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It's All About Who You Know

I wanted to take a moment to thank Stage 32 member Sarah Delpizzo for writing an article for her blog "My LA Lifestyle" featuring Stage 32 and our fearless leader, Richard Botto. In the article Sarah has RB take us on a trip down memory lane about the origins of Stage 32, best practices of how to benefit from being on Stage 32 and the evolution of the industry right now. It's a must read for every creative.   "There is a famous saying in the entertainment industry, “It&rsqu…

Coffee & Content - 9 Award Hopeful Screenplays to Download!

Hey guys.  Welcome to the weekend. Is there anything better on a cold winter's morning than curling up with a hot cup of coffee and a good screenplay?  If you answered "Yes", too bad, that's all I have for you.  For the rest of you, I'm happy to provide you with links to NINE screenplays hoping to get some recognition this awards season. As always, I welcome remarks and discussion in the Comments section below.  But more importantly, this is the season of giving, so…

3 Holiday Gifts On the Stage 32 List

Here at Stage 32 we are starting to feel the holiday cheer and we hope you are too! We've come up with a list of 3 gifts to get you in the holiday spirit. Let's end the year off right by nurturing our creative minds and celebrating being part of such a special global creative community. Take advantage of some of the holiday gifts we have available on Stage 32:   1) You can now gift a webinar or class to a fellow creative! Now, you can give the gift of edu…

The Current State of Indie Film Financing, Production and Distribution

It was another incredible year at the American Film Market (AFM). Due to the sheer amount of content being created, purchased and distributed in the current climate, the attendees had a little jump in their step this time around. For the second straight year, I had the pleasure of leading the Producing Studio Films on an Independent Budget panel. This was a lively and passionate discussion featuring both similar and diverging opinions on the current state of indie film producing, film f…

What To Do While You Wait For Your Big Break - Part 2

I reached out to Tiffany Boyle from Ramo Law, whom I met through Stage 32 and worked with on some other projects, I recalled her saying she knew of an animation distributor, so I asked her if she’d send the pitch package to them, she did and they came back with something along the lines of, it wasn’t the type of material they were looking for at the moment. But she did know of another entertainment company that may be interested. She sent it off, and voila´ we are now i…

What To Do While You Wait For Your Big Break - Part 1

Most of you have no doubt heard one of the sayings along the lines of, 'an overnight success 10 years in the making,' or 'you have to put in 10,000 hours of practice before you are truly ready.' And even if you haven't, if you are in this business (or any creative endeavor) you certainly know the emotional roller coaster of waiting for your work to get noticed in some way, shape or form. So what do you do to pass the time in between those 10 years or 10,000 hours? There are two avenues…

Cofee & Content - Steven Spielberg's 10 Rules for Success & Joe Eszterhas on Screenwriting

  Happy Sunday, everyone. Taking a quick break from speaking and mentoring at the Seattle Film Summit to bring you some insightful and useful content to go with your coffee. First up, Steven Spielberg shares his 10 Rules for Success. Next, the legendary Joe Eszterhas shares his thoughts on screenwriting.  Never a dull moment when Joe is involved. As always, all I ask is that you pay it forward and share this content through your social media (or other) channels. Sit back,…

Is Setting Up a Multinational Entertainment Company as Enigmatic as it Seems?

I wanted to share my perspective as an African born Music Director. I simply found my affinity to music as a young boy growing up in a place where music has no strength. I collected magazines, tapes (this was the audio version of songs at the time) and watched television, enabling me to grow a firm foundation in my area of interest. At that time music was considered as an avenue taken by people who wanted no real responsibilities, plainly it was set aside for people who …

Podcast: How Do You Get Noticed As A Content Creator?

Our fearless leader, RB, spent some time with Stage 32er Dave Bullis on his uber-popular filmmaking podcast recently. On the podcast, RB and Dave discuss a wide variety of topics including:     1. Why RB thinks it's never been a better time to be a content creator   2. How do you get studios attention?   3. What does star power mean now?   4. With so much content being created and competition, how do you find your tribe (aka audience)?   5.…

4 Networking Tips From an Introvert (and 2 More For Good Measure!)

Getting yourself out there can be hard to do, especially if you are new to the industry. When I first started creating and working in my field, I kept a lot of my work to myself and only showed it when asked. I unfortunately adopted the 'only speak when you are spoken to' mentality. I was very introverted. Networking, to me, was a monster I wasn't quite ready to face and that showed to my potential clients. I wasn't closing deals or getting placements. I knew I had skill and that my mus…

Coffee & Content - Crafting the Perfect Villain & 5 Things a Director Does on Set

Happy first Sunday of December, everyone.  Today I have two videos for you that I think you'll enjoy quite a bit.  First up, what makes a great villain?  The video essay Crash of Ideologies - Crafting the Perfect Villain explores the relationship between some of film's most memorable heroes and villains. Second, a terrific video from Film Courage featuring one of our favorite Stage 32 educators, James Kicklighter.  James, a writer, director and mentor to many a film…

3rd Annual November Write Club: We Made It!

We made it, Write Club! We have arrived. The end of our 30-day endeavors is right around the corner. We’ve been through a lot this month, bum knees, sickness, sleep deprivation, focus issues, life’s constant distractions, and yet we have prevailed. No coffee pot left unfilled. No writer left behind. We pulled together, shared solutions, and encouraged each other to push forward to reach our collective and individual goals. Projects were finished, leaps in progress were made,…

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