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6th Annual Stage 32 Oscars Contest Results

It's the moment you have all been waiting for! It's time to announce the Stage 32 6th Annual Oscars Contest winners! We thank everyone who participated.With more entries than ever this year, we had a grand total of 22 winners! First up, we have a 6-way tie with 12 correct for 3rd place and a 4-way tie with 20 correct for 2nd place. And finally, with a BIG congratulations to our top prize winners, we have a 6-way tie for 1st place with 21 correct! Our thanks to all wh…

Coffee & Content - Making a DSLR Look Like a RED & Toy Story Script to Screen

Greetings from rainy Los Angeles, and Happy Sunday.  Coffee is brewed, let's get to the content. One of the most inspiring dudes I've met over the last few months is filmmaker, Matt Alonzo.  Not only is Matt a ridiculously talented guy who handles just about everything - shooting, lighting, editing - but he also aims to educate and motivate wherever he goes.  The idea of giving back and paying it forward is part of his DNA.  An example of this?  This week, Matt …

It's Time! The Winner of the Stage 32 Search For New Blood Contest

Another exciting day here at the Stage 32 offices...   After some down to the wire judging, we have a winner for our 4th Annual Search for New Blood Screenwriting Contest. Please help us congratulate Kevin Bachar! Kevin's script, Blood Relative, floored our panel of executive judges, all of whom are anxious and ready to meet Kevin in person. And that's exactly what's going to happen! As with all our contest winners, Kevin will be flown to Los Angeles for meetings and mentoring ses…

The Stage 32 Writers' Room: Let's Talk Pitching

Looking to develop your first pitch? Want to improve the pitch you already have? Join Stage 32's Nick & Allen and learn what turns a pitch into a request or meeting!     We see a lot of projects pitched on Stage 32 each week and review the feedback execs give on all of them. We see the good, the bad, and everything in between. We see what gets read and what gets the dreaded pass. What lands on the top of the pile and what gets buried under everything else. And w…

Help Revolutionize Screenwriting!

  Are you tired of wrestling with software when you should be writing? It’s 2018. We live in an age where technology is king! So why, as writers, do we continue to put ourselves through the pains and frustrations of archaic or complicated writing software? Managing all our ideas is tough enough on its own. It’s time for a change! Are you ready to trade frustration for fun? So are we! Here at SoCreate, we have made it our mission to do things differently – to cr…

Making an Award Winning Independent Documentary

Next up for our YouTube lineup we are releasing the interview we had with Pierre Filmon, an independent filmmaker from Paris, France who has directed and produced his documentary following the life and career of the legendary cinematographer, Vilmos Zsigmond. His film Close Encounters with Vilmos Zsigmond premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to critical acclaim (see Variety article here). It’s amazing how he was able to make this project with basically no budget. Goes to sho…

Success Quest: How To Fulfill Your Creative Dream

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic and power in it. Begin it now.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe    Do you love what you’re doing? If you could change anything, from tiniest niggle to largest adjustment, what would you do? Would you keep forging ahead for the dream du jour? Or would you modify, skew slightly left, leave the beaten path entirely? What will it take for you to pursue your dream? As a child, I dreamed of b…

Coffee & Content - Michael Caine on Acting for Film & Overcoming Writer's Block

Good morning, 32'ers.  Happy Oscars Sunday. Don't forget, it's not too late to get your Oscars ballot in.  Prizes and bragging rights are at stake.  Fill out your ballot here. Leading up to the ceremony, I have two more videos for your enjoyment as part of this edition of Coffee and Content. First up, a classic and extremely celebrated video of Michael Caine discussing acting in film.  Next, from Actualized.org, comes a terrific video on overcoming writer's block.…

Have You Read the Oscar Nominated Screenplays Yet? Let's Discuss!

Hey guys! Last month, I posted the 10 Oscar nominated screenplays right here on Stage 32.  Since that day, over 50,000 of you have hit the page!  Good on you for investing in yourself by using your valuable time to read and explore these acclaimed works. As much as we learn from reading great screenplays, we can learn even more by discussing them.  So whaddaya say we do that today and this weekend leading up to the broadcast on Sunday. Which screenplay was your favorite…

When to Bring On a Crowdfunding Campaign Manager

Crowdfunding for independent film has grown up quite a bit since the very first edition of Crowdfunding for Filmmakers came out in 2013, and as such, those who partake in the privilege of inviting a crowd in to fund your latest movie must adapt to the changing landscape. As Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder sings, “It’s evolution, baby!” and one such evolution has been the advent of the campaign manager.   Yes, crowdfunding’s a booming industry, one that has…

What Happens When You Win a Stage 32 Writing Contest?

Hello Stage 32 family! With our T.V. writing contest coming to a close, we thought it’d be great to revive a video featuring our 2015 feature writing contest winners, Jenna Palermo and Brittni Brown. We follow them on their journey of the illustrious pitch meetings they’ve received as winners at studios such as Lionsgate, Sony, Ineffable Pictures and Universal, while also listening to their thoughts on writing contests and the resources Stage 32 has to offer. Watch the video…

The Story of a Painter in Recovery

The way we communicate has changed more in the past two decades, than it has since Gutenburg invented his printing press in 1440. But now Gutenburg's been replaced by Zuckerburg, and we're no longer analogue creatures. We're carefully curated digital representations, information junkies – constantly in the loop, all wired up to The Matrix. You may regard our new digital reality a dystopian wasteland – a bleak place punctuated by selfies, pornography and neon virtue-signaller…

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