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Development Hell and How to Avoid It

I am sure you have all been here and have your own ideas on this subject, fellow toilers, but, here, today, is just my penny’s worth regarding what Development Hell is, why it occurs, how to avoid it, and some small suggestions for success in collab writing. The producer is the one with the fork. 1) What IS Development Hell? Development Hell is something I hear a lot about. What I hear from my friends and read about as well, is that projects sometimes get stuck.They go around an…

Stage 32 Writers Meet with Producers, Managers, and Financiers in March

Good morning Stage 32 Fam! We’ve got a big month of creative endeavors ahead of us. Executives who work with Stage 32 are currently in production on projects and there are even some Stage 32 members who are prepping for shoots to go in the upcoming weeks! We’re all in this together and a success for one is a success for all. In that spirit, we want to congratulate everyone who had success with a pitch or project in the Month of March. Your hard work and dedication to the …

Coffee & Content - Jordan Peele's Advice on Writing Thrillers & 3 Things New Filmmakers Overlook

Happy Sunday, everyone. Miss me?   All apologies for no new Coffee & Content last Sunday. We wrapped filming on Rain Beau's End in Chicago on Saturday and then, well, there was the after party. Enough said. Our shoot couldn't have gone better.  Eighteen days of shooting, nearly a month in Chicago, but it all came together. Our cast, including Ed Asner, Sean Young, Melanie Chandra, Janelle Snow, Amanda Powell, and a host of others knocked the cover off the ba…

YouTube Ducks Out of Race With Netflix & Amazon

Following the heartbeat of Hollywood and streaming video can be mind boggling, to say the least. One day we learn of a new streaming service and the next, we learn of one that doesn't want to play in the same sandbox. That's what we're learning with this blog post. Any plans that YouTube had for streaming noteworthy shows may not actually come to fruition. According to sources (and we all know how that goes), the Google-owned company has stopped accepting pitches from producers. So w…

A Year of Yes [Shonda Rhimes Style]

Discover the Introvert’s Yes I know what you’re thinking, “Umm, Cheryl, Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes came out in 2015. Eons ago in internet time. Plus it's the beginning of April." But when you find yourself immersed in what is now one of your fav books, all you wonder is, Why the heck didn’t I read this book sooner?In my defense, Year of Yes has been on my Read This Now (aka When You Finally Freakin’ Slow Down) List. It truly feels like it just released t…

Breaking in with 'Break Even' – Part 3: Filming on the Ocean

If you read Part 1  and Part 2 of this series, then you know we're following CJ Walley, an optioned screenwriter who is working with a production crew on his first feature script, 'Break Even,' which was written on assignment. This is Part 3, probably onee of the most colorful pieces yet in his series, which takes us to the other side of filmmaking. It's the not-so-glamorous side.Yet with CJ's edgy sense of humor, it's a story we can all appreciate; especially if we've ever experie…

'The Last OG' Actor Talks About The Growth of Short Films & Actor Networking Advice

Allen Maldonado is an actor who stars with Tracy Morgan in The Last OG created by Tracy Morgan and Jordan Peele. Stage 32 caught up with him at Film Con Hollywood where he offered advice for actors on how to network as an actor, why short films need more attention, and what it takes to persevere in the industry.   Click Here For Allen's Advice!       Remember, if you haven't subscribed to our YouTube page, make sure you do so you don't miss any of our announc…

How Working for Free Changed The Trajectory of My Career

Delayed Gratification: A lesson in show biz. If I was able to teach a seminar in show business to my 22-year-old self it would all come down to two words: Patience and Persistence. Well that and be lucky, don’t be scared to ask for help, and be willing to work for free. A lot. Kindling The year is 2012. For the sake of context, I feel like I need to paint a picture of where I was in my career and mindset when things started to change for me. I spent the better part of a decade…

A Stage 32 Pitch Leads to an Option for a Culture Blending Project

Good Morning Stage 32 Community!  There have been so many great success stories pouring in from community members all over the world, who tell us about their projects being requested, meetings being scheduled, and writers being signed through Stage 32. One story in particular caught my eye, and I just had to share it with you. It comes to us from Stage 32 Member Russell Chan.  Russell was born in China. He grew up writing short stories and won several awards throughout high s…

How We Screwed the Showbiz Culture Up [And How We Can Fix It]

Before I delve into the chronic misdeeds of our industrial showbusiness community, forgive me a paragraph or two to establish my credentials as your professor in this matter. Much of my life in showbusiness until now has been defined by the work nobody in Hollywood actually wants to do, but that everyone would gladly take credit and experience for having done, if they could. For ten years, I learned the risks and rewards of producing by financing other people's indie films with cold-call…

7 Steps for Writing Knights & Dragons Fantasy

Prologue: Venturing Forth The PROTAGONIST. Often a simple, unassuming person at least somewhat content in their everyday life, is given a quest. A journey must be made—both physical and psychological. Leaving the familiar, they cross the threshold into a new and dangerous world, where they will be tested time and again. Allies and enemies abound. The stakes are high. Will they prevail?All fantasy is based on some form of this opening paragraph. Not coincidentally, it is also the &…

Breaking in with 'Break Even' – Part 2

If you read Part 1 of Breaking in with 'Break Even' by C Walley, then you took the first step of our next series post that follows a Stage 32 Screenwriter's Journey. We're following CJ Walley, an optioned screenwriter who is working with a production crew on his first feature script, 'Break Even,' which was written on assignment. Over the next month or so, we'll be taking you along on CJ's journey, starting with his flight from England to Los Angeles, to his experience on set, all the w…

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