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“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…

Free Online "Ask Me Anything" with Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto

Happy Wednesday, Creative Army!   Over the last few months, the entire team here at Stage 32 has been working tirelessly to help you stay connected, creative, motivated, and informed. As always, we are committed to bringing you networking opportunities, education and mentoring from top-level industry executives and professionals, and access to decision-makers around the globe all from the safety of your own home.   Since the beginning of the quarantine mandates brought ab…

Let's Talk about Auteur Theory

What is Auteur Theory? Technically, it’s just the idea that a director’s vision is more important to the creative identity of a film than the script. When it comes to the culture of cinema, however, auteurism has evolved into the philosophy that directors with a creative vision powerful and clear enough to define every other element of production will likely make better movies, and are generally more worthy of success and acclaim. Branding is everything in the business of bre…

More than a Meeting a Day Between Industry Execs & Stage 32 Members in May!

Good morning Stage 32 Creative Crew! I hope you have had a productive week and hit your writing or creative goals! Can you believe that we are already over halfway through the year! Since we just closed out the first week of June, I wanted to take a look back at the busy month of May here at Stage 32. There were a couple of big success stories that jumped out in the month of May. Jonathan Jordan, the winner of Stage 32 3rd Annual Feature Screenwriting Contest, let us know that he not o…

Coffee & Content - Roger Deakins on Cinematography & Studio Executives Roundtable

Happy Sunday Creative Army! I've got my coffee and hand and your weekly dose of content coming in hot - grab your coffee of choice and let's dive right in.  First up, The Hollywood Reporter recently hosted a roundtable discussion featuring executives from the entertainment industry's top companies. This video features Jennifer Salke (Amazon), Scott Stuber (Netflix) Donna Langley (Universal), Jim Gianopulos (Paramount), Tom Rothman (Sony), Alan Horn (Disney), and Toby Emmerich (War…

How to Become Your Own Producer

Director Aaron Falvey tells the story of producing and directing his award-winning 2019 short film Death Round Every Bend, and how he got his first feature film Northspur, shot in November 2019. Aaron shares the initiatives he took to get both projects off the ground, and learning the most valuable lesson any director, writer or ‘creative’ could… it’s producers that make a film happen, and you can become your own!   Justin Eade (Left) and Aaron Falvey (R…

Now Showing: BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival Films on Stage 32 Screenings

Hello, Creative Army! As you know, back in March, we announced and launched Stage 32 Screenings to help filmmakers who were impacted by the cancellation of their live screenings at such festivals as SXSW, Tribeca and Telluride Mountainfilm Documentary get their films seen to a concentrated audience including thousands of distributors, sales agents, producers, financiers, development execs and more decision-makers here on Stage 32.  Since the official launch of Stage 32 Screenings …

Everything You Need to Know About Independent Film Distribution

As you may recall back in February, long-time Stage 32 member, blog contributor, webinar teacher, and international film & distribution aficionado, David Zannoni began a series of blogs and vlogs to keep you up-to-date on the business of film across the globe. Today, David is sharing some amazing insights into the world of distribution for independent filmmakers in his exclusive Stage 32 vlog.  What you will learn from David: How do you define "independent film" distributio…

How to Act Using the Four Elements

There are a lot of acting techniques but one is relatively unknown to a lot of people, acting with the elements. Using the elements earth, water, fire, and air you can get into character fast without having to explore the motives of your character's emotions as you do with method acting. Read on to learn how you can make the elements work for you. We have all met the elements in the form of people. We have all seen them in ourselves at some point because we all have a bit of them in us.…

You’re an Entertainment Entrepreneur - Act Like One

I get it—you became a filmmaker, or a writer, or an actor because you love movies and television. You weren’t planning to launch a business. But if you hope to build a career in the film industry as a writer, filmmaker, or even actor, then you need to think like an entrepreneur. Otherwise, all you’ll have is an expensive hobby. And there’s nothing wrong with that, but that’s likely not quite what you were hoping for. So, take a deep breath and admit it. Y…

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