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Former Executive from SONY & Lionsgate Gives Advice for Digital Content Creators

With more streaming services emerging and nontraditional content showing up at festivals and on various platforms on the Internet, filmmakers want to know the skinny on where things are going with digital media. Ka Wai Ho, a former studio manager at Studio Crackle and Lionsgate, caught up with Stage 32 at the Hollyshorts Film Festival to offer advice on how one can begin creating content for a digital platform.   Click Here For Ka Wai's Advice!       Remember…

This Post Will Change Your Life (Possibly)

Ever feel like giving up?   Like this guy here…   Of course you do. If you’re a writer, an actor, a filmmaker or an artist of any kind, you probably felt like giving up at least four times in the last month. Maybe you’re thinking about it RIGHT NOW. Apart from the fact that if you’re anything like me, giving up never really sticks because eventually that urge, that unscratchable itch to create something, comes crawling back with its tail between it…

For Creatives: 12 Mindset Shifts to Use as You Head Into 2019

2018 has been quite the year for me. I’ve done a lot of soul searching, endless amounts of planning, and allowed my brain to power through tireless bouts of thinking so I can answer some very difficult questions. I’ve had to deal with some adversity, too. But all of this has only made me stronger. Through it all, I recognize there are some really incredible moments in life. Brilliant, ones, actually, that can change us for the better. But with those brilliant moments come s…

Coffee & Content - Advanced Screenwriting Formatting Tips & 7 Fundamental Steps to Film a Short Documentary

Good day, Creative Army! Let's get after it... First up today, from the good people at Indy Mogul, we have Advanced Screenplay Formatting Tips. If there's one thing we see knock down a screenplay time and time again, it's poor formatting. Let's take it to the next level, shall we? The second video today is by request. Many of you have written in over the last few months asking for some information on shooting documentaries. Ask and you shall receive. Our second video is 7 Fundamental S…

3 Old School Exercises to Inspire & Improve Your Writing

Creativity drives good storytelling. Creativity can weave tales that force us to question our own morality or open our eyes to new possibilities. It’s the magical ingredient that transforms a set of mundane facts into a believable and moving narrative. Good writers can use this creative superpower to hook their reader and share their unique vision. But even the best writers struggle to find their creativity sometimes. As a young writer, I found myself sitting at a blank screen, un…

Announcing Our 4th Annual Comedy Writing Contest

So you think you can dance write comedy?TM Then great! Find out if you really can. Especially if the only people who've told you "you're funny" are small children. Because let's be real, they'll laugh at anything. Just any silly face. Any bad impression. Slinkies. Sure, they're great self-esteem boosters, buy they're terrible gauges for top-notch comedy content. Stop trusting this--> And enter Stage 32's 4th Annual Comedy Writing Contest. Now open for submissions! Whether you&rsqu…

That Still, Small Voice: How Ann Dowd Arrived at Stardom in her 50's

My favorite posts here on Stage 32 are the ones that inspire we creatives, actors, and filmmakers in the "second act" of our lives. Because, let's face it, we live in a culture that holds high the accolades and beauty of young, successful men and women in the industry. Of course we can see now that all of that is changing. Slowly. Actress and screenwriter Paula Jean Hixon made that clear in her comedic short film, "Are You My Mommy," which takes a look at how women of a "certain age" a…

Richard Botto Answers: How Do I Get in Front of Screenwriting Managers and Agents to Pitch?

The dream of a writer is to get his or her script in front of the right people. To pitch it with perfection to the very network that we know would swoon over our story. But how do we writer's get into those rooms? How do we find our way to the table to share our brilliant story? Richard "RB" Botto, our fearless leader and CEO at Stage 32, dives into three ways we can get in front of managers and agents. Here's a hint: 1) Only enter contests that get you into rooms.2) Go to events as of…

5 Writers Share How They Broke Into The Industry

There is no one way to break into writing for TV. Or feature films. We know this. What we don't know, are the unique stories behind the writer's who have made it to Hollywood. Each writer's path is different. But one thing is for sure; They didn't get there without a strong desire for their work and a willingness to bust their butts.   Ben Cory Jones is the Showrunner and Executive Producer of the upcoming BET comedy series, Boomerang. Rebecca Norris, a Stage 32 member, producer…

Indie Self-Producing: Making it Happen

“Don't ever let someone tell you, you can't do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you got to protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they want to tell you you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period.” --The Pursuit of Happyness   Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness   For many of us, the excitement surrounding the possibility of being in film, or making a film, ends up being tempered by the waiting, the repeated “tr…

Coffee & Content - Screenwriting Tips from Hollywood Professionals & How to Start an Audition Speech

Happy Sunday to all.  Let's hit the ground running today with some strong coffee and even stronger content. First up this time around, from our friends at Variety, some of the hottest screenwriters in the business offer their advice on how to break in and stay in the industry. Next, acclaimed New York acting coach, John Windsor-Cunningham, offers his advice on how to grab the auditioner's or audience's attention with the very first line you say. As always, I ask that you take a m…

From The Vault: 9 Things You Should Never Say to a Writer

In the spirit of having fun, I thought I would pull out an oldie but a goodie blog post from the vault of my own archives. I wrote it after I had a conversation with another writer about the different things people say to us or ask us when we tell them what we do. (He's a screenwriter as well.) I mean, this is a normal question, right? You start yapping with someone and sooner or later they ask, "So what do you do for a living?" When I tell people I'm an actor and writer, they're not…

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