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4 Crucial Guidelines for Writing Compelling Audio Drama

When most people think of radio drama, they probably envision a family from the 1940’s gathered around a massive console radio listening intently to the latest adventures of The Lone Ranger, Little Orphan Annie, or Captain Midnight. Today, that behemoth of a device has been replaced by a pair of earbuds and a smartphone. Whether you prefer podcasts, downloads, or streaming, the popularity of pocket-sized technology has resulted in a renaissance of what is now known as audio drama. …

The Easiest Way To Find The Perfect Indie Song For Your Film

  sponsored 4 million independent musicians. 5 million fans. 200,000 new songs uploaded every month. A simple way to curate them all. Filmmakers, meet ReverbNation, an online platform that helps emerging artists all over the world connect with fans, brands, festivals, and, you guessed it, sync licensing opportunities. Unless you have a big-studio budget, you likely spend a lot of your time scouring the internet for indie music that fits your tastes, bookmarking songs for potentia…

Coffee & Content - David Fincher: Invisible Details

Happy Sunday, everyone.  Hope you are all having a relaxing and creative weekend. Today I wanted to share a video showcasing filmmaker David Fincher.  It's no secret that Fincher uses CGI as a major tool in his creative arsenal.  But unlike most, Fincher uses the technique to enhance the storytelling, and does so with a quiet, but meticulous finesse. So sit back and prepare to be amazed.  I hope you enjoy the video and will share this blog with other creatives you f…

Submitting Your Written Pitch

This past week, a professional executive with impressive credits responded to a written pitch I submitted via Happy Writers. The proposal was for my new whimsical comedy/action screenplay that was born from an idea out of the Stage 32 Screenwriting Forum. Though a seemingly absurd concept, the executive was intrigued by it and requested the script. Here is his paragraph of written feedback:   “It’s hard to tell exactly how serious this pitch is, as the idea is too ridi…

Shoot Your Short Film at Warner Bros. Studios - AT&T Create-a-thon

As we all know, short form content is exploding and is more popular than ever. Whether it's a proof of concept for a larger feature film idea or just a way to show off your creative chops, short form content can absolutely serve as a calling card for you. We've started working with AT&T who is providing a unique opportunity to a selected group of filmmakers to make your short form dreams a reality! If you're interested in the opportunity to get $20,000 to shoot part of your shor…

Coffee & Content - Acting, Screenwriting, Filmmaking

Another Sunday, another chance to share some great content.  As many of you know, in an effort to inspire and motivate creatives across the globe, we've been publishing some of our most popular blogs from the last 6 years over at Medium.  Today, we feature some truly interesting content published by Stage 32 members working in the acting, coaching, filmmaking, producing and screenwriting arenas. All we ask from you is that you pay it forward by not only sharing the content, bu…

Join Us at the Cannes Film Festival!

The 2017 Cannes Film Festival has begun! For the 4th straight year Stage 32 will be hosting a meetup for our incredibly talented Stage 32 members. We have partnered with the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission to bring you films and fun! Join us!         OFFICIAL STAGE 32 MEETUP Stage 32 Founder & CEO, Richard "RB" Botto would like to welcome all Stage 32 members who are in Cannes this year to a Stage 32 meetup at the St. Petersberg Clearwater Flor…

Special On Stage With RB Webcast "2 New Yorkers In Hollywood" Next Wednesday

It's that time again...time for a special edition of 'On Stage With RB'! What happens when you put 2 New Yorkers in Hollywood? Well, we're about to find out next Wednesday, May 24 at 11am as we host a special edition of "On Stage With RB" - featuring our fearless leader, Richard "RB" Botto, and special guest Bradley Gallo, CCO of Amasia Entertainment. As always, the webcast is FREE to the first 2,000 who register so grab your spot NOW! Register Here!     If you're new to …

Happy Mother's Day - Highlighting Some Inspiring Women

I hope everyone is off to a creative Sunday, and to those celebrating Mother's Day, hope it's a special day for you. I'd love to hear from our community about any woman that has impacted your decision to become a creative or inspires you to stay on your creative path. Let's talk about it in the comments section below.   I'll start by taking a moment today to recognize 5 incredible women we brought into Stage 32 education for our "Women In The Room" Series to talk about breakin…

The Indie Revolution – A24 Upends Hollywood

It’s no secret that the past five years has seen a renaissance in the distribution of quality independent films. No company has been more at the forefront of this movement than A24. Since 2013, A24 has released such critically acclaimed and award winning films as Spring Breakers, Ex Machina, Amy, American Honey, The Spectacular Now, Room, The Lobster, and this year’s Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Moonlight (it’s true Faye and Warren…it really is!)  …

Maximize Viewer Engagement In Your Film: Resolving Filmmakers' Blind Spots

Filmmakers have been creating engaging stories for over 100 years using traditional storytelling conventions. However, some of these storytelling conventions are based on creative intuition, rather than an evidence-based model of viewer engagement. Although this may seem to filmmakers as an unconventional way of creating engaging stories, traditional cinematic storytelling is becoming problematic in the digital age. This is due to film no longer being confined to the cinema, as more peo…

Success! TV Contest Finalist Signs with Kaplan-Stahler & Heroes & Villains Entertainment!

We are 1 week away from announcing the winners of our 2nd Annual Comedy Contest, and if the success of our past winners and today's news is any indicator, those placing high will have a bright future ahead. Screenwriter Duane Piedmont from Studio City, California was a finalist in our 2nd Annual TV Contest for his TV spec "Savages" and today we're proud to announce that he has officially signed with Kaplan-Stahler Agency and Heroes And Villains Entertainment. The com…

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