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Four “Off the Page” Skills to Practice Now

As we think about our work as writers, sometimes we forget that there are “off the page” skills that we need to develop as well. We spend a lot of time on craft, focused on dialogue, character arcs, plot outlining—everything we need to make a strong story. But building a career as a screenwriter—or as any kind of creative—involves more than writing. Entrepreneurship, professionalism, productivity habits, and presentation skills are four “off the page…

Writer Lands Representation with Billion-Dollar Literary Manager Because of Stage 32!

Good morning Stage 32 Creative Crew! I hope that you've had a fantastic Introduce Yourself Weekend on Stage 32 making new connections and finding your tribe. If you haven't yet had a chance to jump in and introduce yourself, make sure that you are getting in on the action! There is still time to get in the mix.  As you may also know we are currently in the in the final weeks of our "That's a Movie" Logline Contest: The Sequel. We have received thousands of entries from around the w…

Coffee & Content: Andra Day, Kate Winslet, & Carey Mulligan Actors Roundtable & Best Free Resources to Make Your Short Film

Happy Sunday Creative Army! First of all, congratulations to all of you who have already participated in our monthly Introduce Yourself Weekend! Thousands of connections have been made between entertainment creatives and professionals from every corner of the globe. Whether you are a long-time member, or brand new to Stage 32, take a moment to pop over to the Introduce Yourself Lounge and say hello before the end of the weekend. Now, grab some fresh coffee and let's dive in to this week…

How to Turn A "Pass" Into A Positive Experience

Hello Stage 32 Community! I am so excited to bring your today's blog from New York-based Stage 32 member and filmmaker Dennis Cahlo! I first met Dennis on Instagram after he posted an epic video talking about his experience pitching his project Lonely Hearts on Stage 32. I immediately reached out to Dennis to ask if he was interested in writing a blog for the Stage 32 community and he came back with brilliant enthusiasm and this awesome article about how to turn a "pass" into a pos…

Grab a Networking Buddy and Make It “Introduce Your FRIEND Weekend”!

Imagine your shyest friend. The one who talks with you, and not many others. This person is probably really good at what they do – writing, directing, editing - but is terrible at putting themselves out there and meeting new people. Now imagine that friend finally working up the courage to type up a paragraph about themselves and post it for this community to see. Imagine that person discovering other creatives and striking up conversations with them, all because you took the time …

What Do You Want to Learn About the Craft & Business of Entertainment?

Hey everyone! Harrison here, the Director of Education at Stage 32. As a lot of you know, I’ve been working hard this past year to put together new learning opportunities led by some of the top minds in the entertainment industry to help everyone in the Stage 32 community grow in their field, whatever that field may be. And I’m super proud of what the education we’ve been able to provide! We’ve programmed webinars, classes and labs that have helped writers, direc…

Read the 2021 Oscar-Nominated Screenplays

For the past year, long time Stage 32 member and screenwriter Alan C. Baird has been providing his fellow Stage 32 members award-nominated screenplays to read and learn from. In case you missed it, check out the 2021 Golden Globes-nominated screenplays, 2021 Writers Guild Award-nominated screenplays, and 2021 BAFTA-nominated screenplays Alan shared with us. Now, Alan has collected the 2021 Academy Awards-nominated original screenplays and adapted screenplays! What are th…

Tips for Successful Live Directed Voiceover Sessions with Clients

One of the most stressful aspects of voice acting, in my opinion, are live directed sessions. It seems that no matter how many sessions I have under my belt, I always get a little stage fright before a session. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out what it is about live sessions that put me on edge, and even with a lot of theatre experience and improv training, it’s the feeling of performing and the idea that ‘all eyes are on you.’ As an artist, and a Voi…

Screenwriter Lands Manager through Stage 32 Education

Happy Monday Stage 32! I am beyond thrilled today to share the Stage 32 Success story of long-time Stage 32 member, blogger, author, and screenwriter, Shannon K. Valenzuela. Shannon has written several amazing blogs for the Stage 32 community, and a few weeks ago she told me live on Instagram that she just landed a MAJOR literary manager through Stage 32 education! Shannon is an incredibly talented and altruistic writer, and her story is a testament to the power of networking, setting …

Coffee & Content: How to Write a TV Pilot that Sells & How to Develop Your Visual Style

Happy Sunday Creative Army! I've got my coffee in hand and your weekly dose of content coming in hot - grab your coffee of choice and let's dive right in. First up, our friends over at StudioBinder has put together a great video about how to write a TV pilot that sells. In this video, they use South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone's approach to story structure to illustrate compelling story structure. Like our Christopher Mack does in our Netflix TV Pitch Workshop, this v…

Read the 2021 BAFTA-Nominated Screenplays

For the past year, long time Stage 32 member and screenwriter Alan C. Baird has been providing his fellow Stage 32 members award-nominated screenplays to read and learn from. In case you missed it, check out the 2021 Golden Globes-nominated screenplays and the 2021 Writers Guild Award-nominated screenplays Alan shared with us.  Now, Alan has collected the 2021 British Academy Film Awards-nominated original screenplays and adapted screenplays! What are the similarities in the …

How Tabletop RPGs Can Help You Create Your TV Show

It is no secret that writing a TV show, or an animated series is not an easy task, especially if your story takes place in a complex fantasy, historical or science fiction world. However, tabletop role-playing games can help you with that. Right before we start, let me tell you a story. A few years ago, I started to develop an animated sci-fi series. I had the story and the characters, but despite all my efforts, the setting was still vague, and this made the writing difficult. The fact…

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