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How to Stay Creative During Uncertain Times

Fragile, resilient. Perceptive, narrow-minded. Reclusive, convivial. As writers we are all these things and more. We are the canaries in the coal mine, the watchers against the dark, the mirrors of society. But if we are empaths and mirrors, what do we do when society has a really bad day? Or a really bad week? Or months? Or a year? If you were fortunate enough to listen to Rebecca Day’s session at the London Screenwriters Festival Online on February 7th, "Where's your head at? M…

Screenwriters: When To Take and Ignore Advice

The Ever-Dreaded Constructive Criticism Fellow screenwriters, I get it. Constructive criticism sucks, any way you slice it. Yes, we know it helps, but it almost always hurts in a way. It's a direct blow to the good old ego, which is ever so frail these days. That nice little labor of love you just spent 100+ man hours on has issues with it? How could it possibly after all that time and energy you just devoted to it? Seemingly impossible, right? Believe me, I understand fully. Been the…

Working Remotely as a Film & TV Composer: Everything You Need to Know

As a composer for Film and Television you are probably used to working on your own in your studio most of the time, basically with the sole exception of meetings and recording sessions. Among composers we always joke about our professional life “in isolation”. Well, one year ago, Covid happened, and, as of today, the composer job is basically 100% remote. This has changed the work flow in many ways, making us switch to new strategies to communicate, meet, share… Here …

Announcing our 1st Annual TV Drama Writing Contest

Television Drama is crushing it right now. Television Drama has expanded the possibilities for character exploration and led to storytelling that is beyond what any feature film could achieve. That is why series like THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT and BRIDGERTON on Netflix, EUPHORIA on HBO, YELLOWSTONE on Paramount, DEXTER on Showtime, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, and upcoming series like GENERATION on HBOMax are blowing away critics. Writers and producers of Television Drama are on the cutting ed…

Coffee & Content: Celebrating Women in Entertainment

Happy Sunday Creative Army! As you likely know, it is Women's History Month and tomorrow is International Women's Day. In the past 10 years here at Stage 32 we have had the supreme privilege of working with thousands of powerhouse female voices in entertainment.  Tomorrow, on International Women's Day 2021, we are partnering with Female Voices Rock film festival to bring you an exciting panel and networking happy hour celebrating women in entertainment. Our panel includes:  …

Top 10 Stage 32 Lounge Posts - From Script to Panel to Screen

Hey, Stage 32-ers! It’s been a minute since our last recount of the lounges’ Top 10 Posts, and understandably so! If you haven’t yet watched the FREE Netflix Pitch Workshop, stop everything, register, and schedule an afternoon to watch it (and take notes - copious notes!). If you weren’t attending live, you may not know that there were a couple of posts started just for the attendees to introduce and chat amongst themselves. Don’t worry! I’ve got you, …

Stage 32 + Female Voices Rock Present: Celebrating Women in Entertainment

In Stage 32's continued effort to shine the light on women in the entertainment industry we have partnered with Female Voices Rock for a thrilling virtual event. On March 8, International Women's Day, some of the industry's female leaders will be coming together to host an inspiring webcast celebrating women in entertainment. The panel features five powerhouse female voices of entertainment, including:   Carmen Carbana - Cinematographer, Marvel & Disney Plus Ms. …

What I Wish Every Writer Knew About Self Compassion

The constant rejection, scrutiny, and failure the average writers face can easily turn them into self-loathing perfectionists. If you include the cost of entering contests, paying for coverage, and dozens of rewrites, it sometimes adds insult to injury. No one said screenwriting would be a walk in the park, but we shouldn't make the journey harder than it should be by belittling, shaming, and forcing unrealistic expectations on ourselves. Here are six ways you can become a happier writ…

In the News: How Netflix Tapped LA Talent Incubator Stage 32 to Pull in Global Creatives

Happy Wednesday Creative Army! As you know, Stage 32's continued mission is to democratize the entertainment business and the industry is taking notice in a big way. In addition to our previous coverage in Business Insider (check out the articles here and here), Senior Entertainment Business Reporter Diane Haithman from industry leading publication The Wrap recently watched our Stage 32 + Netflix TV Pitching Webinar with Christopher Mack and wanted to dive into what Stage…

Blocking Writer’s Block: 5 Ways to Get Out of that Creative Funk

Since the dawn of time creative writing has been the essential and pivotal language man has used to express himself. Even in the age before modern entertainment ancient man used writing to tell his story; stories that were passed down through generations and of his own experiences. And since these cavemen are the earliest example of mankind’s requisite for amusement one can’t help but wonder if these mysterious ancestors ever experienced writer's block? A funny notion indeed…

Announcing "That's a Movie" Logline Contest: The Sequel

Announcing Stage 32’s "THAT’S A MOVIE!" Logline Contest: The Sequel That’s right! The Stage 32 “THAT’S A MOVIE!” Logline Contest is back and (cue movie trailer guy's voice) "THIS TIME, IT’S PERSONAL…" We're coming back with even bigger opportunities for our winning screenwriters! You might have written the most original and revolutionary feature script or TV Pilot ever conceived. But if you don’t have an effective loglin…

Coffee & Content: The Rise and Fall of Michael Corleone & How a TV Show Gets Made

Happy Sunday Creative Army! Have you had a creative weekend so far? I have some content here for you that is sure to get the creative juices flowing, so grab your coffee and let's dive in. First up, one month ago I featured the first of a 4-part series from StudioBinder about the four classic movie endings: Sweet, Semi-Sweet, Bitter-Sweet, or Bitter. The first video broke down "sweet" endings, and now, they are diving into the "bitter" ending. In this video, they use The Godfather, one…

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