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Tips on How to Create a Central Conflict for a Drama

Create High Value Conflicts The key reason most scripts/films fail is that they were not properly conceived. That is, when the central conflict of the film’s story was being created not enough thought was put into to finding the best dramatic ideas in it. However, by asking the right dramatic questions, writers, producers and directors can create central conflicts that are strong enough to be developed into first-rate stories. Following are ideas showing how to develop a strong ce…

Stage 32 Joins Forces with Trinidad and Tobago Film Commission

It's been a remarkable year here at Stage 32. From expanding our relationships with such organizations and companies as Cannes, the American Film Market, Raindance, Gidden Media, AT&T and many more to our ever growing list of Stage 32 member success stories, the first 8 months of 2019 has proven to be our most inspirational yet. And now we have yet another announcement...   In an effort to bring the incredible talent of the Caribbean to a global audience, the Trinidad and To…

How Do I Use Crowdsourcing to Build an Audience for My Film, TV or Digital Project?

For the past few weeks we’ve been featuring videos in our crowdSOURCING series hosted by Stage 32 CEO, Richard “RB” Botto. RB authored his best-selling book, Crowdsourcing For Filmmakers, Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd to light the way for indie filmmakers and other creatives looking to make their mark with independent projects. In the new video below, he talks about how to use crowdsourcing to build an audience. “Boots on the ground,” as he says, ar…

Announcing the Stage 32 5th Annual Television Writing Contest!

Don't touch that dial! The biggest television writing contest of the year is back and better than ever! After an awesome series of meetings for last year's winner - Christine Torres - Stage 32 is proud to launch the 5th Annual Television Writing Contest!  Television is at the height of its Golden Age and there are unlimited opportunities for writers with unique voices and fresh stories! No matter what format you write in – sitcom, drama, serialized, procedural, mini-seri…

Coffee & Content - 20 Drone Tips To Fly Like A Pro Filmmaker & How to Film in Low Light

Good Morning, Stage 32! Happy Sunday to you. Hope it's off to a good start. Grab your cup, have a seat, and let's educate ourselves with some quick videos this morning. First up, as filmmakers, we sometimes have to capture a shot that covers a whole 'lotta ground. And what better way to do that than with a drone? Check out 20 Drove Tips to Fly Like a Pro Filmmaker. Next, how important is lighting in a low light situation? Our second video from our friends at Aputure know a thing or t…

Is There a Permanent Fix for Vocal Burnout?

Julie Andrews. Lionel Richie. Michael Bublé. Keith Urban. Meghan Trainor. Celine Dion. Adele. What do these artists have in common? Each and every one has had vocal cord microsurgery, a procedure that attempts to fix vocal burnout and other serious vocal chord injuries. This kind of vocal damage isn't unusual. As a matter of fact, it's said to be an epidemic in the performing arts. Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images   But is there a cure that doesn't require surgery? Som…

3 Ways Writers Can Get Noticed by Helping Others

Is your writing on the money? But there is no money in your pocket to pay for contest fees or pitching time? Do you want to get noticed? Score your first screenwriting credit? Then keep reading. I've been writing for six years. Entered my screenplays into contests. I even traveled to a pitching festival in Los Angeles. (I live in Holland.) But all of this costs money, money this screenwriter, working a part time job, did not always have. So how was I going to get noticed, then? I had …

How to find the Highway out of Development Hell

In our ever so wonderful and creative La La Land, there is a crowded little neighborhood called Development Hell. The real estate that sits there can potentially be worth millions, but the building phase is excruciating long. So long, actually, that the developers and architects behind it often give up altogether or turn it over and sell it back for scraps. This is the sad place where creativity and passion are replaced by stagnancy and frustration. If you've ever optioned a project,…

Should I Query Production Companies or a Rep With My Script? (by Richard Botto & Jason Mirch)

Is the trend to query production companies instead of reps with a script? It's a question that many Stage 32 members have asked in the past in our lounges right here on the platform. Now Richard Botto and Jason Mirch handle the question for a writer during the free "Ask Me Anything" webinar hosted by both gentlemen. A hint on how they responded? Query letters are tough. And if you have attachments to your film, maybe a letter can help. But don't dive in with a blind letter. Click below …

How Crowdsourcing Helped a Feature Documentary Become a Film Festival, Netflix & iTunes Success

Welcome back to our ongoing crowdSOURCING series. In today’s video, join Stage 32’s very own Richard “RB” Botto as he talks about how the team of the feature documentary film, Mile…Mile and a Half, used crowdsourcing to help fund their film AND create an army of support that led to selling out film festival screenings and debuting at #2 on iTunes, right behind Jiro Dreams of Sushi (with all sorts of incredible successes in between). And they’re still…

Another Stage 32 Screenwriting Contest Winner Signs with a Prolific Manager!

Good morning everyone! This week's motivational story is particularly exciting for me. Last week Christine Torres - the winner of our 4th Annual Television Contest - was signed by Brooklyn Weaver the principal at Energy Entertainment!  Let me tell you a little bit about Brooklyn. He produced Run All Night with Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, and Vincent D'Onofrio, Executive Produced Out of the Furnace with Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Casey Affleck, and Woody Harrelson, and Executive P…

Coffee & Content - 5 Must Know Tips When Working on Set & A Day in the Life of a Production Assistant

Happy Sunday to all. Hope you're all having a fulfilling and creative weekend. Coffee is brewed and piping hot...so let's get to the content. First up today, our friends at Film Riot keep cranking out great content. In our first video this morning, 5 Must Know Tips When Working on Set gives grips sound advice. Being a grip isn't just about being technical, it's about being smart and timely, too. Second, a video no aspiring production crew member is going to want to miss, A Day in the …

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