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Should I Worry About Being Typecast if I Have an Online Show? (by Richard Botto)

As actors, how we are viewed online by potential casting directors or producers is crucial. We want our persona to match what they're looking for. So if we're seeking a role in an action film or looking to take a deep dive into a dramatic part, will having a comedic talk show or channel online derail that?   During RB's free webinar "Ask Me Anything," he dove into this question. Click the link below to hear RB's take on how we show up as actors online:   Click Here For RB's…

The Ten [Most Wanted] TV Pilot Scripts Availabe for Download

When it comes to formatting, modeling your favorite show, or creating a TV script that you're confident matches what executives are looking for, referring to an already successful show scripts can be helpful. That's why we're sharing this incredible post from Indie Film Hustle. Not only did they pull together 10 incredible scripts, they included powerful interviews with some of the creators. So bookmark this one. It's perfect for a rainy day. (Note: The Breaking Bad script is not lon…

Monday Motivation: TV Writer & Filmmaker Success Stories

Hello Stage 32 fam! We wanted to kick off the New Year here by spending some time highlighting some of our favorite success stories from the creatives who used Stage 32 in 2018 to grow their creative career. We're going to start a series of blogs on Mondays so you can be informed of all the amazing activity that's taking place in our creative community. These Stage 32ers have put in the hard work not only in their craft, but in networking to help push their careers forward. Today we're…

Coffee & Content - The Best of Sundance Screenwriter Tips & Sundance Director Techniques and Advice

Greetings from Sundance. It's cold up here! Time to keep warm and informed with a Sundance special version of Coffee & Content. Today, I have two videos from our friends at ScreenPrism. First up, a slew of screenwriters who have had their work screen at Sundance offer their advice on writing, festivals and navigating the business. Next, we turn our attention to directors who have had their films play at Sundance and their advice on techniques, tips and tricks when directing an ind…

Hey Screenwriter. Guess What? Formatting DOES Matter

Fiona Faith Ross isn't afraid to tell it like it is. A screenwriter based in the UK, she's had her share of learning curves, all of which have lead to some pretty powerful realizations in her writing career. But this one, taken straight from her own site, gives many a writer good reason to consider format. Of her post, she says: "In my writer's life, I've about covered everything: corporate stuff, magazine articles, technical journals, copywriting, web content, and fiction. You name it…

Thinking About Attending a Major Film Market This Year? Let Me Help!

Attending a film market can be an intimidating exercise, even for those with experience. As you know, for the last few years Stage 32 has been the official networking and education platform of the two biggest markets in the world: Cannes and AFM. As a result, I've seen the chaos first hand and I can't begin to tell you how many times I've met Stage 32'ers along the way who have told me how overwhelmed and underprepared they are by the experience.   No one wants to have that experi…

Why You May Not Be Booking Acting Jobs (by Richard Botto)

If you're an actor, you know what it's like to audition, audition, and audition again, only to sit and wait by the phone. During Richard Botto's "Ask Me Anything," a free webinar where he answers your most burning questions, one actor asked his thoughts on why she wasn't booking jobs, despite the fact that she goes on every audition possible. Without knowing her or knowing what kinds of auditions she was going after, Richard knew exactly what the issue was. Click the link below to lear…

Netflix Reaches Deep to Stave Off Other Streaming Competitors

In an effort to outwit, out-win, and outshine up and coming streaming competitors, Netflix announced last week that the entity is prepared to pay upwards of $12 billion dollars in licensing and producing content in 2019.   Even with this announcement, some studio partners holding licensing agreements with Netflix (like WarnerMedia sharing Friends) haven't pulled away from the media giant. This may go against WarnerMedia's strategy to bring owned content ‘in-house’ in…

How One Hit Show Became a Hit - Perhaps By Accident

What makes a great TV show become so great? Writers will tell you it's the writers. Directors will tell you it's the directors. Actors will tell you it's the actors. And sometimes all the creatives come together to say it was a work that came to fruition thanks to all the players involved. As for The Office, creator Michael Schur will tell you it was all of that, plus a little bit of luck, and one happy accident - that brought the show to life. To learn just what that accident was, c…

How Working as a Cook Prepared Me For Meetings With Producers

Who knew fine dining and the film industry were so similar? I’ve worked as a cook for just about three years now. Working in this capacity has taught me a lot of wonderful things about cooking, design, film, and music. So, what lessons did I learn as I prepped meals? Let’s take a look:   1) Prep - Do The Grunt Work if You Want to Move Up Prep work is such an important job to have. Some see it as grunt work, but I see it as the foundation of the kitchen.You have to…

Coffee & Content - 3 Easy Tips for Great Storytelling & Film Finance Experts on Netflix and Amazon

Happy Sunday to all. Also. hope you're enjoying and participating in the first Introduce Yourself Weekend of 2019.  Lay the groundwork toward connections that matter! Let's get to the coffee and content... Storytelling, either on the page or in the room, is an art. What makes a good story? Can it be distilled down in a manageable and comprehensive way? Story Greenlight gave it a run and the result is our first video for today, 3 Easy Tips for GREAT Storytelling. Next, I had …

Script Secrets from Known Screenwriters

Over and over again, we read, study, or watch videos of different perspectives on the craft of writing. We may hear the same thing as we watch a video or read a post, or we may glean something new.     In the following article, four Hollywood writers share a nugget of knowledge that helped improve their writing. And they go a little something like this:"The object and the craft of effective action is to create a scenario that must end well yet seemingly cannot. Use luck, s…

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