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Stage 32 Contest Lands Writer His Agent, Manager, & First Paid Writing Gig!

Good morning, Stage 32 Creatives! Today, in the US we are observing Memorial Day and remembering all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in our Armed Forces. For all of our Stage 32 members who served, or are currently in active duty, the entire Stage 32 community offer our heartfelt thanks for your service.  it is also Monday, which means we turn out attention to those members of our community who have made tremendous leaps forward in their career as a result of…

Coffee & Content - How to Do a Plot Twist & 5 Simple VFX You Can Try

Happy Sunday Creative Army! I hope you are having a great Memorial Day Weekend so far. This fine Sunday morning, I invite you to take in some film content while you sip your daily dark roast. Let's dive in, shall we? First up, let's talk about plot twists. Ever since Darth Vadar told Luke "I am your Father", filmmakers and screenwriters have been entranced with the art of perfecting the plot twist. In this first video, The Closer Look uses Rian Johnson's Knives Out to illustrate how to…

Film Plots: 7 Ways to Be Original

It’s not so difficult to come up with an idea worthy of becoming a film, and the competition is not so great. According to statistics, an average of about 700 new films are made in America and Canada each year. One of these films may be based on your idea too. In this article, we decided to tell how to create an outstanding story plot lines that can be easily directed.   1. Decide on the Genre and Watch the World-Famous Movies in This Area So, before you start creating so…

The Making of "We are Freestyle Love Supreme": Part 1

Happy Friday Stage 32! I am beyond thrilled to present to you part one of an epic three-blog series written by producer, director, and Stage 32 educator, Andrew Fried. Throughout this exclusive series, Andrew will detail his amazing 15-year journey making the documentary We are Freestyle Love Supreme, which chronicles Lin-Manuel Miranda's pre-'Hamilton' improv hip-hop group, Freestyle Love Supreme, and their reunion performances in New York City in 2019. We are Freestyle Love Supre…

A Proven Way to Build Your Screenwriting Credits with Stage 32

Hello! My name is Jon Kohan and I’m a screenwriter from Johnstown, Pennsylvania. When you think of Pennsylvania you don’t really think Hollywood. In the history of my hometown, there have only been two major Hollywood movies filmed in the city; Slap Shot (1977) and All the Right Moves (1983). A lot of us have dreams that in order for us to see them to fruition, we must make a literal move. In the case of filmmaking, if you want to make movies you have to go where movies a…

Stage 32 Presents: Industry Professionals Discuss The Current State of the Animation Industry During COVID-19

Happy Wednesday Stage 32! We hope this blog finds you healthy, happy, safe, and creative. Over the last two months in quarantine, we have been working tirelessly to make Stage 32 your online home to stay connected with over 650,000 film, tv, and new media creatives from across the globe - no hand sanitizer or face masks required. Stage 32 is committed to bringing you entertainment, education, and community from the comfort and safety of your own home.  Now, we are excited to host …

How to Cast a Winning Team for Your Film

Welcome To The Family. How to cast a winning team for your film. Casting isn't just about finding great actors, it's about recruiting a team who will deliver your vision. Here are some key ideas to help you recruit your ensemble.   Actress Sian Youngerman as ‘Amelia’ in a still from my 2017 experimental indie feature ‘The Madness of Tellaralette Seville’.   Read Between the Lines Ensemble casting is a magical part of filmmaking. No other mediu…

Australian Writer in Development with LA-based Producer through Stage 32!

G'day Stage 32 Family! We're kicking off a brand new week with a blog that comes all the way from Down Under! Richard Bradley is an award-winning Sydney-based writer, producer, and director. He has 100 credits ranging from feature film, international drama co-productions, TV documentaries, short film, and television commercials.  I first connected with Richard a little over 2 months ago when he reached out looking for guidance on one of his true story projects. I pointed Richard to…

Coffee & Content - Hollywood Cinematographer Analyzes Music Videos & YouTube Tips for Actors

Happy Sunday Creative Army! Here's hoping you had a happy, healthy, and creative week. With everything going on right now, it is important to focus on things you can control - like soaking up new information and learning a new facet of the entertainment industry. So, are you ready for your weekly dose of content? I've got my coffee in hand and some piping hot content coming your way.  First up, the folks over at Indy Mogul sat down with cinematographer/director Justin Jones t…

The Evolution of the "Producer" Role in Entertainment

Over the years, film production has been attributed to creativity and this is something that has been identified by film producers, historians, and even critics. For instance, Jean-Paul Furstenberg who was a director at the American Film Institute about 2 decades ago noted that it was the producers and the creative people that really founded the industry. As a matter of fact, if people like Adolph Zukor, Louis B.Mayer, Carl Laemmle, Ole Olsen, Leon Gaumont, Charles Pathe, or the Warner b…

How to Set an Intention & Achieve Your Entertainment Goals

Happy Friday Stage 32 fam bam! No matter what hat(s) you wear in the industry, today's blog has some amazing and thought-provoking takeaways for you. In the entertainment industry, it is easy to get lured in by the movie-version of "Hollywood". Fame. Fortune. Driving down a palm-tree-lined Hollywood Blvd in a convertible. However, these are not reasons to pursue a career in film and television (not even the convertible).  In order to build a long, sustainable, and happy caree…

5 Lessons Learned From An Aspiring Screenwriter: One Year Later

CHYRON: 18 MONTHS EARLIER We’re focused on a computer screen. An email is opened. It’s Stage 32. It says, BLOG UPDATE: 5 Lessons Learned From an Aspiring Screenwriter. By Keith Hannigan. INT. LIVING ROOM – DAY The one reading it is KEITH HANNIGAN. His face red, his mouth agape. He looks like what would happen if the Sun were turned on by a Full Moon. In this case, the Full Moon is his blog. He instantly shares it anywhere it can be shared. When he’s done, he …

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