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Did You Register for RB's "Ask Me Anything?" (It's Today!)

You marked your calendars, right? And you're free later today, yes?   I hope so, because I'm hosting a FREE inspirational hour and then some, that takes a dive into craft and industry. I'd love for you to be there for this free webinar later today from 1 - 2 p.m. PST   It's been a busy few months around the Stage 32 offices and for yours truly as it relates to my personal projects. I'm excited to share with you what I'm hearing, what I've learned, and what I've experience…

The Insiders Guide to Being a Respected Unit Photographer on Set

So it finally happened: you’ve been shooting stills for years and somebody from the motion world calls and asks you to shoot BTS (behind the scenes) or EPK (electronic press kit) stills for an upcoming production. Then you find out it is for a major TV network with an A-list talent. You have a moment of panic because you’ve never used silent camera mode and/or you’ve never shot someone famous. This was my story. When I began my still work in the motion world, those f…

Coffee & Content - Exploring One of the Greatest Screenplays of All Time & Top 10 Film Editing Lessons

Happy Sunday, everyone.  Hope you're all enjoying the weekend. Before we get started, a reminder that I am hosting another AMA (Ask Me Anything) this week, right here on Stage 32.  I'll be answering all your craft, business and industry questions in what is sure to be a lively session this coming Tuesday beginning at 1PM PST.  This is a FREE webcast.  You can register here. Now...Coffee ready?  Let's roll. First up, one of the most celebrated and studied scree…

Got a Problem in Your Script? Fix it With These Tips

There are a ka-zillion teachers, 5 billion books, and 60 million webinars out there to teach you how to become a better screenwriter. There are even writing coaches to guide you. All of them make some really valid points.And all of them have feedback that may be more subjective than anything.Everyday on Stage 32, different questions regarding writing and formatting pop up. And, because we have so much experience here, our writers and other creatives jump on board to answer. (Which we lo…

Share Your Rejections: What Are Your Most Memorable?

I don't know if you're on Twitter at all, but if you are, you may have seen the #shareyourrejections campaign that flew through the Twittersphere recently. The posts look something like this: I loved it. I loved it so much, I captured some of the very best rejections from filmmakers, screenwriters, actors, and authors with the intention to share them here. You'll recognize some of the names. At the very least, hearing how these creatives were given "the hand" only to come out on top,…

Ask Us Anything - Lounge Questions Answered by Cinematographers Alex & Trevor

Hey, guys! Alex and Trevor here, back with a Stage 32 segment we'd like to offer you regularly: Ask us Anything. Our last question and video answer can be found HERE. Today's question is from Stage 32 Member, Cali Gilbert: Funding is a tricky thing to tackle when it comes to your next project, but you are in luck! Alex and Trevor have some tips to help you find that money. Especially when it comes to documentaries and projects based of pre-existing properties, there are ways yo…

AMA Next Tuesday With Our Fearless Leader, RB!

Hello, Creative Army!   I appreciate all who attended my last AMA (Ask Me Anything) and those who have written in wondering when the next session will take place. Wonder no more. Let's kick off the final quarter of 2018 with an inspirational hour plus of craft and industry talk on Tuesday, September 4th from 1 - 2 p.m. PST   It's been a busy few months around the Stage 32 offices and for yours truly as it relates to my personal projects. I'm excited to share with you what…

10 Things I Learned Navigating Hollywood’s Invisible “Giant Steel Wall”

Hey you! Yeah YOU. Sitting in front of your computer. I have some advice I would like to share with you. Wait for it. WAIT for it. Lean in closely… Are you ready? There are no set standard rules in show business on how to break into show business. Did I really just say that? Yes, I did. My name is Steven D. Snyder and I am an actor, writer, comedian, director, and producer based in Los Angeles and Phoenix. In my quest in 2011 to sign with a literary agent to take me on as a wri…

5 Tips To Get Into Festivals Without Going Broke

Film festivals can be expensive. But if you do your homework, you’ll find ways to get in with discounts and waivers. To begin with, you should know that I scraped together enough money to make my high quality short film, A Meditation, relying on many favors and friends. The film is done and I can't wait for the world to see it. I happened to finish it near the Sundance deadline, so I applied there first. $60 dollars. I thought I might as well hit Slamdance at the same time, r…

Coffee & Content - Director Choices in Boogie Nights & Goodfellas & Hidden Figures Screenplay Lessons

Greetings and salutations, Creative Army.  And a happy Sunday to you all. Got a little French press workin'.  How about we compliment it with some content? First up, a look at two of my favorite films, Boogie Nights and the legendary Goodfellas.  How did P.T. and Marty go about setting their mood (visually) for these films?  Our friends at Entertain the Elk break it all down in one cool, comprehensive video essay. Next, another great video from the crew at Lessons …

Unconscious Writing To Make You Conscious Again

I was sitting in my brand new Papasan chair a little while ago, whining to my cat (who could care less whether I live or die) that I didn't feel like writing something that had a deadline. After he sauntered away completely disinterested, I got up quite reluctantly and started writing. This little blurb is what came out of me. And for the record, I'm not going to go back to copy edit it, because I'm doing a warm-up exercise as proposed by James Rush, an award-winning playwright who st…

A Hollywood Story You Can't Make Up

Lead Producer Sam Borowski and Lead Actor Daniel Roebuck pose on the bench on set during In This Moment's recent shoot in Bethlahem, Pa. "I’ve said this so many times, but there’s a magic when you have a really good actor in a really good makeup.” – 7-time Oscar-Winning Make-Up Artist Rick Baker. When I was asked by Amanda Toney to pen a post about my recent experiences producing In This Moment, a short film designed for film festivals, distribution, and Oscar-…

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