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Coffee & Content: CODA Script Breakdown & DRIVE Cinematographer on Visual Storytelling

Happy Sunday Creative Army! First of all, congratulations to all of you who have already participated in our monthly Introduce Yourself Weekend! Thousands of connections have been made between entertainment creatives and professionals from every corner of the globe. Whether you are a long-time member, or brand new to Stage 32, take a moment to pop over to the Introduce Yourself Lounge and say hello before the end of the weekend. Now, grab some fresh coffee and let's dive into this week'…

Celebrating Women’s History Month and Learning from Different Perspectives

Happy Women’s History Month! Or, for anyone outside the United States, happy March! Are you sensing a theme? Perhaps one of unity through celebrating our differences? That is the goal of celebrating, after all. During the celebration, we put aside our grievances, our woes, and even our agendas to appreciate the good work that has already been done. Perhaps even a return to work? You can start your Women’s History Month celebration with our recent International Women’s D…

Read the 2022 Oscar-Nominated Screenplays

For the past two years, long time Stage 32 member and screenwriter Alan C. Baird has been providing his fellow Stage 32 members award-nominated screenplays to read and learn from. In case you missed it, check out the 2021 Golden Globes-nominated screenplays, 2021 Writers Guild Award-nominated screenplays, and 2021 BAFTA-nominated screenplays Alan shared with us. Now, Alan has collected the 2022 Oscar-nominated original screenplays and adapted screenplays! Below, you will find the nomine…

Less Woo and More Do: The Four P’s to Achieve Results in Your Entertainment Career

Less Woo and More Do: The Four P’s Four Practical Habits to Help Creatives Stay Grounded and Achieve Consistent Results. "It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward." - Chinese proverb As actors, we all have huge dreams and aspirations: one day winning an Oscar, being on a Broadway stage, getting into Marvel-ready shape, or getting that top-tier agent. For better or worse, we think big and relentlessl…

The Trick That Changed How I Write

About a year ago, I was officially diagnosed with Chronic Intractable Migraine after about eight months of various doctors, tests, and medicine. In layman’s terms, it means that I constantly have a headache. All-day. Every day. This has dramatically affected how I write. Honestly, there are days when I hate it. Long gone are the times when I could plop into my desk chair and write for hours on end and crank out thousands of words at a time. Brian fog has killed that.   …

The Power of Mentorship in the Creative Journey

As creatives, we can all probably remember the first person who took notice of the unique turn of our minds and chose to affirm it – whether that was a teacher, a parent, a friend, a sibling, or an early fan of our work. This person’s words might have given us exactly the encouragement we needed at exactly the right time. The truth is, it’s very easy for the self-doubt, the self-criticism, Imposter Syndrome, fear, and the inner forces of Resistance to win the day. Ther…

Announcing the 2nd Annual Television Drama Screenwriting Contest

TV Dramas are easily the most talked about type of media right now. Streaming has made it so easy to become obsessed with shows like GAME OF THRONES or PEAKY BLINDERS. Not to say that network dramas aren't still killing it - classics like HOUSE, MD or LAW & ORDER are some of the most binged shows by those who watched them week to week and brand new fans, and current shows like GREY'S ANATOMY feel unstoppable, even after 18 seasons. Whether its gossiping about SUCCESSION with your cow…

Coffee & Content: How to Make the Bat-Signal & Behind the Scenes of Chicago P.D.

Happy Sunday Creative Army! Have you had a creative weekend so far? I have some content here for you that is sure to get the creative juices flowing, so grab your coffee and let's dive in. First up, the folks over at Film Riot have an awesome video about how to make the Bat-signal visual effect. With the newest addition to the Batman franchise in theaters now, I thought it would be fun to share this great After Effects tutorial on how to make the iconic Bat-signal. Better yet, this tut…

How to Take Care of Your Mental Health as a Creative

I left the embodiment of my networking circles, not once, not twice; more than twice. I would exit in and out again and again; it was a vicious cycle of character imbalance, one big shot of emotionalism and mental health unsteadiness in my life as a creative. Now that I’ve finally fled it, I’m here to share with you how I have managed to touch the sky. As a creative one of the remedies you need to subdue emotionalism mental health incapacitation, you need to… Let You…

What Every Filmmaker Needs to Know About COVID Compliance on Set

As the COVID pandemic started to wreak havoc around the world two years ago, the wheels of the film industry came to a grinding halt. This was a unanimous decision by the industry although not mandatory as film was deemed an “essential service.” Facing the challenges of the pandemic, the question for filmmakers was how to return to work in this brave new world? As a producer based in Vancouver, Canada, I worked on the last show here to complete principal photography before…

The Creator Economy with Richard Botto - Life Blood Podcast with George Grombacher

Happy Wednesday Creative Army! I hope you are having a beautiful and creative week so far. Today, I have an exciting and inspirational podcast to share with you! Recently, Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto was a featured guest on the business & finance podcast Life Blood.  In this episode, RB and podcast host George Grombacher talk about the creator economy, how to make authentic and invaluable industry connections, how the entertainment business and traditional barriers to ent…

7 Resources Every Screenwriter Should Know About

We all need a little help, every now and then. One of the greatest things about being a writer is that there are so many tools out there designed to help us. The problem is, people don’t know they exist. When you’re a writer, you have to be a Jack (or Jill) of many trades and learn not just about writing, but about editing, and the business itself. It’s all part of honing our craft. And while, at times, the task may seem daunting, I’ve discovered a lot of online…

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