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Think Like an Ad Man [Using Creative Agency Techniques to Build Project Identity]

One of my favourite TV series is Mad Men. When Don Draper walks into a room with his ideas and visual pitches for a potential client, he does it impeccably, and with as few images and slogans as possible to sell the product. His theory has proof in the pudding: “You are the product. You feeling something, that’s what sells.” Which is precisely why we all are glued to our television screens during Super Bowl to watch the commercials that make us tear up or incite some …

Announcing the Gidden Media & Stage 32 Romantic Comedy Contest Winner

Good morning Stage 32 Fam! Today is the big day! Birds are chirping! Bells are ringing! Someone is getting twirled in a park somewhere! And at Stage 32, we're excited to announce the winner of the Gidden Media & Stage 32 Romantic Comedy Contest!  We all love romantic comedies because they unlock the mysteries of relationships and help us settle the age old debate, "can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em." Our judges enjoyed reading the hundreds of entries from around …

True Success is About Giving [A Theory to Elevate You To The Next Level]

There is a quote by Winston Churchill that perfectly sums up why I have such fervor about giving, and it goes a little something like this:“We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”  - Winston ChurchillSuccess is often measured by the amount of money one has, the title or status they carry, and the level of power they exude. Yet money, status, and power are merely social measures and don’t actually equate to true success. To me, success is b…

Agent From Gersh Gives Advice on How to Work in Entertainement

Barbara Halperin is an agent with the Gersh Agency and manages the Features and Television division in the Production Department. As an agent, she gets asked regularly how one can "break in" to the business. Stage 32 caught up with her at Film Con Hollywood to offer advice for creatives looking to find their way into the entertainment industry.   Click Here For Barbara's Advice!       Remember, if you haven't subscribed to our YouTube page, make sure you do s…

When Writing, Focus on the PLOT, Not the Points

Structure is one of the most discussed and important words in fiction writing. In scriptwriting, there are many theories of what exactly structure is. Screenwriting texts and experts, for example, often declare that structure is the proper placement of plot points or the use of sequences and acts. These organizing principles are essential to a script but they relate, I believe, not to structure - but to form. Form is the external shape of a script, of how its content--its events and scen…

Monday Motivation: Stage 32 Members [Producer & Writer] Connect to Create "Adjustments" Pilot

Happy Monday, Stage 32! Each Monday we share the success of different Stage 32 members who have come together in collaboration to create something incredible. This Monday is no different. It's the story of how writer Gregory Houghton and producer James Tucker came together to create a new pilot called Adjustments. Greg is represented by Babz Bitela of the Bitela Agency, who is also an active Stage 32 member. The development is an exciting one for Greg Houghton.     Gre…

Coffee & Content - Paul Schrader's Screenwriting Lecture & 7 Simple and Beautiful Editing Tips

Happy Sunday to all. Greetings from a very chilly Chicago where we're prepping our first day of filming for Rain_Beau's End, a feature film I'm producing with more than a dozen Stage 32 members, including my fellow producer and good friend, Joe Orlandino. I'll be making some more posts about that as filming progresses, but for now, it's time to get to another edition of Coffee & Content. First up this week, it's a screenwriting lecture with the legendary Paul Schrader. Tho…

How I Partnered with Producers of The King's Speech & What I Learned Along the Way - Part 3

Part 3 -In The Steps of a King If you've already read part Part 1 and Part 2 of my series, than you know I was fortunate enough to partner with the producers of The King's Speech and The Tudors to write a series called Magna Carta. As much as I love history, I didn't know much about King John. It wasn't until I picked up a book at the local library that the history of the King began to tug at me. He wasn't the nicest guy, I learned. From all accounts, he was rather evil. And while the …

The Birth of Poetic Wonders: How One Poet & Lyricist Found Success

The Birth of a Lyricist  From the Ancient Mariner to Poetic Wonders and Everything in Between... Mention poetry and it generally strikes fear in most people. They think about learning it in school and the torture of having to read a passage from Shakespeare to the class. But not me. I was the one who put her hand up, eager to read it out, eager to study it and eager to write it. The kids all hated me, but my teachers loved me. For me, it wasn't about the subject of a piece. It w…

Introducing: The 'Dear Bradley' Monthly Vlog [Answers to Your Most Burning Filmmaking Questions]

Hey guys, I’m excited to announce a good friend of mine, Bradley Gallo, who’s going to start doing a monthly column called Dear Bradley right here on Stage 32. Bradley is an award-winning producer who’s most recent film, Them That Follow (produced with Gerard Butler and featuring Oscar winner Olivia Colman), just sold at Sundance 2019. So if you like what you see and you've got a question that you want answered, drop it in the comments below or PM Bradley on Instagram …

The Final Road - How Gratitude & Passion Rounded Out WHAT LIES AHEAD (Part 5)

For the past month the creators of 'What Lies Ahead' have taken us on a journey of the creation of their film, through to the film's launch this week. In their final post the filmmakers talk about gratitude and passion, two things that are just as important as the filmmaking process itself. If you missed any of the previous posts, here they are: Part 1 Click HERE. Part 2 Click HERE. Part 3 Click HERE. Part 4 Click HERE. 'What Lies Ahead' was put together with no less than a dozen Stage 3…

The One Conversation that Guides My Career and Why I Joined Stage 32

Good morning, Stage 32 Fam! In case you didn't see RB's letter yesterday, I have joined the Stage 32 management team as the Director of Script Services. For the past 5 years, I've had the pleasure of being a teacher and mentor for the platform, and having worked with so many of you in the past, it's a thrill to know that I will play a bigger role in helping our incredibly talented and creative members find success. Ultimately, while your creative path is unique to you, I share you…

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