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UK Creatives - We Want to Hang Out With You During Raindance This Week

If you are UK-based, or plan to head to London for the 2019 Raindance Film Festival festival this week, we're looking forward to hanging out with you! We're going to be screening our 4th Annual Stage 32 Short Film Program and having an after-party for those who attend. Don't forget to get your Raindance Film Festival full credentials here. Come meet & greet with Stage 32 Founder & CEO, Richard Botto and Managing Director Amanda Toney as well as other Stage 32ers! We're…

Coffee & Content - How Much Do Music Videos REALLY Cost & How to Make a Music Video on a Budget

Good Morning, Creative Army! Happy Sunday to you all. Today's edition of Coffee & Content focuses on the cost of creating a music video. Our friends at Indy Mogul have some really great video content out there that delves into ways to save and still put out a high quality music video. First up, How Much Do Music Videos REALLY Cost. This content talks about what is needed to produce, prep, and plan the creation of a video, regardless of your budget. After that, take a look at …

We're Not Boring! The "Reality" Side of a Writer's Life

Growing up I had a love for books and movies. When Stranger Than Fiction came out I fell in love with the writing. But more importantly, I fell in love with the value of two forms of entertainment rolled into the ticket price of one movie. It was value I enjoyed so much, that I wanted to be more than an author; I wanted my books to be optioned for movies. When the first real literary success came across my life path I went headlong into daydreams of the silver screen. These flights of …

The Art of Showing Up: 7 Things Creatives Must Practice to Succeed

  The most important thing in life is showing up. I am blown away by your ability to show up. (Keanu Reeves, Hard Ball)   Prologue Primarily being a writer, and one who does a lot of historical research, I spend a lot of time alone. So, when I’m hired as an actor, director, storyteller, or teacher, it gives me an opportunity to test my philosophies of keeping motivated and inspired and doing the same for others. For three weeks in June I toured as Marxist revolutiona…

Ten Things I Learned [Slowly] in The Movie Business

Last month in my post, When Your Dreams [In the Filmmaking World] Fade, I left you hanging with me barely keeping control of my bowels, frozen in panic as my short life flashed before my eyes upon hearing my homeroom teachers voice on the phone. "Put your mother on the phone now," she barked a second time. I dropped the phone on my bed and ran downstairs to my parents screaming, "Mrs. Rankin is on the phone!!!" No matter how punk rock I try to be, I often have this reaction interior…

"The Last OG" Actor Talks About What Actors Can Learn Working With A-Listers

If you're an actor, you may be wondering what it's like working alongside A-list actors. What's more, what can you learn from them? Let's find out from a true pro. Allen Maldonado, an actor who stars with Tracy Morgan in The Last OG (created by Tracy Morgan and Jordan Peele) talked to Stage 32 at Film Con Hollywood about what it's like working along side the likes of Denzel Washington and Jennifer Aniston. Allen discovered the value he gleaned from these long-time actors wasn't just tuc…

Can You Crowdfund Without Crowdsourcing Your TV, Film, or Digital Project First?

As we continue to post the Stage 32 CrowdSOURCING video series each week, questions come up from those soaking in the videos. One question that has come up more than once is, “Can you crowdfund a TV, film, or digital project without crowdsourcing that project first?” Stage 32 CEO Richard “RB” Botto, author of the best-selling book Crowdsourcing For Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd, takes this question head on in his book, and briefly in the video…

Another Success Story! International Writer Closes The Gap with Hollywood

Good morning Stage 32 Family! It's another week and another opportunity to kick your screenwriting career into high gear!  I have been waiting to share this motivational story with you for a long time. I am a big fan of screenwriter Stephen Potts. He is dedicated to the craft of screenwriting and works hard to advance his projects. Stephen is also incredibly modest about his screenwriting success. Previously, Stephen adapted the film The Butterfly Tattoo, from the Phillip Pull…

Coffee & Content - Actor Learns a Boston Accent in 6 Hours & Learn the Cockney accent with Jason Statham

Good Morning, Creatives! This morning's post is inspired by those of you prepping for auditions that require an accent or regionalism. It also comes on the heels of one of our more unique blog posts from Idit Tekeli, How Not to Mess Up Your Auditions When You Have an Accent. In Idit's case, she's not American and needs to learn to be. But no matter where you're from or what your accent or regionalism is, help is always just a Stage 32 blog post away. First up, Vanity Fair shows us an a…

Why Emotional Intelligence is Crucial in the Film World

We always talk about writing, filmmaking, and other industry aspects here on the blog, but we don't touch base too often with the business side of it. And if you're a writer, director, producer,  or other kind of contracted film worker, you're essentially in business for yourself.   What we do is hard. No question. And it takes a certain level of strength to do it. Not just physical strength, but emotional strength as well. Give the link below a read for a peek into why we …

The Most Unlucky Post You'll Read All Day

If you're superstitious, stop reading. Go read this post instead. (It's fun and inspiring and doesn't include blood.) If you don't have any superstitions about today, then stay with me. Because why not spend your Friday reading about the history of how Friday the 13th came to be a dreaded day? After all, look at all the cool stuff that's come from it: "Long considered a harbinger of bad luck, Friday the 13th has inspired a late 19th-century secret society, an early 20th-century novel, …

Diary of a DP: How to Shoot Music Festivals & Rock Concerts for Bragging Rights

Howdy, my film familia!  In this installation of Diary of a DP, I offer you a survival guide where I will be sharing my experience and things to remember when shooting music festivals or concerts. Once upon a time, as a young strapping lad, I was taking various shooting assignments to further my operating skills. Shooting music events or music videos has its own rewards. It is fun and will challenge you in every way. I learnt a helluva lot for sure. Shooting music events and music…

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