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From USC to Sundance Labs: How Social Media Brought My Filmmaking To Life!

I knew I wanted to be a filmmaker around sophomore year in undergrad. I took this class called "Make a Movie" with Billy Field. He threw a camera in our hands and just told us to go make something. Now, the piece we made is something I'll never share, but it helped me to realize I loved filmmaking, and it's something I could do with my life, and be happy.   The best lesson I've learned throughout my films is what it means to be a leader. Yes, you need to have a creative visio…

RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (January 13, 2017)

Welcome to the weekend, everyone. Well, it was an exciting week around these parts. First, a couple of our Happy Writers screenwriters who pitched and secured meetings through our pitch sessions had their projects moved into development (and another who pitched is now in post-production Stage 32 Success story). Second, I found out this morning that a very active Stage 32 filmmaker connected with a financier here on the platform and is now in pre-production on a major feature film with o…

4 Benefits of Having a Collection Account on a Film or TV Production

  Nowadays many independent film productions work with collection accounts. Institutional financiers, production partners and international sales agents often require a collection account before committing to a independent film or a TV project.  What is a Collection Account? A collection account is an account opened in the name of an independent, neutral third party collection account manager (the so called CAM), who receives the worldwide revenues generated by the exploitat…

Screenplay or Novel: or Both?

  I don’t believe that jumping genres should be avoided simply because someone out there in cyberspace said you shouldn’t do it. I converted novels into screenplays, and screenplays into stage plays, with pretty good contest results and, if nothing else, it was a lesson and … fun. I say, if you have the passion to write, then write. If it’s a screenplay I would opt for simplicity and consistency over complexity and inconsistency. In a novel, stick with plo…

The 2017 Working TV Writers Lab

Happy 2017 everyone! I wanted to announce an exciting new online lab that I'm bringing into Stage 32 this month. I have brought in Spencer Robinson, a literary manager from Art/Work Entertainment to be a mentor for an intensive 8-week working writers lab. Art/Work represents some of the top writers - leading and emerging - talent in the industry today including writers on Arrow, The Last Ship, Chuck & Justified, as well as feature writers like Eric Heisserer who's films include…

Stage 32'er Michel Merkt Wins the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film!

Last night was a very special one around these parts as our good friend Michel Merkt captured the Golden Globe for producing Best Foreign Film winner, Elle. As I mentioned in yesterday's blog, Michel has not only been a staunch supporter of all we do here at Stage 32, but he has worked with and mentored so many 32'ers through the years.   Michel was kind enough to invite me to the premiere of Elle at the Cannes film festival last year. To be invited to be part of his tribe du…

2 Stage 32 Members Nominated for 4 Golden Globes Today

I am extremely proud to announce that two members of our global community are nominated for a total of 4 Golden Globes this evening. First up, it’s my dear friend, Michel Merkt. Michel is an enormously accomplished producer who had 8 films at Cannes this year including 4 in competition. Tonight Michel has 3 nominations. In the Best Foreign Film category, Michel is nominated for producing both Paul Verhoeven’s terrific film, ELLE and Maren Ade’s international hit dramed…

RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (January 6, 2017)

Welcome to the weekend, everyone! A great deal of content this week, not only industry wise but in our listings of popular Lounge conversations and other site happenings. As always, I ask you to share this blog where you can through our trusty social media share buttons above, through email or just by word of mouth. And, of course, I invite you to share your thoughts and musings on any of the content below in our Comments section. Take your time, kick it and enjoy! Have a happy and c…

Stage 32 Success Story: India & Russia Production Shooting Next Month

As we like to say around these parts, creativity is universal. Many of you who have questioned why you would accept a network request from someone residing in another country have heard me preach that no connection is a bad connection.   I'd like to believe the subject of today's success story, screenwriter Chandradeep Das, would agree. Chandradeep is very well connected in India, but it took him connecting with a Stage 32 member from Russia to finally get financing and a producin…

Stage 32 Success Story: US & Netherlands Production Shooting This Month

Our week of Stage 32 Success Stories continues. Today's entry comes from one of our very first members here on Stage 32, Phillip Sedgwick. Phillip's not only a remarkably talented screenwriter, a passionate collaborative and a true gentleman, but someone I'm proud to call friend. One other thing about Phillip: He has a non-stop motor. He's a master networker, a solver of problems, and a creator of opportunities. I thank Phillip for sharing his story with the community.   RB

Stage 32 Success Story: 'What Lies Ahead' Starring Rumer Willis & Emma Dumont

"Does Stage 32 work?" I get this question all the time. My answer is simply, "You get out what you put in." To kick off the New Year, we're featuring a week of Stage 32 member Success Stories to get you inspired and motivated. These are creatives who put in the time and reaped the rewards. Up first is the incredible story of Stage 32 members William J. Vigilone and Rob Gardner. William pitched his screenplay, What Lies Ahead, to Tiffany Boyle of Ramo Law through our Stage 32 Happy Wri…

January 5 Is National Screenwriters Day!

Jan. 5th is #NationalScreenwritersDay!   You have a mission! Of course, you are going to make it as a screenwriter, but there is more... At some point, you'll get a movie made. When that happens, you want the world to recognize you and your accomplishment. But the problem is that the public doesn't know much about screenwriters. Let's do something about that! It is time to wake the public up to the value of the screenwriter. Join us …

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