Theatrical” model was born as a way for these independent theaters to showcase new theatrical content, connect with their local patrons, and generate revenue. &nbs…

8 Things I Learned Shooting my Proof-of-Concept Short Film

As I am in the midst of editing my proof-of-concept short, Orpheus Star, with my editor, I look back on the journey to get to this point. It took over a year to get to the point where I could shoot my proof-of-concept short based on my feature. I had started off the year before spending four months and almost three thousand dollars preparing for a crowdfunding campaign. That alone had given me my first important lesson: 1. Your Supporters & Champions Aren’t Necessarily Your Co…

The Ancient Rules of Storytelling

Human beings are animals that tell stories. And like so many other things that come naturally to us -- running, for instance -- we can improve on our natural ability through the development of proper technique. Writing is both an art and a craft, so study and practice are the keys to mastery. And so, like Po in Kung Fu Panda or Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back, we are each on a quest to find the Master who will teach us how to become the writers we were born to be. Is it John T…

"Braveheart" Descendent & Author Lands Producer Through Stage 32!

Good morning Stage 32 Creative Crew! I hope you had a very productive Introduce Yourself Weekend on Stage 32! There were thousands of new connections made around the world and already unique projects developing as a result.  Speaking of amazing connections happening across the world, I just heard an incredible success story that I had to share. The story comes from Alexia Melocchi of Little Studio Films and Stage 32 member Seoras Wallace in Scotland! Seoras beg…

Coffee & Content - Filmmaking Lessons from the Director of "Shazam!" & Seth Rogan Explains How to Write a Movie

Happy Sunday Creative Army! How has your week been? Here's hoping you have had some time to get creative this week. I've got a nice lineup of content today that will give you a creative jolt to complement your Sunday morning dark roast.  First up, Director David F. Sandberg (aka "ponysmasher" on YouTube) has compiled a couple of lessons he has learned from filmmaking over the years. David uses examples from his own filmography including Shazam!, Annabelle: Creation, and Lights Out…

“I Don’t Want the Credit”: Seven Essentials to Succeed with Work for Hire

Connie Brean (Robert De Niro): Stanley, don't do this. You're playing with your life here. Stanley Motss (Dustin Hoffman): F*** my life. I want the credit. (David Mamet’s Wag the Dog) A Game Worth Getting Into Let’s face it. Given a choice, most Creatives want to make their own art rather than spend valuable hours helping others perfect theirs. I’m always on some level aware that every minute I spend doing the things I talk about in this article I am not spending on …

Find Your Community on Stage 32

Well, hello, there! My name is Karen Ross, but please, call me Kay. I recently took over as the Community Manager here at Stage 32 (but don't worry, Amanda is my Jedi Master, and RB lays down the wisdom like Yoda – I’m humbled to be their padawan). I am so excited to get to know our creative community even better through this new opportunity! I wanted to formally introduce myself - I am an actress, writer, producer, and all-around free spirit. Among other many things, I lov…

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Stage 32 and SeriesFest Partner for the 2020 Virtual Festival

  Happy Thursday Stage 32! The past couple of months have been a whirlwind here at Stage 32. In the wake of the SXSW live screening cancellation, we launched Stage 32 Screenings to ensure the affected filmmakers received the exposure and opportunities their hard work and talent deserves. Our initiative has since been covered by Deadline, Variety, CNN, and more. We are currently screening over 100 features, shorts, and episodic pilots from SXSW, Tribeca, BFI: Flare London LQBT…

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