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Why I'm a Feature Director Making a Short Film

Two years ago, I became ranked in the Top 10 of Up-and-Coming Hollywood Directors Under 40 on IMDb (Internet Movie Database) and was featured on the front page of the Hollywood Reporter. I’ve been fortunate enough to direct many name actors including an Oscar-Nominated and Golden Globe winning actor and am attached to direct several multi-million dollar projects over the next few years. I also co-run LA Acting Studios, which is an intense on-camera, set-like scene study class …

Stage 32 + 2017 Hollyshorts Film Festival - Events All Week!

We have an exciting week of events lined up at the HollyShorts Film Festival beginning this Friday! If you are in or around the Los Angeles area, you are more than welcome to come join us for any one or all of our special Stage 32 panels, parties and screenings!  "HollyShorts is the benchmark most up-and-comers are striving for - and the festival is impressively dedicated to advancing the careers of its filmmakers", says Daniel Sol, Co-Founder of HollyShorts. "We are equally impres…

Coffee & Content - Screenwriting, Filmmaking, Cinematography (and More) Tips!

Happy Sunday, everyone. I have two truly insightful videos for you this morning. First, for all our filmmakers, cinematographers, content creators and those simply interested in just telling stories through visuals, you'll want to check out The 4 Best Reasons to Use POV Shots. For our screenwriters, authors, producers, filmmakers and, well, fans of Sherlock, I have the creator of that fine show, Mark Gatiss, waxing poetic on all things writing.   As always, I ask you to share thi…

Why Is a Waffle-Loving Donkey So Memorable?

For the last month I've had the pleasure of working with Roger S. H. Schulman, the Oscar-nominated and BAFTA award winning writer of SHREK. Roger's impressive roster also includes being a scribe for Steven Spielberg Executive Produced BALTO, as well as two Disney films MULAN II, THE JUNGLE BOOK II, and plenty of other features and TV shows. I'm thrilled to bring in Roger as a special guest for Stage 32 THIS SATURDAY to teach a Masterclass on Creating Compelling Characters. I mean, the w…

4 Rules To Financially Protect Your Film With Indie Distributors

First of all, let me introduce you to the existence of Independent Film Predators. They are less-than-legitimate indie film distributors that want to distribute your film and unfortunately, there's a bunch of 'em. In fact I can vouch for their existence personally. 3 OF A KIND, my recently completed psychological thriller, premiered at the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival. It's a film we literally scraped and clawed financially to get done. We ultimately had to take out per…

On Stage With RB - 2 New Yorkers In Hollywood Webcast Now Available!

What happens when you put 2 New Yorkers in Hollywood? Well, we found out in the most recent "On Stage With RB" special webcast - "2 New Yorkers in Hollywood". This fun, educational and definitely entertaining webcast featured our fearless leader, Richard "RB" Botto, and special guest Bradley Gallo, CCO of Amasia Entertainment. For those of you new to Stage 32 and may not know the hosts, RB is the founder & CEO of Stage 32, an actor & voice actor, producer (ANOTHER HAPPY DA…

Coffee & Content - P. T. Anderson, Christopher Nolan & More

Happy Sunday to you all.  Hope you're having a fantastic weekend. In this edition of Coffee & Content, we go back to P.T. Anderson and a cut by cut breakdown of There Will Be Blood.  We also turn our attention to Dunkirk director Christopher Nolan and his pluses and minuses as a filmmaker and storyteller. As always, I ask you to share this content where you can on your other social media accounts through the handy share buttons at the top of this blog.  Pay it forwar…

Descriptive Writing: Don't Be Afraid

This blog may be stating the obvious and I don't want to come across as condescending, but I just thought I would impart a piece of advice I have recently given to a client of mine. I have found while doing my job as an editor, that I have a great responsibility, not just to the authors I work with, but to the work itself. It's not just about spelling and grammar, it is also about what is best for the story and looking at something from the point of view of the reader. I do know of cour…

July's Top 10 Production Locations

I've had the pleasure to work with Peerspace over the last few months and it's remarkable what they are providing for our creative community. Need a filming location? They have hundreds. Need a space to hold a table read? They've got that, too. How about a crazy and unique space for that scene in your webseries that you can't seem to find anywhere? Well, they have you covered.   We are honored that we've expanded Stage 32 locations featuring all of Peerspace's locations. We've…

Dreams, Fears, Communism and My Trip to The Other Side of the World

Dreams are an interesting phenomenon. They are available to everyone to dream them, but there are only a few who go chasing them and fulfill them. Why is that? Why doesn't everyone grasp their dream and be what they want to be or do what they really want to do? Well, in my case, this question came a little later in my life, (let's say I'm not in the first flush of youth), but what's more important for me is that I took my time and efforts to answer it and the answer for me personally was…

Coffee & Content - Screenwriting, Acting, Filmmaking, Networking, Producing & More!

Happy Sunday, everyone.  Hope you've brewed some strong java because I have some inspiring and motivational content to springboard you into a new week. As you know, we've had some remarkable talent contributing to the Stage 32 Blog over the past 6 years.  Some of these terrific pieces have been buried (although you can always use the Blog search function!) and we've been reviving them and giving them a new audience on Medium. So without further fanfare, here are 5 fantastic a…

Mad Men Turns 10 - Here's the Pilot Script!

This past Wednesday marked the 10 year anniversary of the debut of Mad Men.  For my money, this was one of the most well written series of the last 20 years.  Rich in character development (particularly the secondary characters), period detail and sparkling dialogue, Matthew Weiner and his writing staff rarely disappointed. In honor of the anniversary of this landmark show, here's the pilot script for Mad Men, the world building Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.  Enjoy, share, dis…

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