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Four Tips To Help You Begin That Book

Lets face it, writing is painstaking. The process of starting alone can be a great challenge. As if this isn't enough, it's revisions, after revisions until the finished product. The fun in it all is seeing the final result, it's not the work. One of the most popular questions asked by new writers is "How do I start?"   1. DECIDE THE GENRE OF YOUR BOOK   Regardless of whether you would like to write a fiction, or nonfiction book, it's best that you narrow down th…

Want to Get Motivated & Inspired?

Last week we brought in the Emmy-award winning producer Kip Konwiser for an incredible 90 minute Q&A that left all of the creatives listening motivated and inspired. Kip has had a storied career having worked with Netflix, HBO, Sony Pictures, 20th Century FOX, Paramount, Lionsgate and more. For nearly three decades he's worked with some incredible talent including Darren Aronofsky, Laurence Fishburne, Clint Eastwood and much more. In this inspiring webinar we ta…

Scaring Up Funds: How to Acquire Investors For Your Horror Film, the Most Profitable Genre of Them All

We’ve all heard the stories. Paranormal Activity, a film with a budget slightly less than a used Honda, made $193 million worldwide and launched a profitable franchise. That film’s progenitor, The Blair Witch Project, had a $60K budget and turned out a $250 million box office haul. The most profitable films from 2010 to 2015 were all horror films. 10. The Last Exorcism ($68M gross vs. $1.8M production budget) 9. Annabelle ($257M vs. $6.5M) 8. Chernobyl Diaries ($37M vs…

Coffee & Content - 5 Tips for Filming at Night & Rian Johnson on Screenwriting

Getting some things done up here at the Santa Barbara Film Festival this weekend, so I'm grabbing my coffee to go and leaving you to enjoy (and share) the content! First up, I have a truly enjoyable and insightful tutorial on how to best film at night. Next, it's an in depth interview Rian Johnson, writer/director of The Last Jedi, discussing his screenwriting techniques. As always, I ask that you pay it forward and share this content wherever possible.  And, of course, I welcome…

Top 10 Pitching Mistakes & Advice From Shane Black

As part of the writing services team at Stage 32 handling a lot of the pitch sessions, I get a lot of questions about pitching, as well as some pretty keen insight into what executives like and dislike about pitches. Before me, Allen did the same thing and therefore experienced the same growth in KNOWLEDGE (said with an echo). So together he and I came up with a list of the ten most common mistakes we see in the pitches here. We then had a brutal fist fight to see who would have to go on…

The Thin Line Betwixt a Creative's Discouragement

Some creatives who lack academic papers in the performing or creative arts are belittled and their artistry is despised. However, those with the relevant academic affirmation also go through pain staking hustle when they are seeking sales and jobs in the arts industry. All these problems are elemental components of a world renowned phenomenon: Discouragement. So, either with or without relevant academic affirmation, they could suffer the same challenges and as such, a reality is expose…

The Winners of the 3rd Annual Stage 32 Feature Screenplay Contest

The moment has arrived and we couldn't be more excited. It's time to announce the winners of the 2017 Stage 32 Feature Contest! We had a record number of submissions and the remarkable writing this year did not make the job of our judges easy. In short, the competition was fierce and many scripts were in competition until the very end. Ultimately, 3 fantastic scripts have made it to the top....     Congratulations to our 2017 Feature Screenwriting Contest Winners!   …

Coffee & Content - Here's All 10 Oscar Nominated Screenplays

Happy Sunday, everyone. Between the Sundance Film Festival and our incredible Women Creating Change event with Hollyshorts in Hollywood, it been an exciting, productive and inspiring last week and a half. I'm rewarding myself with some Death Wish Coffee and some screenplay reading.  Care to join me? It's my pleasure to present the 10 screenplays nominated for an Oscar this year.  Download em, save em or print em out.  They'll likely only be available for so long. As yo…

What's Going On at Stage 32

We have been working around the clock here and I am honored to share some of the incredible talent we are bringing into Stage 32. From a Sundance-winning creative executive, an Emmy-Award winning producer a financier and much, much more, we have some exciting things coming up at Stage 32! Learn more in the video below:      Follow the links for more info!  Writer Development Lab: From Concept to Ironclad Outline FREE WEBINAR - 60 Minutes Wit…

And The Oscar Nominations Are In....

  The nominations for the 90th Annual Academy Awards were announced yesterday and we're proud to recognize some of the amazing execs and companies we work with whose films received much deserved nominations. This year as we all watch the Oscars we have 7 films we can root for that have been worked on by our execs & their companies! Please join us in congratulating the amazing group of talent in the Stage 32 family. And, we'll be launching our Oscars contest on Stage 3…

Success Is An Endurance Game

Just when you feel like parking your pitching for the moment, along comes a breakthrough to give you new hope – this is my takeaway sentiment this Christmas just gone, and I would like to share with you all what I am talking about, as hopefully it will encourage you to keep pressing forward and to keep striving for your goals/dreams in 2018. I was reluctant to write this article, as I felt it was a little premature, but encouragement from Rosalind Winton, the wonderful official ed…

Big News Out of Sundance

This couldn't be a more exciting week! We're in the thick of Sundance and it's been great to see all the deals being made on films that have been made by Stage 32 members and executives. Plus, to round out the week, we're going to be announcing our Stage 32 Feature Screenwriting Contest winners! Waking up this morning we received some really great news that two filmmakers, Sev O'hanion and Natalie Qasaban, were in an epic all night negotiation. They sold the wor…

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