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Indiefilm & the Power of the Crowd - Here's the Cover!

Hey guys! Last week, I published a quick blog of the photo RB posted of the final proofs for Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers - Indiefilm and the Power of the Crowd. You can read that entry here. Today, I'm excited to share the final cover proof for the book and announce that the scheduled release date is now set for September 22nd.   As a reminder, this is the very first book to be published on the subject of film crowdsourcing. Here's what's being said about the book:   I…

Bust the Top Ten Creative Writing Myths to Become a Better Writer: Part 2

My last blog, part one, looked at five of the top ten creative writing myths responsible for much of the pain associated with failed writing and derailed storytelling . We examined, in reverse order of destructiveness, the myths ten through six: #10: Show don't tell. #9: The blank page is the enemy. #8: Write what you know. #7: Real writers write every day. #6: Storytelling and writing are the same. Now, we look at the top five myths, the worst of the worst and break down the lie a…

Busting the Top Ten Creative Writing Myths to Become a Better Writer - Part 1

We live in the age of click bait, sound bites and viral memes. On any given day, hour, minute, or second on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, you can find any number of cat videos or fortune-cookie platitudes meant to bolster one or another emotional cliché or bubble-gum metaphysical insipidity. They reflect our moods and emotional states, reinforce happy thoughts, or confirm our darkest vulnerabilities. We read them, consume them, have a laugh or a wistful shrug of self-reflection…

Coffee & Content - Tarantino on Finding Your Voice & The Cinematography of Moonlight

Happy Sunday, everyone. Another two videos this week for you to enjoy with your favorite roast. First up, it's Quentin Tarantino speaking about how films can inspire and influence, but how you can go about finding your original voice. Next, cinematographer James Laxton takes us behind the scenes on the making of Moonlight.  It's a fantastic look at the mind of a terrific artist.  Think you'll find it quite insightful. As always, I ask you to share this content with those yo…

Want To Make Your First Feature? Read This First.

There are about 34,000 films made every year worldwide. And that number is growing. Why are so many films being made these days? Well, one reason is that since the dawn of the digital revolution (about 16 years ago) anyone with an idea and an HD camera or smartphone can now make a film for about $1.25. Did you know that 13,782 films were submitted to Sundance this year? Yep. That's not a typo.   Don't get me wrong. I think this digital revolution is a great turn of events. For s…

Sydneys Buzz: Toronto International Film Festival

  Toronto International Film Festival is the most important film festival in North America as it opens the season of movie celebrations and the film business after a relatively quiet summer. Taking place September 7 to the 17, screening are sold out to the huge numbers of the Canadians who go so far as to take their vacations just so they can watch movies. The festival's People's Choice Award has become a predictor of awards-season success. Past recipients of this audience accolad…

Stage 32 Success Story: The Next Generation of Filmmakers

I've been blessed with the opportunity to speak at numerous festivals and conferences all over the world. Outside of having the opportunity to teach and share my experiences, nothing thrills me more than meeting Stage 32 members along the way and hearing how the platform played a part in their success. A few weeks back, I had one of my favorite moments of any event when I met 17 year old director Matthew Manyak and the cast and crew of his short film After the Fall at Hollyshorts. Wise,…

Coffee & Content - Adapting The Shining & Developing the Characters of True Detective

Happy Sunday, everyone.  And for those celebrating in the States, Happy Labor Day weekend. In this edition of Coffee & Content, I have two videos I believe you'll find most informative.  First up, it's Stanley Kubrick and The Shining.  It's well documented that Stephen King was not on board with Kubrick's adaptation of his epic novel.  In this video we see how and why Kubrick made his choices in what he included, expanded upon and what he left behind. Next up, a…

Stage 32 Success Story - Coffee: A Hitman Story

I had been trying for years to find someone to collaborate with on a screenplay. After all, collaboration is what filmmaking is all about, so why not collaborate on the very writing process that gets it all started. But I always seemed to run into the same problem. I would be more interested in the idea than the other writer and they would soon drop out, leaving me to finish the screenplay by myself. That all changed when I saw a post on Stage 32 by J.G. Blodgett titled 'Collaboration'.…

Ready to Build an Audience for You, Your Brand or Your Film?

  Hey guys. Wanted to share this photo RB posted on his Instagram account (@RBwalksintoabar) last week. It's the final proofs for his upcoming book, Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers, which is being published by Focal Press under the American Film Market (AFM) Presents banner next month.  This book was the result of over 100 interviews and 2 years of research and writing (and, boy, do we know, we had to live with it all in the office!) It will be a must read if you are lo…

The 4th Annual Search For New Blood Is On!

The most popular horror and thriller contest in the world is back! 8 of our contest finalists have been signed, optioned, placed in development or staffed! If you have the next Annabelle:Creation, It Comes at Night, Split, Conjuring, Saw, 47 Meters Down, Kidnap, The Cabin in the Woods, Atomic Blonde, The Shallows or Get Out ready to be unleashed, you need to submit your script to our 4th Annual Search for New Blood Screenwriting Contest. This is the contest that has launched the ca…

Announcing Our 2nd Annual Comedy Contest Winners

The 2nd annual Stage 32 Comedy Screenwriting Contest brought in some incredible talent from all over the world. Our judges, who were from Paradigm Agency, Vertigo Entrainment, Lionsgate's LOL Network (Kevin Hart), Big Beach Films, Romark Entertainment, New Wave Entertainment and MXN Entertainment all told us how funny the finalist scribes were. We're excited to feature our Grand Prize Winners, an incredibly talented writing duo from Los Angeles and Las Vegas,Anthony G…

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