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Auditioning: This Was Supposed to Be Fun, Remember?

This is a true story. I was waiting to audition for a commercial. The door to the room opens, and the casting person has his arm around the guy who was auditioning before me. The actor was a big, bald guy, all muscle. The casting person was patting him on the back, telling him how great he was, and making sure they had his contact info. When I was called, I wanted to say, “Look, if you love that guy so much, I don’t even have to read for you.” Despite that feeling, in …

The 1 Thing You Need to Do to Help Your Creative Career - Advice from NYFA Instructor

Adam Finer, one of New York Film Academy’s professors at the Los Angeles Campus, is a much-sought after speaker in the film industry. A former literary manager and film producer, Adam spent over a decade as a marketing executive at Universal Studios. Stage 32 caught up with him at Film Con Hollywood where offered advice on the one thing creatives need to do to get their work seen.   Click Here For Adam's Advice!       Remember, if you haven't subscr…

The Power of Finding Your Creative Tribe - The Making of WHAT LIES AHEAD (Part 1)

I first met William Viglione right here on Stage 32 back in early 2015.  At the time, and in the manner in which most relationships begin, we engaged in mostly small talk - writing, our goals, our strategies toward success, and so forth.  Eventually, William mentioned a script he had written called What Lies Ahead. Over the next few months, he took advantage of a Stage 32 webinar about distribution, worked with the Stage 32 Script Services and, eventually, we con…

Monday Motivation: 12 Films Up for Oscars Made by Companies that Work with Stage 32

  The 91st Annual Academy Awards are around the corner 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 12 films we can root for that have been worked on by execs who mentor for Stage 32 & 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 32 soon - sta…

Martin Scorsese on What Makes a Great Screenplay & Richard Linklater on the Director/Actor Relationship

Happy Sunday, everyone. Back from the cold of Sundance and into the rain of L.A. Not complaining, mind you, just stating fact. A huge congratulations to all the Stage 32 educators and members who not only had films at Sundance, but were involved in some of the biggest sales up there this year. We'll be updating you on what went on with the Stage 32 family soon. For now, let's warm up with another edition of Coffee & Content. First up, it's on YouTube, but it's just audio. It's also…

10 TV Series Bibles You Must Read

If you think not writing a TV bible for your series is okay, think again. Studio and indie producers are asking for them, and there are a million reasons why having one can serve you. Okay, maybe not a million. But enough. Here are a few: 1) A bible can help you, the writer, understand your characters and your world better than you thought.2) A bible can give the producer faith that you know your world and are prepared to discuss the series with confidence.3) Creating a bible can help…

Is Writing a Screenplay on Spec Worth It? This Screenwriter Thinks So

Imagine being invited to be part of a writing team for a European television show. Or having a producer ask you to rewrite an old script.Also imagine a different producer ask you to tackle a script to bring their story vision to life.Or having a television star and his manager ask you to shape their thin story idea into a feature script. Just imagine.Now imagine doing this without being paid upfront.These are all ventures that I’ve put my sweat, blood, and creativity into with var…

How I Was Cast for A Project Through Stage 32

As any actor can attest, perseverance and determination are the keys to a successful acting career. Over the past five and a half years, I have used these two traits to navigate my journey through this crazy life we call show business. Case in point, I was recently cast in a project through a Stage 32 connection. The casting was a direct result of establishing a relationship with the project’s creator, discussing general information as well as their current project, and then follow…

Should I Worry About Being Typecast if I Have an Online Show? (by Richard Botto)

As actors, how we are viewed online by potential casting directors or producers is crucial. We want our persona to match what they're looking for. So if we're seeking a role in an action film or looking to take a deep dive into a dramatic part, will having a comedic talk show or channel online derail that?   During RB's free webinar "Ask Me Anything," he dove into this question. Click the link below to hear RB's take on how we show up as actors online:   Click Here For RB's…

The Ten [Most Wanted] TV Pilot Scripts Availabe for Download

When it comes to formatting, modeling your favorite show, or creating a TV script that you're confident matches what executives are looking for, referring to an already successful show scripts can be helpful. That's why we're sharing this incredible post from Indie Film Hustle. Not only did they pull together 10 incredible scripts, they included powerful interviews with some of the creators. So bookmark this one. It's perfect for a rainy day. (Note: The Breaking Bad script is not lon…

Monday Motivation: TV Writer & Filmmaker Success Stories

Hello Stage 32 fam! We wanted to kick off the New Year here by spending some time highlighting some of our favorite success stories from the creatives who used Stage 32 in 2018 to grow their creative career. We're going to start a series of blogs on Mondays so you can be informed of all the amazing activity that's taking place in our creative community. These Stage 32ers have put in the hard work not only in their craft, but in networking to help push their careers forward. Today we're…

Coffee & Content - The Best of Sundance Screenwriter Tips & Sundance Director Techniques and Advice

Greetings from Sundance. It's cold up here! Time to keep warm and informed with a Sundance special version of Coffee & Content. Today, I have two videos from our friends at ScreenPrism. First up, a slew of screenwriters who have had their work screen at Sundance offer their advice on writing, festivals and navigating the business. Next, we turn our attention to directors who have had their films play at Sundance and their advice on techniques, tips and tricks when directing an ind…

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